Good. dif­fer­ent.

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.

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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. ▲

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