With the EOS R, Canon sets sight on the full-frame mirrorless camera throne
September 5, 2018

Talk about expanding the frontiers of photography and filmmaking. After months of rumors and the odd leak, it is official. Canon have stepped on to the mirrorless bandwagon with the first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R. At its global launch event in London, Canon also introduced its’ new RF-mount system, which will support Canons huge lens family.

The EOS R camera is built around a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor with a native ISO range of 100-40,000 that expands to 50-102,400. The sensor uses dual-pixel autofocus and is paired with Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor.

Design-wise, the EOS R is an SLR-style camera with a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. It offers an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 3.69 million dots, a magnification of 0.76x and a 23mm eyepoint. It’s fully articulating 3.2″ LCD is touch-enabled and has 2.1 million dots. A customizable touchpad to the right of the viewfinder allows for quickly changing ISO, white balance, movie shooting and more. The EOS R supports both Canon’s 14-bit CRW Raw format as well as the relatively new C-Raw, which offers much smaller file sizes. The fastest shutter speed available is 1/8000 sec, with an X-sync speed of 1/200 sec.

One key aspect that distinguishes the EOS R is how it a system designed with lenses at its core. The EOS R System is full compatibile with existing EF and EF-S lenses via not one, but three newly-introduced lens adapters. Canon launched four new lenses compatible with the EOS R System at the event, namely the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM.  The company also announced a new app called Digital Photo Professional Express for the Apple iPad, which will let users edit CR3 RAW files on their tablet.

The Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera will be available in retail in October for 2,499 Euros [body only] or 3,499 Euros with the 24-105mm F4L lens.

by Anil George
Avid follower of all things tech. In between his quest for the ultimate gizmo, Anil fiddles with light meters, collects rare books and feeds his fetish for Jap horror movies. As Managing Editor of T3 Middle East for the GCC, Anil oversees content direction across print and digital. He was a CES 2018 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2017, 2016. and 2015. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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