Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Announced – Plus 4 New RF Lenses

September 5th, 2018
Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Announced – Plus 4 New RF Lenses

Although the summer seems to be almost gone, the heat is not over yet! Hot on the heels of Nikon’s new Z6 and Z7, Canon releases their own take of a full-frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS R.

EOS R

This is it, the Canon EOS R. It is the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera and it has plenty (but not all) of the features one had hoped for. 4K video? Check! Dual Pixel autofocus? Check! Swivel screen? Check!

Alongside this release Canon shows four native lenses for the new RF mount. And these lenses come with some impressive specs! A 28-70mm f/2, anyone?

EOS R

The Canon EOS R

The Canon EOS R is the first camera to feature the new RF lens mount with a 12-pin connection, flange back distance of 20mm and a wide 54mm mount diameter. According to Canon this enables a greater flexibility in lens design. We get to the four new native RF lenses in a second. First, watch the video below in order to get started with the new EOS R ecosystem:

OK, let’s take a deep breath and sort this out. A new RF mount? EF glass only with an adapter? Yes, but that adapter comes with a twist! There are actually three different models of that EF – R mount adapter. A plain adapter, a adapter which sports a control ring (just like the control ring on the new RF lenses) and a version for drop-in filters. Your choice of a polarizer filter or a variable ND filter.

EOS RThe camera sports some new features when compared to the full-size DSLRs. On the rear there’s a new so-called Function Bar which is highly customizable. You can map whatever you want to it and control it conveniently with your thumb.  Furthermore, the camera body features a built-in EVF with 3.69 Million Dots, a swiveling touchscreen LCD and a dot-matrix LCD Panel on the top for all relevant information.

 

EOS R

For stills, the EOS R shoots CR3(RAW/C-RAW) and supports dual pixel AF in RAW. The CR3 is Canon’s new RAW format for stills. The whole body is of course weather-sealed and dust resistant, just like you would expect from a Canon camera.

Video Capabilities

In terms of video the new EOS R does record either 1080p up to 50/60p, 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) in up to 25/30p. It’s also capable of recording 100/120p but only at a less than desirable resolution of 1280×720. The recording codec is MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 and video is recorded internally in 8bit 4:2:0 only in Rec.2020 or Canon Log (1). We’ve been told that the will operate in crop mode when shooting 4K UHD. That’s unfortunate but, and that’s a good thing, the EOS R features HDMI 422 10bit out in either Rec.2020 or Canon Log.

EOS R

So no real high frame rates (except for 720p) to be found here. Sony’s a7 III does 1080p in up to 120fps. Same is true for the new Nikon Z6 and Z7. According to Canon the EOS R is just the first body for their new ecosystem involving the new RF mount, so this might be only the beginning. For us video shooters the above specs seem a bit disappointing but I think we should wait just a little longer and don’t judge a camera solely from its specs. Let’s see how the actual footage looks like.

EOS R

What the Canon EOS R lacks is this: No IBIS (in body image stabilization). The New sensor does not offer any built-in IS features such as the Sony a7III or the new Nikon Z’s do. Furthermore, the EOS R sports only a single SD card slot (just like the new Nikon Z’s).

New RF Lenses

Along with the release of the EOS R body, Canon also releases 4 new lenses which support the RF mount natively.

EOS R

The four lenses include these models:

  • RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM
  • RF 28-70mm F2 L USM
  • RF 50mm F1.2 L USM
  • RF35mm F1.8 MACRO IS STM

The 28-70 f/2 is a world’s first in terms of fast aperture. All these lenses make use of the new RF lens mount design which offers greater flexibility when designing lenses. The rear elements of these lenses can be bigger when compared to EF glass. This results in more compact lenses while still be able to design very fast lenses.

The RF lenses sport a new Control Ring which can be programmed to several functions such as iris or ISO control. That way you can hold the camera with both hands while conveniently controlling all the functions you need right now without fiddling with buttons and dials.

The Competition

The so-called mirrorless war is really heating up! Sony has been king of the hill in this market segment for some years now, but competition is growing. First Nikon Z, now Canon EOS R, Panasonic also seems to have something up its sleeve. And of course, one question remains unanswered: When do we see a Sony a7s III?

EOS R

EF-EOS R adapter with variable ND filter.Adapter

Canon’s signature dual-pixel autofocus is probably the best autofocus system for videos we know and it’s a great selling point for the new EOS R camera, I’m sure.

Pricing and Availability

The camera will be available from early October on. The body will sell for 2,299$. Pricing for the adapters and the lenses still remain unknown at this point  Pricing is now available, see below for all the details.

Apart from the basic EF-R adapter, the other models will arrive a little later this year or beginning of next year.

links: canon.com (press release)

What do think of this new camera which actually opens the door for a whole new ecosystem? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Art Sanchez
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

Wow!
How does this vari nd work?
Is it a standard vari nd filter(based on polarizers)? Or is it using new technology like on the FS5?
Is it a clear filter option (for low light use)?

Johnnie Behiri
Johnnie Behiri
AdminSeptember 5th, 2018

Hi Art. Will come back to you with a clear answer later today.

Thank you

Johnnie

Art Sanchez
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

Thanks!!

Clayton Moore
MemberSeptember 6th, 2018

Johnnie it looks like if the image is cropped for 4k that you may get more real-estate that way in a GH5 / GH5s if its a micro 4/3 thats not being cropped.

Matteo Raineri
Matteo Raineri
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

No ibis, no 120fps in 1080, 1.7 X crop in 4K. At this point it would be more honest by Canon, do not enter video features in this type of camera and continue with the cinema line. Especially after Sony, Panasonic and even Nikon have shown what’s the real potential in the mirrorless environment.

Samuel Befekadu
Samuel Befekadu
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

I am disappointed to say the least. No 120fps? I don’t mind the crop while shooting 4K since you can compensate it with wider angle lenses. but the fact that it doesn’t have 120fps and you have to buy adopter to use your existing canon lenses, on top of that it more expensive than Sony a 7iii, Nikon z6, and Panasonic gh5 Which have a way better feacher than canon EOS R. But I am still stuck with canon just because I am into their color science and I own lots of expensive canon lenses!

Melvin Chong
Melvin Chong
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

Canon, the only camera company that think buyers are always dumb.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

I guess that makes them the Apple of cameras.

Nelson Herbert
Nelson Herbert
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

Mat Walker competition heating up

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

What is “Mat Walker competition?”

 Chris Seerveld
Chris Seerveld
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

Competition is great and some of these features look useful, but I don’t think this will pull any video shooters from Sony. Everyone wants the latest and greatest specs. Canon just digging a deeper hole?

Richard van den Boogaard
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

Not even as a replacement timelapse camera does this work for me. ~350-370 images on a single battery charge. Seriously, Canon?

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

Amen. And have these morons finally put an intervalometer on their cameras?

And can you turn the screen off during time-lapse shooting?

Richard van den Boogaard
Richard van den Boogaard
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

370 exposures on a single battery, according to the specs. That’s not even 15 seconds of timelapse.

1998 called, they want their camera back…

Sean Kenney
Sean Kenney
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

According to DP Review and B&H it DOES do 120fps. “The camera can also record 120p footage at 1280 x 720 at a healthy 160Mbps bit rate.”

 Joe Oberster
Joe Oberster
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

720p? I think I just threw up in my mouth a little.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

Knowing Canon, it might be interlaced.

Lâm Tran
Lâm Tran
GuestSeptember 5th, 2018

It’s quite revolutionary, particularly the L-ring as a controller to potentially replaces the thumb-wheel dial. This camera do not have the thumb wheel dial

Clayton Moore
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

For Still photographers alone its going in the right direction.

Full Frame mirrorless and the smaller and lighter that goes along with….. is what people really want. Video features aside, Canon had to do this, or suffer a big sucking sound out of their professional stills market.

 Derek Doublin
Derek Doublin
MemberSeptember 5th, 2018

Seriously? A 4K crop in 2018?? And how is 720p even on a spec sheet for a professional camera anymore?

The most exciting thing about this camera isn’t even the camera, it’s the accessories. The ND adapter sounds great. And the 28-70mm f2 sounds amazing. Too bad that 4k crop turns what should be a game changing lens, into a mediocre 50-126mm F3.6.

Clayton Moore
MemberSeptember 6th, 2018

“And how is 720p even on a spec sheet for a professional camera anymore?” It’s not! An 4k image downsized to 720p is one thing, but originating an image in 720p is obsolete.

But then the first Canon DSLRs years go, though they were specked at 1080 were, do to the lack of detail at 1080… effectively a 720p image. But that was over 10 years ago.

 Fausto Cantarella
Fausto Cantarella
MemberSeptember 6th, 2018

This video cam has serious problems. We are at the end of 2018 and for much less than the cost of this new Canon mirrorless, the competition does much more. This mirrorless has a 1.7-1.8x 4K crop; record in 4: 2: 0 8bit; the 120p for slow-motion makes them only at 720p !!! With what courage can Canon make fun of the professionals?

 Emil H
Emil H
MemberSeptember 6th, 2018

Come on guys, I am disappointed you didn’t mention the 4k crop in the article. I expected better from you.

 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

Agree. Canon color + their motion estimation on frames looks best to my eye.

However, not including 4K full frame is crazy. They have the tech, but kept it off this model strictly for business reasons. I don’t understand.. why not match, then beat the A7S II? Even if this is amazing with an external recorder, you STILL can’t utilize the full frame look in 4k. I guess they didn’t want to make 1DX II obsolete.

Jordi Martí
Jordi Martí
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

Using the EF-S 10-18mm would make a great combo with this camera for 4k vlogging, right? Crop factor doesn’t matter if you are using EF-S lenses, and would be lightweight, wide angle, ND filters, and 4k! Will it work as I expect it or I’m missing something?

Richard van den Boogaard
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

Sure thing. Your face will look like a lovely pumpkin between 10 and 18mm!

Jordi Martí
Jordi Martí
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

Considering the crop factor I think it will look like any other vlogger out there. They all use wide angle lenses, like 16-35mm for full frame, which is an equivalent lens to the 10-18mm for aps-c sensor.

 Funky Punky Monkey Junk
Funky Punky Monkey Junk
MemberSeptember 7th, 2018

So “dual-pixel” AF is supposed to be a big selling point for video… but the video capabilities suck.

Canon strikes again.

So you need an Atomos recorder to make this thing viable for video, and even then you’re not even getting APS-C (Super 35) DOF control or field of view.

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