Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Roundup

22 February 2024

When it comes to Canon Mirrorless cameras, the full-frame EOS R range is the cream of the crop. This premium range of cameras comes with its own unique lens mount, with a range of premium optics already available and many more planned for the future. EOS DSLR fans who have spent their time and money building a kit of must-have lenses shouldn’t feel left out, as numerous adaptors are available for making best use of the wonderful EF lenses.

If you think you are ready to take the plunge on a full-frame mirrorless camera from Canon but are not sure which model is the perfect fit for you, we hope this product roundup will make your decision a little easier.

Canon EOS R

The Canon EOS R was the first camera announced in this range. The full-frame sensor inside this camera features a huge 30.3MP resolution but the surprises don’t stop there. Remarkably, the speedy AF system of this camera contains 5655 selectable AF points, which results in incredible accuracy. The EOS R is a real low-light beast, being able to find focus in relative darkness and produce noise-free results throughout the 100-40,000 ISO range.

Obviously, the AF system of this camera works swiftly and the EOS R backs that up with 8 frames per second burst shooting. This camera is made for users who want full control, with a range of buttons and dials, a multifunction touch bar and a top LCD for the quick readout of essential information.

Canon EOS RP

 If you are looking for a more portable Mirrorless camera, the smaller and lighter Canon EOS RP may just fit the bill. Naturally, this physical reduction in size means a few features need to be sacrificed. The sensor inside the RP is full-frame in size but the resolution is a slightly lower 26MP. Likewise, the AF system features fewer AF points, with 4779 to choose from - this is still a huge number by the way. The EOS RP does not have the top panel and multifunction panel that can be found on the EOS R, while an LCD screen and EVF are both available to compose your shots, albeit in a slightly smaller size. 

All that aside, the EOS RP is still a well-rounded full-frame Mirrorless camera and it is a great choice if you want to harness the extra detail that such a sensor can produce, without the perceived bulk - this mix of portability and power makes it perfect for travel, especially when paired with a travel-friendly camera lens.

Canon EOS R5

The EOS R5 is a high-resolution offering from Canon, featuring a new Full-Frame sensor with a phenomenal 45MP of resolution. It is obviously great for producing large and detailed prints of your still images, but this camera also excels on the video front with 8K resolution video capture on offer, as well as 4K at 120fps and Clean HDMI out for those wanting to use their camera for live-streaming. Like the EOS R, the R5 has a lightning-fast AF system on board with a 5940 AF points, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II and face and eye detection for both human and animal subjects.

Sports and action shooting is a real strength of this camera, with 12 frames per second continuous shooting using the mechanical shutter and up to 20 frames per second with an electronic shutter. An important addition in the Canon EOS R5, and one that sets it apart from previous EOS cameras, is 5-axis sensor-shift stabilisation, which can also combine with the IS of compatible lenses for the effective reduction of camera shake and blur.

Canon EOS R3

The Canon EOS R3 is the latest exciting high-end mirrorless camera release from Canon, and it brings with it a new back-side illuminated stacked 24MP image sensor - this means this camera is superior at capturing detailed images in low-light conditions. The Canon EOS R3 is also notably excellent for action and sports photography purposes, thanks to its fast and accurate AF system, which utilises 1053 AF points, no less, and the exceptional continuous shooting speed of up to 30 frames per second. Users can enjoy blackout-free shooting with the EVF, while Eye AF is also available, a feature that enables the camera to focus where the user is looking. Another notable inclusion that will appeal to sports photographers are the new vehicle tracking modes.

One look at the Canon EOS R3 will reveal that it is not like all of the others; as well as a robust professional-grade body with weather-sealing, this mirrorless camera features a built-in battery grip, which allows it to utilise a high-capacity battery for enhanced shooting times, and also improves comfort when shooting in the vertical orientation. A reliable workhorse for professional users of all types, other highlights of the EOS R3 include astonishing 6K video, 5-Axis Image Stabilisation, a huge 3.2-inch vari-angle LCD screen, dual memory card slots, and advanced wireless connectivity.

Canon EOS R6

The Canon EOS R6 is the more basic model of the latest run of EOS R releases, but that’s not to say it should be ignored by any serious photographer. Like the EOS RP, this model is smaller and lighter in build. Once again, this smaller stature results in some reductions, such as a smaller LCD screen and EVF, the lack of top LCD and a lowered resolution of 20MP. The EOS R6 does not record 8K video like the R5, but it does include 4K60p recording, dual card slots and the same fast and efficient AF system, which puts it at the top of the class when comparing similar releases from competing brands - it is a great option for vlogging and content-creation on the go.

It is worth noting that the EOS R6’s lowered resolution results in its pixels being larger in size, and it is also gifted with a higher ISO range, making it an amazing low-light shooter.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is a high-quality option in the EOS R lineup, with its 24.2MP CMOS Sensor and DIGIC X processor providing stunning image quality throughout its 100-102,400 ISO range. This revised model also produces brilliant 4K60p video recordings, downsampled from 6K to maximise detail. With its fast and quiet AF system, which comprises 1053 AF points, the EOS R6 Mark II is set up to capitalise on its high-resolution video recording, as well as its continuous shooting prowess; this tops out at 40 frames per second when using the electronic shutter.

As we all know by now, portability is the key when it comes to the success of these powerful full-frame models. The EOS R6 Mark II weighs in at just 670 grams while retaining the weather-sealed build quality that allows it to be used freely in outdoor conditions. Other highlights of this model include microphone and headphone ports for capturing better-quality audio, and a dedicated photo/movie lever for easy switching between these two important tasks.

Canon EOS R5C

The Canon EOS R5 C is a unique model that brings the video quality of the EOS R range to the forefront. With its high-speed 45MP resolution full-frame sensor, this camera can produce breathtaking 8K resolution videos. This camera features a heat-dissipating design and cooling system to allow for prolonged recording times, while dual memory card slots are available for managing the large files that will be produced if you take advantage of that. This rugged, weather-sealed body from Canon offers advanced video connection options, such as timecode in/out and a HDMI output.

The Canon EOS R5 C includes a fast and precise autofocus system, as well as electronic image stabilisation, which can be paired with a wide range of stabilised Canon RF lenses to produce impressively sharp and smooth stills and video footage. The video features of this camera have been highlighted, but it must be noted that this camera still shines when capturing still images, thanks to its high-resolution image sensor, fast continuous shooting rate, and more.

Canon EOS R8

The Canon EOS R8 is an ultra-portable full-frame EOS R member, featuring a fresh streamlined design with a pronounced handgrip and weighing in at a lightweight 461 grams. Reduction in size aside, the EOS R8 is a big lifter in terms of performance, with a 24.2MP full-frame image sensor and 4K60p at its disposal. This camera is particularly suitable for sports and action purposes, with 40 frames per second continuous shooting available, as well as a blisteringly fast autofocus system.

The resolution of the Canon EOS R8 video recordings can be dropped to Full HD to explore slow-motion results, making this camera a viable multimedia tool. As well as an EVF for eye-level framing, this Canon EOS mirrorless camera includes a 3-inch tilting and touch-sensitive LCD screen, which will be especially enjoyed by those exploring the camera's video functions. If you are looking for a camera for POV vlogs, look no further. This camera is easy to handle at arms-length, while it offers both microphone and headphone ports, so you can be sure to be seen and heard clearly in your content. Other EOS R8 highlights include a new HDR mode, as well as Live Streaming and video conferencing.

Canon EOS RA

The distinction of the most unique EOS R camera goes to the EOS RA, a mirrorless camera which is custom-built for Astrophotography. Importantly, the Canon EOS RA is able to capture a high-level of details in the deep-red spectrum, which other cameras are unable to do straight out of the box - this is thanks to it featuring an infrared cut off filter.

Other key features of this high-end mirrorless camera include a 30.3MP full-frame image sensor, 4K time-lapse shooting and a 3-inch tilting LCD screen which is also touch-sensitive. 8 frames per second continuous shooting is available, which is generally good for sports purposes, and in this instance allows users to quickly capture multiple frames of important astrological events. The rugged Canon EOS RA features up to 30x live view magnification, so users can inspect the smallest details on their screen - think star clusters and other things found when a camera is directed at the night sky.

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As you can see by this roundup, the Canon EOS R range is a true standout in one of the most competitive sectors of the market. These cameras are great for all types of photography including portraiture and landscapes, as well as vlogging and content creation.

If you are on a tighter budget or are looking for something more beginner-friendly, the APS-C format EOS R models are the perfect option. Stay tuned for our product roundup on these models.

If you still need help deciding on which model is best for enhancing your photography skills, chat with us online or stop by your local Ted’s store.

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