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The Perfect BTS or B-Cam… Canon EOS R

Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera is here, and it was worth the wait. Canon have changed the way you shoot with this compact and robust camera. A revolutionary RF mount system gives you the ability to shoot with sharper, faster and more compact lenses. One of the most exciting features of this new camera is that is shoots in ‘Canon Log’. This means that the EOS R is the perfect camera to use as a BTS or B-cam if you’re shooting on the cinema EOS cameras like the C300 MII.

Click here to see the range of Canon’s new range of high-quality RF lenses.

The Canon EOS R has the ability to shoot 4:2:0 8-bit with Rec. 709 colour space, and 4:2:2 10-bit with Rec. 2020.externally with an external recorded such as the Atomos Ninja V. The EOS R’s Canon Log (Clog) as previously mentioned, is perfect for Canon’s C300MII and C200 owners. If you are shooting on one of these cinema cameras, then the EOS R is a terrific accompanying or complimentary unit. From our own tests we’ve found that the footage cuts perfectly with Canon’s excellent colour science. You are able to get Canon cinema quality with beautiful skin tones and colours with a small and compact system.

As you can see from these pictures, each could easily be cut with each other. These images were taken at 8-bit and the order is C200, EOS R and finally, the C300. You can see the full comparison video and where the image has been grabbed from Carlos Quintero’s YouTube channel.

If you have used the cinema cameras before then you can feel right at home with the new RF lenses. Whichever RF lens you opt for, it will have an additional input: The Control ring. This can be customised to your preference of shutter, white balance or ISO. Allowing you to easily change setting on the fly as you film. It can also be de-clicked too! Canon really have thought about every detail with this mirrorless camera.

Another appealing aspect to professionals is that, unlike other mirrorless cameras, it doesn’t try to be as small and dainty as possible. In the hand Canon’s classic sensibility shines with an impression of sheer quality. A meatier hand grip gives you the confidence that the camera won’t be slipping from your fingers. The EOS R has a dust and drip-proof magnesium body weighing in at 660 grams (1.5 pounds) with a battery. It uses the same LP-E6N battery as the 5D Mark IV and if you need some more minutes then there is a battery grip available.

Aside from getting a free mount adapter in box when you purchase an EOS R, Canon have also released a new drop-in filter mount adapter. This adds the ability to use drop-in filters, removing the need to fit filters on the front of a lens. This can be a great weight off a videographer’s mind when packing their camera bag. It’s available with either a variable neutral density (V-ND) filter or circular polarising (C-PL) filter, and a clear (CL) filter is also available for shooting without filter effects.

Of course, the EOS R has the incredibly useful 3.2-inch LCD flip out display, which is perfect for getting shots from tricky angles. It is also capable of autofocusing down to -6EV, making it exceptional for shooting in low light situations with a top ISO of 40,000. Another superb feature is The Canon Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. This provides high-performance focus tracking in still photos and movies and results in fast, accurate autofocus. This AF system is great even in low-light conditions which other systems would struggle to focus in.

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