Canon EOS R Review

Canon EOS R Review

The Canon EOS R is a digicam we’ve all been ready to see for a number of years now. It’s a full body mirrorless digicam with a 30.3MP sensor, 4K video seize, and an all-new lens mount. So how does this new digicam and system deal with the hype and anticipation that’s been constructing for therefore lengthy?

In quick, it’s promising.

In reviewing the Canon EOS R, it’s essential to think about the place it matches Canon’s new RF mount ecosystem, in addition to relative to its EF mount counterparts. The hype, anticipation, and sentiment all needed the Canon EOS R to be a mirrorless model of the Canon EOS 5D product line. Unfortunately, that’s not the place Canon slated this primary full-frame mirrorless outing. Based on the pricing and total characteristic limitations, it’s extra analogous to the Canon EOS 6D line.

Canon EOS R Key Features

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 8 Image Processor
  • UHD 4K30 Video; C-Log & 10-Bit HDMI Out
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF
  • 5655 AF Points
  • 3.69m-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • 3.15? 2.1m-Dot Swivel Touchscreen LCD
  • Expanded ISO 50-102400
  • 8 fps Shooting
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • SD UHS-II Card Slot
  • Multi-Function Bar
  • Dual Pixel RAW

The Canon EOS R is constructed round a 30.3MP full-frame sensor and makes use of the brand new RF mount, which offers a shorter flange distance and ends in bigger rear lens parts to provide a picture on the full-frame sensor. The RF mount additionally offers sooner and extra in-depth communication between the digicam and lens due to the brand new 12-pin communication system.

Canon EOS R Review

Canon says the EOS R gives “uninhibited compatibility with all existing EF, EF-S, TS-E and MP-E lenses through the use of mount adapters.” There are three adapters potential for utilizing EF lenses on the EOS R – the Basic EF Adapter for $100; the Control Ring Adapter for $200; or the Drop-in Filter Adapter for $400.

When Canon first introduced the EOS R, I questioned the relatively daring use of the time period “uninhibited.” However, after utilizing a wide range of EF lenses with the Basic EF adapter on the EOS, I’ve to confess that I couldn’t discern a distinction in odd use. Additionally, I used the EOS R with a number of third-party lenses . . . even an previous Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 from 2005 that’s nonetheless in my bag . . . and it labored simply advantageous. Sharp, quick, and constant AF with all the things I threw at it.

While I’m certain there are lenses that don’t nicely (or perhaps in any respect), I’ve at hand it to Canon for working via the compatibility for older lenses. If you’ve obtained a bag of EF lenses that you’re anxious about performing on the EOS R, cease worrying. That’s no cause to not purchase the EOS R.

Canon EOS R Review

Canon EOS R with (circa 2005) Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 DG HSM Lens at 200mm, f/2.8 and ISO 4000

The new lens choices are attractive on the EOS R. The shorter flange distance (as in comparison with the EF mount) is already yielding some attention-grabbing lenses just like the RF 28-70mm f/2. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get my fingers on this salivating lens after I had the EOS R again across the holidays however I obtained to make use of the RF 24-70mm f/4L IS and the RF 50mm f/1.2L. Both are simply implausible lenses however I hardly took the RF 50mm f/1.2L off the digicam.

Canon EOS R Review

Our superb boy Hank with the Canon EOS R w/ RF 50mm f/1.2L at ISO 1000 and f/1.2

Canon EOS R Review

Crop of above picture at ISO 1000 and f/1.2

There are gobs of samples you may dig up on extra technical overview websites and should you’re the pixel peeper kind, I encourage you to go looking these out. I didn’t actually get too technical with the EOS R’s picture high quality; nevertheless, I used to be by no means dissatisfied with the photographs it produced. It is head and shoulders above the Canon 6D Mark II and extra carefully aligned with the 5D Mark IV‘s picture high quality.

Canon EOS R Review

Canon EOS R Sample Image with 50mm f/1.2L at ISO 100 and f/1.2

Overall, I just like the dealing with and grip of the EOS R. It’s positively a step-down in measurement from the 5D line of DSLRs however I contemplate {that a} good factor. The button format is nice total. Some of the brand new features are a matter of style although. The mode dial that brings up a sub-menu of modes on the digicam’s LCD was a flip off for me. As was the brand new M-fn bar.

Canon EOS R Review

My opinion on guide buttons and switches is that I would like tactile suggestions of what I’m doing. I don’t get tactile suggestions on the M-fn button/panel and I may by no means get used to the menu possibility of the mode dial. Would it cease me from shopping for the digicam? Probably not. I believe it will take me a number of months to adapt although.

Canon EOS R Review

Another grievance that I’ve heard because the EOS R was introduced is the dearth of twin reminiscence card slots. I believe is probably going a small share of individuals with this demand. I’ve written about this earlier than however I believe is a non-issue with this digicam. It has a quick UHS-II slot. Finally, Canon goes with UHS-II.

It accommodates 4K video and might file C-Log internally at 8-bit, together with nonetheless picture seize as much as 8fps. Again although, this isn’t the “pro” mirrorless digicam from Canon. It’s prosumer for certain however not a substitute for the 5D Mark IV as a workhorse.

All that mentioned, the EOS R generally is a substitute for the 5D Mark IV amongst a sure class of shooter:  the prosumer that has the picture high quality discernment inflicting them to succeed in for the 5D Mark IV’s functionality however doesn’t want the sturdy construct and workhorse calls for of knowledgeable shooter. If you needed to go together with the lighter and extra inexpensive 6D Mark II however have been delay by its missing picture high quality, the EOS R could very nicely be the digicam for you.

The built-in 4K timelapse works nice for producing a ready-to-use timelapse film in 4K high quality. If you need extra management, there’s no strategy to take nonetheless pictures with a built-in intervalometer like you may on Canon’s professional DSLRs.

Canon EOS R Review

However, the affordable Vello Shutterboss remote will get you extra management than these cameras supply interally anyway. It’s the identical distant that works on the Canon Rebel collection and is a must have should you take pleasure in taking pictures timelapse sequences and nonetheless need the pliability your RAW information present you after the seize.

I’ve gotten to the place I really like a superb articulating show on nearly any digicam – and the Canon EOS R’s touchscreen show is a good addition. It’s very versatile in sensible taking pictures conditions and retains me off the bottom when framing from a low angle. The touchscreen is pretty much as good as the remainder of what Canon gives – and I nonetheless assume Canon has about the very best touchscreen motion of any digicam.

Canon EOS R Review

The WiFi switch works nicely sufficient to get stable pictures from the digicam to your cellphone for fast edits in Lightroom or your cell app of alternative. I like to see some revolutionary advances on this area however Apple and Android have the fingers to play and our area of interest use case as fanatic and professional photographers in all probability doesn’t register loud sufficient to pressure their fingers. For now, it’s purposeful sufficient to get your high-quality pictures off your digicam and onto Instagram.

On the video aspect of issues, I believe Canon is blissful to let the EOS R lag behind and let a higher-end mannequin step up the video section in its mirrorless line. While the EOS R information 4K video, it’s considerably cropped to the tune of 1.8x. This makes lens selections a nightmare and consistency with different Canon cameras irritating. The jello impact is in full impact on the EOS R as nicely due to the rolling shutter. If you’re a video fanatic or professional, then you definitely already knew this. If you need some first rate video, the EOS R can ship stable outcomes. However, this digicam is hands-down a nonetheless picture shooter at first – a task it handles very nicely.

Canon EOS R Review

Most of all, the Canon EOS R has me excited and optimistic about the place professional and prosumer cameras are heading. I’m glad to see Canon on the mirrorless practice alongside Nikon. While the EOS M line has its personal promising cameras, the EOS R line is the way forward for Canon and this primary providing is sort of compelling. As a Canon shooter with a bag EF lenses, if I used to be going to drop $2k on a digicam immediately, the Canon EOS R can be on the high of my record.

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Canon EOS R 

Canon EOS R Kit

Canon RF 24-105mm f/4L IS Lens

Canon RF 50mm f/1.2L Lens

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