Is Canon Building a Tiny DSLR That’s the Size of a Mirrorless Camera?


Canon’s EOS M mirrorless camera is meant to offer DSLR-caliber image quality inside a compact camera-sized body. However, stuffing an APS-C sensor into a tiny form factor may not be the only way Canon is trying to go small. There are now murmurings that Canon may have a super small DSLR camera in the works for photogs who need a little extra portability.

This rumor comes courtesy of Stefan over at CanonWatch, who writes that a new source tipped him off to the pint-sized camera.

It’s reportedly not part of the Rebel/XXXD lineup, which is the lowest tier Canon offers at this point. In other words, you can’t currently get more entry-level than a Canon Rebel.

That may soon change. The rumor says that the new DSLR will be geared toward budget-conscious consumers, and will be the smallest and lightest DSLR Canon has ever produced.

Canon will try to offer a small and compact DSLR as alternative to the EOS M. A DSLR that is almost as small and light as a mirrorless camera. The new DSLR will support EF and EF-S lenses, and it should not have the AF issues of the EOS M. And there should be also a new kit zoom lens for this new, super-small DSLR, a kit zoom that is also said to be light-weighted and of small size.

So how realistic is this rumor? We’re not sure. Craig over at Canon Rumors says that although he hasn’t heard anything about this camera before, its development is “definitely possible.”


One of the things in favor of this rumor is the fact that Canon recently published patents for a 100% optical viewfinder that’s tiny in size. While the patent could be for some technology that will appear inside the upcoming viewfinder-equipped EOS M followup, 100% viewfinder coverage is usually only discussed when talking about DSLRs, not mirrorless cameras.

Since the next EOS M camera will be a mirrorless camera, the patents could very well be for something that is meant to reduce the size of a traditional DSLR.

Image credits: The only Canon DSLR around by sayamindu, Image credit: view’d by Robert S. Donovan

  • Leonardo Abreu

    Mirrorless is the future.

  • joe

    no thanks. I’d like to actually see what I’m shooting. for that you need mirrors.

  • matty

    Lol. I assume you’re kidding?

  • Chris

    A mirrorless camera is going to be less versatile. The EVF will require power and that will probably be a deal breaker for a lot of people who want to travel light and get a full day on one battery charge. Then there is the issue of boot up time – anyone using a Red cine camera knows how painful that is, so I doubt anyone shooting candids will fall in love with it unless they can get it to boot instantly. EVF’s can be great, but they are not always the best option. I personally prefer a mirror viewfinder over an EVF.

  • goldhands

    Care to to tell me how you are traveling light with you DSLR setup vs. my mirrorless?

  • Common Law

    xxxD is not the lowest tier. xxxxD is the lowest. Maybe this will be xxxxxD

  • Duke Shin

    Zorki masterrace

  • Chris

    Care to tell me how long your battery will last VS a mirrored camera? By light I meant not needing so much physical extra stuff… not necessarily physically lighter.

  • tttulio

    What’s the point?
    Mirrorless and electronic global shutter is the way to go.

  • Alberto Monteraz

    They could also make a mirrorless of a Nikon D4 size, cant see the point, but would be funny.

  • E

    Boot up time?! No street shooter/”candid shooter” would roam the streets with the camera turned off anyway. To be honest your arguments sound a lot a like myself before I got a chance to try some mirrorless cameras for some time myself. I used to think that mirrorless system cameras weren’t small enough to justify the lack of a proper viewfinder, but even something like a GH2 with an extra battery feels like you’re carrying nothing compared to a DSLR and will last a day easily.

    I also prefer optical viewfinders, but like many other things I prefer I can do without it too, and today’s EVF aren’t too shabby either.

  • Igor Ken

    Maybe they’re building a fullframe digital rangefinder to compete with the sony rx-1 …

  • pithicool

    Stop arguing. Isn’t so clear that no camera is intendent for all the people ?!

    I personaly have a dslr, a mirrorless and a compact camera, and I find them very usefull in different situations.

  • Mike

    My Zorki is placed on an pedestal in the center of my living room. We bring it Fuji film and oil from time to time, and it watches over us in return and brings us rain and good crops.

  • Robinchong

    10000D… i wonder how they going to put the model name on the body hahahah

  • Jaygat

    So basically like the Pentax K-5?

  • Chris

    They would not roam around with a camera turned off – and that’s the point – battery drain will be faster.

  • pithicool

    As you can see from the thumbs up/thumbs down ratio from Leonardo vs Joe, the mirrorless vs dslr it’s a debate without a winner. Choose one, and get both :))

  • Brendon

    Maybe it’s going to replace the T3/1100D in price, perhaps?

  • Frank Cangialosi

    this is a silly argument. the battery for my nex-7 weighs next to nothing and so what if i have to change the battery once during the day this is like saying that it’s inconvenient to carry two memory cards! the savings in size and weight far outweigh having to carry an extra battery. chris, if you would rather use a dslr that’s fine, but it’s hard to give a critique of something you’ve never used.

  • C.K. Lee

    I use both – a Canon 7D and a Sony NEX5 – and they’re good for different things. Whatever gear gets the job done, best & fastest for you.