Canon Launches its Highly Anticipated Full-frame Mirrorless Camera


After the launch of Nikon’s Z series, the industry has been eagerly waiting for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera. Finally, the company has unveiled its latest system—the Canon EOS R. Along with this, they have also introduced four new lenses.

The camera is equipped with a 30.3 (36 x 24 mm) megapixel CMOS sensor, along with DIGIC 8 image processor. It has a native ISO range of 100–40,000 (expandable up to 50–1,02,400), and supports 14-bit CRW RAW format, as well as C-RAW. The EOS R features Dual Pixel CMOS AF, with 5,655 manually selectable AF points, as well as 88% vertical and 100% horizontal coverage. It also has the ability to focus down to -6EV. Furthermore, the camera has continuous shooting speed of 8fps in AF-S, and 5fps in AF-C shooting speed priority mode. The frame rate will drop to 3fps when the user switches to tracking priority mode.

The EOS R is capable of capturing 4K UHD video up to 30fps, with 1.7x crop. It can also shoot HD footage at 60fps, and 720p video at 120fps. The user can select between ALL-I and IPB compression, with bit rates of 420Mbps and 120Mbps, respectively. Moreover, the user can output 10-bit 4:2:2 video over HDMI or record internally at 8-bit 4:2:0. The EOS R also comes with the ability to shoot Canon Log.

The design of the EOS R resembles a SLR-style camera. It has a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body, which offers a 3.69-million dots electronic viewfinder, with 0.76x magnification, and a 23mm eyepoint. The company has included a customisable touchpad to the right of the viewfinder, allowing the user to change settings such as the ISO, white balance, movie shooting amongst others. It features a 3.2-inch 2.1-million dots fully articulated touchscreen. It also has HDMI, USB-C, wired remote, headphone and microphone sockets, and comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

The new lenses are—the RF 24–105mm f/4L IS, the RF 50mm f/1.2L, the RF 28–70mm f/2L, and the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro. The RF 28–70mm f/2L has been designed using 19 elements in 13 groups. It has a non-standard front filter diameter of 95mm, and a minimum focusing distance of 0.39m. The RF 24–105mm f/4L IS features 18 elements in 14 groups, along with aspherical and UD elements. The RF 50mm f/1.2L was constructed using 15 elements in 9 groups, and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.40m. The RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro comprises of 11 elements in 9 groups, with 5-stops image stabalisation. As for the aperture blades, the RF 24–105mm f/4L IS, the RF 28–70mm f/2L, and the RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro have 9 blades, where as the the RF 50mm f/1.2L has 10 blades.

The camera and the RF 50mm f/1.2 L USM will be available in October. The RF 28–70mm f/2 L USM, RF 24–105mm f/4 L IS USM and RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM will all be in stores in December.