Camera rumors 2021: the biggest and best camera rumors around

Canon EOS M7

Canon EOS M5

Canon EOS M5

The EOS M7 was expected to launch sometime last year, though after it failed to materialize, more backing has been given to rumors that Canon is phasing out its EOS M-series cameras.

It could have instead been delayed due to Covid-19 pandemic related restrictions, but given that it’s been nearly a year since we heard anything, this camera could be dead on arrival.

Predicted specs: 32MP APS-C sensor | 4K video recording | DIGIC X image processor | IBIS | Dual card slots

Last year we saw the double-launch of the full-frame Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6, while this year we've also seen the Canon EOS R3, an even higher-end full-frame model make its way into the line-up. It would therefore make sense if Canon turned its attention towards its APS-C cameras - if indeed it intends to keep them at all.

Canon has already replaced its viewfinder-less EOS M6 with the Canon EOS M6 Mark II , with Canon Rumors suggesting that model would be followed up with two new models: a Canon EOS M50 Mark II and a new flagship Canon EOS M7. While the first one did indeed materialize, there's no sign yet of an M7.

If it does make an appearance, it seems like it'll effectively be the successor to the Canon EOS M5, with rumored specs including a 32MP APS-C sensor (the same as the one in the EOS M6 Mark II), in-body image stabilization (IBIS), dual card slots and "all the bells and whistles".

One thing we really want to see is some new native glass to make the APS-C mirrorless system as a whole more appealing. That's especially true when you consider that Canon uses a completely different mount for its APS-C models compared to its full-frame models. This is certainly one area where Canon is still lagging behind the likes of Fujifilm, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony, but a Canon EOS M7 still sounds very appealing in theory.

Canon EOS R Mark II

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Canon EOS R7 & R1

We've already seen the Canon EOS R3 this year, but it could be that we've also got the R7 and the R1 to come before 2021 is up - or in the early part of 2022.

The latter half of this year is rumored tp be the release date for the Canon EOS R7 - a mirrorless follow up to its 7D line.

There were reports back in December 2020 that the Canon EOS R7 was being tested in the wild which was described as “an APS-C sensor equipped RF Mount camera” that looks “nearly identical to the Canon EOS R6.”

There’s no guarantee that this camera will be called the ‘Canon EOS R7’ but whatever name it’s given the camera is expected to be the smallest in the EOS R line-up. 

We could also see another Canon EOS R camera release in 2021: the Canon EOS R1, a true mirrorless replacement to the 1D X Mark III DSLR.

The Canon EOS R1 has leaked with some phenomenally good specs: an 85MP global shutter sensor that can shoot in 20FPS bursts at full resolution along with quad pixel AF and in-body image stabilization. There’s even more to boot that makes this camera way too good to be true.

We’ll have to wait and see how the rumors shape up, but if everything turns out to be true, we could be in for a real treat of a camera.

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark III

Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark III

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The Canon PowerShot G9 X Mark III was rumored to be coming in early 2020, but we haven’t heard anything since. This could mean the camera has been severely delayed or has been canceled all together, right now it’s hard to say for sure.

Predicted specs: 1-inch 20.1MP CMOS sensor | Digic 8 processor | 4x optical zoom | 4K/30p video

Rumors have been circulating for a little while that a refreshed version of the affordable G9X line is coming. Supposedly launching "relatively soon" all the way back in early 2020, details were scant at the time and have failed to lead to anything concrete now. 

If we do see it making an appearance, we'd expect specs like the Digic 8 processor, which is found in the EOS 90D and the EOS M6 Mark II. We'd also expect the one-inch sensor to remain, but a bigger/longer zoom to be included. Currently, the Mark II uses a 28-84mm f/2-4.9 lens offering a 3x optical zoom, so it'd be useful if we also saw a wider angle like that found on the G7 X Mark III's 24-100mm lens.

It also seems likely that video specs will be upgraded, especially given the soaring popularity of vlogging-style cameras. To that end, 4K shooting at up to 30fps seems obvious, but whether that would have an impact on the camera price is, of course, yet to be seen. 

Indeed, we might not ever see the G9X Mark III at all - perhaps Canon will stick with just the G5 and the G7 line-up to keep things simpler and more streamlined.

Mark Wilson
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Mark is TechRadar's Senior news editor. Having worked in tech journalism for a ludicrous 17 years, Mark is now attempting to break the world record for the number of camera bags hoarded by one person. He was previously Cameras Editor at both TechRadar and Trusted Reviews, Acting editor on, as well as Features editor and Reviews editor on Stuff magazine. As a freelancer, he's contributed to titles including The Sunday Times, FourFourTwo and Arena. And in a former life, he also won The Daily Telegraph's Young Sportswriter of the Year. But that was before he discovered the strange joys of getting up at 4am for a photo shoot in London's Square Mile.