I have been using the Canon 5D Mark 3 and a Canon 6D mark 1 for the last 6 years or so. I have been contemplating which camera to upgrade to and finally decided to go with the Eos R. I waited for the release of the Canon and R5 and R6 before I made up my mind but I think that for value for money you cannot beat the performance and the image quality at this price point, £1360 for the body only (with cashback, initially £1800). The Eos R is a 30.3 megapixel camera with a digic 8 processor, shooting upto 8 frames per second and an ISO range from 100-40000 natively although expandable to 102400.
The R5 and R6 are brilliant cameras but with the R5 out of my budget and the R6 just not cutting it on the megapixels side as a landscape photographer, I decided to go for the Eos R. I did also consider the Nikon Z7 mark 1 at a similar price point of £2200 but with to much of an investment into changing gear I decided to stick with canon and I haven't been disappointed. I do not own any of the RF lenses and don't think will do as I have EF lenses which are all L series. The Eos R did come with an adapter so I can mount my EF lenses or any EFS lenses to that matter. This is by means not a comprehensive review but I will break down some of my initial thoughts on the camera compared to my 5D mark 3 as a Landscape Photographer but spoiler alert I love the camera!
The Eos R has a smaller form factor compared to a normal Dslr and for me that is perfect as I have small hands but the grip is great too and feels very durable and has weather sealing. The layout compared to their Dslr counterparts as it is a mirrorless camera without and optical viewfinder but an EVF, no scroll wheel but a joy pad and no mode dial either. Some might see these as negatives but for me they are positives as I used to own a Canon M5 mirrorless with very similiar form factor and one that I'm already used to using.
The camera's auto focus uses duel pixel auto foucs which is one of the best in the industry and has over 5000 auto focus points spread over the entire screen, making it easy to select around 500 selctable auto focus points. The EVF is beautiful, its an 3.69 millian dots and is a pleasure to use and gives you a realitic view of the scene as you adjust your exposure. The camera is capel of 10 frames a second in sigle aoutoficus and 5 frames a second whilst tracking, which isn't great. You can also shoot in complete silance using the electrinic shutter which is great if you want to shoot some wildlife along with your landcapes.
The flip screen on the Eos R is a 3.15-inch Vari-angle touch screen is bright and clear with 2.1 million dots to render high-resolution images. The menu system is exactly the same as any other menu on canon cameras so the ease of use and familiarity is great. Coming from the 5D mark 3 it's a joy to have the flip screen to vary my composition, although I would have been happier with a tilt screen as using with an L bracket makes it difficult to turn the screen to angle. The LCD can also be used for moving the focus points which is great as there is no scroll wheel.
The image quality is stellar and is a major upgrade to my 5D mark 3. The camera can focus up to -6 ev with a 1.2 lens but as a landscape photographer a 1.2 lens isn't very practical so I'm looking at around -3 ev is more the norm which is good enough. I found the files are much cleaner with excellent image reproduction. The high noise performance is amazing and I've shot at ISO 12800 with very little noise and usable, which I could never do with my 5D mark 3.
One Card Slot
The camera has only one card slot, which is a shame in this day and age. I can see why they did it as this was there first entry into the mirrorless system and a prosumer body but Canon had the bigger picture in mind with releasing more pro bodies like the R5 and R6 whci both have dual card slots. However, if it had dual card slots that would have made me sell my 5d mark 3 for another Eos R.
The Canon Eos R was released in November 2018 and two years on I still think it's an excellent camera and value for money. The image quality is stellar and the flip-out screen along with the amazing autofocus makes this a no brainer for landscape photography. I think that Canon has improved on this camera by releasing their R5 and R6 but this camera will be in my bag for the foreseable future as I don't think the advancements in the cameras warrant the prices as there are much more competitive options from Sony, Panasonic and Nikon. I am a Canon shooter but a camera is only a tool so looking at other brands to enhance your photography shouldn't hinder your choice in choosing the right tool for the job. Please see some sample images below.
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