Canon EOS R – 1st Full Frame Mirrorless by Canon

Canon announced their first Full-Frame (35mm) mirrorless camera this past month.

It’s a combination between the EOS 5D Mark IV and the EOS 6D Mark II. But aren’t those two DSLR cameras? Yes they surely are! so what makes the Mirrorless by Canon so good?

Let’s take a look at the specs and see where it’s similar to 5D Mark IV: 

  1. 30.3 Megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  2. 35mm (Full Frame) 36.0 x 24.0mm
  3. RF Mount (brand new for this camera body)
  4. AF Points: Max at 5,655 (when manually selected with cross keys or touch screen focus)
  5. 100% vertical, 80% horizontal auto-focus area
  6. ISO range 100-40,000, with expanded H1 50-51,200 or H2 50-102,400
  7. 1/8000 to 30 sec shutter speed with bulb
  8. 8 FPS Max high-speed continuous shooting.
  9. Video Formats: 4K (UHD) 3840×2160 at 29.97, 25.00, 24.00, 23.93 fps
    Full HD (1080P) 1920×1080 at 119.9, 100.0, 59.94, 50.00, 29.97, 25.00, 24.00, 23.93 fps
    Full HD (1080P) 1920×1080 HDR at 29.97 & 25.00 fps

Specs that make this camera similar to the 6D Mark II:

  1. 1x SD/SCHC/SDXC memory card with support for UHS-II
  2. 3.15″ Vari-angle LCD with 100% coverage.
  3. 35mm (Full Frame) 36.0 x 24.0mm

That list up there are the basic specs that we’re interested in. The combination of these features on the EOS R is where the culmination of the best things from the above DSLR cameras.

Why is there only one slot on this camera? Well it is much smaller compared to both 5D and 6D, with a flange distance reduced to 20mm from 44mm (this is the distance between the sensor and lens). This also enabled the lens to be smaller compared to the DSLR cameras as visualized in this photo below from Canon’s website:

EOS R vs 5D MK IV with the same lens

I’m looking forward to checking out this camera once it arrives on the shelves. I know most reviewers have been playing with this camera for months before the launch.

How To: EOS Movie Recorder Mac Fix

Picture of working app

I downloaded the new version of EOS Movie Recorder which lets your Canon 40D record video, this time on a Mac. So I downloaded it and installed it, but it would crash right away. Soon I found out, you need certain frameworks, in order to make the Application work. So here is what I did.

• I download this file, QT Source
• Go to the Packages folder in the DMG, and install Libraries and Plug – Ins
• Connect your Camera, and Fire Up the Applications, and record some awesome videos.

Your Camera Doesn’t Matter

A while ago, my Dad bought a Camera, a Canon 40D, it is a great camera, but what does it all put through.

I happened on this article a while back and its message has always stuck with me (although I still obsess over new camera gear). But even a self-confessed gear addict can admit there are some pretty interesting points in there. The article by Ken Rockwell details his theory that you can achieve the results you want with a $150 camera or a $5000 camera, it’s just about understanding and working with the equipment. I don’t agree with everything he has to say, but it’s a good read for anyone lusting after some of the new, and ridiculously expensive, DSLRs popping up. And if you need proof of Rockwell’s claim that “a great photographer can take great pictures with a disposable”, look no further than Flickr where a simple search will yield some really amazing shots, all taken with disposables. A couple of my favorites are here and here. Also worth a read is Rockwell’s “$150 Camera vs. $5000 Camera” article.

I guess at the end of the day you’re really just paying for features when you buy a high end camera body. Easy access to settings, quicker focus, faster shots: it all adds up to an easier to use camera that allows you to get the shots when they present themselves. I remember my dads old Canon DSLR Camera, it took great photos, but it was a total pain to use and I can’t even count the number of great shots I missed waiting for that thing to focus or write to the memory card (it took forever to do both).