The much coveted but until recently, wildly under-delivering "mirrorless battle" between the titan brands has finally kicked off. Syrp have got to do a hands-on review of Canon's new EOS R mirrorless, and it's interesting to say the least.
With Sony consuming the camera market at a startling rate, Nikon launched the Z range of mirrorless cameras to a mixed response. Hot on their heels are Canon with their addition to the mirrorless market: the EOS R. Syrp got one of the first hands-on opportunities with the camera and we get a better sense of what it's all about.
Now, the review is undoubtedly a great look at what the camera is capable of. However, I have some serious reservations, primarily pertaining to crop factor, single card slot, and no in-camera stabilization. However, if you haven't seen the full specs, you can click here. A summary is below:
- 30.3-megapixel full-frame CMOS
- Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus
- 100 percent vertical x 88 percent horizontal autofocus coverage
- EV -6 low brightness autofocus
- 4K video (crop, log, codec, and bitrate unknown)
- Articulating screen with touchscreen LCD
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Dustproof and drip-proof
- Magnesium body
- LP-E6N battery
- BG-E 22 battery grip
- Size: Width of about 136 mm × height of about 98 mm
- Weight: Approximately 580 grams (685 grams for the Canon 6D Mark II)
- Mount: inner diameter 54 mm, flange back 20 mm, 12 pin
- Mount adapter: “Mount adapter EF – EOS R,” “Control ring mount adapter EF – EOS R,” and “Drop-in filter mount adapter EF – EOS R"
Now, this isn't a bad spec by any stretch of the imagination, but I'm left thoroughly underwhelmed by Canon (and Nikon) and their additions to the mirrorless market. I've been with Canon for over 10 years, and some of their glass is the best you can buy, but body wise, they're behind the curve. The only benefit of not being first to market with a competitive mirrorless as Sony were, is you get to — at the very least — match what they have put out and hope brand loyalty and a preexisting arsenal of compatible (I know...) lenses keeps your photographers with you. But really, one would hope that they improve on what's already out there. What one wouldn't expect, is for Canon to put out a camera that's already behind what has been available for a while.
The saving grace for me is the list of new lenses, which look superb. The standout inclusion for me is the 35mm f/1.4 STM, but below is the full list. This range will hit the market soon and be available by clicking the names below:
The review by Syrp is very well put together and they get some great results from the R, but I remain unconvinced that this mirrorless does anything positive for the mirrorless market other than flying the Canon flag. What are your thoughts?