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It's been less than two weeks since the Canon EOS R started shipping and already Roger Cicala, founder of Lensrentals, has taken one apart in incredible detail to see what's inside.

Per his usual routine for gear teardowns, Cicala makes notes of various features and components found inside the camera along the way.

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The EOS R teardown started with the removal of the adhesive grip tape from around the body of the camera to better see where all of the screws are. From there, the Cicala stripped the EOS R of its various elements piece by piece from the outside in.

While Cicala called it 'a rather a boring disassembly," the resulting photos and look inside the camera are anything but. Canon appears to have done a solid job across the board considering the price point and feature set of the camera, but there's certainly room for improvements.

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The buttons on the camera are thoroughly protected with weather-sealing gaskets, but the body itself is only water-resistant by tightly overlapping two pieces of the seams of the polycarbonate frame. In Cicala's own words, "that means, I think, that it will be fine in a misty rain for a while, but don’t get it saturated and don’t set it somewhere wet."

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Cicala also notes that "it’s not very crowded inside [the EOS R]," meaning there's plenty of room to pack in more features and tech inside if Canon decides to do so. He specifically mentions that much of the extra space he noticed between the circuit board and image sensor is where the in-body stabilization (IBIS) is seen inside the Sony A7R III he took apart. But don't hold your breath for seeing IBIS in future EOS R cameras. Cicala adds "Canon has been very clear that they think lens stabilization is superior."

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Overall, Cicala says the EOS R appears to follow most of the design and engineering elements of past Canon DSLR cameras. "It was rather a boring disassembly, really, about what we should expect for Canon doing a Canon 6D Mark II quality mirrorless camera [...] It’s neatly laid out and nicely engineered inside."

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To see more photos and more thorough insights from Cicala, head on over to the full Canon EOS R teardown. Cicala notes that a similar dissection of Nikon's Z7 is complete and will be written up as soon as he can get around to it.