Canon R

Canon EOS R front
  • 30MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 40000 (Expand to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 660g - 136 x 98 x 84mm
  • Launched September 2018
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  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon R summary

Canon R is Canon's Pro Mirrorless camera first launched on September of 2018. The camera has a 30MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a full resolution of 6720 x 4480.

The R ranks at #22 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras and over-all #26 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. Please use our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your personalized criteria.

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Below is a diagram of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon R family

The Canon R comes with a history of related digital cameras. Below, you can view all older and the latest models alongside important features.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-R8 front thumbnailCanon R8
R vs R8
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2023
Canon-EOS-R6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon R6 II
R vs R6 II
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
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Canon-EOS-R5-C front thumbnailCanon R5 C
R vs R5 C
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
R vs R3
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2021
Canon-EOS-R5 front thumbnailCanon R5
R vs R5
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-R6 front thumbnailCanon R6
R vs R6
20MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
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Canon-EOS-RP front thumbnailCanon RP
R vs RP
26MPFull frame5.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-R front thumbnailCanon R30MPFull frame8.0 fps2018

Canon R Pros and Cons

Below is a list of advantages and disadvantages of the Canon R based on aspects that are normally regarded as essential in a camera.

above average ISO range (40,000)
above average minimum ISO (100)
amazing megapixels (30 megapixels)
comes with external mic socket
comes with HDMI socket
comes with headphone socket
connects via bluetooth
delivers RAW formats
features touch focus
fully articulated screen
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
has face detection autofocus
has Top display
has touchscreen
has tracking autofocus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pixels)
interchangeable lenses (Canon RF mount)
nice screen size (3.2")
selfie friendly display
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports phase detect autofocus
very good screen resolution (2,100 k dots)
weather sealing
you can focus manually
bad battery life (370 shots)
no image stabilization
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Canon R Sensor specifications

The dimension of the sensor on the Canon R is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can capture 6720 x 4480 pixels and aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9.

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The CMOS sensor boasts 30 megapixels and has a native ISO range of 100 to 40000. This ISO can also be widened electronically to 50 to 102400. RAW files are supported which means that you have wider margin for error.

The image below illustrates the R's sensor dimensions compared to other common sizes. The R sensor comes with a crop factor of 1 and is displayed in green.

Canon EOS R sensor size Photography Glossary

To get a sense of specific aspect ratios, you should refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon R dimensions

Canon R weighs about 1.46 lb (660 gr or 23.28 oz) and the volume of the camera is 136mm x 98mm x 84mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.3"). The weight of average Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr and the Canon R is similar when compared with other rivals.

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Below is a photo of the Canon R besides a softdrink to help you to have a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS R dimensions scale

The top view below will provide the button layout on the R.

Canon EOS R topview buttons dials

Canon R Lens specifications

The R uses the Canon RF mount and has 30 lenses that you can buy. Below is some of the lenses we have in our database which will work with the R.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-RF-35mm-F1.8-IS-STM-Macro lensCanon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro35mmf/1.8 305g
Canon-RF-24-240mm-F4-6.3-IS-USM lensCanon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM24-240mmf/4 750g
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Canon-RF-16mm-F2.8-STM lensCanon RF 16mm F2.8 STM16mmf/2.8 165g
Samyang-AF-85mm-F1.4-RF--Rokinon-AF-85mm-F1.4-RF-Canon-RF lensSamyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF85mmf/1.4584g
Canon-RF-28-70mm-F2L-USM lensCanon RF 28-70mm F2L USM28-70mmf/21430g
Canon-RF-24-105mm-F4L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM24-105mmf/4 700g
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Canon-RF-600mm-F4L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 600mm F4L IS USM600mmf/4 3090g
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Canon R Connectivity

The R has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras which have NFC or Bluetooth compatibility can be controlled wirelessly with smartphones. You can send pictures and at times adjust camera settings without connecting straight to the camera.

Several applications even enable a Liveview and release the shutter if you are not close to the camera. If the camera includes a HDMI out, it can be connected to an external screen. Most cameras will allow you to charge the battery pack through the USB socket.

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Canon R Video specifications

The highest possible video quality on the Canon R is 3840 x 2160 and it can shoot in MPEG-4 and H.264 format. 2160p provides a fantastic quality for video. You can easily crop to 1080p to get clearer video. Be mindful of the massive file sizes and make sure you have got high quality SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does include both headphone and mic socket making it extremely useful whilst recording sound.

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Canon R Weather Sealing

Canon R has weather proofing making it a good selection to use during challenging conditions. This can be especially helpful if you are uncertain about the conditions you may encounter during outdoor photography.

Canon R Display and Viewfinder

The Canon R has a 3.2" fully articulated display supporting a resolution of 2,100k dots.

The display is selfie friendly to shoot self portraits and group photos if needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means that you can easily switch focus point and adjust settings using your fingertips. The R also includes a Top display so that you can instantly checkout the camera's settings.

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The ViewFinder details regarding Canon R are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 3,690k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

Viewfinders are pretty handy during bright outdoor conditions which might make the camera display washed out and difficult to view.

Canon R Shutter specifications

Canon R continuous shooting speed is 8.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.

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Canon R Flash and Hot shoe specifications

Canon R boasts external flash support but is lacking built in flash.

Canon R Autofocusing specifications

Canon R boasts both Phase Detect Autofocus along with Contrast Based Autofocus. Phase Detection autofocusing is more snappier and precise in comparison with Contrast Based autofocusing. The camera has Face detect which makes it valuable for taking photos of people.

The Sensor has 5655 focus points to select from. Canon R has touch to focus. You can easily use your fingers to adjust focus points. It also has Tracking Autofocus for objects on the move. Canon R includes manual focusing in case it is required during low light situations or you want more exact focusing control.

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Canon R Battery life

The battery life in the Canon R is designed to last for 370 pictures as per the CIPA requirements making it lower compared with its rivals. The average Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has the best (870) battery life within this group of cameras.

Below is a listing of Pro Mirrorless cameras that come with the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Photography Glossary
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
R vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
R vs Z9
740 yesnoyes
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
R vs M11
700 yesnono

Canon R for varying categories of photography

The following bar chart indicates a outline of the Canon R for varying categories of photography. To look at more, go to the specific paragraph below.

Canon R Portrait photography info

The Canon R gets a score of 86 which is brilliant, and means the camera is a brilliant choice for portrait images. Photographing portrait images favors greatly towards sensor dimension, RAW support in addition to the ability to use off-camera flash.

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you can focus manually
amazing sensor resolution (30 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
comes with face detection autofocus
delivers RAW files

Street photography with Canon R

With a very good points tally of 73, the Canon R is a fine option to buy for street photography. A good street photography camera gives a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
sensor size is big (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
environment proofing
very good high ISO (40,000)
lack of image stabilization

Sports photography with Canon R

A terrific sports photography rating of 76 means the Canon R is a superb choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have very good autofocus and continuous shooting for sports photography.

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great max shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count amazing (30 megapixels)
great sensor size (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
terrible battery pack (370 per charge)

Canon R Travel photography info

Portability is extremely important in getting a travel camera. In general, the Canon R gets a above average 73 for a travelling camera which makes it a good choice to buy for your travels.

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weather proof
connects via bluetooth
includes touch focus
MP count high (30 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
terrible battery pack (370 shots)

Canon R Landscape photography features

When you're looking to pick a digital camera for landscape photographs, the most important factor is going to be image quality. The Canon R with it's great grade of 77 for a landscape camera is a outstanding pick in the current marketplace.

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you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2")
MP count excellent (30 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
very good ISO range (40,000)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
lack of image stabilization
terrible battery life (370 per charge)

Canon R as a Vlogging camera

A vlogging camera preferably should come with a articulating display, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering all the details, the Canon R is a fine option as a vlog camera as it comes to a nice score of 73.

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display is selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
provides face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pxls)
includes external microphone jack
does not have image stabilization

Canon R Alternatives

If you need replacements to the R, here is a number of the top ranked cameras that fall under the category of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph listed below gives you a bird's eye view of the R compared to it's highest scoring competitors suggested earlier.

Here are a handful of other cameras you may check out as alternative options. To check out a full comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Model type
Canon EOS R
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
30 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution
6720 x 4480
RAW images
Maximum native ISO
Maximum enhanced ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum enhanced ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points
Lens support
Canon RF
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Display type
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
Display resolution
2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,690k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating
DXO Color Depth rating
DXO Dynamic range rating
DXO Low light rating
Minimum shutter speed
30 secs
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate
8.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance
no built-in flash
Flash options
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions
3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Maximum video resolution
Video file format
MPEG-4, H.264
Mic port
Headphone port
Yes (with LP-E6N only)
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
660 grams (1.46 lb)
Physical dimensions
136 x 98 x 84mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.3")
Battery life
370 pictures
Battery type
Battery Pack
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage
SD card (UHS-II supported)
Card slots
Pricing at release