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Canon EOS R: Price, specs, release date announced

Canon EOS R: price, specs and release date announced

Canon has announced the new EOS R, its first mirrorless full-frame camera. It’s set to go on sale with a body-only price of £2,349.99 on 9th October.

Canon EOS R Specification

The EOS R’s full-frame sensor has an effective pixel count of 30.3Mp and a pixel pitch of 5.36 x 5.36um. That’s a similar pixel count to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. 

No surprise to learn that the autofocus system is Dual Pixel CMOS AF. That means that there’s phase detection focusing. What’s more, there are 5,655 AF points, it’s going to be interesting to see how easy it is to select the one you want. That should really help with subject tracking though.

Eye AF is also said to be present, but only in Single AF mode, not in continuous focusing mode.

As it’s sensitive down to -6EV the EOS R’s AF system should focus in near darkness. Canon also claims that the R has the World’s fastest AF system.

The sensitivity range is ISO 100-40,000 with expansion settings taking it to ISO 102,400.

Meanwhile, in One-shot AF mode, there’s a maximum continuous shooting rate of 8fps. This drops to 5fps with continuous focusing. 

Nikon has had a lot of criticism for giving the Z 6 and Z 7 one memory card slot. Canon has done the same. The EOS has one SD UHS-II card slot.

On the back of the camera is an adjustment bar that can be used to adjust a range of features by tapping or swiping. It’s customisable so it could, for example, be used to adjust sensitivity with taps and white balance with swipes.

The camera is weather-sealed to the same degree as the Canon 6D Mark II.

Electronic Viewfinder and Screen

The EOS R has an OLED viewfinder with 3.69million dots, 23mm eye-relief, 0.71x magnification and 100% coverage.

Meanwhile, the vari-angle screen is shown as a 3.15-inch device with 2.10-million dots. That’s a new combination. 


There’s good news on the video front. The EOS R is 4K (3840 x 2160) enabled at 29.97, 24, 23.98fps. Furthermore, Full HD (1920 x1080) video looks to be available at up to 59.94fps.

While the sensor is fixed in place, there’s electronic stabilisation for video.

An HDMI connection is available for 10-bit 4:2:2 output with Canon Log to capture low contrast footage for grading. Canon claims there’s up to 12-stops of dynamic range at ISO 400.

Canon EOS R: price, specs and release date announced

Canon RF Mount

The Canon ESO R introduces a new full-frame mirrorless mount called RF. This is larger than the EF mount, which means that faster lenses will be possible. The flange distance has been reduced to 20mm while the mount diameter is 54mm.

Canon is introducing four lenses with the R:

RF 28 – 70 mm F 2 L USM
RF 50 mm F 1.2 L USM
RF 35 mm F 1.8 Macro IS STM
RF 24 – 105 mm F 4 L IS USM

RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM – Key Features

A general purpose, practical, professional zoom lens.
5-stops of image stabilisation
Nano USM focusing
L-series image quality 

RF 28-70mm f/2L USM – Key Features

World’s first full-frame compatible standard zoom, offering constant f/2 aperture
Canon’s USM technology
Smart controls and intuitive ergonomics
Canon L-Series pedigree

RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM – Key Features

A compact wide-angle lens
Large aperture
Half life-size macro magnifications
5-stops of image stabilisation

Canon Mount Adapters

Canon has announced the following adapters:

  • Canon mount adapter EF-EOS R
  • Canon control mount ring adapter EF-EOS R
  • Canon drop-in filter mount adapter EF-EOS R

The EF-EOS R adapter allows EF and EF-S mount lenses to be used on the Canon EOS R camera.

Meanwhile, the control ring adapter allows you to change key settings via the adapter ring.

And for those wishing to avoid front-mounted filters, there’s the drop-in filter mount adapter only that lets you use a drop-in circular polarizing filter or drop-in variable ND filter.

Battery Grip and Flash

The EOS R will be compatible with the new BG-E22 battery grip. This can house two lithium-ion LP-E6N batteries and enables USB charging via an adapter.

It also has a PC terminal to connected wired studio flash.

Canon has also announced the Speedlite EL-100. This is a compact, lightweight and high-power flashgun.

Canon EOS R: price, specs and release date announced

Price and Availability

The EOS R is available to pre-order from 12th September 2018 and available to purchase from 9th October 2018. 

The prices are:

EOS R body and mount adapter – £2,349.99/ €2,729.99
EOS R body, mount adapter and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens – £3,269.99/ €3,819.99

RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens – £2,349.99/ €2,729.99
RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens – £1,119.99/ €1,319.99

Mount adapter EF-EOS R – £99.99/ €119.99
Control mount ring adapter EF-EOS R – £199.99/ €239.99

Available from December 2018:

RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens – £3,049.99/ €3,549.99
RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM lens – £519.99/ €599.99

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