It’s a big week of gear announcements for Canon. Last night the camera brand announced the Canon EOS R8, a compact full-frame that features the same 24.2 megapixel sensor found inside the Canon R6 Mark II. It also happens to be one of the brand’s most affordable full-frame options at only $1499 (body only). Although it lacks In-Body Image Stabilization, it does feature the same fast and accurate AF system that’s found inside the R6 II.
Our friends at our sibling site Imaging Resource has a chance to check out pre-production units of all the new Canon gear a week before they launched during a press event in Charleston, South Carolina.
“The lightweight body and intuitive menus made it easy to pick up and shoot, no matter the subject. Better still, the 24.2-megapixel image sensor delivers impressive image quality and the autofocus system is intelligent and reliable.” Jeremy Gray writes about his experience shooting with the R8.
According to Gray it seems like a camera well-suited for travel photography and content-creation.
Here’s a full run down of the R8’s specs:
- Full-frame interchangeable lens camera
- Canon EOS RF mount
- 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor (not backside-illuminated or stacked)
- ISO range: 100-102,400 (50-204,800 expanded)
- DIGIC X processor
- Continuous shooting at up to 40 frames per second with electronic shutter
- Doesn’t include a typical mechanical shutter, only electronic first curtain and electronic
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with approximately 100% AF area coverage
- Includes Face Detect and Tracking AF
- AI-powered subject detection AF like the R6 Mark II
- No in-body image stabilization
- 4K/60p video oversampled from 6K
- 10-bit Canon Log 3 and HDR PQ
- High Frame Rate video at Full HD up to 180p
- Body only $1,499
- Goes on sale spring 2023
In addition to the EOS R8, Canon also announced the APS-C format Canon EOS R50 and two lenses: the RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM and the RF 24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM. All products are expected to be available this spring.