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The lat­est prod­uct an­nounce­ments and in­dus­try de­vel­op­ments

A new mount means new lenses and con­vert­ers for Canon shoot­ers

It was in­evitable that Canon would even­tu­ally in­tro­duce a full-frame mir­ror­less cam­era, and it chose to do so shortly be­fore the Pho­tok­ina trade show in Ger­many. Set to re­tail at £2,349/$2,299 and called the EOS R, the new cam­era de­buts a new RF lens mount. This mount has a di­am­e­ter of 54mm and a flange dis­tance of 20mm, which Canon says gives greater flex­i­bil­ity for lens de­sign than the EF mount.

With an ef­fec­tive pixel count of 30.3 mil­lion, the R is on a par with the Canon 5D Mark IV in res­o­lu­tion terms. How­ever, the sen­sor is paired with Canon’s Digic 8 pro­cess­ing which en­ables a sen­si­tiv­ity range of ISO 100-40,000, ex­pand­able to ISO 50-102,400.

The sen­sor has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF de­sign but there are an as­ton­ish­ing 5,655 user-se­lectable AF points. These can be se­lected us­ing the touch-and-drag func­tion on the 2.1-mil­lion dot vari-an­gle screen. Canon is also claim­ing that the R has the world’s fastest aut­o­fo­cus­ing speed of 0.05sec and that the AF sys­tem op­er­ates at down to -6EV.

Canon has plumped for a 3.69-mil­lion dot elec­tronic viewfinder with 0.76x mag­ni­fi­ca­tion on the R. As you’d ex­pect, it shows 100% of the im­age as it will be cap­tured.

Thanks to the Digic 8 pro­ces­sor, the EOS R can cap­ture still im­ages at up to 8fps and 4K video at 24/25/30fps. Dis­ap­point­ingly the 4K video is sub­ject to a 1.7x crop. Bet­ter news is that it’s pos­si­ble to out­put video in 10-bit over HDMI with Canon Log for up to 12 stops of dy­namic range at ISO 400.

A new lens mount de­mands new lenses and Canon has an­nounced four: the RF 50mm f1.2L USM, RF 24-105mm f4L IS USM, RF 28-70mm f2L USM and RF 35mm f1.8 MACRO IS STM. There will also be adap­tors to en­able EF and EF-S lenses to be mounted on the new cam­era.

Above TOUCH­SCREENThe vari-an­gle touch­screen en­ables the AF point to be set while look­ing in the viewfinderRight WELL BUILTThe EOS R’s body is made from mag­ne­sium al­loy and isweather sealed

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