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Canon EOS R FF Mirrorless System Announced - UK Price

Canon has announced the new 30mp Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system, with a new range of RF mount lenses.

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Canon Press Event

We're live at a packed Canon UK press event, in London, where Canon has announced the new Canon EOS R full-frame mirrorless camera system, with a new Canon RF lens mount. They have announced four new lenses to go with the system:

  • RF 28-70mm f/2L USM
  • RF 50mm f/1.2L
  • RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro
  • RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

The new Canon EOS R camera features a 30mp full-frame CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel AF, with a large 54mm diameter mount, with short back-focus, 8fps continuous shooting, 4K video recording, top LCD screen, and digital lens optimisation built-in. The camera will be available with a battery grip that will extend the battery life. 

Have a look at our hands-on with the Canon EOS R camera

Canon EOS R Range

Canon has announced three new lens mount adapters - to allow the use of Canon EF / EF-S mount lenses. There is a standard EF-EOS R adapter, a countrol ring adapter, and a drop in filter adapter will be available in 2019.

Canon say they are working on an f/2.8 zoom lens series for the system.

Canon RF lens range

Dual Pixel AF is said to give the world's fastest autofocus, at 0.05sec, focusing down to -6 EV. With 5655 AF points, and touch and drag focus selection. The camera body is made of magnesium alloy and features a DIGIC 8 processor. Silent shooting is available thanks to an electronic shutter option.

The electronic viewfinder (EVF) has 3.69million dots, and 100% coverage.

Canon EOS R body

Canon has published a range of videos on the new camera on YouTube, including the following video:

Canon has also announced the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM lenses.


We have the official press release from Canon below:

Canon once again revolutionises the future of photography and filmmaking with pioneering, new EOS R System

London, UK, 5 September 2018 – Canon Europe, world leader in imaging solutions, has today redefined the frontiers of photography and filmmaking with the launch of the pioneering EOS R System. Over thirty years on from the original, era-defining EOS launch, the bold, new EOS R System will once again expand photographic possibilities in countless ways. The new RF lens mount has been engineered with the perfect blend of optical, mechanical and electronic design to capture unique moments in previously impossible ways.


Canon EOS R

A pioneering lens mount, built from the best of EOS legacy

Since its inception in 1987, the EOS System – including Cinema EOS – has grown into the most recognised imaging system in the world. Today’s introduction takes the EOS platform to new heights, incorporating the best from the existing system, with even greater levels of performance, lens design possibilities and creative flexibility. The new RF mount has been built on the strengths of the existing EF mount and is the result of detailed research by Canon engineers, who have designed an impressive optical system with a flange back distance of 20mm and a wide 54mm diameter lens mount - allowing for even greater freedom when designing lenses. The new mount’s 12-pin connection enables enhanced communication and power transmission between the lens and camera body, further enhancing lens design options, resulting in higher image quality and enhanced usability.

Mr Yuichi Ishizuka, President and CEO, Canon Europe, Middle East & Africa, commented: “When we launched the EOS System 30 years ago, we sent a clear message that the future of photography was here. Now, as one of the most iconic imaging systems in the world, our commitment remains. Canon will continue to invest in the unrivalled EOS world with cameras, lenses and accessories that set new heights in image quality, optical excellence and performance, all while satisfying the ever-evolving needs and demands of its customers.”


Exceptional quality in every detail

Built from the ground up, the new System has been reengineered with invaluable input during the System’s development from professional and enthusiast photographers and filmmakers. The EOS R System with RF mount and Dual Pixel CMOS AF delivers unrivalled optical excellence, the world’s fastest autofocusi and faster communication between camera and lens. Features that are synonymous with EOS – fast performance, superb ergonomics and superior, uncompromising, image quality – remain at the heart of the EOS R System.2

Featuring innovative technology for photography and filmmaking alike, the EOS R System allows all users to shoot and film in extremely low light with accurate focusing, thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF. Small and discreet, the EOS R System gives flexibility, plus the advantage of silent shooting. It also offers the highest
standard of movie output from any Canon EOS System camera, outside of the Cinema EOS range, enabling filmmakers to take their storytelling to the next level in 4K with output in 10-bit over HDMI. The whole system has refined handling and enhanced ergonomics, including an electronic viewfinder and extensive customisation, allowing the user to the focus on the subject rather than the camera.


EOS R Back Body

A system designed with lenses at its core

The EOS R System inherits all the existing system advantages, importantly full compatibility with existing EF and EF-S lenses and accessoriesii, when using one of three newly-developed lens adapters, expanding the boundaries of image capture. Canon has today also launched four new lenses, compatible with the EOS R System – the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, RF 50mm f/1.2L USM, RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM and RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM. Building on Canon’s lens heritage, these high-performance lenses will push forward the frontiers of creative capture thanks to the new cutting-edge optics and advanced image processing for both stills and video. Additionally, users of existing Canon EOS full frame or APS-C DSLR cameras can enjoy the EOS R System with their existing EF and EF-S lenses thanks to the adapters, while retaining the same performance as when used on a DSLR, as well as access to EOS accessories and Speedlite flashes.


EOSR FrontSlantDown Body

Adding to the full frame family

Adding to the EOS full frame line-up, Canon has today unveiled the first camera body to carry the EOS R name and RF lens mount - setting the new standard for the camera of tomorrow. With the world’s fastest autofocusiii, it is also the world’s first camera with the ability to focus in light conditions as low as -6EViv and
totally silent shooting, providing stunning quality results every time. The EOS R redefines photo and video performance with unrivalled image quality, state-of-the art connectivity, refined ergonomics and responsive handling.

Further expanding the existing EOS System, Canon today also launches the EF-M 32mm f/1.4 STM – a new 32mm lens for the EOS M mirrorless system – and the EF 400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS III USM, two revolutionary, lightweight professional super telephoto lenses for the EF System.


Pricing and Availability

The EOS R is available to pre-order from 12th September 2018 and available to purchase from 9th October 2018 with the following RSPs:

  • EOS R body and mount adapter - £2,349.99/ €2,729.99
  • EOS R body, mount adapter and RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens - £3,269.99/ €3,819.99
  • RF 50mm f/1.2L USM lens - £2,349.99/ €2,729.99
  • RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens - £1,119.99/ €1,319.99
  • Mount adapter EF-EOS R - £99.99/ €119.99
  • Control mount ring adapter EF-EOS R - £199.99/ €239.99

Available to purchase from December 2018 with the following RSPs:

  • RF 28-70mm f/2L USM lens - £3,049.99/ €3,549.99
  • RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM lens - £519.99/ €599.99

Canon EOS R Specifications

Image Sensor
Pixels30Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)6720
Pixels (H)4480
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 4:3
  • 3:2
  • 16:9
  • 1:1
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3.15in
Screen resolution2.1m dots
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Spot
  • Face Detection
  • AF Tracking
  • Multi
  • Centre
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/8000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Program Variable
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Centre Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 102400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder Resolution3.69m dots
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting8fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 4K
Video FPS4K at 30,24fps, FullHD at 60,30,24fps
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeLP-E6N
Battery Life (CIPA rating)370shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsNo Data

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5 Sep 2018 9:04AM
Canon-Nikey looky-likey - so the sum total of all the two companies efforts is, two more or less identical 'new' camera systems both held back compared with other mirrorless systems. I can't wait for Panasonics announcement as I suspect they will be the real example of top end full frame mirrorless with cutting edge not bleeding edge.
altitude50 16 19.8k United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 9:30AM
I think that sandwiching the news within two Nikon D850 adverts is not a good idea (for either company!)
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 9:35AM
This looks very interesting,(and expensive). I hope the -6ev truly means much better low light focus. I like the bigger pixel count with the still good ISO range.
I hope the shutter can be fully quiet without sacrificing performance.
That 28-70 F2 lens looks really desirable in low light event shooting if it focuses well with the body.

Not sure i like the sharper edges of the body design, but i'd love to have one all the same. I hope they bring out a small 35mm pancake lens on this.

Roll on the full ePhotozine user review.

I bet the next iteration of this mirrorless series will be even more amazing.
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
5 Sep 2018 9:36AM
Very clever advertising by Nikon by including their D850 video in a prominent position in this article.

I wonder how many people click the play button without reading the description assuming it is for the new Canon camera ?
5 Sep 2018 10:35AM
Surely Canon have missed a major trick by not incorporating Image Stabilisation in the body ?

It was the major point I was expecting in the next Canon body.
5 Sep 2018 10:51AM
I agree it seems odd no in camera stabilisation, is low light focusing really much use without it or is the lens stabilisation that good?
SteveBB 15 31 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 10:53AM
I was eagerly waiting for this news to be announced but why oh why a new lens mount. Why couldn't Canon appreciate the investment made by current users in their existing collection of lenses that has taken many many years to save up for.
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 11:09AM

Quote:I was eagerly waiting for this news to be announced but why oh why a new lens mount. Why couldn't Canon appreciate the investment made by current users in their existing collection of lenses that has taken many many years to save up for.

As i understand it the new lens mount means smaller lighter lenses in future than would otherwise be possible - I'm hoping for a 35mm pancake in future.
JJGEE 15 7.8k 18 England
5 Sep 2018 11:17AM

Quote:why oh why a new lens mount

My understanding it is to do with the flange distance, mirrorless cameras are slimmer due to not having a mirror/ pentaprism
ElSid 12 11 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 11:45AM

Quote:My understanding it is to do with the flange distance, mirrorless cameras are slimmer due to not having a mirror/ pentaprism

And you'd be correct...

The advantage of mirrorless cameras is doing away with the flappy mirror thingy means that you can get rid of the box required to house it which means the camera can then be little thicker than it needs to be to contain the electronics and be ergonomically comfortable. Why so many people seem to be unable or unwilling to grasp this simple fact puzzles me somewhat.

It's interesting to note that Canon have also launched a new EF-M lens which suggests that the M-series cameras are going to continue. This makes me wonder how long Canon will run with APS and Full frame format DSLRs alongside two ranges of mirrorless cameras - a four range system doesn't seem a sustainable business model to me...
alan53 12 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 11:49AM
Why oh why a new lens mount?
Better new lenses, smaller too. You can still use your existing lenses with one of the adapters.
Quite a good start to a new system (apart from the video full of pretentious cr*p).
ChrisV Plus
13 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
5 Sep 2018 2:59PM
£ for $ pricing (it’s still steep even accounting for VAT). That’s on the predictably high price to start with against the competition. I was awaiting this announcement as I already have some Canon glass, but lack of ibis and the crazy video crop are pretty much deal breakers.

Might well buy a Sony in the near future.
5 Sep 2018 3:06PM
Why the pentaprism hump on all the “Mirrorless” cameras? Why not slimmed down like a Leica, or Nikon S? I like the classics.
pablophotographer 9 1.7k 383
5 Sep 2018 3:12PM
If I buy five for my garden I will be catching all the nocturnal wildlife action without needing the stadium lights, great. Anyone wants to buy an early Christmas present to their local footie team? Go Canon!

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