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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