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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Canon EOS R Specifications and Thoughts

Early Image of the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera















Canon rumors released a bunch of specs for the new Canon EOS R mirrorless camera on September 1, 2018.  I have highlighted the specs I really think will be helpful to nature photographers.  The specs are as follows...

  • Number of effective pixels: 30.3 million pixels (Total number of pixels: 31.7 million pixels)
  • Image type: JPEG, RAW (14 bit), C-RAW
  • Dual pixel RAW support
  • EVF: organic EL, 0.71 times
  • AF point: Maximum 5,655 points
  • Distance measurement range: EV – 6 to 18 (23 ° C at room temperature · ISO 100 with F1.2 lens)
  • ISO sensitivity: 100 to 40000 (extended ISO: 50, 51200, 102400)
  • Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, Bulb
  • Continuous shooting performance: Up to 8 frames per second (at servo AF: up to 5 frames / sec)
  • Video: 4K 30p, FullHD 60p, HD 120p
  • Rear liquid crystal display: 3.15 type 2.1 million dots touch panel
  • Recording medium: SD / SDHC / SDXC card
  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • Can charge inside the camera using the USB power adapter PD – E1 (only when using LP – E 6N)
  • Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 mm
  • Weight: 660 g (including battery / memory card) · 580 g (body only)

Based on the fact that most of these are probably not just rumor at this point, I am going to put in my two cents on what I like on paper and what I think might be an issue.  I am going to cover this more in depth in a podcast coming out soon.
  1. 30 megapixels is more than enough for most applications, so I don't see any need to complain here.  Honestly, I actually applaud them for not trying to go for 40 or 50.  I think that will help keep noise down.
  2. They are claiming it has 5,655 AF points.  So that is pretty much the whole screen and is welcome.  I am sure you will be able to choose how many you want to be active as this would be a must for fast action photography.
  3. I know that Canon is going to get kick back from photographers on only having 4K at 30p, but I still think this is a good offering on their first mirrorless targeting advanced photographers.  Hopefully it will not be a crop like it is on the Canon 5D Mark IV.
  4. Some images suggest that it has a fully articulating screen.  This is going to be huge for vloggers and shooting from low angles.
  5. Only 660 grams compared to 910 grams of the 7D Mark II.  All you weight snobs should be happy about that.  Personally, the camera is always the lightest part of the equation in wildlife photography, so I don't worry about it.
  6. Only 8 frames per second, but that is more than enough for wildlife photography.  8fps or above is the sweet spot for action work.

That's really all I have to say for now on this topic.  We really need to wait a bit longer to see how everything shakes out.  This is indeed exciting news as Canon moves into the new era of photography!


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