The waiting is over as Canon finally pulled the covers off its most important camera in decades. The EOS R is the brand’s first-ever full-frame mirrorless camera and photographers have had their first glimpse of the lightweight and compact body, along with that all-important spec sheet.
Let’s start with the headline features….The EOS R features a 30.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that has been paired with Canon’s powerful DIGIC 8 processor engine. Canon say the EOS R features the world’s fastest autofocus – locking on to subjects in as little as 0.05 seconds and the camera features a burst mode of 8 frames per second (fixed AF) or 5 frames per second with AF tracking.
The EOS R features Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus with an incredible 5,655 manually selectable AF points, supporting AF at up to f/11 with a 384 zone (24×16) real-time metering system. There’s also a ‘Touch and Drag’ AF mode and the EOS R can focus in incredibly low light conditions – as low as -6 EV. The ISO range stretches from 100-40,000 and is expandable to 102,400.
The Electronic Viewfinder offers a resolution of 3.69 million dots, provides 100 percent coverage of the scene and there is a completely silent shooting mode, which will come as good news to wedding and street photographers. There’s also plenty for videographers too, with the EOS R able to capture 4K video footage up to 30fps with and full audio control. Scenes can be set-up using the vari-angle touch-sensitive screen and there’s also pro movie features such as manual focus peaking. Users can output footage in 10-bit over HDMI with Canon Log and there’s up to 12-stops of dynamic range at ISO 400.
Suitable for pro use, the EOS R features a weather sealed, magnesium alloy body (weighing 660g) and there’s also a very cool a customisable multi-function bar, which Canon explain can be personalised using a slide or touch motion for preferred settings such as ISO or White Balance.
The new RF mount sees four lenses released at launch; a RF 24-105 F/4 L IS USM which gives 5-stops of Image Stabilisation, a RF 28-70mm f/2 L USM that is the world’s first large-aperture full frame compatible standard zoom, offering f/2 brightness throughout the zoom range, a RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM and a versatile RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM that can capture fine details at half life-size macro magnifications with 5-stops of image stabilisation. Existing Canon photographers will be able to use their EF/EF-S lenses with the EF-EOS R mount adaptor.
The EOS R will be available for preorder from 12 September and Canon are offering the body and mount adaptor for £2,349.99/ €2,729.99 or the EOS R body, mount adapter and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for £3,269.99/ €3,819.99.