Canon has launched its first EOS R APS-C crop sensor cameras, the 32-megapixel 24-megapixel EOS R7 and EOS R10. The new models align Canon’s full-frame APS-C and RF series, so you can finally use the lenses interchangeably, as much as you can with its EF and EF-S DSLR cameras. More importantly, they feature impressive specs like mechanical shutter shooting speeds of 15fps, 4K video at up to 60fps, and Canon’s impressive Dual Pixel autofocus. Both are also reasonably priced.
Canon EOS R7
The R7 is the top-end option and has an all-new body with some design features we haven’t seen on any camera before. Rather than the typical two dials on top and one on the back, it only has two. The second dial is at the back but up, wrapping around the focus point joystick. It looks like it might work, but Canon has had mixed success changing the layout of its cameras – the Touch Bar on the EOS-R was not a popular feature, for example.
It has a decently sized grip and weighs 612 grams (21.6 ounces), slightly more than 503 gram Sony A6600. Vloggers benefit from a 3-inch 1.62 million-dot fully articulating display and 2.36 million-dot OLED EVF, which is lower than the 3.69 million-dot EVF on Fujifilm’s X-T4 competitor. The R7 offers in-built 5-axis stabilization up to 7 stops, the best in its class. Other key features include two UHS-II card slots and microphone and headphone ports. It uses the same LP-E6NH batteries as the R6 and R5, with Canon promising an excellent 660 shots per charge with the EVF enabled.
The R7 has a 32-megapixel sensor that isn’t stacked or back-illuminated. However, it is new and different from the one found on other Canon APS-C cameras like the M6 Mark II. Much like that model, it shoots very fast, with 30fps in electronic shutter mode and a superb 15fps in mechanical shutter mode, all with continuous autofocus and autoexposure enabled. You can capture compressed RAW photos for about six seconds (100 shots) before the buffer fills up in mechanical shutter mode, or 65 shots at 30 fps in electronic mode.
Autofocus is powered by Canon’s excellent Dual Pixel system for stills and video. Canon claims to have inherited the sound system headlight R3, including new subject, eye and face tracking features (it doesn’t have the eye-tracking Eye AF option, though). That means you should see AF performance on par with what Sony offers and superior to Nikon and Fujifilm systems.
As for video, you can shoot 4K at up to 30p using the full area of the 7K sensor, which should make for extremely sharp video, although recording time is limited to 30 minutes due to limitations. thermal. It can also handle undersampled (line-skip) 4K at 60fps, or do the same with a considerable 1.81x crop, without overheating time issues. It can film in 1080p up to 120 fps.
You can shoot HDR PQ video if you want to create HDR content or capture 10-bit footage in the C-Log 3 profile for greater editing and color correction flexibility. This feature, combined with the flip-up screen, in-body stabilization, and 4K modes, makes the R7 one of the most capable APS-C cameras for video or vlogging.
Canon EOS R10
The EOS R10 dials the feature down a bit from the R7, but it’s still a very capable mirrorless camera. The biggest difference is in resolution, with the R10 offering 24 megapixels instead of 32. It also lacks in-body stabilization, so you’ll have to rely on stabilized lenses for that. And while it has a flip-out screen like the R7, the resolution is sub-par at 1.04 million dots (the 2.36 million-dot OLED EVF is the same).
As with the R7, it can take continuous bursts of up to 15fps with the mechanical shutter, or 23fps in electronic silent mode. However, the buffer will fill up faster, only allowing about 30 shots in mechanical mode or about 26 shots in silent mode.
The body design is different, with a more typical two-dial layout on top. It’s considerably smaller than the R7, weighing just 426 grams (15 ounces). The grip is slightly smaller and there is less space for your hand between the grip and the lens.
On the video side, you don’t let go too much. It can also shoot 4K video upsampled at 30fps using the full width of the sensor, or 4K 60p video with a 1.56x crop. It can capture 10-bit video in HDR PQ mode, but offers no log settings. It comes with a microphone port, but no headphone jack.
Price, lenses, availability
By using the superior RF mount, the new cameras make Canon’s lineup less confusing and should help it better compete with APS-C models from Nikon and Sony. However, this begs the question of what it plans to do with its current EF-M APS-C mirrorless cameras. Given the more versatile and expandable EOS R system, it’s hard to imagine it will keep both.
Canon launched its first RF-S lenses with the new cameras, optimized for the smaller APS-C sensor sizes. These are entry-level kit-style lenses that won’t exactly set the camera world on fire, but you can use full-frame RF lenses and even EF lenses with an adapter. The two new models are the $300 RF-S18-45mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and the $500 RF-S18-150mm IS STM, with a 35mm field of view of 29 -72mm and 29-240mm, respectively. Both can be used on full-frame EOS R models, but with a 1.5x crop.
The EOS R10 will retail for $980 for the body only, or $1,100 with the RF-S18-45mm lens and $1,380 with the RF-S18-150mm lens. The R7, meanwhile, will sell for $1,500 for the body only, or $1,900 with the S18-150mm lens. Cameras and lenses will arrive in late 2022.
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