Canon EOS R review

canon eos r overview

Canon EOS R Compact System Camera is the first step in Canon’s mirrorless evolution. It pairs a redeveloped lens mount along with a completely updated full-frame image sensor for better performance. It results in a unique and sophisticated multimedia performance that leaves the viewer in awe.

The new RF lens mount makes the EOS R poised and one of the best amongst optical technologies. Other features such as the high-resolution 30.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, DIGIC 8 image processor, Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, high-resolution 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder, and many more make this camera a must-have for photographers on the go.

Above was just a summary of Canon EOS R Compact System Camera features, so let us have an in-depth look at them to know what makes this camera so remarkable!


Product overview

Beginning with the EOS R lens mount which is the newest innovation and makes this camera extraordinary. The mount is distinguished by wide 54mm diameter and short 20mm flange-back distance, which allows the lenses to be both faster and smaller. The 12-pin electronic contact system which the mount incorporates also leads to more sophisticated image stabilization and autofocus capabilities.

Next is the 30.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor which this camera is equipped with and which results in an optimal balance between low-light performance and high-speed capabilities. As this is paired with the DIGIC 8 image processor, it broadens the EOS R native sensitivity range of ISO 100-40000 enabling it to work in a variety of lighting conditions. This strong combination of sensor and processor also allows quick continuous shooting to 8 fps.

Canon EOS R has a Dual Pixel CMOS AF which leads to smooth and fast focusing performance. It features a broad and dense network of 5655 phase-detection which reduces focus hunting and leads to a much faster and more direct control. So the focusing system acquires focus not only accurately but also very quickly, making it ideally suited for shooting and tracking moving subjects.

For videos, there is a Movie Servo AF mode which results in smooth and natural focusing together with the ability to specify tracking sensitivity, Face Tracking priority, and AF speed. This camera also has a Touch AF system which makes rack focus possible by simply touching elements on the touchscreen.

canon eos r screen

As the EOS R is designed for multimedia image-maker, it supports UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution recording at up to 30 fps, along with Full HD 1080p shooting at 60 fps and HD 720p at 120 fps. It also features integrated Canon Log which allows capturing of flat images with an improved dynamic range of 800% making it easier to match cameras in post-production. For audio, there is an on-board stereo microphone as well as an optional external mic option.

The Dual Pixel RAW which this camera feature is also remarkable. It allows photographers to record all the information which the sensor’s pixel architecture can deliver. This results in fine adjustments to be made after the photo captured making post-processing easy.

Effects like focusing fine-tuning which help to adjust the focus to bring out extra details and shifting the bokeh around to improve composition can now be conducted with more efficiency and effectiveness. Even the impact of ghosting and noise can be reduced by using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software.

Next is the 3.69m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder which is just wow. It sports 0.71x magnification and has a bright means for eye-level viewing. Moreover, it features a rear 3.15″ 2.1m-dot LCD which has a swivel design, making it easy to shoot high, low and front-facing angles. The touchscreen interface is intuitive giving users smooth control, playback options, and comfortable menu navigation.

It also has a customizable Multi-Function Bar placed near the viewfinder which can be set to control four functions. Its top panel includes a dot-matrix LCD, providing quick access to vital settings. The SD memory card is also incorporated and supports UHS-II protocol, giving it faster read and write speeds and making it more compatible to support 4K video recording and fast continuous shooting.

Coming on to its design and built, it has a strong magnesium alloy body which is very lightweight, and durable it is designed to be dust- and water-resistant so that it can be used in a variety of weather conditions. Furthermore, it has in-built Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity so that sharing and communicating becomes easy. It also allows the transfer of images with a compatible smart device via Canon Camera Connect app.

It comes with an LP-E6N rechargeable lithium-ion battery that prolongs it recharge time by approximately 430 shots. In-camera charging is also supported.

Other Features of this camera includes digital lens optimizer which helps to minimize optical aberrations such as diffractions and result in a much cleaner image quality.

canon eos r

Secondly, it has a Multi-shot noise reduction technology which can record four sequential exposures and combines them automatically to create results with lower noise and smoother tones.

Moreover, the images are saved in this camera as Compact Raw files which results in faster post-processing. It also supports more than 20 Languages which makes it very user-friendly.

For deeply understanding what’s the EOS R capable of, you’re invited to watch  Caleb Wojcik‘s video review:


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What’s in the Box?

• 1 x Canon EOS R Mirrorless Digital Camera (Body Only)

• 1 x LP-E6N Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.2V, 1865mAh)

• 1 x LC-E6 Charger for LP-E6 Battery Pack

• 1 x ER-100B Neck Strap

• 1 x Cable Protector

• 1 x IFC-100U Interface Cable (39.4″)

• 1 x RF-5 Camera Cover

• 1 x Limited 1-Year Warranty

Product Specifications:

Lens Mount: Canon RF

Camera Format: Full-Frame

Actual Pixels: 31.7 Megapixel

Effective Pixels: 30.3 Megapixel

Maximum Resolution: 6720 x 4480

Aspect Ratio: 1:1, 3:2, 4:3, 16:9

Sensor Type: CMOS

Sensor Size: 36 x 24 mm

Image File Format: JPEG, RAW

Bit Depth: 14-Bit

Image Stabilization: Digital, 5-Axis (Video Only)

ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100 to 40000

Extended ISO Sensitivity: 50 to 102400

Metering Method: Center-Weighted Average, Evaluative, Partial

Exposure Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Shutter Priority

Exposure Compensation: -3 to +3 EV (1/3, 1/2 EV Steps)

Metering Range: -3 to 20 EV

Self-Timer: 2/10-Second Delay

Recording Limit: Up to 29 Minutes and 59 Seconds

Video Encoding: NTSC/PAL

Audio Recording: Built-In Microphone (Stereo)

Audio File Format: AAC, Linear PCM (Stereo)

Focus Type: Auto and Manual Focus

Focus Mode: Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M), Single-Servo AF (S)

Autofocus Points: Phase Detection: 5655

Autofocus Sensitivity: -6 to +18 EV

Viewfinder Type: Electronic

Viewfinder Size: 0.5″

Viewfinder Resolution: 3,690,000 Dot

Viewfinder Eye Point: 23 mm

Viewfinder Coverage: 100%

Viewfinder Magnification: Approx. 0.71x

Diopter Adjustment: -4 to +2

Monitor Size: 3.15″

Monitor Resolution: 2,100,000 Dot

Monitor Type: Articulating Touchscreen LCD

canon eos r overview

Built-in Flash: No

Flash Compensation: -3 to +3 EV

Flash Modes: Flash On, Slow Sync

Dedicated Flash System: eTTL

External Flash Connection: Hot Shoe

Memory Card Slot: SD/SDHC/SDXC

Wireless: Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Connectivity: 3.5mm Microphone, HDMI C (Mini), USB Type-C


Operating Humidity: 0 to 85%

Operating Temperature: 32 to 104°F / 0 to 40°C

Battery: LP-E6N Rechargeable Lithium-Ion, 7.2 VDC, 1865 mAh

Dimensions: 5.3 x 3.9 x 3.3″ / 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 mm (W x H x D)

Weight with Battery and Memory: 660 g / 1.45 lb.


• 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image Processor

• Dual Pixel CMOS AF

• UHD 4K Video Recording and Canon Log Gamma

• Sturdy built

• High-resolution viewfinder

• Compact and lightweight

So there is nothing to dislike about this camera. It is yet another masterpiece by Canon and makes your purchase worthwhile. It is an investment that no photographer will regret as this camera is durable, performs well, and the image quality is top-notch. What more can you ask for?

Have a nice time clicking around with this amazing piece of equipment and may the odds and lighting be in your favor!

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2 thoughts on “Canon EOS R review

  1. I always liked Canon cameras. I had a analog camera before but i will definetly interested in this newer model!

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