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Official Canon EOS-R test by Dpreview: “lag behind the competition considerably”


It’s a damn long time since I have seen a camera NOT getting a Silver or Gold Award at Dpreview. Well here we are with the Canon EOS-R full review and the conclusion is rather negative:

Richard Butler writes:

The EOS R feels like a series of good ideas undermined by their implementation. The interface tries to balance innovation and familiarity but instead delivers that most un-Canon-like experience: inconsistency. Used a certain way the sensor and autofocus can both be extremely good but other situations will confound the autofocus or highlight the dynamic range and video shortcomings. It does enough to earn faint praise, but also deserves the rebuke this implies.

Barney Britton writes:

The Canon EOS R is a camera I really want to like, but despite its attractive form-factor, good sensor and solid stills photography feature set, I just don’t enjoy shooting with it. I appreciate Canon trying something different with the ergonomics, but the end result is a camera that – very unusually for Canon – feels like it’s never entirely in my control. That said, I will happily put up with almost anything to use some of Canon’s excellent new RF-series lenses. 

Compared with the A7III the Canon doens’t stand a chance:

Sony’s a7 III sets a high bar at a similar price point to the EOS R. Compared to the Canon, the Sony has faster burst rates, a more capable autofocus system, dual memory card slots, better battery life, full-width (and very detailed) 4K video, and it all comes in an appreciably smaller package. There are those who may prefer the EOS R’s larger grip, articulating screen and user interface over the Sony’s, but in most regards we think that the a7 III is a better camera for most users.

I think the best thing about the new Canon RF system are their lenses. I would love if Sony could make an E-mount version of their 50mm f/1.2 and 28-70mm f/2.0 lenses!

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