Production life of Canon EOS cameras – UPDATE (30th anniversary edition)

2017 is the 30th anniversary of the first EOS camera, the EOS 650. And it’s also the 2nd anniversary of the article I wrote detailing the production life of EOS cameras.

Since then a few things have changed. Or more to the point, some things haven’t changed – which is why the table of the longest production EOS cameras is due for an update. Here it goes!

BodyYear IntroducedYear Production CeasedTimeType
EOS 1V20002010 (?)10 years35mm
EOS 3199820078.5 years35mm
EOS 5199219986 years35mm
EOS 50199520005 years35mm
EOS 7D200920145 yearsAPS-C
EOS 6D201220174.5 years (so far)Full Frame
EOS 5D Mark III201220164.5 yearsFull Frame
EOS 1D X201220164.25 yearsFull Frame
EOS 1DC20132017(?)4.25 years (so far)Full Frame
EOS 1Ds Mark III200720114.25 yearsFull Frame
EOS 100D (SL1)201320174 yearsAPS-C

Note that the 5D Mark III didn’t quite overtake the EOS 7D. We await to see if the EOS 6D Mark II actually comes out before the original EOS 6D reaches its fifth birthday. I’m not quite sure what the status of the EOS 1DC is right now, but I very much doubt that’s going to be produced for much longer, and we know the EOS 100D/SL1 is due for imminent replacement too.

The fact that the EOS 100D/SL1 lasted so long without needing a refresh – the longest lasting entry-level Canon DSLR by a wide margin – is a testament to the fact the camera did everything it needed to do well and filled the specific niche perfectly.  We of course all expect the next generation to have a 24mpx sensor, probably being a cut-down version of the EOS 800D/T7i with no flippy screen, slower frame rate and of course the smaller form factor. And it could easily end up lasting another four years in production too.


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