I’ve recently been in the market for a second camera body (mostly to have a wide angle and telephoto on each body to have at the ready for events). The logical choice for me would be a Canon 5DMIV, since it would complement my 5DM3 perfectly and work with all of my glass. However, I am not a logical person, and really want to jump on the mirrorless bandwagon and see what all the fuss is about. I recently tried out Fujifilm’s XT3 and a few nice lenses- loved the handling and ergonomics, but had a change of heart and sent it back due to image quality. In it’s place, I picked up the Canon EOS R, and here’s my take on this little camera.
SIZE / ERGONOMICS
Meh. One of the big reasons I wanted a mirrorless camera was to have a tiny little camera I could chuck into my daypack and go hiking without making it a huge deal. The EOS R isn’t too big itself, but the new RF lenses are GINORMOUS and if you use your old EF lenses, it’s not that much smaller than a SLR. The handgrip is pretty nice, the build quality is solid, viewfinder is bright and nice. The functionality of the buttons seems a little quirky, but I’m starting to get used to it. I miss the tactile feel of the XT3, but the EOS R might be faster to operate for event type shooting.
Probably the EOS R’s best feature is the beautiful, crisp images it produces straight out of camera. The sensor is basically the same as a 5DMIV, and those sexy Canon colors are still there. I was able to push shadows and tone down highlights and have more freedom with editing with the EOS R photos (compared to the XT3), which was super helpful. It also performed OK in lowlight, but not that great.
I don’t really have anything to say that hasn’t already been said in all the camera review blogs and videos. From a photojournalist’s perspective, however, this camera isn’t too exciting. Just go with the 5DMIV if you want a professional, solid workhorse of a camera that can keep up doing fast-paced events. From a portrait, landscape, or hobbyist perspective, this is a pretty sweet camera that delivers a super clean image; and I would probably buy it for that type of thing. For a camera you’re just going to shoot for personal use or travel, hell- you can use whatever you want. I’d probably pick up the Fujifilm XT3 for a personal camera, just because of the ergonomics and size. And it looks badass, too.
I am happy to report though, this is a solid camera for some. It takes as beautiful of pictures as you tell it to, and is built pretty well. Canon gets criticized by being behind the camera game compared to Sony, Panasonic, etc., but when they put out a camera, they make sure it’s a solid camera. But even still, I boxed it up and returned it. I’m just stuck in my DSLR ways…
Anyway, here are s’more photos I took while I had the R: