November 8, 2018

7 Reasons Filmmakers Should Buy a Canon EOS R Right Now!

Canon EOS R
Looking to buy a full frame camera for your filmmaking and video needs? Here’s why the Canon EOS R is the mirrorless camera for you!

Full disclosure: there are a lot of great film and video cameras currently on the market. Fuller disclosure: there’s no real “killer app” reason to buy the Canon EOS R (or any other camera for that matter) that will magically make your film or video projects successful and win awards. All that comes down to your storytelling and abilities.

That being said, the Canon EOS R is a great camera option for film and video professionals for a variety of reasons.

Also be sure to take a look at our deep look at the question of Mirrorless vs. DSLR. If you want to consider every angle, we provide you with plenty of data to help make the call. 

For now, let’s look at seven examples of how and why you should consider the Canon EOS R for your next project or film.

1) It’s Mirrorless

Why’s this matter? Well, because of all the brands in the brands in the world, Canon has finally made a serious push away from its heralded DSLR technology and is embracing a more future-focused technology. While Canon’s 5D mk IV (and its mk III and mk II predecessors) have been powerful filmmaking devices for filmmakers and video professionals for years, this new mirrorless offering is a tight, compact and ambitious new camera that compares well to its DSLR forefathers (read here to see how the two body types compare for film and video) - but absolutely changes the game with its price point.

2) 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor

While there is suddenly quite a bit of contention about “full frame” sensors (read Fujifilm’s bold promise here) and whether or not that matters for filmmakers recently (note: it does matter), the Canon EOS R’s 30.3MP full frame CMOS Sensor (combined with its DIGIC 8 image processor) is a powerful and competitive offering to compete with the likes of Panasonic’s GH5 (and GH5s) and Nikon’s new Z7 and Z6.

3) 4K Video Recording

Once a buzzword luxury, 4K internal video recording has now become an industry standard and a “must-have” for any filmmaker or video professional. The Canon EOS R supports UHD 4K resolution recording (3840 x 2160) at up to 30 FPS at 480 Mb/s. When recording in-camera, this 4K has 4:2:2 sampling and 8-bit color depth, but when using an external recorder the EOS R can capture at 4:2:2 10-bit.

4) 120 FPS for Slow-Motion

While all these new mirrorless cameras (like the Sony A7R III, Fujifilm X-T3, etc…) are built for both videography and photography needs, one area which is of high importance to many filmmakers is a camera’s high-FPS recording capabilities. While the Canon EOS R can’t shoot 4K at high frame rates, it can ramp up to 60 FPS at Full HD 1080p and 120 FPS at 720p HD. When looking to shoot slow motion for web and digital features, or in short sequences this can be a great capability for a prosumer camera for filmmakers.

5) Canon Color Science

In Canon’s history, there has never been a more hotly debated topic than Canon’s famous (or infamous) color science. However, if you do the research (here’s a great article that compares Canon’s color science with that of other manufacturers), Canon’s color science is great for natively capturing life-like colors and favorable skin tones - especially helpful when shooting run-and-gun and looking for minimum color correction or grading.

However, if you are a filmmaker looking for more fine color controls, the Canon EOS R does offer C-LOG recording for maximized dynamic range for color grading in your edits.

6) RF Lenses (and EF Compatibility)

To go along with the Canon EOS R, Canon has also begun rolling out a whole new line of lenses. Canon optics are well-regarded and the RF line does look promising. Here’s our write-up on the Canon RF 50mm f/1.2 and how it can be a great first investment for recent EOS R owners. Along with a stock 24-105mm RF Zoom lens currently being bundled with the EOS R, Canon has also designed the EOS R to be fully compatible with its EF lens optics with the addition of a simple adapter.

7) A Competitive Price

Canon must have really done its research when it designed the Canon EOS R and brought it to market as it’s initial price point is squarely in-line with the other mirrorless cameras currently in high demand. However, when you start comparing the Canon EOS R to, say, its Canon 5D mk IV sibling, it blows it out of the water, yet has many of the same selling points.

While the decision to buy (or perhaps rent) a Canon EOS R will need to be closely compared with other cameras like the Sony A7 III, Nikon Z6, Fujifilm X-T3 and the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K, for at least the reasons above, the Canon EOS R deserves your consideration right now!

Canon EOS R: $2,299.00     

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The only question I have is why would you choose this camera over BMPCC 4k?

November 8, 2018 at 1:20PM

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Jake
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Well this is a hybrid camera and the BMPCC4K is just for video.

Still have a similar question though. Why would you choose this over the GH5 or XT3?

November 8, 2018 at 3:14PM

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Alex Alva
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Is this sponsored content?

November 8, 2018 at 1:25PM

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Andy
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November 8, 2018 at 1:40PM, Edited November 8, 1:40PM

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to be honest, i read this list, and i thought i founded somewhere "sponsored content"
1) like other brands, but with less knowledge how to develop a good mirrorless, previous canon did only two bad mirrorless.
2) more resolution per area sensor mean more diffraction, the reason be cause sonya7s2 and gh5s are 10mpx only
3) 4k no, only UHD when other like gh5 have 4k dci, the only advantage to sony is 4:2:2 recorded internally (we must check the bitrate and matrix compression to understand if are in a good quality or not), but ever 8 bit when gh5 from 2017 offer 10bit internally in long gop or intraframe...
4) high ftp? no, like my iphone... fps per resolution gh5/gh5s offert uhd60p, FHD 180fps...
5) canon color science... yes and no, only if you record with compression or good cs are wasted from bad compression.
6) good lenses and ef compatibility (by adapter)... like other brand... or you think the zeiss lenses for sony are not so good like canon... and with adapter i use on sony, panasonic ef lenses (i do from years, i had a bmd camera with ef mount, and i shoot photo with different brand, sony, panasonic etc, and i have adapter metabone to use EF lenses on all).
7) competitive price? i think no... also without buying external recorder to have 10bit 4:2:2 and canon color science ...
may be in future canon do better, i used many cameras from them and in the future i will do again, but... i'm not payed from any brand, i pay to have every camera and vendor must give me real reason to consider (not to buy) to use it against sony/panasonic/blackmagic

November 8, 2018 at 2:13PM, Edited November 8, 2:13PM

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Carlo Macchiavello
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(From a former Best Buy salesman) this a best buy salesman level analysis of the camera. You mention 4k but not a single word about the 1.7x crop. You say " However, when you start comparing the Canon EOS R to, say, its Canon 5D mk IV sibling, it blows it out of the water, yet has many of the same selling points." How does it have the same selling points, yet blow it out of the water. Nothing in the list above supports that conclusion. I'm looking at this list and seeing 1 It's Mirrorless, so it's a smaller form factor. 2) It has the same sensor as the 5D4 3) 4k Internal I believe the R uses MP4 compression not the insanely clunky MJPEG from the 5D4. 4) Sure there are times that people will use 120fps at 720p but there are also cameras in this price range that will do 4k 60. 5) C-Log is the big selling point here. The color science is secondary. Clog is a paid upgrade on the 5d4. 6) If you want to talk about RF lenses the lens adapter that lets you drop in filters is really what the big selling point is here. A camera that out of the box (without an adapter) only works with 2 lenses is more of a con than a pro. 7) Competitively priced? It's the second most expensive camera on that list only cheaper than the new Nikon.

November 8, 2018 at 2:26PM

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Here's a list.
1) Focus peaking and DPAF manual focus guides.
2) Ability to use EF-S lenses for 4K and 1080p.
3) Cropped frame 1080p has a much better resolution than the FHD on the 5DIV.
4) Flip screen
5) 4K HDMI output
6) Near full AF coverage of sensor vs 80% on 5DIV
7) Records to cheaper SD cards
8) EVF
9) More customization options for buttons and menu
10) Touch drag AF

The 5D has better weather sealing and dual card recording. Otherwise it is a much worse option for video than the EOS-R.

November 8, 2018 at 7:37PM

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Casey Preston
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Thanks. That’s all helpful info. Much more helpful than anything in this article. I would just mention that the 5D4 also lets you use a SD card. I am not hating on this camera. I came to this article initially because I thought it would be full of helpful info since I would consider buying this camera one day.

November 9, 2018 at 2:01AM

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I think Canon DSLR's are not the best choice for video, but I had been hopeful that Canon would release something small that would be useful in conjunction with my C300's and have the same color science. The EOS-R is the first camera that fit my needs because it fixed the deal breakers I had with the 5D. The 1DX was just too big to make sense.
The problem on getting information on the EOS-R for video is that the camera has either been completely dismissed in reviews or people put together a list like this one that bullet points a couple of tech specs without actually testing for usability or image quality. The EOS-R has some definite downsides like lack of decent HFR, but I think it is actually a viable option if you are interested in Canon for video.

November 9, 2018 at 11:12AM

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Casey Preston
Videographer
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Too bad it doesnt have an FE mount, all my glass is SONY.

November 8, 2018 at 2:41PM

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I feel like NFS is out of the game when it comes to camera news since about a year.. The EOS R have been announced since early September and released in October. We hear about it only a month later on NFS but there's already tons of reviews everywhere. You would think that an article stating "7 Reasons Filmmakers Should Buy a Canon EOS R Right Now!" would go in depth about this camera and it's specs rather than just saying, it does 4K and has 30mp! I feel like this is an ad for Canon 100% sponsored content and it's bad. NFS used to be a nice source to check out news about cinema equipment, now I rather check Cinema5D, Newshooters, heck even Dpreview is more critical than NFS now. Meh.

November 8, 2018 at 3:08PM, Edited November 8, 3:08PM

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Danny T
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There's a mistake in this article, it does 4:2:0 (8-bit) in-camera not 4:2:2 (10-bit).

November 8, 2018 at 3:31PM

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Jamie Brightmore
Independent Filmmaker
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I own and like using this camera very much, as a video capture device however it is underwhelming to say the least, this article is so sycophantic, and so far off the mark in terms of reality its hard to take it seriously.

November 8, 2018 at 3:45PM

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Nathan T
DP
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If you must have full frame I would wait for the Lumix S1. I guarantee that would blow that Canon out the water. Currently the GH5 and GH 5S as well as the black magic giant pocket cinema etc blow it out

November 8, 2018 at 7:37PM, Edited November 8, 7:41PM

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Aaron Harper
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As somebody who is actually using a EOS-R as a C cam for my C300 MK II, I am pretty happy with it. I use it for single handled gimbal work. It actually fits my needs since I can get it to match my C300 MKII in neutral and C-log.

I really only have two annoyances.
1) I wish it had less rolling shutter.
2) I wish it had 60p in the crop mode 1080p. Most of my clients still request 1080p and would like to shoot in 60p for b-roll. The crop mode allows me to use my ef-s lenses and the resolution and IQ are much better than in the full frame mode. Unfortunately, it doesn't shoot 60p without switching to the full frame mode.

November 8, 2018 at 7:47PM

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Casey Preston
Videographer
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Film makers : People who are using only auto-focus. R lens only have unusable focus by wire ring...
(Oh yes, I cans till use my old manual lens, but that kill the advantage, suddenly)

November 8, 2018 at 8:24PM

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visionrouge.com
DoP freelance cameraman 4K HK & Shanghai.
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Why is it unusable?

November 8, 2018 at 10:10PM

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Casey Preston
Videographer
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Cause it's not accurate.
the angle you turn will not be exactly the same depending also on your speed.
Usually, you will try to get past the focus and go back to let a bit of room on your subject. with drive by wire as implemented on Sony lens for example, it's just a nightmare to use.
And, of course, all follow focus system will not work too.

November 9, 2018 at 9:12AM

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visionrouge.com
DoP freelance cameraman 4K HK & Shanghai.
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The EOS has a menu option to either choose the traditional speed variable focus by wire or a set ratio focus that mimics a traditional mechanical focus. It is bizarre this was not the way every electronic focus system was programmed from the beginning.

November 9, 2018 at 11:01AM

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Casey Preston
Videographer
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the GH5 will do 60fps at 4K, 120fps at 1080. Did you really list 720p / 120fps as a reason to buy the camera? 720p isn't good enough for *anything* these days.

November 8, 2018 at 10:57PM

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D. M. Lowe
DP / DoP
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The 720p HFR is terrible. I consider it unusable for anything other than low res web videos.

November 10, 2018 at 5:44PM

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Casey Preston
Videographer
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I’ve been reading Nofilmschool since it started. Just wanted to let you know that today I stop.

The only way I could ever understand you publishing an ‘article’ so one-sided is if it were paid for by Canon, and if this is the case, you should disclose this fact.

There are lots of young filmmakers reading your blog, and they will trust you when you say they ‘should buy an EOS-R right now’. It’s irresponsible to forget to mention the insane crop, worthless R lenses, no AF in slow mo (which is 720p!), rolling shutter, lack of stabilisation etc...

A post like this is misleading and unbalanced, and completely against what I thought nofilmschool stood for, which was hands-on, practical information for young self sufficient film makers making their way through the industry. This is a classic hard-sell, and not even done with any flair.

November 8, 2018 at 11:19PM

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Good. You now realize that No Film School is really not a good place for hands on, practical information on filmmaking.

The problem is that you are basing it on the fact that somebody decided to list a few positives about the EOS-R for video rather than the complaining that you hear from everybody else on the internet. Even your list of negatives contains some confusion. "Insane crop"- compared to what, the GH5? "Worthless R lenses"- the lenses are some of the best reviewed in their class. "No AF in Slow Mo"- what camera has useable AF in slo mo?

November 9, 2018 at 12:42AM, Edited November 9, 12:42AM

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Casey Preston
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The 4k crop is more or less unusable with Canon's current lens lineup. Micro 4/3s understand their crop limitations, thus have a strong ultra-wide angle lens market.

November 9, 2018 at 2:31PM

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Joseph Arant
Writer
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Is this article a joke or just blatant sponsorship? The Canon mirrorless, at it's price point, is a horrible idea for indie filmakers, especially given Panasonics offering right around the corner...

November 9, 2018 at 2:36AM

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Joseph Arant
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What I don't really understand is how one can say outright that full frame really does matter for video "(note: it does matter)" as a counter to Fuji's viewpoint that it probably doesn't and then still have this tacked onto the same sentence "a powerful and competitive offering to compete with the likes of Panasonic’s GH5". If full frame is really is important, then that surely rules out all of the MFT offerings, including the GH5 since they are even smaller than Fuji's APS-C. If it's not that important, then Fuji is vindicated in their argument that full frame is probably not critical, especially for video and especially when you have Metabones Speedbooster adaptors available for both APS-C and MFT.

November 9, 2018 at 2:55AM, Edited November 9, 2:55AM

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Alistair Cotton
Photographer - Videographer & Web Specialist
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is this satire ?

November 9, 2018 at 2:57AM, Edited November 9, 2:57AM

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revo
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So, at $2,299 this is your recommended camera for video. Shall I sell my Ursa Mini 4K and get the Canon R instead? I am worried I made the wrong choice.

November 9, 2018 at 4:00AM, Edited November 9, 4:00AM

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Chris
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Hi, but Sony have a professional and convenient solution for sound. Whith XLR-K1M ( K2M if you don't use a cage) you can have a microphone for ambiance and one for an HF receiver. 48V impedance and easy level monitoring. If i'm not wrong, it doesn't exist anywhere else but Sony. And with the Sony, it's 100 i/s in APS-C format, but 1080p... So yes, I agree for the 10 Bits output, but I prefer stay with my A7S2.

November 9, 2018 at 5:02AM, Edited November 9, 5:02AM

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What has happened to NFS? This site used to be great, now it feels like its run by a bunch of people who don't know anything about film.

November 10, 2018 at 4:43PM, Edited November 10, 4:43PM

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Kaster Troy
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November 11, 2018 at 3:22AM

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I am sorry but I see no reason to invest in this system

1) There is no magic in mirrorless except maybe only the possibility of using any lens you like, which means you can hunt for used bargains like Zeiss ZF or Leica R for example

2) It's 2018/2019, FF cameras hover easily in the 50mp range now

3) Yes, with a ridicolous crop, ending up with the same crop factor of the new blackmagic PC4K, which costs less than half and can record prores internally

4) 120 fps only in 720 hd, wow...

5) only point to note. Canon colors are good and can play on fair ground with Fuji colors (for me at least)

6) another wow, a set of super overpriced lens like many others out there with no special feature to talk about

7) if you buy the camera and even just a couple of lenses you are talking about a 7000 euro investment. Just to have a camera and 2 lenses with zero compatibility with other systems and really no special feature

November 11, 2018 at 6:15AM

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I’m sorry, but what in the hell are you talking about? NFS used to actually offer real answers and opinions to the filmmaking community, this article feels like sponsored content written by someone who has absolutely no idea what they’re talking about.

November 11, 2018 at 11:46AM

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Devin Pickering
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Your sponsored content is bad and you should feel bad.

November 11, 2018 at 9:40PM, Edited November 11, 9:40PM

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Okay... so i'll continue shooting on my Sony Alpha Cams until i get my Blackmagic Pocket camera. Canon, we still cant get 120fps at 1080p? bruh? i wont even bother go into the other stuff. Still not impressed at all.

November 11, 2018 at 10:59PM

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Wentworth Kelly
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I don’t want to pile on here, but I have to agree with the majority of takes on this article — it feels like sponsored content, and the arguments in the piece don’t stand up to scrutiny.

For those looking for more of a real-world take, 4kshooters pits the Canon against a slew of other cameras, several of which are way less expensive.

https://www.4kshooters.net/2018/11/12/x-t3-vs-a7iii-vs-eos-r-vs-z7-vs-bmpcc-4k-video-quality-comparison/

November 12, 2018 at 11:13AM, Edited November 12, 11:13AM

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Bryan Howell
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