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Canon EOS R: Its First Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Canon EOS R

Body only, $2299

3/5 Stars

PROS Proven 30MP full-frame sensor. Vari-angle touch LCD. Big, sharp EVF. 8fps continuous capture. Big shooting buffer. Broad lens compatibility via adapter. Unique native lenses.

CONS M-Fn bar tricky to use effectively. Uncomfortable rear dial. Omits focus joystick. No in-body stabilization system. Inconsistent metering. Single memory-card slot. No PC sync socket. 4K video is heavily cropped.

The two biggest names in photography—Canon and Nikon—sat on the sidelines and watched as Sony became the hottest player in the full-frame mirrorless world. That changed in late summer, with both companies debuting new systems. We’ve already looked at the Nikon Z 7, which is a solid first effort for the company. The Canon EOS R isn’t as polished or as featured, but it does have one big advantage for Canon users: It works with your existing SLR accessories and with lenses via an inexpensive adapter. Despite offering a little bit more resolution, though, the EOS R is no threat to the Sony a7 III, our Editors’ Choice in this category.


The EOS R’s silhouette looks like a Canon—it has the gentle, sloping lines we’re used to seeing in the company’s industrial design, a contrast to the more angled feel of the Nikon Z 6. It’s a similar size to an entry-level SLR minus the extra space for the mirror box. The EOS R measures 3.9 by 5.3 by 3.3 inches (HWD) and weighs 1.5 pounds (without a lens attached). Canon states the EOS R is protected from dust and splashes.

The EOS R’s handgrip is very comfortable. It’s the first thing I noticed, and a big plus—but the EOS R falters in other ergonomic areas. For one, its power switch is on the top plate, to the left of the EVF and hot shoe. It’s a simple two-stage design and takes up a good amount of space that I’d prefer to see dedicated to a different control—a programmable dial, perhaps. Missing are any front control buttons; they can come in handy.

The front control dial sits perpendicular to the top

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