Best cameras under $2000
Published Jun 24, 2020 | dpreview staff
Canon EOS R
30.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor | Dual Pixel AF | UHD 4K video capture
What we like:
- Excellent still image quality
- Large, detailed electronic viewfinder
- Accurate autofocus
What we don't:
- Ergonomics are a mixed bag
- 4K video has a substantial crop
- Lower burst speeds than the competition
The EOS R is Canon's first full-frame mirrorless camera, and the first camera built around the all-new RF mount. It comes with a 30.3MP sensor, Dual Pixel autofocus and 4K video recording at up to 30p. It also includes Canon's latest Digic 8 processor, that allows the camera to use the more compact C-Raw file format.
Despite being mirrorless, the EOS R is still a sizable camera. The grip is full-sized and comfortable, and makes use of Canon's venerable LP-E6N battery. It doesn't handle much like previous Canon cameras though, so prepare for a bit of a learning curve when you first pick it up. But even after weeks of use, we're still not sold on the utility of the M.Fn Bar or the placement of some of the buttons.
Handling is a mixed bag, but we're impressed with the image quality the EOS R is capable of
Autofocus on the EOS R is generally good, with Dual Pixel Autofocus ensuring mostly accurate focus without the need to microadjust your lenses. It will focus with great accuracy in Single AF down to very low light levels, and will track reasonably well across the frame in Servo (continuous) AF. Because of slower burst speeds, we can’t recommend the EOS R for fast action, and overall performance takes a hit from a touch of lag in the interface, which is unusual for Canon. Battery life is rated at 370 shots per charge.
The EOS R’s 30MP of resolution is more than sufficient for most purposes, and it offers great color response and good, but not class-leading, dynamic range. This means that users who shoot in Raw and post-process may find that darker, shadow regions of their images may be noisier than they would be with the competition. High ISO performance is likewise very good, but there are other options that will perform better.
The EOS R shoots UHD 4K video, but unfortunately, it comes with a substantial crop that limits overall usability. Though we've noticed rolling shutter, detail capture in 4K is acceptable, but Full HD video is very soft. The lack of in-body image stabilization combines with less-than-impressive digital stabilization to make the EOS R a difficult camera to shoot handheld video on if you don't have access to a stabilized lens.
The EOS R is the lightest full-frame Canon camera ever, and is capable of producing great photographs. Unfortunately, we're underwhelmed by general handling, customization options and the video implementation. If you're a Canon user looking for a second lightweight body, the EOS R fits the bill, but it's a tough sell for those coming from other systems. On the other hand, the EOS R is currently the only way to get to use Canon's RF system lenses, which are excellent.
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