Along with the lack of a second card slot, one of the most perplexing aspects of Canon’s first mirrorless full-frame camera was the introduction of the Multi-function bar. A recent interview with a Canon exec strongly suggests that it won’t be making a comeback.
While a few EOS R owners that I spoke to suggested that they didn’t mind this experimental new feature, the Multi-function bar did not receive great feedback, and it’s notably absent from the forthcoming EOS R5.
In an interview with TechRadar, Canon’s Product Marketing Specialist David Parry explains: “Everybody knows the Multi-function bar on the EOS R got a mixed response,” noting the use of a joystick on Canon's next full-frame release. He continues: “So maybe, going with this is a safer bet — more people are used to the multi-controller.”
With some EOS R users complaining that they were inadvertently hitting the bar with their thumb on a regular basis, it’s not surprising that it’s been swapped out for something more traditional.
Perhaps it’s worth crediting Canon for trialing a feature, and perhaps the EOS R was the perfect camera on which to do it. Once the EOS R5 and R6 are established in the market, the R may prove to have been the perfect testing ground of cameras, making it an ideal candidate for experimentation.
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