Canon EOS R review
This review has been updated to reflect the behavior and performance of firmware v1.6, released in late 2019.
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.
With the EOS R, you are, in essence, 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. Unfortunately, while it's capable of great image quality, handling and ergonomics are a mixed bag and the EOS R's video capabilities lag behind the competition considerably.
- 30MP full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
- 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 1.8x 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 is available at a cost of around $2,299 (£2399 in the UK including the EF mount adapter) or $3,399 with the RF 24-105mm F4L IS lens (£3299 in the UK).
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.
Controls and customization
The EOS R comes with a mix of control points that can be widely customized, and some that can't be customized at all.
The EOS R comes with some surprising ergonomic updates that aren't to everyone's tastes, but its still capable of great image quality.
What's it like to use
The EOS R is Canon's smallest, lightest full-frame camera body. Find out how we think it stacks up for a variety of types of shooting.
See how the EOS R stacks up in front of our studio scene.
Autofocus and performance
The EOS R's Dual Pixel AF system generally works well, and you should never need to microadjust your lenses again.
With 4K capture and Dual Pixel AF, the EOS R should make for a pretty solid vlogging camera - but the quality of its footage lags the competition.
The EOS R can take some great photos, but is broadly overshadowed by the competition and struggles to stand out in today's crowded market.
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