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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Jonathan Reid's picture

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.

Ryan Davis's picture

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.