Autofocus performance
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Autofocus performance

From our initial impressions, autofocus appears very accurate. Autofocus speed is good: focus is snappy and even in continuous AF the system is quick to refocus on moving subjects, as long as your lens is up to the task.

What will probably slow you down more than the outright AF speeds, though, is the overall method for selecting your AF point or subject: you'll have to drag your thumb around the touchscreen, and given the touchscreen's laggy responsiveness, this will be an issue.

Canon EOS R autofocus modes

There's a 'Pupil Detection' mode to ensure eyes are in focus but this is only available in AF-S mode. Disappointingly, like all mirrorless systems so far, the EOS R does not offer flash AF assist when a compatible Speedlite is attached.