Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera Roundup

21/12/2020 7:45 am

When it comes to Canon Mirrorless cameras, the 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.




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.



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.



The EOS R5 is the latest flagship 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 all other EOS cameras to date, 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.



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.



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


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