Canon commits to full-frame mirrorless with EOS R

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If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery then Sony should be feeling pretty chuffed right now. Maybe not. In the space of two weeks it's gone from being the sole manufacturer of full-frame mirrorless cameras to being just one of three. First, Nikon joined the party announcing the upcoming release of the Z6 and Z7 models and now Canon has unveiled its new EOS R and four new lenses.

Canon's first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R, will be available in Australia in October.
Canon's first full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R, will be available in Australia in October.

The  EOS R is built around a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor and the same DIGIC 8 processor that debuted in Canon's M50.

The camera uses Canon's proprietary Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus and offers a whopping 5,655 manually selectable AF points. Paired with an f/1.2 lens, AF sensitivity is claimed to be as low as -6EV. With the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens, Canon says the camera can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds making it the fastest autofocus speed in the world.

On the back there's a fully articulated, touch-screen, 2,100,000-dot LCD and a 3.69-million-dot electronic viewfinder.

Video capability extends to 4K 30p with 10-bit output via HDMI. Canon Log is also supported. Like the NIkon Z6 and Z7 the camera features just the one card slot.

The EOS R introduces a new full-frame RF mount, and while it features the same diameter as Canon's established EF mount it has a shorter flange back distance. Canon says this allows for better illumination of the corners meaning lenses can be designed with fewer elements and therefore deliver better optical performance.

The Canon RF mount features a high-speed 12-pin communication system which Canon says provides noticeably faster and more in-depth communication between the camera and lens compared to existing Canon mount systems.

The new system will launch with four native lenses initially, the RF 28-70mm F2L USM, RF 50mm F1.2L USM, RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM and RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM.

Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM
Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM

As well as the new lenses, Canon has also announced three adapters to allow EF lenses to be used with the RF-mount cameras. One is a simple mount converter, the second includes a customisable control ring and the third includes a drop-in filter slot, making it possible to use variable ND or circular polarisers with any lens.

Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM
Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM

The Canon EOS R, 24-105mm f4 lens, and two of the adapters are scheduled for release in Australia on 9 October 2018. The 50mm is expected at the end of October while the 28-70mm f2 and 35mm f1.8 are expected in December. The adapter with the drop in filter slot is not expected until 2019.

Australian pricing has not been announced but, as a guide, in the US the camera will carry an estimated retail price of US$2299 (approximately AUD$3209)  body only. In kit form with the new RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM it is expected to retail for US$3399 (AUD$4739).

Canon RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM
Canon RF 35mm F1.8 Macro IS STM


Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM
Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM


Lens mount Canon RF
Effective pixels 30.3 megapixels
Sensor size 36 x 24 mm (full frame)
Sensor type CMOS
Max resolution 6720 x 4480 pixels
ISO range 100-40,000 (expandable to 50-102,400)
Image stabilisation No
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)
  Phase Detect
  Selective single-point
  Face Detection
  Live View
Number of focus points 5655
LCD type Fully articulated, touchscreen, TFT LCD
Screen size 3.2-inch
Screen dots 2,100,000
Viewfinder resolution 3,690,000
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
Shutter speed range 30-1/8000s
Exposure modes Program
  Aperture priority
  Shutter priority
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed 1/200 sec
Drive modes Single
  High-speed continuous
  Low-speed continuous
Continuous shooting 8fps
Metering modes Multi
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Video formats MPEG-4, H.264
Video 3840 x 2160 @ 30p 4K (MOV, H.264, AAC, Linear PCM)
Video formats MPEG-4, H.264
HDMI Yes (Mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes, stereo
Headphone port No
Speaker Mono
Card slot 1 x SD card (UHS-II supported)
WiFi 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.1 LE
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Body construction Magnesium alloy
Battery LP-E6N lithium-ion
Weight (inc. batteries) 660g
Dimensions 136 x 98 x 84mm
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