Speed and continuous shooting
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Speed and continuous shooting

Sadly, no current mirrorless camera can boast the 'instant on' experience of a good DSLR, and the EOS R is no different, with a startup time of 0.9sec. On the face of it, the Canon EOS R's continuous shooting performance is fairly unremarkable, too. A maximum framerate of 8 fps with focus locked isn't going to set the world on fire, and nor is 5fps with AF tracking or 3 fps in the higher-precision 'tracking priority' mode. Remember what we said earlier about all that data from so many Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus points stressing the R's processor?

While the EOS R isn't exactly a speed demon, with a UHS-II card installed it does offer a halfway decent buffer

To be fair, the general experience of taking pictures is really nice, with virtually no blackout between shots, and AF tracking seems to be very good at 3/5fps. But it doesn't look like the EOS R will trouble the wallets of action photographers any time soon. While the EOS R isn't exactly a speed demon, with a UHS-II card installed it does offer a halfway decent buffer of 100 JPEGs (large/fine) and 47 Raws.

Our bet? There will be a speed-focused mirrorless EOS-1D type camera launched in time for the Tokyo olympics in 2020, alongside a similarly pro-oriented Nikon Z-mount competitor.