New Canon EOS R8 Affords Pace & Portability For Wildlife Photographers

Compact full-frame digital camera makes use of similar quick autofocus system as premium EOS R3

Photo of Canon R8

Wildlife photographers on the lookout for one thing small, gentle and quick to convey on their photograph travels may need to contemplate the simply introduced 24.2-megapixel Canon EOS R8. This full-frame mirrorless digital camera makes use of the identical picture sensor and imaging pipeline because the Canon R6 Mark II, which we thought was among the best cameras of final 12 months.

The Canon EOS R8, which was unveiled final night time, is extra compact and lighter weight than the R6 II and at $1499 (physique solely), it’s about $1000 cheaper. The Canon R8, nonetheless, doesn’t have In-Physique Picture Stabilization (IBIS) and contains much less refined video options because the R6 II. Nonetheless, it does use the identical quick and correct autofocus system because the R6 II and the premium EOS R3, Canon’s speedy Twin Pixel CMOS AF II.

Our colleagues at Imaging Useful resource, Outside Photographer‘s sibling web site, received an opportunity to check a pre-production model of the Canon EOS R8 on a press journey to Charleston, SC final week and favored what they noticed thus far. Learn their ideas and see a few of their pictures in this hands-on preview. (We’ve included two R8 take a look at images from that preview on this story.)

Photo shot with Canon R8

Shot with the Canon EOS R8 and Canon RF 100-400mm F5.6-8 IS USM lens at 400mm, F8, 1/400s, ISO 640.

“Whether or not taking pictures in dreary, darkish overcast situations surrounded by previous, ivy-laden bushes or strolling round picturesque and historic Charleston, the Canon EOS R8 was a pleasure to make use of,” Jeremy Grey, Opinions Editor for Imaging Useful resource, wrote.  

“The light-weight physique and intuitive menus made it simple to choose up and shoot, regardless of the topic. Higher nonetheless, the 24.2-megapixel picture sensor delivers spectacular picture high quality and the autofocus system is clever and dependable.”

Whereas the R8 won’t have all of the options of the R6 II, it felt like a an “R6 II-lite,” in line with Grey.

Photo shot with Canon R8

Picture shot with Canon EOS R8 and Canon RF 24-240mm F4-6.3 IS USM lens at 240mm, F9, 1/320s, ISO 12800.

“And coming in at $1,499 physique solely, it’s exhausting to complain an excessive amount of concerning the lacking options,” he wrote. “For somebody’s first full-frame mirrorless digital camera, particularly somebody on the lookout for one thing for journey images or all-around content material creation, the R8 looks as if a promising possibility.”

Under is a rundown of the important thing specs and options of the simply introduced EOS R8, which Canon is looking “a religious successor” to the Canon EOS R from 2018.

Photo of Canon R8 from side

  • Full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera
  • Canon EOS RF mount
  • 24.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS picture sensor (not backside-illuminated or stacked)
  • ISO vary: 100-102,400 (50-204,800 expanded)
  • DIGIC X processor
  • Steady taking pictures at as much as 40 frames per second with digital shutter
  • Doesn’t embrace a typical mechanical shutter, solely digital first curtain and digital
  • Twin Pixel CMOS AF with roughly 100% AF space protection
  • Contains Face Detect and Monitoring AF
  • AI-powered topic detection AF just like the R6 Mark II
  • No in-body picture stabilization
  • 4K/60p video oversampled from 6K
  • 10-bit Canon Log 3 and HDR PQ
  • Excessive Body Fee video at Full HD as much as 180p
  • Physique solely $1,499
  • Goes on sale spring 2023

Canon additionally introduced the entry-level EOS R50 final night time. That compact entry-level mirrorless digital camera makes use of a 24.2MP APS-C sensor and is designed to compete in opposition to cameras just like the Sony ZV-E1, Nikon Z30 and Panasonic G7, that are widespread with vloggers and the YouTube crowd.

The Canon EOS R50 is optimized for full-auto operation and designed for smartphone customers. The Canon EOS R50 can shoot 4K/30p video and full HD at 60p. It has Twin Pixel CMOS AF with topic detection however no IBIS. The R50 will promote for $680 (physique solely) when it goes on sale this spring.

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