Greetings from the Editor. This is the review article for the Canon EOS R, full frame mirrorless camera which was launched recently. Review by our guest author Ravi Dhingra.

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The wait is finally over, as expected Canon has come up with a full frame mirrorless camera. Canon introduced crop sensor mirrorless cameras around four years back but did not aggressively promote these till EOS M50 was launched sometime back. With the competition increasing in full frame mirrorless category cameras, Canon has come up with EOS R system – Reimagining future. It is almost after 30 years after the introduction of EOS and EF mount, a major change is being brought in with the new R mount.

Continuing with the philosophy of selling cameras which provide excellent image quality, ease of use and durability, the magnesium alloy body with the patented grip and placement of buttons makes this camera not only durable, easy to handle but good looking too. The diameter of mount remains the same at 54 mm but the distance between the mount and sensor plane has come down to 20 mm which in future will help in designing better quality compact lenses with the wider aperture like f 1.0

The programmable ring on lens to control exposure and touch bar with multi-functions on the body are the new, unique and innovative features offered, both of these will make clicking photographs faster with more ease.

Powerful image stabilization (IS) effect of up to 5 stops

The algorithm to detect camera shake is an evolution from that of EOS DSLR cameras. This IS system acquires camera shake data from both a gyroscopic sensor in the lens and image data from the camera’s CMOS sensor. The Dual Sensing IS system can accurately detect and compensate for low frequency (slow) blur that used to be hard to detect with gyroscopic sensors alone. As a result, camera-shake blur is reduced by the equivalent of a 5-stop faster shutter speed.

canon-eos-r-mirrorless-camera-reviewCombination of optical and electronic IS systems greatly reduce blur caused by low-frequency camera shake. When a compatible lens is attached, the camera’s combination IS system uses both the Electronic IS for movies( in the camera) and optical IS in the lens, to significantly improve the performance of 5 axis camera-shake blur compensation.

Right now four R mount lenses have been announced but with the adapter, all EF and EFS lenses can be used. The battery remains the same as in 5D & 6 D series, LP-E6/LP-E6N and so does the memory card. All these features are added advantage for photographers who are already using Canon DSLRs or new users who are planning to buy one and want to buy the R mount camera as their first body or an extra body.

Canon EOS R Specifications

  • Image Sensor Type : 36 x 24 mm CMOS
  • Effective Pixels: Approx. 30.3 megapixels
  • Total Pixels: Approx. 31.7 megapixels
  • Aspect Ratio: 3:2
  • Low-Pass Filter: Built-in/Fixed
  • Sensor Cleaning: EOS integrated cleaning system
  • Colour Filter Type: Primary Colour
  • Image Processor Type: DIGIC 8
  • Lens Mount: RF (EF and EF-S lenses can be attached using Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R. EF-M lenses not compatible)
  • Focal Length: Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens with RF and EF lenses 1.6x with EF-S
  • Focusing Type: Phase-difference detection system with an image sensor (Dual Pixel CMOS AF)
  • AF System/ Points: With Area 88% horizontal and 100% vertical
  • AF working range: EV -6 – 18 (at 23°C & ISO100)
  • AF Modes: One Shot, Servo AF, AF Point Selection, Automatic selection: Face + tracking
  • Manual selection: 1-point AF (AF frame size can be changed)
  • Manual selection: AF point Expansion 4 points (up, down, left, right)
  • Manual selection: AF point Expansion surrounding
  • Manual selection: Zone AF (all AF points divided into 9 focusing zones)
  • Manual selection: Large Zone AF (Vertical)
  • Manual selection: Large Zone AF (Horizontal)
  • AF Lock: Locked when the shutter button is pressed halfway or AF ON is pressed in One Shot AF mode. Using customized button set to AF stop in AI Servo
  • AF Assist Beam: Emitted by built-in LED or optional dedicated Speedlite (flash)
  • Manual Focus: Selected on lens

Exposure Control

Metering Modes: Real-time with an image sensor, 384-zone metering.

(1) Evaluative metering (linked to All AF points)

(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.1% of viewfinder at centre)

(3) Spot metering: Centre spot metering (approx. 2.7% viewfinder at centre)

AF point-linked spot metering not provided

(4) Centre-weighted average metering

Metering Brightness Range

EV -3 – 20 (at 23°C, ISO100, with evaluative metering)

AE Lock

Auto: AE lock takes effect when the focus is achieved

Manual: By AE lock button in P, Av, Fv, Tv and M modes

Exposure Compensation: +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB)

AEB: +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

Anti-flicker shooting: Yes. Flicker detected at a frequency of 100 Hz or 120 Hz. Maximum continuous shooting speed may decrease

ISO Sensitivity: Auto 100-40000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments)

ISO can be expanded to L:50, H1: 51200, H2: 102400

Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter and silent CMOS sensor readout

Speed: 30-1/8000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

Shutter Release: Soft-touch electromagnetic release

White Balance Type: Auto white balance with the imaging sensor

Settings:

AWB (Ambience priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten light, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting

White balance compensation:

1. Blue/Amber +/-9

2. Magenta/Green +/-9

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single-level increments

3, 2, 5 or 7 bracketed images per shutter release

Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/Green bias

Viewfinder Type: 0.5-inch OLED colour EVF

Dot count: 3.69 Million dots (1280×960)

Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal): Approx. 100%

Magnification: Approx. 0.76x 1

Eyepoint: Approx. 23mm (from eyepiece lens center)

Dioptre Correction: -4 to +2 m-1 (dioptre)

Viewfinder Information

AF point information, Exposure level indicator, Number of remaining multiple exposures, Exposure compensation, HDR shooting, Highlight tone priority, Multiple-exposure shooting, ISO speed, Dual Pixel RAW shooting, Possible shots, Multi-Shot Noise Reduction, Number of self-timer shooting, Digital Lens Optimizer, Maximum burst, AF method, Battery level, AF operation, Exposure simulation, Drive mode, AEB, Metering mode, FEB, Anti-flicker shooting, Still photo cropping, Shooting mode, Aspect ratio, Scene icons, Auto Lighting Optimizer, AE lock Picture Style, Flash-ready, White balance, Flash off, White balance correction, FE lock, Image Quality, High-speed sync, Bluetooth function, Shutter speed, Wi-Fi function, Multi-function lock warning, Histogram, Aperture, Electronic level, Lens information

Eyepiece shutter: N/A

LCD Monitor Type: 8.01cm (3.15″) Clear View LCD II, approx. 2.1million dots

Coverage: Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx. 170° vertically and horizontally

Coating: Anti-smudge. Reinforced glass incorporated

Brightness Adjustment

Manual: Adjustable to one of seven levels

Colour Tone Adjustment: 4 settings

Touch-screen operations

The capacitive method with menu functions, Quick Control settings, playback operations, and magnified display. AF point selection in still and Movies, touch shutter is possible in still photo shooting.

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Display Options

(1) Basic Camera settings

(2) Advance Camera settings

(3) Camera settings plus histogram and dual level display

(4) No info

(5) Quick Control Screen

Flash Modes

E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual

X-sync

1/200sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV in 1/3 increments with EX series Speedlite flashes

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock: Yes

Second Curtain Synchronisation: Yes via Speedlite

HotShoe/ PC terminal: Yes/Yes via Battery Grip BG-E22

External Flash Compatibility: E-TTL II with EX series Speedlite, wireless multi-flash support

External Flash Control: via camera menu screen

Shooting Modes

Stills: Scene Intelligent Auto, Flexible priority AE, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Bulb, and Custom (x3)

Movie: Scene Intelligent Auto, Program AE, Shutter priority AE, Aperture priority AE, Manual, Bulb, and Custom (x3)

Picture Styles: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space: sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing: Highlight Tone Priority

Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)

Long exposure noise reduction

High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings) (still and video)

Lens optical correction:

– Peripheral illumination correction, Chromatic aberration correction, Distortion correction (during/after still photo shooting, during video only)

– Diffraction correction, Digital Lens Optimizer (during/after still photo shooting)

Resize to M, S1, S22

Cropping: JPEG images can be cropped (Aspect ratios 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1)

– 45 cropping sizes selectable, from 11% to 95% (diagonal)

– Switch between vertical and horizontal cropping orientation

– Image straightening

– Cropping frame can be moved using touch screen operation

RAW image processing 3

Multiple exposure

HDR

Drive modes

Single, Continuous High, Continuous Low, Silent Single, Self timer (2s+remote, 10s+remote)

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 8fps. speed maintained for 100 JPEG, 47 RAW, 78 C-RAW images456

Max. 5fps with AF Tracking

Interval Timer

4k time lapse movie

Live View Mode

Type

Electronic viewfinder with image sensor

Coverage

Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

59.97 fps (smooth) / 29.97 fps (power saving)

Focusing

Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)

Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face Detection and Tracking AF, 1point AF, Expand AF Area Zone AF, and Touch Shutter

Metering

Real-time evaluative metering with an image sensor (384-zone)

Partial metering (approx. 6.1% of the center of the screen)

Spot metering (approx. 2.7% of the center of the screen)

Center-weighted average metering

Active metering timer can be changed

Display Options

3 levels available Basic shooting information, Advanced shooting information and Advanced shooting information with Histogram

File Type – Stills

Still Image Type

JPEG: 2 compression options

RAW: RAW, C-RAW and Dual Pixel RAW (14-bit, Canon original RAW 3rd edition)

Complies with Exif 2.31 and Design rule for Camera File system 2.0

Complies with Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG possible, including Dual Pixel RAW +JPEG

Image Size

JPEG:

3:2 ratio (L, RAW, C-RAW) 6720×4480, (M1) 4464×2976, (S1) 3360×2240, (S2) 1696×1280

1.6x (crop) (L) 4176×2784, (S2) 2400×1600

4:3 ratio (L) 5952×4480, (M1) 3968×2976, (S1) 2976×2240, (S2) 2112×1600

16:9 ratio (L) 6720×3776, (M1) 4464×2512, (S1) 3360×1888, (S2) 2400×1344

1:1 ratio (L) 4480×4480, (M1) 2976×2976, (S1) 2240×2240, (S2) 1600×1600

Folders

New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering

(2) Auto Reset

(3) Manual reset

EOS Movie

Movie Type

MP4 Video: 4K (16:9) 3840 x 2160, Full HD, HD

MPEG4 AVC/H.264 variable (average) bit rate, Audio: Linear PCM

Movie Size

4K (16:9) 3840 x 2160 (29.97, 25, 24, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame7

Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.98 fps) intra or inter frame

Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 HDR (29.97, 25 fps) interframe

Full HD (16:9) 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25) light interframe

HD (16:9) 1280 x 720 (119.9, 100 fps) intraframe

Colour Sampling (Internal recording)

4K – YCbCr4:2:0 (8-bit)

Full HD/HD – YCbCr4:2:0 (8-bit)

Canon Log

Yes Log 1

Movie Length

4K and Full HD – Max duration 29min 59sec. (excluding High Frame Rate movies). No 4GB file limit with exFAT CF card

High Frame Rate Movie

MOV Video: HD – 1280 x 720 at 100fps or 119.9fps

Recorded as 1/4-speed slow motion movie

Single scene maximum recording up to 7min 29sec.

4K Frame Grab

8.3-megapixel JPEG still image frame grab from 4K movie possible

Bitrate / Mbps

4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): ALL-I Approx. 480 Mbps

4K (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): IPB Approx. 120 Mbps

Full HD (59.94p/50.00p): ALL-I Approx. 180 Mbps

Full HD (59.94p/50.00p): IPB Approx. 60 Mbps

Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): ALL-I Approx. 90 Mbps

Full HD (29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p): IPB Approx. 30 Mbps

Full HD (29.97p/25.00p): IPB (Light) Approx. 12 Mbps

HD (119.9p/100.0p): ALL-I Approx. 160 Mbps

HD (59.94p/50.00p): ALL-I Approx 80 Mbps

HD (59.94p/50.00p): IPB Approx 26 Mbps

HD (29.97p/25.00p): IPB Approx 13 Mbps

Others:

Microphone

Built-in stereo microphones (48 kHz, 16-bit x 2 channels)

HDMI Display

External Monitor only, External Monitor only without information display or Simultaneous on camera and external monitor

HDMI Output

4K (UHD) recording only, uncompressed YCbCr 4:2:2, 8-bit or 10-bit, sound output via HDMI is also possible

Focusing

Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Face Detection and Tracking AF, Movie Servo AF Manual Focus

ISO

4K – Auto: 100-12800, H: 25600, H: 32000, H1: 51200, H2: 102400,

Full HD/HD – Auto: 100-25600, H: 32000, H1: 51200, H2:102400

Dimensions, Weight & Body Materials

Body Materials

Magnesium Alloy body and polycarbonate with glass fibre parts

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (W x H x D)

135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4mm

Weight (body only)

Approx. 580 g (660 g with card and battery)

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About Author

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Ravi Dhingra is a Delhi based Lifestyle photographer specializing in Interiors, Food, People and Product photography. He has been associated with leading publications, advertisement agencies and corporate clients. His work has been widely published in various books, magazines, brochures and on Web. He is also a visiting faculty for photography at various leading Institutes.

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