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