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