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Canon EOS R Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Canon EOS R Picture
7.8
Travel Photography
8.0
Landscape Photography
7.6
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.0
Vlogging
7.8
Studio Video
4.6
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Tested Lens
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

The Canon EOS R is a full-frame mirrorless camera with a fully-articulated screen that you can tilt and flip based on the image you're trying to capture. It's very well-built, and it takes pictures with amazing image quality. Also, its excellent photo autofocus system helps keep moving subjects in focus. It also has a decent video quality when you record in 4k and FHD, though it struggles a bit to capture clear footage in low-light settings.

Our Verdict

7.8 Travel Photography

The Canon EOS R is good for travel photography. This well-built camera takes clear, detailed images that are mostly free of visual noise. Its excellent autofocus system helps keep moving subjects in focus, too. Unfortunately, it's a bit bulky and heavy, so it may not fit easily into your bag.

Pros
  • Well-built, sturdy design.
  • Amazing image quality.
  • Excellent photo autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
8.0 Landscape Photography

The Canon EOS R is very good for landscape photography. This well-built camera may be a bit heavy, but it's still pretty easy-to-use. It also has excellent image quality, so your photos are sharp, detailed, and free of visual noise. That said, its lens has some light falloff, so the edges of your image may appear a bit darker than the center.

Pros
  • Well-built, sturdy design.
  • Amazing image quality.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
7.6 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon EOS R is good for sport and wildlife photography. It takes clear, sharp images, and its autofocus system helps keep track of fast-moving subjects. Unfortunately, it doesn't have a very high continuous shooting speed, and its buffer takes a bit of time to empty, so it's not really ideal for burst photography.

Pros
  • Well-built, sturdy design.
  • Amazing image quality.
  • Excellent photo autofocus performance.
Cons
  • High continuous shooting speed of 7 frames per second.
7.0 Vlogging

The Canon EOS R is decent for vlogging. You can flip its screen to face you while you record, which is handy. It also has decent video quality in 4k and FHD, but your videos may have some visible noise if you're recording in low-light settings. Also, if you're recording in 4k while walking, your video may not be very stable, though it has a better stabilization performance in FHD.

Pros
  • Well-built, sturdy design.
  • Good stabilization performance while walking in FHD.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
  • Disappointing stabilization performance while walking in 4k.
7.8 Studio Video

The Canon EOS R is very good for studio video. It has decent video quality in both 4k and FHD, but it struggles a bit to capture sharp video if you're filming in low-light settings. On the upside, its video autofocus system can help keep moving subjects in focus. It also has lots of inputs for hooking up additional accessories like headphones or a microphone.

Pros
  • Lots of inputs for accessories like headphones and a microphone.
  • Impressive video autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Struggles to capture sharp video in low-light settings.
4.6 Action Video

The Canon EOS R is poor for action video. This bulky camera isn't very easy to bring with you on-the-go, and it can't really be mounted on a helmet. It isn't waterproof, so you can't really use it in the elements, either. It has decent video quality in 4k and FHD, but there may be some visible noise, especially if you're recording in low-light settings.

Pros
  • Well-built, sturdy design.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
  • Not waterproof.
  • 7.8 Travel Photography
  • 8.0 Landscape Photography
  • 7.6 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.0 Vlogging
  • 7.8 Studio Video
  • 4.6 Action Video
  1. Updated Mar 08, 2021: Corrected the Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent) result.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
3.0
Design
Portability
Height 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Width 5.4" (13.6 cm)
Depth 3.2" (8.1 cm)
Volume
67.2 in³ (1101.6 cm³)
Weight
1.48 lbs (0.67 kg)
Weight With Lens
2.29 lbs (1.04 kg)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of magnesium alloy and plastic
  • Solid hinged door covers SD card and battery compartment
  • Buttons and command wheels offer good physical feedback
  • Screen mechanism feels quite sturdy
  • No hot shoe protection cover
  • Output compartments covered by rubber flaps

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
RF Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS R camera body
  • Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens
  • Lens cap and lens cover
  • Instruction manual
  • Shoulder strap
  • Battery charger
  • Cable protector
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • Sensor cap

9.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Textured handgrip is big enough for most hand sizes and provides a secure hold
  • Rubber pad on the viewfinder for comfort
  • All frequently-used functions available in the Quick Menu on the screen
  • Changing aperture and shutter speed via the command dials is easy with your eye pressed up against the viewfinder, but adjusting the ISO requires an extra button input beforehand

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Can navigate the menu using the touchscreen, which makes it simple to use
  • Guide Mode can provide additional information about settings and functions
  • Autofocus menu is separated from the general shooting menu

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100 %
Advertised Resolution
3.69 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.76
9.6
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
812 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
2.1 million dots
Size
3.2" (8.2 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
30.3 MP
Processor
Digic 8
Extended ISO Minimum
50
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
40000
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.8.0
8.2
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6N
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
540 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
136 min
6.7
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
4.0 - 7.1
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/4.0
Minimum Focal Length
24 mm
Maximum Focal Length
105 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
105 mm
Luminance
79.8 %
Light Falloff
44.9 %

Update 03/08/2021: While the maximum aperture (full frame equivalent) was previously listed as 7.1, this was inaccurate. We updated the result to correct our error.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/8000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
No
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.8
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
7 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
5 fps
Raw Buffer Size
50 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
14 s
8.7
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
5655
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
151" (385 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
68.4 %
Object Tracking Success Rate
85.7 %
8.3
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
No
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
8.6
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.85 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
7.94
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.86 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.72 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
38.6 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.737 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
37.3 db
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.185 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo

8.2
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 39.86 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 39.14 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 37.7 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 35.78 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 33.44 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 30.84 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 28.23 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 25.33 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 22.63 db
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 N/A
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
No
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
5.7
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
No
30 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
24 fps In 4k
Yes, with a Crop
Crop At Max Available fps
1.75 x
8.4
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
8.6
Object Tracking In 4k
7.7
6.3
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
Walking Test In 4k
13.43 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
19.55 pixels/frames
Crop
1.43 x
8.1
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
465 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
125 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:0
Bit Depth In 4k
8 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
No
7.2
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.2
4k Rolling Shutter
8.93 degrees
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
9.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
8.7
Object Tracking In FHD
9.7
7.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
Walking Test In FHD
5.83 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
9.68 pixels/frames
Crop
1.43
7.9
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
180 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8
Record Time Limit 30 min
7.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
6.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
7.3
FHD Rolling Shutter
2.43 degrees
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon EOS R comes in 'Black'. We tested the variant with the RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 is STM lens, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

You can also purchase this camera with an RF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM lens, or without any lenses at all. However, we haven't tested the camera in any other configuration, so we can't confirm its performance.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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