Canon has some exciting news for entry-level and advanced amateur photographers! They have launched two new cameras, the Canon EOS R50 and the Canon EOS R8! The new EOS R50 is the perfect camera for entry-level users looking to step up their video and photo game, while the new EOS R8 has been designed for advanced amateur photo and video enthusiasts looking for budget-friendly options that don’t sacrifice performance. Then just when you thought this announcement couldn’t get sweeter, Canon announced two new RF-mount lenses are joining the ever-growing R-mount lens lineup. Of course, our TCSTV Team, Dave and Evelyn, got their hands on the R50 and R8 to give you their first impressions!
Compact, lightweight and ideal for those looking to enhance their video quality, the EOS R50 provides an impressive movie-shooting experience thanks to the APS-C sensor, with 4K video, uncropped 4K capture (at all frame rates) and outstanding Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. With the addition of whole area tracking and subject detection, difficult photo and movie opportunities can be easier to capture with a 24.2-million-pixel, APS-C sized image sensor. In addition, the EOS R50 is equipped with an eye-level electronic viewfinder to help achieve shot steadiness and ease of viewing in bright sunlight conditions. An excellent camera for those looking to lean into interchangeable lenses, the EOS R50 camera can capture travel adventures, family portraits, sports, and wildlife and even help a small business with marketing imagery.
The EOS R8 is an affordable and functional full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at the up-and-coming video or photo enthusiast. This camera comes with class-leading autofocus while still extremely capable of everyday and general photography use. Equipped with a 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor and DIGIC X image processor, the EOS R8 is optimal for full-frame RF lenses, allowing an enhanced wide-angle field of views compared to APS-C sensor cameras. Extremely lightweight and compact, the EOS R8 shoots up to 6 fps with 1st-curtain Electronic shutter and up to 40 fps with full electronic. For users who have already explored interchangeable lens cameras but haven’t yet broken into mirrorless, the EOS R8 should be the camera that takes them over the threshold to capture events, weddings, still life, travel and pets.
Additional product specs include:
- Uncropped 4K video to 59.94p (29.97p with EOS R50) (with 6k oversampling)
- Full-HD to 59.94 fps, and High Frame Rate to 119.8 fps (Full HD 180p EOS R8)
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, with subject detection for people, animals and vehicles
- Up to 2 hours of continuous recording (1 hour with EOS R50); no 30 min limit
- Focus breathing correction
Enhanced usability for video correction
- Vertical Video Metadata
- Movie Self Timer
- Audio Noise Reduction (only in EOS R8)
- UVC/UAC Support for USB live streaming
- Recording Emphasis
- Aspect Markers
- Easy wireless connection from the camera to a compatible smartphone
- Camera Connect with USB connection to a compatible smartphone
- USB streaming direct to computer via Zoom™, Teams™ or Skype™
- MFI Certified (Apple); WPA3-Personal protected access
- Convenient firmware updates via compatible smartphone
- Cloud RAW processing
We can’t forget about the newest additions to the R-mount lens lineup! The first new lens Canon has introduced is the new Canon RF-S 55-210mm F5-7.1 IS STM lens. A telephoto zoom optimized for the smaller APS-C sensor size, it provides coverage equivalent to an 88–336mm lens on a full-frame camera. The lens opens the door to telephoto photography and videography, with 4.5 stops of optical image stabilization and close focusing that can fill the frame with a subject roughly 2×3 inches in size (at its 210mm zoom setting and minimum focus distance). And it does all this in an incredibly lightweight and compact package.
The second lens in the new Canon RF 24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM, a new, compact standard zoom lens for full-frame EOS R-series cameras. Ranging from true wide-angle to traditional ‘standard lens’ coverage at 50mm, the lens is a travel-friendly design with an extremely compact exterior. The RF 24-50mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM lens is just over 2 inches long when fully retracted, under 3.5 inches when extended and weighs less than half a pound. Optical Image Stabilization, with 4.5 stops of shake correction, further enhances the lens’ appeal for video and still-image shooting. It’s also useable on an APS-C sensor Canon camera, where the lens’ effective coverage is equivalent to what a 38–80mm would deliver on a full-frame camera.
Now it’s time to take a look at what Dave and Evelyn thought of these new cameras in their TCSTV Canon EOS R50 & R8 Initial Review!
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