The finish is lovely (although somewhat prone to the same scuffing as some other matte-finish models), and the autofocus system is reassuringly fast and sophisticated, while image quality is also hard to fault. Handling overall is very good, but there’s certainly room for improvement here. The EOS R is a very capable camera, and should satisfy many Canon DSLR owners looking for a solid mirrorless alternative.
Capable, customisable, but compromised. The Canon EOS R is a great proof of concept, with fantastic features such as the new Control ring and M-Fn Bar, and offers tangible upgrades to existing EF and EF-S lenses. While it compares well to a DSLR, though, its cropped 4K, restricted 60 and 120fps, and lack of in-body image stabilisation place it firmly behind Sony and Nikon’s full-frame mirrorless bodies.
Overall, my experience is very positive. As with all technology, it takes some getting used to, and can be a challenge to dial in just the way you like. I strongly believe that anyone who actually handles the EOS R, and dare I say is a little forward-thinking, will see the great promise the EOS R offers, with both RF and EF lenses. Simply put: get an EOS R in your hands, shoot with it and get to know its new functions. You’ll be glad you did, and you might at least give Canon “a minute” to make even more RF bodies and lenses. You may even buy one.
Ultimately the Canon EOS R isn’t as DSLR-like as the Nikon Z7 and isn’t as well-specced as the Sony A7 III, but it’s definitely good enough to satisfy current Canon owners and newbies alike, and therefore to stem the recent flow of Canon’s prosumer base to Sony. We’re more excited about what the next Canon EOS R model will look like, but in the meantime, this one will more than do…