With a wealth of experience in making award-winning DSLRs suitable for novices to professionals, it was only a matter of time before Canon dished out its own mirrorless camera offering. In 2018, the EOS R was unveiled, and it charted the path for more R cameras to come. For those new to mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs), the main difference between those and the traditional DSLRs is that there is no reflex mirror component. What this means is that the cameras can be faster, smaller and lighter. With the image sensor nearer to the lens mount, redesigned lenses also carve a smaller footprint and weigh less.
Some binding features of the various EOS R cameras are 35mm full-frame image sensors, high-resolution electronic viewfinders, and also the new RF lens mount that allows for more control of the photography processes via the control ring around the lens. Current Canon EOS DSLR users may also use their EF lenses on any R bodies via the Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R.
But for any camera system to be taken seriously, it needs to have a robust ecosystem, such as lenses and accessories to back it up. For the EOS R family, there are already 17 RF-mount lenses available to date, with more slated to come. These lenses cover all your favourite focal lengths, ranging from ultra-wide angle to super telephoto. What this means for any discerning photographer is that they can invest in the system with peace of mind, knowing that no matter which stage they are at in their photography journey, they will be able to acquire the right camera and tools for their job.
The EOS R was the first Canon full frame mirrorless to hit the scene in 2018, and it brought along with it a slew of features found in the popular EOS 5D Mark IV. For many, to have the EOS 5D Mark IV’s features packed in a smaller package was almost unimaginable, and that set the tone for the other R cameras to come.
While the next R camera, the RP, was geared toward novices, it didn’t pull any punches. Packed in its small, lightweight frame were features that easily allowed any photographers to start taking great photos, especially when aided by the DIGIC 8 image processing engine. This allowed for faster and more accurate autofocus.
The R5 and R6 were announced in 2020, and they could be rightfully seen as the second generation of R cameras. For the first time in Canon’s history, an In-Body Image Stabilizer was implemented in an EOS body. When paired with a compatible lens with IS, up to 8 stops of coordinated image stabilization can be used. This means that photographers can shoot at slower shutter speeds with confidence to get tack sharp images.One can see how there is an R camera for any photographer, whether a novice or professional. And, truth be told, with experience and technical know-how in digital imaging, it goes to say that the R series of cameras will be a mainstay in Canon’s line-up.