Canon EOS R: Is it Good for YouTube and Vlogging? Review

Resolution: 4kp30 | Weight: 660g/1.46 lb | Flip Screen: Yes | Stabilization: No | External Mic Port: Yes

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The Canon EOS R is a mirrorless full-frame camera that offers great image quality and performance. It has a powerful sensor and a high-class autofocus system wrapped up in a compact and solid body.

Also, a very cool thing about this camera is that it’s meant to be a bridge for Canon DSLR users who want to jump into the mirrorless world because it allows them to keep using their EF and EF-S lenses with this new mount. You just need an adapter and voilà!

After a quick look at its specs, we’re sure it’s a camera that will make professional and entry-level photographers happy but… is it suitable for vlogging?

We’ll see, friends, we’ll see.

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Canon EOS R Overview

We might expect the Canon EOS R to be a mirrorless version of the pricier EOS 5D Mark IV as they both share practically the same sensor with a resolution of 30.3 megapixels, which is obviously a good starting point.

However, there are some differences, but we will talk more about it later.

In general, this camera offers a lot of good stuff combining the best of mirrorless and DSLR worlds.

And, as I said before, it allows Canon DSLR users to keep using their EF and EF-S lenses with one of the three mount adapters available.

The best part is that, when using EF-S lenses, the EOS R automatically crops the field of view to adapt to the APS-C system.

I’d like to make clear that, for most vloggers, a full-frame sensor might be too much, but this camera stays right in the middle between professional and amateur cameras.

I think it could be useful for those who want to learn more about photography and video to start a career in that area.

Let’s talk about its main features:

Design and body construction

First of all, the body looks like a thin DSLR that maintains the classical Canon style.

Although it’s not the smallest mirrorless out there (especially because of the sensor), it’s compact and lightweight, which makes it easy to carry around.

The body is protected against dust and splashes as well.

The grip seems deep and comfortable, so it probably won’t be an issue to hold for a long time.

On top of that, the Canon EOS R has a fully-articulated touchscreen, making it a strong competitor against similar cameras that don’t have this feature, like the Sony A7 III.

As for the storage options, there’s only one SD memory card slot but it supports UHS-II.

Additionally, it has a hot shoe for flashes and microphones, and a big EVF.

30.3 megapixels full-frame sensor

As we previously mentioned, the full-frame sensor has a resolution of 30.3 megapixels and it’s almost the same sensor of the EOS 5D Mark IV.

There are a few differences in the processors used and the AF systems of the two cameras but, generally speaking, they offer the same high-quality results.

The EOS R can handle low-light conditions pretty well. It has a sensitivity range of ISO 100-40000, which can be expanded to ISO 50-102400.

Autofocus and image stabilization

This camera has the classic Dual-Pixel technology developed by Canon, which delivers smooth and quick focusing for any situation, even when it’s not too bright or if you’re working with a wide aperture lens.

In short, the AF system is fast and accurate in both photo and video modes, and it includes many focus areas that cover almost the entire sensor.

There’s also an Eye and Face detection system that works very well too, even if the subject is far from the camera or if it moves. The camera does a great job tracking moving subjects.

On another note, the Canon EOS R doesn’t have image stabilization.

This is sad news for vloggers because it means you’ll need a lens with stabilization or other additional equipment to avoid shaky videos.

Video and time-lapse functions

The Canon EOS R is amazing for stills, but when it comes to video, it lags behind some of its competitors.

It can record 4K video at up to 30 fps, but it applies an unpleasant 1.7x crop… so you’ll end up with something like an APS-C sensor instead of a full-frame.

Slow-motion capture is also limited. You can record Full HD video at up to 60 fps but if you want more than that, you’ll have to go down to 720p (HD) so you can record at 120 fps.

So, although image quality and autofocus are great, the EOS R is not equipped with strong video capabilities. Especially if we compare it to other cameras, like the Sony A7 III that we mentioned a few lines above.

Leaving that aside, if you want to create cool time-lapses in-camera, the EOS R has a time-lapse mode included so you can have fun with it.

Battery

Battery life is decent but not great. The camera uses LP-E6N or LP-E6 batteries, just as many Canon DSLRs, and it includes an external charger.

In-camera charging (via USB-C port) is allowed as well, but only for LP-E6N batteries.

And, note that if you start using the camera, it will stop charging. Therefore, if you’re going to be recording for a long time, you’ll need a battery grip or additional batteries.

Connectivity

The Canon EOS R includes USB-C, mini-HDMI, microphone, and headphone ports.

As for the wireless connectivity options, it has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth so you can pair your camera with your smartphone and use the Canon Camera Connect app (available for Android and iOS devices) to remotely control your camera.

Is the Canon EOS R Good for YouTube and Vlogging?

After everything we’ve seen about the Canon EOS R, we could say it’s a good camera but not necessarily for vloggers… or maybe not all vloggers.

It’s undoubtedly better for photographers than videographers, though.

On the positive side, it’s an awesome mid-range camera that provides good image quality and great autofocus performance.

It also has a fully-articulated screen in a compact-sized body that is made to last.

Not to mention it’s a nice first step into the mirrorless market (at least for Canon users).

However, considering the lack of image stabilization, limited video capabilities, and charging options, it’s not the ideal camera for vlogging, especially if you’re going to be recording handheld or for many hours.

If I wanted a full-frame for vlogging, I’d go for the Sony A7 III instead. The stabilization is really important for me. And even though it lacks the flip screen, you can get a monitor that you can attach to it. Also it has more dynamic range and better overall image quality (and autofocus).

Best Lenses for the Canon EOS R for YouTube and Vlogging

Remember that lenses are even more important than the camera you decide to buy. That’s why I’ll recommend two great options.

(Pssst! Make sure you also invest on an EF-EOS R mount adapter for these lenses)

YouTube lens for the Canon EOS R: Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens

This is a good choice to record on a tripod at home. It’s versatile and has a wide aperture that will fit you well for most situations.

Vlogging lens for the Canon EOS R (wide angle): Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS STM

This is a wide-angle lens with a solid construction that will fit you well for recording vlogs.

I know it is a little bit pricey but this lens is versatile, offers amazing performance and it is equipped with Canon’s image stabilization system.

Will A.

Will is the founder of VloggerPro. He's a YouTube Certified partner and has been reviewing equipment and teaching others how to grow and generate real income on YouTube for the last 5 years.

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