Handling and design
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Handling and design

The build quality and grip shape are immediately impressive when you first pick up the EOS R. It's built with a magnesium alloy shell over a magnesium alloy body and it has a real sense of quality to it. Changing exposure parameters feels immediate - like a DSLR.

However, while the build feels premium, the lack of AF joystick hints at this model's slightly more modest status. We're also told the weather sealing is more 6D than 5D standard.

On the production-spec cameras we used, the touchscreen interface was laggy and rather slow to use

Without an AF joystick, you're pretty much required to depend on the touchscreen-based touchpad AF. This is pretty customizable, allowing you to choose 'relative' or 'absolute' positioning, and also limiting the active area of the touchscreen. But on the production-spec cameras we used, the touchscreen interface was laggy and rather slow to use, which makes the camera as a whole slower to operate.

The touchscreen can also feel laggy in playback mode. But that's not the only thing that feels laggy about the camera: as the EOS R is writing to the card, some camera functions, like switching to playback mode, can feel very slow to operate.