Canon EOS R first impressions review
The Canon EOS R is the first full frame mirrorless camera to use the new RF mount. It's built around the same 30 megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS sensor as 2016's EOS 5D Mark IV but is designed for a new series of RF lenses. Canon says the shorter RF lens mount will allow them to design better or smaller lenses than they can for the existing EF mount.
Being the first RF-mount camera, it's not surprising that the EOS R occupies a unique new position in Canon's lineup. In essence, you're getting image and video quality from the 5D Mark IV at around the price point of the 6D Mark II with a healthy dose of control philosophy from both of those cameras as well as the EOS M series.
- 30MP full frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
- 3.69M dot OLED viewfinder
- Fully articulated rear LCD
- Autofocus rated down to -6EV (with F1.2 lens)
- Up to 8 fps shooting (5 fps with continuous AF, 3 fps 'Tracking Priority mode')
- UHD 4K 30p video from a 1.83x crop of the sensor
- Canon Log (10-bit 4:2:2 over HDMI or 8-bit 4:2:0 internal)
- USB charging (with some chargers)
|Converted from Raw using ACR 11 and the Camera ‘Standard’ profile.
ISO 100 | 1/100 sec | F1.2 | Canon RF 50mm F1.2L
Photo by Wenmei Hill
The EOS R was announced less than two weeks after Nikon's Z7, which itself is Nikon's first full-frame mirrorless camera and is also designed around a new mount. Where Nikon makes a big deal about how immediately familiar the Z7 will be to existing Nikon shooters, Canon is incorporating some more radical ergonomic innovations on the EOS R - it handles unlike any existing Canon camera. Let's take a closer look at what exactly those innovations are and how they work.
The Canon EOS R will be available from October 2018 at a cost of around $2,299 or $3,399 with the RF 24-105mm F4L IS lens.
What's new and how it compares
The EOS R comes with a lot more than just a new mount. Read about the new features included on the EOS R.
Body and handling
The EOS R is Canon's lightest full-frame camera, but remains weather sealed and has a full-size grip. Read about all of the EOS R's ergonomic updates here.
The EOS R comes with some surprising ergonomic updates that aren't to everyone's tastes, but its still capable of great image quality.
View a variety of sample images from our final production EOS R.
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