Canon EOS R Review

Canon EOS R Review

In this post, we are bringing you our full review of the new Canon EOS R. The EOS R is Canon’s first entry into the full-frame mirrorless market and it also represents their debut of the new RF lens mount.

By the way, for those of you who are wondering where Canon EOS R sits along Canon’s full frame lineup, it’s exactly between the 6D Mark II and the 5D Mark IV. It has the fully articulated LCD of the 6D Mark II but it has the sensor of the 5D Mark IV, unfortunately, it is lacking some of the professional controls offered by the Canon’s 5 Series.

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Overview: Canon EOS R Review

Image Quality
Autofocus System
Focus Area
Touch Dial
Electronic Viewfinder
LCD Touch Screen
USB-C Charging
Silent Shutter
New RF Lenses for Canon EOS R
Canon EOS R Specifications

Image Quality

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30.3 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor

The image quality you get out of the Canon EOS R is really good it’s about a 30.3 megapixel sensor very similar to the Canon 5D Mark IV. If you are already an owner of Canon 5D Mark IV and you’re looking for a big jump in image quality that’s not going to be why you buy this camera. You’re gonna buy this camera because of usability and ergonomics and some of the mirrorless features that you would get. Not necessarily for an image quality jump.

Canon put the 5D Mark IV’s sensor in this camera instead of from the 6D Mark II and that’s a great thing because the 5D Mark IV already has a pretty good leap forward in overall image quality. In laboratory tests, the Nikon and Sony have a little bit of an advantage but honestly, in the real world, you’re not going to notice a difference unless you’re really pixel peeping in the deepest darkest shadows. Meanwhile, if you love Canon colors those beautiful skin tones then the Canon EOS R is gonna make you very happy.

Autofocus System

This camera has 5655 dual-pixel autofocus points which are more than even the Canon 5D Mark IV has. One Shot AF Mode is amazing on this camera. It’s got face and eye detection that works great even in very low light it just nails focus.

Unfortunately, eye detection is not available when shooting video or in servo AF. Servo AF does have face detection though and it’s great at tracking moving subjects in general. It only starts to falter when the action gets really fast-paced.

Focus Area

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One of my favorite things about this camera is just the size of the focus area when you are taking photos. It’s 100% from top to bottom and 88% from side to side. If you’re used to having that diamond and trying to pick the best focus point focusing and recomposing now you have a bigger area for you to be able to actually focus with when you’re taking photos which is really great.

Touch Dial

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Next on the Canon EOS R itself and I hope on all future full frame bodies from Canon is new touchpad control dial. You can program both swiping and tapping on either end of the dial.

Electronic Viewfinder

I really like about this camera number one would be the electronic viewfinder this is the main reason to switch to a mirrorless system versus using a DSLR where the viewfinder on DSLR is optical looking through that mirror and Canon EOS R there’s no mirror you’re looking at a 3.7 million dot screen basically and seeing a live view of what it is you’re actually trying to take a photo of.

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The electronic viewfinder on the Canon EOS R is really great. The EVF has 3.7 million pixels so not only do you have what you see is what you get for great exposure and color you also have what feels like zero lag and no shutter blackout when you click the picture.

LCD Touch Screen

The LCD touch screen is also beautiful with 2.1 million pixels which make live view great but also if you’re shooting with the camera to your eye you can use your thumb on that touch screen to move the focus points around the viewfinder which is great for controlling all 5000 of those AF points.

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The flip-out screen I think is really great. I’ve always liked this in the lower-end Canon cameras like 70D or 80D or the Rebel T6i and things like that. Not only for selfies or vlogging but if you are maybe wanting to get a different camera angle or you’re trying to aim it up high just the ability to articulate the screen is something that’s really worthwhile for me. The fact that you can also protect the screen when it’s traveling and it’s not going to get scratched up. I really like the flip out screen and the ability to use it as a touch screen.

USB-C Charging

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I also like that they’ve upgraded and now Canon EOS R is using USB-C and you can use an extra charging cable that you need to buy separately. I use my Mac Book Pro USB-C charging cable it works just fine to charge the batteries or offload from the camera if you don’t have that SD card reader.

Silent Shutter

By the way, while we’re talking about the shooting experience having that electronic silent shutter is really amazing for shooting and quiet conditions like wedding ceremonies.

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There is little things that just matter so for example when you take your lens off and you have a shutter that comes down over the sensor to keep it clean as amazing to have is one of the greatest features kudos for Canon for putting this in here I don’t know why I sign on every camera right now.

New RF Lenses for Canon EOS R

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Amazing new customizations that are possible on the Canon EOS R body as well as on the whole RF lens system. First, on all of the new RF lenses, they have command ring that you can program to do anything related to your exposure. You can put your aperture or shutter speed on there but me personally on a manual exposure shooter and I’ve always wanted a third command dial to dedicate to my ISO.

Now without taking my eye away from the viewfinder or even changing the way my hand holds the camera I can dial in my ISO or if you’re shooting in any of the auto exposure modes you can set it to do EVF compensation and if you’re a vlogger then you can dial in your exposure without having to reach around to the back of the camera it’s right there on the front of the lens. Don’t forget that if you have any EF lenses the $199 adapter does have that command ring on it as well.

Canon EOS R Lenses:


Canon EOS R price is about $2,300 so its competition is Nikon’s newly released Z6 and the Sony A7 Mark III both of which cameras cost just under $2,000.


In conclusion, the Canon EOS R is definitely more than just a spec sheet. It’s a glimpse into Canon’s future with a new RF mount but they’re amazing lenses and new possibilities for camera control. It also shows their dedication to designing cameras that just make photography seem effortless and it goes to show that 80 years of experience making cameras do still count for something.

READ: Best Mirrorless Cameras for 2019

Canon EOS R Specifications

MSRP $2299 (body only), $3399 (w/24-105 F4L lens)
Body type
Body type SLR-style mirrorless
Body material Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 6720 x 4480
Other resolutions 4176 x 2784 (1.6x crop)
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 30 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 32 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-40000 (expands to 50-102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 102400
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal
File format
  • JPEG
  • Raw (14-bit Canon CRW)
  • C-Raw (Canon compressed Raw)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 5655
Lens mount Canon RF
Focal length multiplier 1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fully articulated
Screen size 3.2
Screen dots 2,100,000
Touch screen Yes
Screen type TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic
Viewfinder coverage 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76×
Viewfinder resolution 3,690,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes
  • Program
  • Aperture priority
  • Shutter priority
  • Manual
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
  • Self-timer
Continuous drive 8.0 fps
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, H.264
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 180 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 24p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 90 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, AAC
  • 1280 x 720 @ 120p / 160 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD card (UHS-II supported)
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec)
USB charging Yes (With some chargers)
HDMI Yes (Mini-HDMI)
Microphone port Yes
Headphone port Yes
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth 4.1 LE
Remote control Yes (via smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description LP-E6N lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 370
Weight (inc. batteries) 660 g (1.46 lb / 23.28 oz)
Dimensions 136 x 98 x 84 mm (5.35 x 3.86 x 3.31)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
GPS None


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