Canon EOS R First Impressions Review

Written by Gina Stephens

The Canon EOS R is the from the word go 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 Evaluate 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 prevailing 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 superiority 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 likely as the EOS M series.

Key Specifications:

  • 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 slay (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 once more HDMI or 8-bit 4:2:0 internal)
  • USB charging (only using optional Canon charger)

Converted from Raw using ACR 11 and the Camera ‘Support’ 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 earliest 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 persisting Nikon shooters, Canon may refer to is incorporating some more radical ergonomic innovations on the EOS R – it handles unlike any existing Canon camera. Let’s take a neck look at what exactly those innovations are and how they work.

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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 be in a classes

The EOS R comes with a lot more than just a new mount. Read about the new features included on the EOS R.

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Body and handling

The EOS R is Canon’s lightest full-frame camera, but stays weather sealed and has a full-size grip. Read about all of the EOS R’s ergonomic updates here.

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First impressions

The EOS R comes with some off guarding ergonomic updates that aren’t to everyone’s tastes, but its still capable of great image quality.

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Sample gallery

Landscape a variety of sample images from our final production EOS R.

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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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