Canon launched its first mirrorless camera in 2012, with full frame options arriving just a few years later. Since the launch of the Canon EOS R, the industry leader has meticulously fleshed out its range of mirrorless options to make sure there's a great camera for everyone. From full frame options balancing speed and precision to APS-C cameras offering extra reach, Canon's range is a shooter's dream.
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Canon has hit the sweet spot of what serious enthusiasts and professionals are after from a general-purpose full-frame mirrorless camera. Built around the same weather-sealed magnesium alloy chassis as the EOS R5, it doesn’t skimp on advanced features or functionality and its 5-axis in-body stabilisation provides a staggering 8 stops of compensation with selected RF lenses. It feels every bit like a true EOS camera when it’s being used and presents the benefits of mirrorless with the only drawback being the time you need to give it to cool between 4K video recordings. As a stills camera it ticks all the right boxes if you don’t require the EOS R5’s resolution output.
The EOS R employs the same sensor from the EOS 5D Mark IV and boasts a higher resolution output than the EOS R6. The latitude of its full-frame sensor when returning detail to underexposed areas is impressive and ISO 12,800 returns useable images in low light. It’s robustly made, works a treat with EF-mount lenses using the EF to EOS adapter and offers clear viewing via an informative electronic viewfinder. It won’t be everyone’s cup of tea though. It lacks in-body image stabilisation, applies a 1.7x crop to 4K video, and has a single card slot and some questionable ergonomics. These concerns have since been addressed on the EOS R6 and EOS R5.
The EOS RP is Canon’s answer to affordable full-frame mirrorless and sits beneath the more advanced EOS R, EOS R6 and EOS R5 models. It inherits the sensor from the EOS 6D Mark II and focuses as well with new RF-mount lenses as it does with older EF lenses mounted via the EOS R adapter that’s supplied. If in-body image stabilisation, broadcast quality video, dual card slots and thumb operated joystick control are a priority you’ll want to direct your attention to the EOS R6 or EOS R5. The EOS RP represents a good entry-point into full-frame mirrorless at sensible money.
This flat-bodied APS-C mirrorless model is well equipped for enthusiasts and vloggers. It distinguishes itself from other mirrorless cameras with its removable electronic viewfinder so you’ll have no problem finding space for it in a small bag. Vloggers will appreciate that 4K video uses the full width of the sensor, however if it’s a headphone port and articulating screen you’re after you’ll be better off with the EOS 90D. The sensor resolves mesmerizing detail for its size with good scope for cropping. As small mirrorless cameras go it’s very secure to hold and we’re extremely fond of its deep, well-sculpted handgrip.