The new Canon EOS R launched last year towards the end of 2018. I was invited for the media launch but I had no idea what Canon Singapore was about to bring the table until the launch day itself.
This time, it is not just another new and improved version of their EOS camera bodies or lenses. But surprisingly, this time around they introduce a new series of Canon DSLR called EOS R.
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What’s with the R?
When I held Canon EOS R in my hands for the first time, I was super excited. It’s different from the other EOS series of cameras. But why call it EOS R? Does ‘R’ stands for real or reimagine? It turns out that ‘R’ actually stands for revolutionary. Nice! The camera is rather revolutionary.
Why this camera is revolutionary?
Canon must have gathered lots of feedback from both amateurs and experienced photographers about the camera design and interface. Because all their important feedback and suggestions have led to this new EOS R camera.
There are some changes to the placement of the buttons and dials. In addition, there is a new on-body control – the touch-sensitive M-Fn Bar. Some of the touch control buttons are customisable as well. And since the feel of the camera is now different, I find myself taking some time to get used to the control layout on the camera body.
Overall, I find the change in design more efficient and ergonomic for professional photographers. Essentially, it is really a professional camera made for professional photographers by the professionals.
So, what’s new?
This is Canon’s First Full-Frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera with built-in EVF.
A 30.3 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 8 Image Processor deliver stellar low-light performance.
Expect faster, more efficient performance and better image quality for big prints and impressive 4K video. There is also more room for you to crop your photos without having to compromise with the image quality.
It can goes up to ISO 40,000
The EOS R camera has a standard ISO sensitivity range of 100–40000 for stills, 100–25600 for video and 100–12800 for 4K video shooting. With the EOS R camera’s phenomenal low-light AF performance, capturing an image is possible even in low lighting situations.
It has a dust and water-resistant sealing
The buttons, terminal covers, the battery compartment and the card slot cover are made with sealing materials to resist dust and water from entering.
This makes Canon EOS R camera one of the hardiest cameras around in the market. It is designed for use in the toughest climatic conditions which makes it an ideal weather-resistant camera for travel photographers.
Its focus speed is as short as 0.05 seconds. You will never miss a shot of your subject in motion with its fast auto focus speed.
Kit Lens: 24-105mm F4 L IS USM
This is a reasonably compact and sharp native lens which is rather impressive.
Canon EOS R shares similar capabilities as Canon EOS 5D MARK IV but smaller and more compact
These photographs below were
taken with Canon EOS R
This was taken from a certain distance away from The Fullerton Hotel. Even after zooming in to the maximum, the image captured is still very sharp and clear.
Most importantly, I love how the Canon EOS R could capture and reflect all the natural details of the plant in the photo shown above. It looks exactly the way I see it with my own pair of eyes.
I had no problem shooting under low lighting conditions at all. It was actually a breeze for me to photographing the Chingay Parade which lasted late till 9 pm.
My only qualm about this camera is the responsiveness of the shutter button. I’m not too sure if I’ve set my camera in the wrong settings or the test unit wasn’t working well but the camera seems to react a little sluggishly whenever I press the shutter.
But other than that, it is another stellar performing camera. And the next big thing will be their new Canon EOS RP, which is probably the kind of camera I’ve been waiting for.
What’s your take? Canon EOS 5D Mark IV or Canon EOS R?