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Mag­ne­sium al­loy cov­ers with weather seal­ing over a mag­ne­sium al­loy chas­sis. The con­trol lay­out is ba­si­cally a new ar­range­ment with a much greater re­liance on cus­tomis­able multi-func­tion con­trols and only a few sim­i­lar­i­ties with the higher-end D-SLR con­trol lay­outs. As on the Nikon Z cam­eras, the top deck info screen is an OLED-type panel. How­ever, the hand­grip is de­lib­er­ately more D-SLR-like in size and func­tion. Cu­ri­ously though, there’s no joy­stick-type con­troller for faster AF point se­lec­tion, but this can be done from the touch­screen. Com­pletely new – and pretty neat too – is a multi-func­tion touch-bar (the ‘M-Fn Bar’), lo­cated along­side the EVF eye­piece, which is swiped either left-to-right (or vice-versa) to make set­ting ad­just­ments for one of 40 as­sign­a­ble op­er­a­tions (in­clud­ing white balance set­tings, sen­si­tiv­ity, shut­ter speeds, etc.). Of course, the good news is that the EOS R is markedly more com­pact and lighter than the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II or even the ‘APS-C’ for­mat EOS 7D Mark II. Body-only weight is 580 grams ver­sus 800 grams for the 5D IV. That said, Canon is em­pha­sis­ing the pos­si­bil­i­ties with fu­ture lens de­signs that the mir­ror­less con­fig­u­ra­tion will al­low rather than sim­ply just a smaller and lighter cam­era body.

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