CANON EOS R

There’s a lot of 5D Mark IV DNA in Canon’s new mirrorless cam­era. Maybe a lit­tle too much...

Digital Photograper - - Reviews -

The new EOS R sig­nif­i­cantly un­der­cuts the 5D Mk IV for price, yet of­fers the same megapixel count and has a newer im­age pro­ces­sor. As you’d ex­pect in a mirrorless cam­era, it also shaves a fair bit off the size and weight of the 5D Mk IV.

Han­dling feels nat­u­ral but down­siz­ing re­sults in the loss of some di­rect-ac­cess con­trol but­tons that you’d nor­mally ex­pect to see on an en­thu­si­ast-grade cam­era. On the plus side, the EOS R is the only cam­era in this group to have a fully ar­tic­u­lated rear touch­screen, and Canon’s Quick menu is typ­i­cally in­tu­itive. There’s also a cus­tomis­able ‘Multi-func­tion bar’, which can be as­signed to func­tions like con­trol­ling ISO.

IBIS (in-body im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion) is strangely lack­ing. Canon has stuck to its guns, with the phi­los­o­phy that im­age sta­bil­i­sa­tion works best as an op­ti­cal sys­tem that’s tai­lored to in­di­vid­ual lenses. How­ever, IBIS would still have been nice when us­ing RF or older EF/EF-S lenses that don’t fea­ture op­ti­cal sta­bil­i­sa­tion.

Canon has re­fined the Dual pixel AF tech­nol­ogy fea­tured in most of its cur­rent and re­cent SLRs. As such, the EOS R has a whop­ping 5,655 AF points spread across al­most the en­tire im­age frame, and it can work in near-dark­ness, right down to -6EV.

It’s an im­prove­ment over the 5D Mk IV in

Live View mode but, for 4K UHD movie cap­ture, it’s un­for­tu­nate that both cam­eras are ham­strung by a crop fac­tor that lim­its the po­ten­tial of wide-an­gle lenses.

There’s pre­cious lit­tle to choose be­tween the EOS R and 5D Mk IV for im­age qual­ity although, in our tests, the EOS R’s colour ren­di­tion tended to be marginally cooler. For max­i­mum burst speed, the EOS R wins out with 8fps rather than 7fps, and has a big­ger RAw buf­fer, but sadly the max­i­mum drive speed drops to just 5fps when us­ing AI Servo (con­tin­u­ous) aut­o­fo­cus.

Left A sim­plelay­outThe lay­out of con­trols looks a lit­tle spar­tan and sim­plis­tic for anen­thu­si­ast-grade cam­era, but the fullyar­tic­u­lated ‘var­i­an­gle’ touch­screen isnice to have

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