Can the Canon R mirrorless perform well enough under the pressure of shooting an NFL football game? There is more to camera performance than the quality of the photographs.
Famous sports photographer Peter Read Miller recently took the Canon R mirrorless to an NFL game between the Titans and the Broncos to see how the camera functioned for sports photography. To me, this is the best way to evaluate photography equipment. Different types of photography require different features. Not only are the features important, but the feel of the camera is essential and can be a determining factor for a photographer. I find these aspects to be crucial and not easily evaluated in lab settings or studio settings, unless of course the body is intended as a studio type of camera.
As to be expected with any modern camera, Miller has no issue with the quality of the photographs he can produce with the camera. Let’s all admit that the quality of the image from a modern camera is not an issue. Sure, if you want to pixel-peep and compare camera images side by side, then yes, there may be differences. But is this an issue when the image stands by itself? I don’t think it is.
Miller does have a few comments about how the camera worked differently for him when shooting an NFL game. Miller has shot NFL games for years, so I find his feedback of how the Canon R functioned in an environment that he is very accustomed to being associated with valuable to a sports photographer who is thinking about purchasing the Canon R.