Canon’s EOS R: Here are a few reasons why the competition needs to be afraid. Very afraid.
September 5, 2018
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The Canon EOS R marks the brands first steps into the full-frame mirrorless camera segment. Built around a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor, the EOS R features some serious tech highlights that keep it well ahead of the rest of the competition. Yep, we’re talking about you, Sony.

Lenses, lenses, lenses

Let’s start with the all-too-crucial lenses. One very impressive aspect was the sheer variety of the lenses at launch. The EOS R launches with four native RF lenses: the RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM, the RF 28-70mm f2L USM, the RF 35mm f1.8 Macro IS USM and the RF 50mm f1.2L USM. While Canon didn’t release a detailed lens roadmap, it is already working on a series of f2.8 zooms. This is a huge advantage over the Nokia Z7, for instance, since Nikon’s current Z lenses only include one zoom model and won’t include longer-ranged glass until 2019.

A ton of adaptors

With 130 million EF lenses sold, Canon realized compatibility with existing lenses would remain critical to the EOS R’s success. So it developed not one but three EF-EOS R adapters: a basic model, one that includes the customizable function ring of RF lenses and a third which supports drop-in filters with polariser and variable ND options.

Dual Pixels

The EOS R boasts Dual Pixel autofocus system, one seen on the flagship 5D Mark IV that takes two 30.3-megapixel images nearly simultaneously. The AF works at up to f/11 and features a 384-zone (24×16) real-time metering system. It can function brilliantly in low light thanks to its working range of EV -6 to 18.The AF system can achieve focus in as little as 0.05 seconds (when using the new RF 24-105mm f/4L IS lens), which is presently the fastest autofocus speed in the world according to Canon.

The MacBook touch

We absolutely love the MacBook-like “multifunction touch bar” on the Canon EOS R that lets you program for different settings like ISO, shutter speed, autofocus and more. This touch strip on the back promises finer control than the traditional dial, and could well be an indication of where the controls are headed.

That flappable display

Placed under the EVF is a 3.15”, 2.1-million-dot Vari-Angle touchscreen LCD monitor with a rotating, flippable display. That’s a big advantage over the competition, as Nikon’s Z-cameras, by contrast, just have tilting touch displays.

The card factor

There may be only one memory slot, but the EOS R will SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards as against the Nikon Z6, which will uses XQD cards and CFexpress Type B formats. This means Canon is allowing its DSLR users to adopt the EOS R with their existing collection of SD cards and readers.

Battery-wise

The Canon EOS R will uses the same LP-E6N batteries as the 5D Mark IV, which means much better battery life than Nikon’s Z7. If you need even more, a battery grip, the BG-E22, is available.

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 2017 Innovation Awards Judge, reprising his role as an Innovation Awards Judge at CES 2015 and 2016. Anil is also the Middle East's first Brand Ambassador for Ashdown Engineering. Reach him at: editor@t3me.com.
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