Canon EOS R on a white table
Canon announces the EOS R mirrorless camera and lens system

Canon’s hitting back hard against Sony and Nikon’s mirrorless shooters with its first ever full-frame mirrorless camera and lens system: the Canon EOS R.

Canon has just announced the EOS R, which includes both the full-frame mirrorless camera and the lens system. While Sony’s been making mirrorless systems for years now, and Nikon just announced its mirrorless Z 7 and Z 6, Canon’s new full-frame mirrorless offering doesn’t appear to be a mere first attempt. It shows some polished promise.

Canon EOS R
Canon EOS R

Overview of the EOS R

The new Canon EOS R has a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor and has an ISO range of 100-40,000. The sensor is paired with Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor and uses dual-pixel autofocus. Canon claims this camera boasts “the world’s fastest autofocus” clocking in at just 0.05 seconds. There’s a total of 5,655 AF points and low-light focusing that Canon claims goes down to EV -6.

However, there’s no in-body stabilization. Both Sony and Nikon’s mirrorless cameras feature in-body stabilization, so that gives its competition a leg up. But there are numerous other ways that you can stabilize a camera, like using a gimbal, for instance. Still, there’s bound to be lots of disappointed Canon users out there who were hoping for this feature.

The back of the EOS R
On the back of the camera, there’s a sliding left-right control bar that can be used for various features

Video

The camera shoots 4K at 30 fps video with full audio control, a vari-angle screen and manual focus peaking. The camera can also shoot in full HD at up to 60 fps. Users can output in 10-bit over HDMI with Canon Log for up to 12-stops of dynamic range at ISO 400.

Overall, the video on the EOS R doesn’t look to be revolutionary. As you can see in this test footage, there’s noticeable rolling shutter. And 4K at 30 fps is good, but many will be craving 4K at 60 fps. Still, the video shooting on the EOS R looks to do a decent job.

Design

While the EOS R is a mirrorless camera, it more resembles a slim DSLR.

Additionally, the camera has a 3.15-inch LCD touchscreen that can flip 180 degrees for all you vloggers reading this. Also, the EOS R has an OLED electronic viewfinder and an information panel.

The EOS R's screen flipped out
The EOS R’s LCD screen can flip out 180 degrees

Lenses

The first lenses in the EOS R lineup are a 24-105mm f/4 L, a 50mm f/1.2mm L, a 28-70mm f/2 L, and a 35mm f/1.8 macro. There will be three lens mount adapters for EOS SLR lenses. One will have the EOS R control ring and another one can be used with drop-in filters.

Pricing and Availability

The camera, body-only, will be priced at $2,299 and will be released in late October. If you want to get the camera with the 24-105mm lens, that’s going to cost you $3,399. That will be released in October, as well.

However, preorders will be open in a couple of days, starting September 12th.

With Canon jumping into the full-frame mirrorless market, this ultimately proves that mirrorless is the camera format of the future. Sony, Nikon and Canon are now all taking the format seriously.

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