At an event in Tokyo, Canon has unveiled the EOS R – its first full-frame mirrorless camera and lens system with a 30.3-megapixel Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor and a new Canon RX lens mount. The EOS R will retail starting next month for a starting price of $2,299 (approx. Rs 1,65,000) and will challenge the likes of Sony A7 III and Nokia Z6 & Z7 cameras.
The announcement comes weeks after Nikon announced their foray into full-frame mirrorless cameras with the Z6 and Z7. With the release of the EOS R, it means Canon is also taking the high-end mirrorless game seriously after sticking to its DSLR turf for years.
The EOS R packs a 30.3-megapixel full-frame sensor with dual-pixel CMOS autofocus and an ISO range of 100-40,000. With similar strengths to its own EIS 5D Mark IV DSLR, the EOS R camera is powered by Canon’s DIGIC 8 image processor and features a 3.69 M-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and a MacBook Pro-like Touch Bar instead of a joystick to select focus using EVF. There’s also a 2.1 million dot touch panel which can be rotated and flipped in order to be used for selfies and vlogging.
Weighing in at just 660 grams, the EOS R appears to be a trimmed down DSLR but made with a dust-proof and drip-proof magnesium body. The bundled lenses equip a control ring which allows users to zoom in and out as well as manually focus on a subject. Users can also adjust the aperture from within the lens while the sliding control bar offers other controls.
Canon is including four news EOS R lenses – a 35mm f/1.8 macro, 50mm f/1.2mm lens, 28-70mm f/2 L lens and a 24-105mm f/4 L. There are new adapters which allow three-lens mounting with an additional drop-in filter and control ring mechanism in other variants.
The Canon EOS R is available at a body-only price of $2,299 (approx. Rs 1,65,000) while the one bundled with a 24-105mm lens comes at $3,399 (approx. Rs 2,43,800).