Canon has not only dumped the reflex mirror and optical viewfinder with its all-new full-35mm mirrorless camera, but also conventional D-slr controls in favour of a more progressive design. Too much change in one hit? Go with the flow, we say.
one day the story will be told about how two of the most significant new camera launches came to happen within a mere fortnight of each other. This is incredible for a number of reasons, not the least of which being that the development time would be at least three years – maybe a bit longer – and yet Canon and Nikon reached the finish line at exactly the same time. It’s hard to believe that one was waiting for the other to show its hand, given there’s still kudos attached to being first (as, indeed, Nikon has found). And, besides, nobody waits to make a big announcement these days; the imperative is to get products into the hands of eager consumers as soon as possible. Plus there’s all the time needed to prepare for launches (unlike Nikon, Canon held real ones), publicity material, technical info and advertising… none of this can be put in place in just 15 days so you can be sure that Nikon probably didn’t take Canon by surprise.
For its part, Panasonic – which joined the full-35mm mirrorless camera party only another three weeks later – expressed surprise at the closeness of the Canon and Nikon announcements, but still believes it was simply a coincidence. It did concede, however, that the timing was nevertheless fortuitous as it helped focus even more attention on its plans for the Lumix S system.
Not surprisingly, the EOS R body is significantly smaller and lighter than any of Canon’s full-35mm format D-SLRs. Covers and chassis are magnesium alloy with weather sealing to protect against dust and moisture. ▲