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Canon EOS R Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 08, 2021 at 07:40 am
Canon EOS R Picture
7.8
Travel Photography
8.1
Landscape Photography
7.6
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.2
Vlogging
8.2
Studio Video
4.5
Action Video
Body Type
SLR-Style
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.
8.1 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.
7.2 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 overall 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.
8.2 Studio Video

The Canon EOS R is very good for studio video. Video quality is great in 4k and decent in FHD when shooting in controlled lighting conditions, 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.
4.5 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 overall 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
  • 8.1 Landscape Photography
  • 7.6 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.2 Vlogging
  • 8.2 Studio Video
  • 4.5 Action Video
  1. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  2. Updated Jan 12, 2022: Updated '4k Video Quality' score after reevaluating the 4k test scene extract.
  3. Updated Mar 08, 2021: Corrected the Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent) result.
  4. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Review published.
  5. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Early access published.

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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 (1,101.6 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

Design
Viewfinder
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
2.10 million dots
Size
3.2" (8.2 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
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
Assistance Functions
Level Display
Dual-Axis, Photo & Video
Grid Lines
Photo & Video
Histogram
Photo & Video
Zebra Pattern
No
Focus Peaking
Photo & Video
Waveform
No
6.8
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
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
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.

Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
30.3 MP
Processor
DIGIC 8
Extended ISO Minimum
50
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
40,000
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
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
5.8
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
7 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
5 fps
Raw Buffer Size
38 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
107 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
15 s
8.7
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
86%
Face Tracking Success Rate
68%
Face Detection Distance
152" (385 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
5,655
8.3
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
9.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
SNR 18% After Exposure Recovery
30.44 dB
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
12.2 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 800
10.8 f-stops
Dynamic Range At ISO 3200
9.4 f-stops
8.2
Photo Image Quality
Photo Sharpness
JPEG Sharpness At Base ISO
1.696 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.991 pixels
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.273 pixels
RAW Sharpness At Base ISO
2.720 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 800
2.719 pixels
RAW Sharpness At ISO 3200
2.772 pixels
8.6
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Color Accuracy
Color Difference (dE2000) At Base ISO
8.20
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 800
8.24
Color Difference (dE2000) At ISO 3200
8.60
9.3
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.09 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
39.97 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
37.29 dB
8.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.05 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.25 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
37.81 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
35.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
33.42 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
30.96 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
28.36 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
26.02 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
24.07 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
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
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
Video General
Video File 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 Video 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
4k Crop At Max Available fps
1.75 x
8.4
4k Video
4k Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit In 4k
30 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
0
8.4
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
7.7
Face Tracking In 4k
8.6
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
6.3
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
Walking Test In 4k
13.43 pixels/frame
Running Test In 4k
19.55 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
No
4k Video Stabilization Crop
1.43 x
7.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
7.0
Test Scene Extract In 4k
7.0

Update 01/12/2022: We've reevaluated and updated the score for 'Test Scene Extract in 4k' to be more in line with our current testing standards.

4.2
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
9.3°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video 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 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
9.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
9.7
Face Tracking In FHD
8.7
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
7.2
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
Walking Test In FHD
5.83 pixels/frame
Running Test In FHD
9.68 pixels/frame
In-Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
No
FHD Video Stabilization Crop
1.43 x
7.8
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
8.0
6.9
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
4.3°
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
Inputs / 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.

Compared To Other Cameras

Sony ZV-1

The Canon EOS R is better overall than the Sony ZV-1, but they're different cameras designed for different uses. The Sony is a compact vlogging camera with a small sensor, while the Canon is a full-frame interchangeable lens mirrorless camera. The Canon has better ergonomics, an EVF, and is more versatile for photography. That said, it can only shoot 4k video with a severe 1.75x crop, has fewer high-speed frame rate options in 1080p, and worse stabilization performance, making the Sony a better option for on-the-go vlogging.

Nikon D780

The Canon EOS R and the Nikon D780 are both premium full-frame cameras, though they use different camera technologies. The Canon is a mirrorless camera, while the Nikon is a DSLR. The Nikon uses an optical viewfinder, giving you a direct lag-free view through the lens, while the Canon has no mirror mechanism and relies on an electronic viewfinder, which lets you preview exposure settings live through the viewfinder. The Canon is lighter and more portable, but the Nikon has much longer battery life. Unfortunately, the Canon can only shoot 4k video with a severe 1.75x crop and only has a single SD card slot, unlike the Nikon, which has two. Otherwise, they both deliver excellent image quality and effective autofocus performance.

Sony α6600

The Canon EOS R and the Sony α6600 are both mirrorless cameras, but they use different-sized sensors that each come with advantages and disadvantages. The Canon is a full-frame camera with a fully articulated touchscreen and a larger, higher-resolution EVF than the Sony. It delivers better overall image quality and performs a bit better in low light. However, it doesn't have in-body image stabilization like the Sony camera, and it's less portable. The Sony also has a longer battery life and a faster continuous shooting speed for quicker burst shooting.

Panasonic LUMIX FZ80

The Panasonic LUMIX FZ80 and the Canon EOS R are different camera types. The Canon is an interchangeable lens mirrorless camera with a full-frame sensor, while the Panasonic is a fixed-lens budget bridge camera with a small sensor. The Panasonic offers convenience for those who don't want to switch out different lenses, giving you a lot of zoom range in an all-in-one package. However, the Canon is a significantly better camera, giving you better image and video quality, sturdier weather-sealed construction, longer battery life, and quicker, more accurate autofocusing, to name some advantages.

Discussions