Introducing the EOS R50 & EOS R8

Breaking news from the Canon camp—two new mirrorless bodies and two new mirrorless lenses! The watchwords for all seem to be compact & convenient.

EOS R8: high performance full frame in a svelte body

The EOS R8 is the lightest full frame Canon EOS camera yet (less than a pound). This little guy rocks a 24.2 MP full frame sensor, powerful DIGIC X processor, and an impressive list of improved video features.

Video specs:
• Max quality 4K 60p uncropped video oversampled from 6K
• For high framerate: 1080p 180 fps
• Canon Log 3, HDR PQ
• Max recording time 2 hours
• Vertical video & aspect ratio markers

Stills are certainly not ignored, of course. The DIGIC X enables numerous in camera composition features, including Moving Subject HDR, Depth Compositing, Panoramic Shot, HDR Night Scene, and HDR Backlight Control.

Canon’s innovative Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is another standout feature. The EOS R8‘s sensor is jam-packed with 1,053 AF zones for almost 100% coverage. This robust autofocus system will detect and track people, animals, and vehicles (now expanded to include horses and trains).

Control is easy using a 2.36 million dot, 120 Hz OLED EVF to monitor your imagery and a 3″ vari-angle touchscreen to control it. The EOS R8 works as a live streaming camera or webcam, naturally, and has USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Sample images

EOS R50: APS-C body for fun & convenient creativity

The EOS R50 is an even smaller RF-mount mirrorless body. It also has a DIGIC X processor and 24.2 MP sensor, but this sensor is APS-C sized. APS-C cameras are great for size, affordability, and a longer perceived reach than is achieved on a full-frame camera. Advanced A+ Assist mode for effortless expression, auto-magically. If you’re working with a smartphone or something alike, the learning curve is almost non-existent while the benefits are outrageously huge.

The EOS R50 doesn’t lag much behind the R8 as far as video is concerned:

Video specs:
• Max quality 4K 30p uncropped video oversampled from 6K
• For high framerate: 1080p 120 fps
• Vertical video & aspect ratio markers
• Movie For Close-Up Demo mode assists in creating product review-style videos

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is present here as well, albeit with 651 points, as are streaming/webcam support, USB, WiFi, and Bluetooth connectivity.

Sample images

Canon also announced two new RF mount lenses! While they are decidedly different creatures, they both share a few important features…

  • Canon Super Spectra Coating to suppress ghosting & flare
  • 4.5 stops of stabilization, expandable to 7 when paired with a compatible IBIS body
  • 28.7″ minimum focusing distance for 0.28x coverage (that means filling the frame with credit card size subjects!)
  • Super-quiet STM motor-driven focus

RF-S 55–210mm f/5–7.1 IS STM

Affordably add flexibility and range to your gear bag. If you’ve just got the “standard zoom,” this is a logical next step. Two UD elements are designed to suppress chromatic aberration and a seven bladed circular aperture makes for beautiful bokeh. It won’t break your back, either, at only 0.6 pounds. Note that RF-S lenses are designed for APS-C sensors and will automatically crop on a full frame body. Click here or stop by a Mike’s Camera near you to pre-order today.

RF 24–50mm f/4.5–6.3 IS STM

A nice, lightweight (0.46 lb) standard zoom with a 2x range that works equally well on full-frame and APS-C bodies. Two aspherical elements boost image quality. This lens will be available on its own or in a kit with either of the two new cameras announced above! Click here or stop by a Mike’s Camera near you to pre-order today.

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