Following hot on the heels of Nikon, Canon has today announced the EOS R, a full-frame mirrorless DSLR camera in a bid to challenge Sony, which has taken a lead in sales of full-frame mirrorless cameras in the USA.
The Canon EOS R system will use a brand new RF lens mount that has the same diameter as Canon’s existing EF mount but with a shorter back focus distance, which means lenses sit closer to the sensor and this enables Canon’s optical engineers to design lenses with larger rear elements. The Canon RF mount also features a high-speed 12-pin communication system for a faster and more in-depth communication between the camera and lens over existing Canon mount systems.
The new EOS-R has a full frame 30.3-megapixel CMOS sensor coupled to Canon’s latest DIGIC 8 image processor; enabling shooting speeds of up to eight frames per second, although that figure drops to 5fps in autofocus mode, which is a bit slower than Nikon’s new Z-series. The CMOS sensor can also deliver 4K UHD video at up to 30fps and record in 10-bit 4:2:2 with an external recorder.
The EOS R has the ability to shoot Canon Log, providing 12 stops of dynamic range, minimal loss of detail in shadows and highlighted areas and an increased range of choices when color grading. Canon users who already own EF lenses will be able to use any EF or EF-S lens with the camera. In order to do so, photographers and videographers can choose between using one of three new mount adapters, including a drop-in filter adaptor and another with an electronic control ring.
The new Canon EOS R has Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus with a staggering 5,655 manually selectable AF points, supporting AF at up to f/11 with a 384 zone (24×16) real-time metering system. With f/1.2 lenses, the camera can autofocus in light a low as EV-6. The ISO ranges from 100 – 40,000 and can be expanded to ISO 50-102,000.
When using the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens, the EOS R can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds with its Dual Pixel CMOS AF, making it the fastest autofocus speed in the world, according to Canon. The EOS R also features a silent shutter setting when shooting in single-shot mode; an important feature for those who need to capture images without disrupting the scene. An upcoming free firmware update will enable silent shutter in continuous shooting mode as well.
As with all mirrorless cameras, the viewfinder is electronic – and OLED – with 3.69 million dots, 100% coverage, and a magnification factor of 0.76. At the rear, there is a flip-out and rotating LED touch-panel display made up of 2.1 million dots. The body is wrought from magnesium and, as you’d expect at this professional level, is drip proof and dust proof. The EOS R weighs in at 1.5lbs (660g) and there’s a chunky battery grip available too. Users of Canon’s EOS 5D Mark IV will be pleased to know that the EOS R uses the same LP-E6N battery.
Alongside the EOS R body, Canon is also launching four new RF Mount lenses. The first is the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS kit zoom which will cost $1,099 and ships in December. Canon also has two prime lenses ready to go: a 32mm f/1.4 STM macro at $500, and a 50mm f/1.2 L for £2,299, shipping in October. Finally, at the end of the year, Canon will release the RF 28-70mm f/2 zoom lens at $2,999.
And finally, the all-important lens mount adapters will enable owners of Canon EF and EF-S lenses to use their glassware on the new EOS R body. There’s a basic adapter that costs just $100 and an adapter with an electronic control ring that will be priced at $200. Both adapters will ship in October. There will also be two drop-in filter mount adapters available in February next year: a variable neutral density version that will sell for $400 and a circular polarizing version priced at $300. The Canon lens adapters are more keenly priced than Nikon’s version.
Pricing and availability
The EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera will cost $2,299 (body only) or $3,399 with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS zoom lens. Both body and lens will begin shipping in October 2018.
More info: usa.canon.com/eosrsystem