Canon just announced its first mirrorless camera system: the EOS R

Credit: Fergus Halliday | IDG

Canon has officially announced its first mirrorless, full-frame camera: the Canon EOS R.

“Since its launch in 1987, the Canon EOS system has been the benchmark of imaging performance – from entry-level to professionals at the highest level,” said Jason McLean, Director ­for Consumer Imaging at Canon Australia.

“We’ve continually pushed the boundaries of technology, design and innovation and today we build on that legacy with a revolutionary new system that enables photographers and videographers to look at the world through new eyes.”

The EOS R features a 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, weather-sealed robust magnesium alloy body, 0.05 second autofocus

It's also Canon’s first camera with the ability to focus in light conditions as low as EV-6.

Coinciding with the new camera system, Canon also announced a set of new RF lenses.

Initially, there are four lenses on offer here, each bringing different combinations of quality, speed and functionality that Canon say were previously impossible:

RF 28-70mm f/2L USM;
RF 50mm f/1.2L USM;
RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM;
RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM.

As put by the company, "the RF 50mm f/1.2L USM is an extremely fast 50mm f/1.2 L-series prime lens offering extraordinary levels of detail, supreme sharpness, stunning shallow depth of field and remarkable low-light performance.

"The RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM is an L-series zoom lens and the first full frame Canon lens to feature Nano USM – ideal for filmmakers when smooth focusing is a must for natural-looking focus transitions, giving superb control and smooth tracking of the subject as it moves away or towards the camera.

"Slim and easy to handle; the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM also features a fixed f/4 aperture, while the fast, silent autofocus and 5-stops of image stabilisation make it perfect for movie making."

"Also announced is the RF 28-70mm f/2L USM, Canon’s first large-aperture full frame compatible standard zoom, offering f/2 brightness throughout the zoom range. This fast lens features a lens barrel with a shock-absorbing mechanism that achieves excellent impact resistance for toughness and durability."

"Lastly, the RF 35mm f/1.8 MACRO IS STM is a super-fast 35mm f/1.8 macro lens ideal for street, travel and close-up photography, offering a naturally wide-angle perspective, close-up focusing and Hybrid IS."

A set of lens adapters also due to roll out, offering EOS R buyers the ability to upgrade older lenses to the new system.

The Canon EOS R is due to launch on of 9th October 2018. It is available through Amazon, JB Hi-Fi and Canon's own online store.

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