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Canon announces the EOS R camera and a new full-frame mirrorless system

By Alvin Soon - on 6 Sep 2018, 10:10am

Canon announces the EOS R camera and a new full-frame mirrorless system

Canon has announced the EOS R, the first camera in their new full-frame mirrorless system.

The EOS R features a 30.3 MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 8 processor. It introduces a new RF-mount, which supports both EF and EF-S lenses with an adapter. Canon will be releasing not one, but three EF-to-RF adapters for the EOS R.

The EOS R ships with Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel autofocus system, with a copious 5,655 number of selectable points. They don‘t cover the entire frame, however, with 88% vertical and 100% horizontal coverage. 

The EOS R shoots ISO 100 to 40,000, which can be expanded from ISO 50 to 102,400. It has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000 sec, and an X-sync speed of 1/200 sec. The camera can shoot continuously at eight frames per second in AF-S and five frames per second in AF-C mode.

Canon is introducing an ‘M-Fn Bar’ to the camera right of the viewfinder. It’s a touch-sensitive bar that can be customized for various functions. Like the Nikon Z-series cameras that were just announced, the EOS R will come with a single memory card slot. Whereas Nikon’s has an XQD card slot, the EOS R supports good old SD.

Surprisingly, Canon is not including built-in optical image stabilization (OIS) in the EOS R. Both Sony’s latest and Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras include OIS, but Canon continues to rely on lens-based image stabilization.

One of three EF-to-RF mount adapters for the EOS R. This one supports drop-in filters, while another has a customizable control wheel. The last is a basic adapter.

Also surprising — the EOS R’s video capture only has a maximum frame-rate of 4K/30p, and crops the sensor at 1.7x. It does, however, have a high maximum bitrate of 420 Mbps. The EOS R captures video internally at 8-bit 4:2:0, can shoot Canon Log, and capture 10-bit 4:2:2 C-Log through HDMI.

The EOS R has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy chassis, and its electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 3.69 million dots. The 3.2” LCD can fully articulate. The battery is rated for 370 shots per charge, and it will have an optional BG-E22 grip that has space for two batteries.

All four RF lenses have a customizable control ring that controls exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture, or ISO.

The EOS R will launch with a solid selection of four native lenses. There will be a 28-70mm f/2, a 50mm f/1.2, a 24-105mm f/4, and a 35mm f/1.8 macro lens.

The EOS R is slated to be available in October for US$2,299 for the body only, or US$3,399 with the 24-105mm f/4 lens.

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