Amateur Photographer - - Testbench -

The EOS R’s ar­rival has been greeted with a great amount of in­ter­est from Canon users. Those hop­ing for a minia­turised ver­sion of the com­pany’s EOS 5D se­ries haven’t had their wish come true and in­stead of tar­get­ing the high- end en­thu­si­ast and semi-pro user, the EOS R is more like an EOS 6D Mark II in the way it feels like an en­try point into full-frame pho­tog­ra­phy. The EOS R goes up against Sony’s A7 III (£1,999) and Nikon’s Z 6 (£2,099), but priced at £2,349 (body only), it’s the most ex­pen­sive and has its work cut out jus­ti­fy­ing this ex­tra ex­pense.

Touch­ing on the pos­i­tives, the EOS R de­liv­ers stun­ning im­ages that are on par with those you’ll get out of the EOS 5D Mark IV. It fo­cuses re­spon­sively in chal­leng­ing low-light sce­nar­ios, of­fers the best EVF we’ve used on a Canon cam­era and is built around a strong body that feels good in the hand over long spells of shoot­ing – some­thing that’s needed for the size­able lenses Canon has cre­ated so far for the EOS R sys­tem. We’re a big fan of the cus­tomis­able ring on the new lenses too, and it’s en­cour­ag­ing that EF/EF-S op­tics and third-party lenses per­form so well with the EF- EOS R mount adapters. These points are sadly un­done by its lack of IBIS, mode dial, AF joy­stick and un­con­ven­tional ar­range­ment of but­tons and con­trols. Add the sin­gle card slot, ques­tion­able M- Fn bar and 4K video lim­i­ta­tions to this and you walk away feel­ing like it has room for im­prove­ment.

Canon had an op­por­tu­nity to make the EOS R one of the best cam­eras it has ever made and shake up the full-frame mir­ror­less mar­ket with some­thing truly spe­cial. Though this first it­er­a­tion in the new se­ries might not be per­fect or as com­pelling as its Nikon and Sony com­pe­ti­tion, it rep­re­sents a start in full-frame mir­ror­less for Canon. It’s go­ing to be very in­ter­est­ing to watch the new EOS R sys­tem evolve over fu­ture years, and I’m very in­trigued to find out how the sec­ond model might dif­fer to the first one re­viewed here.

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