Another day, another new camera launch. It appears that 2018 is going to be the most exciting year for photographers in recent memory. Hot off the heels of a year that brought us Sony’s latest A7 cameras, Nikon launched a new family of mirrorless full-frame cameras, and now Canon has come out with a mirrorless full-frame of its own.
Meet the all-new EOS R.
More than a “me-too” entry into the market, Canon appears to have used the form factor and technology of a mirrorless camera to completely redesign every facet of the EOS R, and that all starts with the lens mount. Utilizing a new RF mount instead of the old EF mount has allowed Canon to create better performing lenses than ever before. The new mount is a similar size to the old EF mount, but it’s shallower. Take away the space usually required for the shutter mirror in a DSLR and the lens can now sit dramatically closer to the sensor. This increased proximity means that Canon’s engineers could adjust the size of the various elements in each lens.
Of course that new mount means you need new lenses or an adapter to make use of this new camera, but it looks as if Canon is positioning this new family devices as a major staple for the brand going forward.
The nee camera itself boasts some pretty impressive specs if you’re a fan of still photography. The sensor is a 30.3 megapixel unit that boasts Canon’s dual-pixel autofocus system and a sensitivity range of ISO 100-40,000. Perhaps more importantly to a lot of shooters, it also features a screen that flips ,tilts and rotates out 180 degrees, making it more useful than either the Sony or the Nikon.
Sadly though, it seems that Canon is once again providing great stills performance, but cutting video features. Thankfully, Canon is offering 4K video recording, but only at 30 fps. That recording quality is also limited to 8-bit color depth unless you are using an external recorder. It is better than what a lot of other Canon cameras offer, but we would have really liked to see Canon lead this segment by offering 60 FPS recording or in-body 10-bit recording.
Still, if you are on the lookout for a new camera, it seems that now may be the perfect time. As the industry is finally acknowledging that mirrorless cameras are the future of the profession, we are poised on the cusp of a massive and exciting technological change.