Canon EOS R review
This review has been updated to reflect the behaviour and performance of firmware v1.6, released in late 2019.
The Canon EOS R is the first 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 Mark 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 existing EF mount.
With the EOS R, you are, in essence, getting image and video quality 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 well as the EOS M series. Unfortunately, while it's capable of great image quality, handling and ergonomics are a mixed bag and the EOS R's video capabilities lag behind the competition considerably.
- 30MP full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus
- 3.69M dot OLED viewfinder
- Fully articulated rear LCD
- Autofocus rated down to -6EV (with F1.2 lens)
- Up to 8 fps shooting (5 fps with continuous AF, 3 fps 'Tracking Priority mode')
- UHD 4K 30p video from a 1.8x crop of the sensor
- Canon Log (10-bit 4:2:2 over HDMI or 8-bit 4:2:0 internal)
- USB charging (with some chargers)
What we like
What we don't
The EOS R is Canon's first full-frame mirrorless camera, and with a proven sensor and great color output, it's capable of producing really great photographs. But then again, there are many full-frame cameras on the market today that are capable of producing really great photographs, so it's the process of getting to those photographs that is becoming increasingly important to consider. In that sense, the EOS R comes up short.