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Canon EOS R

Canon's entry into full-frame mirrorless has arrived with one camera and four full-frame lenses that centre around the manufacturer's new RF lens mount. This large-diameter, short back-focus mount has been designed to enable faster focusing and extra flexibility in lens design, which combined with the debut of the EOS R, marks a momentous chapter in the company's history. Canon users haven't been silent about what they've wanted from the company's first full-frame mirrorless camera. This poses the questions: has Canon delivered what millions of Canon-faithful users around the world want and has it made the best-full frame mirrorless camera it can? With the EOS R being the first model in Canon's new system it has a lot to answer for, but before we get stuck into the nitty-gritty let's refresh ourselves with the camera's key features.


Canon has taken a different approach to Nikon, releasing one versatile all-rounder as opposed to two cameras built around the same body with different sensors and specifications. The EOS R is the first model in the fledgling system to be built around the new RF lens mount that has a 54mm internal diameter, 20mm flange distance and 12-pin data connection. Behind this rests a 30.3-million-pixel full-frame CMOS sensor that we're told is a different chip to the one used within the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The pairing of sensor and Canon's latest DIGIC 8 image processor provides a sensitivity range of 100-40,000, which like on the 5D Mark IV is expandable to 50-102,400.

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