This summer has been the season of the mirrorless camera, and it looks like it’s going to be heading well into Fall after news of Panasonic’s upcoming September 25th announcement, and Canon’s Mirrorless Announcement coming tomorrow. At least that’s the scuttlebutt. And we may have a list of what Canon’s specs are for the EOS R full frame mirrorless camera, thanks to some insiders.
The teaser above from Canon Hong Kong seems to confirm a big announcement coming tomorrow, but it isn’t specific as to what we’ll see. But we do know that Canon will be announcing a lot of new gear, and that the Canon EOS R is going to be among them.
And over the last year or so, the rumor mill has been surprisingly accurate in giving us a heads up on specs for cameras, iPhones, drones, and other technology of late, and I think we’ll find that with the EOS R, this is no different. So what are the specs? Here’s what CanonRumors reports:
Canon EOS R Video Specs Summary
- Number of effective pixels: 30.3 million pixels (Total number of pixels: 31.7 million pixels)
- Image type: JPEG, RAW (14 bit), C-RAW
- Dual pixel RAW support
- EVF: organic EL, 0.71 times
- AF point (when cross key is selected): Maximum 5,655 points (that’s a lot, maybe a typo?)
- Distance measurement range: EV – 6 to 18 (23 ° C at room temperature · ISO 100 with F1.2 lens)
- ISO sensitivity: 100 to 40000 (extended ISO: 50, 51200, 102400)
- Shutter speed: 1/8000 to 30 seconds, valve
- Continuous shooting performance: Up to 8 frames per second (at servo AF: up to 5 frames / sec)
- Video: 4K30p, full HD 60p, HD 120p
- Rear liquid crystal: 3.15 type 2.1 million dots touch panel
- Recording medium: SD / SDHC / SDXC card
- Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6
- Can charge inside the camera using the USB power adapter PD – E1 (only when using LP – E 6N)
- Size: 135.8 x 98.3 x 84.4 mm
- Weight: 660 g (including battery / memory card) · 580 g (body only)
Canon is also moving to H.264 for its 4K video, finally eschewing MJPEG as a codec, and adding ALL-I and IPB with variable bit rates up to 480 MBps. But it’s likely going to keep an 8 bit color gamut, which would be an unfortunate step sideways. It would be much better to keep up with the state of the mirrorless art and work in 10 bit with at least 4:2:2 color sampling.
Canon isn’t clear yet whether C-Log will be supported, but if this is a higher end full frame camera, I would hope so, considering the rumored $3,000 price tag. Additionally, no word on if 4K will be able to shoot in full frame or just cropped mode, like the 5d Mk. IV DSLR. But if you’re going to hype all this full frame mirrorless goodness, it would be self destructive of Canon to do a cropped 4K image.
Another downer is that maximum frame rate is only 120p, and even worse, 1080p maxes out at 60 fps. WHAT? That may be OK a few years ago, but this is 2018, and 4K shooters are looking for something more. But a killer feature is that the EOS R will be able to focus at -6db in low light, which would be very impressive. It can also shoot at up to 8 frames per second.
Leaked images also indicate that the EOS R looks to be a mix of the EOS M series and the 5D Mk. IV series, with a little 6D Mk. II thrown in for good measure. It all looks mostly to be existing technology, like a pull out LCD, several of Canon’s hallmark features like Dual Pixel AF, but nothing really innovative.
But that EOS R lens mount may be something new and Canon is planning to announce at least three new lenses tomorrow. But I’m still banking on Canon offering a dedicated adapter for shooters to use existing EF lenses.
Again, these are just rumors, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.