Canon Announces the Canon EOS R: Canon’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

With years of speculation, rumor after rumor, and on the heels of Nikon's just two-week-old announcement, Canon enters the fray with its own mirrorless, full-frame camera body, the Canon EOS R.

Canon has been on the sidelines watching its market share slowly getting taken away by Sony and its Alpha-series full-frame cameras. With an emphasis on responding quickly to photographer's wants and desires, Sony has created a gap in the "Canikon" fan base and found a group of creators who want a responsive company that will break from the industry norms. With Canon taking aim at this group with its new Canon EOS R, will it be able to turn the tide of enthusiasts and professionals alike that are moving away from the Canon EOS system?

Canon EOS R Specifications

  • Available October 2018

  • Priced at $2,299

  • 30.3-megapixel sensor

  • Digic 8 image processor

  • Image types: JPEG, raw (14 bit), C-RAW

  • Dual pixel raw support

  • EVF: 3.69 million dot OLED

  • Low light focusing -6 EV (ISO 100 with f/1.2 lens)

  • ISO sensitivity: 100 to 40,000 (extended ISO: 50, 51,200, 102,400)

  • Shutter speed: 1/8,000 to 30 seconds, Bulb

  • Continuous shooting performance: Up to 8 frames per second with One Shot AF, and up to 5 frames per second with Continuous Servo AF

  • Video: 4K 30p, 1080p 60p, HD 120p

  • Up to 5,655 manually selectable AF points

  • Manual Dual Pixel focus guides and focus peaking

  • AF focusing speed of 0.05 seconds, world's fastest AF

  • Autofocus up to f/11 in all AF areas (with lens and extender combination)

  • Rear liquid crystal display: 3.15-inch vari-angle LCD with a 2.1 million dots touch panel

  • Touch and Drag AF via display

  • Touch-sensitive multi-function bar

  • Recording medium: SD, SDHC, or SDXC card

  • USB charge compatible

  • Magnesium alloy body

  • Shutter durability rated to 200,000 cycles

  • Dust and water resistant

  • Battery: LP-E6N or LP-E6

  • Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 millimeters

  • Weight: 660 grams (including battery and memory card), 580 grams (body only)

You can get a great introduction with Rudy Winston of Canon below.

Canon also ​announced the beginnings of the RF lens lineup with the RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STMRF 24–105mm f/4 L IS USMRF 50mm f/1.2 L USM, and the crowning glory of the lens releases the RF 28–70mm f/2 L USM. With this new system, it looks like Canon will be taking advantage of the reduced flange distances and creating some very unique lenses to differentiate the system from its competitors overall. Canon has also added an additional ring on these lenses to create a unique use of contact with the lens and has made it customizable. Innovating where photographers naturally interact with the lens makes perfect sense and looks like another way Canon may be pushing its new system to overcome the other challengers in the space.

What about all those EF lenses that Canon has produced over the past 31 years? Of the 130 million lenses that Canon has produced for the EF system, they will all be compatible with a choice of three adapters. The adapters allow a choice of a simple Canon Mount Adapter EF-RF, a Canon Mount Adapter EF-RF with Control Ring (so your EF lenses can work just like RF lenses with the customizable ring), and a Canon Mount Adapter EF-RF with Drop-In Filter so you can add a polarizer to your 8-15mm f/4 L Fisheye USM lens or Canon's TS-E 17mm f/4L Tilt-Shift lens when using them with the Canon EOS R.

Canon went on to announce the new Canon EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM lens shaving more than two pounds and 25 percent of the version II's weight. The Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lens was also announced with a close 1.9 pounds of weight loss between the previous iteration to this new big white lens. Canon also bumped the EOS M lineup of lenses from six to seven with the announcement of the Canon EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM lens showing that they aren't turning away from the APS-C mirrorless cameras just yet. Though only a verbal announcement, there is a new compact flash coming as well called the Canon EL-100 with bounce flash capability. 

So did Canon meet your expectations with the Canon EOS R? Would you like to see the new system grow with the addition of specific lenses or are you waiting for a 5D or 1D professional-level body?

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Yeah yeah cool, whatever. That 600mm tho ❤

Yeah, I would a Nikon version of that 600, too, but wouldn't like carrying around a white lens. Telephotos are ostentatious enough as-is.

"So did Canon meet your expectations with the Canon EOS R?"
Yes, I expected it to be good, but still lacking in certain areas.

"Would you like to see the new system grow with the addition of specific lenses or are you waiting for a 5D or 1D professional-level body?"
I look forward to the R-series future with amazing optics and even better bodies.
This one is not regarded as a pro-body by Canon, so I'm expecting the 5D- and 1D-type mirrorless body to be amazing.

I'm often annoyed with the 4K crop in my 5DIV, and most will be with this one too, but you can at least use a EF-S lens to balance the crop here.

But you also can use EF-S lens on 5D mkiv

Ehm, nope? Due to the intrusion of the back end part of the lens, it can cause damage to the mirror mechanism. Not recommended. On mirror lock-up? Probably.

Sigma 18-35mm works with no problem and many other lenses

Sure, but not EF-S lenses, due to the physical design. You can however use third party APS-C lenses that support full frame cameras in the physical sense, but may leave you with a dose of vignetting at some focal lengths.

Canon chooses to crop there video as it gives you a true 4K image, rather than any pixel bining or completely throwing away lines of data (like Nikon and Sony), therefore yielding a better image. On top of that it better matches the FOV of their C line cameras, which I don't think anyone will complain about.

Yay competition! Just like I faced Artemis during The Contest, Sony must now face Canon and Nikon to prove their might.

Lots of talk about "The best Eos ever" but not much about industry leading. As a person that uses neither Canon or Nikon, I'd take the Nikon at this point if I had to choose between the two. At least now the fanboys can get new tech without leaving their brand.

Nope, it got Eye AF.

single shot only.

Until it's fixed with a firmware update.

Canon used to be a "do it right the first time" sort of company.

Yeah. The lack of firmware updates on older cameras reflect that.

Of course, the last DSLR I bought was the 5d Mk II, and that was "perfect" right out the gate. So I guess my bar is pretty high. I was hoping for a similar accomplishment.

About time you guys came back online. You are like the last of the sites to mention this. What happened?

I thought the lenses are better than Nikon's offering but the camera falls short of what Nikon is offering.The 4K video specs is awful compared to what everyone else is offering.

It is interesting that Tony Northrup was bashing the Z7 because of the single slot XQD and buries his comment on this camera in his latest video. Very obvious that Canon paid for his trip to Hawaii and so he had to say nice things about it.

I would be so impressed if Canon markets this an an Entry-Level Full Frame with the appropriate pricing.

No Eye-AF! That's it. I'm switching to Sony!!1!1!!1!11
Wait... What?

Hold ya horses!
The EOS R got Eye-AF, but it will only work in single-shot at launch. Future firmware update will let you shoot in continuous - the same with silent shooting mode.

I was just referring to that. I wanted to make fun of the people who very loudly state that they switch to Sony because Canon (and DSLRs in general) doesn‘t have Eye-AF.
I should have pointed out my sarcasm more clearly.

Understandable. Throw some quotation marks on that first sentence and it would pop more clearly.
Because, I guess, we're too familiar with silly people on the net writing like that, but with no sarcastic undertone. :P

Those adapters with interchangeable filters are strangely what I'm most excited about.

I wish all lenses had that. It just makes sense.

variable internal ND is a game changer for video shooters. No more step down rings for every lens and every filter size, and this looks a lot smoother than trying to manipulate the front of a lens while shooting. hats off to Canon for this alone.

meeee too. I've been wanting something like this for years so i can use one filter for all my lenses without having to buy and manage multiple stepping rings D:

Seems like a smashed-together 6D Mark II + 5D Mark IV that's been put on a diet and at the right in-between price. The control rings have me pretty excited to be honest, I enjoy aperture rings but having one that's able to do multiple different functions as needed makes a ton of sense. Really curious about that rear touch bar and how sensitive it is (i.e. can you wear gloves and use it?).

overhyped so it failed to live up to expectations. It is not bad. It just not what it should have been. I bet those people salivating those fast lenses are looking at the price now wondering if f2.8 zooms and f1.4/1.8 aren't a better fit even if adapted. The 3000 dollar f/2 zoom is particularly bad as it loses at the wide end to give you a mere stop, precisely in the range that is dominated already by canon's own faster 1.4 etc, primes which will always beat it in subject isolation. There is just nothing exiting or interesting at f/2 unless you're talking about a 200mm. At least the 50mm technically is just as capable as the older 1.2 so there are not trade-offs.

All I cared about was the 4K crop factor. If they had fixed that, I would overlook that it’s lagging behind the competition in every metric that matters. By crippling the 4K, they’ve once again made a camera that is either a stills camera or a video camera, not both.

Canon give me the impression that they don’t listed to their customers at all.

If this was a mirrorless version of the 5Drs, it would excite me. It's not, so it doesn't.

This looks like the sort of camera an industry leader with a comfortable edge would release. That's not canon.

Except for the functionality in the adaptors. That's cool. Actually really clever.