Canon Almost Made the Best Camera for Vlogging, but Then Screwed It Up

Maybe that sounds harsh. But if you think about how much time Canon has had to develop the EOS R, you would think that it would have have been enough time to consider including important features that photographers and videographers already have in other camera bodies.

For years now, Canon has made an almost impressive run at continually releasing new products that underwhelm, well, everyone, including longtime supporters. Need we revisit the reception of the 6D Mark II or 5D Mark IV? If Canon spends as little time with the development of their other products (outside of camera gear), then it would make sense why shareholders, like the consumers, seem to have also lost some faith in the company. Canon's share prices have been in a continual downward trend for the entire year, dropping over 11 percent, bringing them down dangerously close to their five-year low. In fact, according to Simply Wall, Canon's share price is above its future cash flow value, and while Canon's revenue growth is positive, it is not above the United States of America market average. Compare that to a company like Sony, which has share prices climbing to record-breaking (for Sony) heights. In fact, over the past five years, Sony's share prices have climbed consistently, bringing the company share prices more than 167 percent growth, which is astounding. Particularly when compared to a company like Sony, Canon just seems like they haven't got it together anymore.

The EOS R isn't a total flop, as Tony Northrup points out; it does have some valuable features for both photographers and videographers alike. I don't want to spoil the surprise for you, if you can call it that, so you'll want to make sure to watch Northrup's review of what the major pros and cons really are for this camera body. But even I was surprised at some of the drawbacks that were illuminated during this video review of the camera. Personally, a couple of the biggest problems with the camera are enough to turn me off from ever wanting to purchase it. That may not be the case for you, however, so check it out and let us know what you think about what you see concerning the Canon EOS R.

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John Kane's picture

I had a brand new card fail TODAY. It was my third SD failure in the last 5 years (a big-name manufacturer). That comes out to about 1 card for every 10,000 images, but still, it happens. One of those card failures had some irreplaceable images on it- that one really hurt.

BIG name means they spent their money on ads, not quality.

So it's okay to use the Canon name and blame a faulty card but we can't name the actual cards that fail?

I have been using SanDisk Extreme cards for over 10 years without a single issue. I have helped people with data recovery on Lexar Pro, Transcend and other no name brand cards. Unfortunately there might be a faulty card in any batch and the person who receives this card will blame that manufacturer.

Transcend has been the worst with failed SSD drives, memory cards and USB sticks. Their write speeds are terrible and I think might be part of the failures.

Daris Fox's picture

Why wasn't he taking advantage of the HDMI out such as the Atmos gear? Surely that'd be a better option than relying on just 'one slot' and raising a complaint about it.

Anders Madsen's picture

At a Canon press event?

I’m not sure that Canon would appreciate that - “Yeah, we think that the new Canon EOS R is so inherently unreliable that we will be using a Ninja as a backup device”.

Not so much these words, but the internet would most likely put that spin on it pretty quickly, especially since the SD card still would failed, regardless of the attached Ninja.

May I ask why is Canon to blame for a failed memory card? Shouldn't you be making a video on the quality of the memory card.

Tiina Söderholm's picture

This was really informative video and I still probably buy this after christmas if there isn't any news about second version from Canon. Funny thing though is that I needed to stop this video and google that clip from Peak Design and probably gonna buy that one!!!
I been needing that my hole life!

Christopher Eaton's picture

I think the cropped 4K video is going to be a killer for many people. Interesting that he thinks its because Canon just can't pull it off. Would that file under the same negative as other factors against Canon sensors such as dynamic range and high ISO noise control?

Terry Poe's picture

I think it's not about Canon, or Nikon or any other camera brand. Somehow in the age of open standards, apps, SDKs, we stuck in a few proprietary fiefdoms of camera manufacturers. The future model of photo industry is OS-powered device with open standard mount, communication protocol, apps, etc - see Ending Balkanization of Camera Market https://www.marketanalysis.com/?p=8981

Nicolas KIEFFER's picture

Not sure it will be so easy like expected by this paper.

The problem in photography is not the body and its own tech but rather the knowledge and ability to build lenses. And this crap cost far more money than what software defined camera body could cost apart sensor and CPU/GPU/ASIC processors.

And whereas 'open source based' devices are now leading the market, the problem is that industrial process and investments cannot tolerate easy copying of concept by concurrents.

And Android based cameras will have to ripp off customers for a while until being efficient enough to tolerate software evolution that system will arise. Not sure it will suit real photographers, but mass market generaly choose the worst system available.

Cliff Canon's picture

I just wanna know what setup he used to film the parts at home