Apparently, the sky isn't falling and Canon isn't doomed. The first decent hands-on preview (mini review) of the Canon EOS R has hit, and the camera looks to be an excellent first step for Canon and will make still shooters quiet happy.
This is a HANDS ON PREVIEW of the Canon EOS R, new RF lenses and lens adapters. This is NOT A REVIEW just yet, that will be coming in the future. Should you sell all your Canon gear and move to Nikon or Sony or do you stick it out?
Here's my take so far, this camera gets a lot right while still disappointing in some ways. But, I think it's a very good start and will only lead to better future cameras. Now's not the time to switch.
Jared provided some RAW files for you to play with over the weekend, you can get them here.
I'm looking forward to Jared's real world review in a couple months time. Hopefully, by then, we'll have one in our hands. I'm super excited to get one and I'm sad Canon doesn't like us enough to give us a camera to try out. :)
I think we are looking at a real winner....
Worth 20 minutes if you have it.
I've heard from someone in the pro sports field who was somehow able to try it out at a couple events. He really like it and it adapted the 200-400 without problems. AF was fast. Obviously fps is not good for sports, but he liked it. He was impressed with the lack of noise compared to (the already impressive) 1dx2.
Maybe the cold? Just feeling under the weather. I almost didn't watch based on what I've seen before, but several of the "night of" reviews mentioned they were given production cameras, so I've been waiting for a bit more hands on take on the R. This is the first I've seen. Include some initial other impressions (Gordon Laing, TN/CN, even Kai seemed impressed), people seem to be enjoying exactly what Canon often gets right, ergonomics.
Bryan at the Digital Picture has posted some first-hand real-life experience with the EOS R which should clear some of the concerns about battery life out of the official CIPA numbers:
Addressing Canon EOS R Battery Life
mentioned in that article and a summary by Sean:
Flood gates appear to be opening, which is great.....
"Slot shaming" – love it!
I decided to hold off on purchasing a 5DM4 to complement my trusty 5DM3. I want to see how Canon answers the calls of 5D and 1D owners wanting a more "pro" level camera.
I think Canon's solution with their three EF adaptors are superior to what the folks at Sony and Nikon did for compatibility of older lenses. Their new R lenses are just stunning pieces of glass, and of course first-production lenses will always be pricey.
It may be a tired sentence, but give me a mirrorless version of my 5D with same analog, pushbutton controls, joystick, and dual slots, then update everything else where necessary. I like the direction that Canon is going with the EOS-R.
Until then, I will continue to happily use my 5DM3. I couldn't care less that some random Internet user of x-Camera thinks that dSLR cameras are suddenly obsolete and no longer work. Photographs coming from any of these cameras are for the most part undistinguishable in the medium they are used for so give us a break. It's only important for people like you, and no one else.
I agree they're short-comings, but they're not important to everyone. I'd prefer it to be 4k full, but video is only occasionally used by myself for example, so it wouldn't make or break my decision to buy. Other features are more important to me.. it's close, the real world FPS is probably the biggest question for me right now and how I use it (I rarely use servo tracking so it may not matter that it drops to 3fps for me).. I'm impressed with the low light performance.. I know sony sensors can do better, but I have a lot of canon mount glass
Your statement implies the point of FF mirrorless is to push spec barriers or to be small. Consider a different perspective.
Comparing to the 5D4...
If you don't shoot video:
Stop comparing to A7. Start comparing to Canon SLRs. This thing will sell very, very well.