Two years ago, Canon pushed the switch to mirrorless cameras with the Canon R5 and R6. At the same time, the new EOS RF lens mount was introduced. After the full-frame cameras, Canon is now also moving into the middle class without a mirror. The result: The Canon EOS R7 and EOS R10, two APS-C cameras that are said to have some refinements such as high speed and precise autofocus. New RF-S lenses are now also being introduced for cameras with APS-C.
When it comes to autofocus technology, it should be as well equipped as the full-frame models. You rely on the Dual Pixel CMOS AF II and deep learning to recognize subjects (vehicles, animals or even people). The head, the face and also the eyes are followed over the entire sensor area in order to set the focus accordingly.
With 15 frames per second, Canon’s APS-C cameras raise the bar for the mechanical shutter. With the electronic shutter there are even more frames per second. With the R7, a maximum shutter speed of 1/8,000 seconds mechanically or 1/16,000 seconds electronically is possible – fast-moving subjects should be grateful.
Inside the cameras, the current DIGIC X works as a processor. Using RAW burst, it also packs 30 RAW images per second and allows individual images to be extracted from a series of images. Exciting story: The PreRec function, which records 0.5 seconds before the recording begins.
Another special feature of the new camera models: Like Sony, the Canon cameras also move the image stabilizer into the camera. This is said to offer second-long exposure times without handshake. As with the R6, R5 and R3, compensation for up to eight exposure levels is also possible with the newly introduced models. New: The ability to use the IS system to level the horizon. The integrated panorama mode also uses the IS and compensates for panning movements.
The APS-C sensors with 32.5 megapixels (Canon R7) and 24.2 megapixels (Canon R10) have been newly developed. In particular, sports and nature photographers should benefit. In addition, you can fall back on various refinements such as Dual Pixel RAW, HEIF, Compact RAW and HDR.
With a weight of 612 grams (R7) and 429 grams (R10), both models are compact – especially compared to their DSLR counterparts. The R7 is also protected against extreme weather conditions.
Filming is also a focus at Canon. The R7 and R10 can record videos in 4K at 60 frames per second using the 7K and 6K sensor data respectively. The R7 offers an additional crop mode and has more staying power at six hours of video recording for 4K 60p compared to the R10 (two hours). Both models can record HDR (10-bit). The R7 is more for professionals because it also offers more flexible editing with Canon Log 3 and Cinema Gamut.
With the switch to mirrorless technology, people rely on an electronic viewfinder. It has 2.36 million pixels. The LCD can be rotated and pivoted. Other special features? The R7 has two UHS-II slots and can either create backup copies or save photos or videos separately or distribute different formats to the cards. WLAN and Bluetooth are also part of the game. Also: USB-C and an HDMI output.
Cost of the new R7? 1,499 euros – without a lens, of course. Available from June. Practical: An EF/RF mount adapter is already included. The same thing with the R10, which costs 979 euros. Only starts from July. A surcharge applies for corresponding kits. With the RF-S 18-45mm (f/4.5-f/6.3) and the RF-S 18-150mm (f/3.5-/6.3) they also offer inexpensive lenses for the mirrorless APS-C segment. Pre-orders are now possible.
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