Canon Announces the R8 and R50 Mirrorless Cameras02/07/2023
Canon aims to lure casual shooters and content makers away from their smartphones and further embed shooters within its ecosystem with its latest mirrorless offerings, the full-frame EOS R8 and the entry-level EOS R50.
The new releases include the EOS R8 and EOS R50 camera bodies in black and the EOS R50 in white, the new RF-S 55-210mm telephoto zoom lens, the ET-60B Lens Hood, the RF 24-50mm wide-to-normal zoom lens for full-frame cameras, an EOS R50 kit featuring an 18-45mm zoom lens in black or white, an EOS R50 kit featuring both the 18-45mm and the 55-210mm zoom lenses, and an EOS R8 kit featuring the RF 24-50mm zoom lens.
Canon has designed the EOS R50 to be the streamer and content creator's first choice for upgrading. Lightweight and compact, the EOS R50 can be used as a web camera, streaming live video in full HD at 30 fps, and can record podcasts and vlogs for longer than 30 minutes at a time. The camera also renders uncropped 4K video at up to 30 fps oversampled from 6K and full HD video at up to 120 fps, and it features a 24.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and DIGIC X Image Processor, powering the camera's automatic capabilities. For streamers, the Movie for Close-Up Demos Mode ensures that objects presented close to the lens, such as in unboxing videos or makeup tutorials, are properly in focus. The Advanced A+ Assist simplifies auto mode in settings with difficult lighting, and the Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus II system covers the entire sensor area with 651 autofocus zones capable of detecting and tracking people, animals, and vehicles. Pair that with continuous shooting up to 15 fps with the electronic shutter and you'll be hard-pressed to miss the shot.
The EOS R8 is the full-frame upgrade for those already embedded within the Canon mirrorless ecosystem. It also has a 24.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC X Image Processor, capable of achieving high image quality and wide dynamic range in stills, and features the Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus II system with 1,053 autofocus zones and automatic subject detection and tracking. The R8 is available as a webcam and for livestreaming and can record uncropped 4K at 60 fps oversampled from 6K and full HD at up to 180 fps. At 29.97 fps, the camera can record video for up to two hours for podcasts, vlogs, or other long-form video content. The five-axis Movie Digital IS image stabilization reduces camera-shake vibrations when using the RF lens with optical image stabilization.
To further entice streamers, both cameras feature a Vertical Movie Mode, which allows videos to be played in vertical orientation when viewing on a smartphone, and an Aspect Markers function, which indicates the various social media aspect ratios for simplified compositions. Additionally, both cameras support wired and wireless connection to your smartphone via its USB-C port and built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.
The RF 24-50mm wide-to-normal zoom lens is a lightweight standard zoom alternative for full-frame cameras featuring an f/4.5-6.3 maximum aperture with optical image stabilization. The lens has two aspheric elements and Canon Super Spectra Coating to minimize ghosting and flare. The stepping motor focus drive provides smooth, quiet autofocus when taking video. On APS-C size image sensors, the lens has an approximate equivalent coverage of 38-80mm.
The RF-S 55-210mm telephoto zoom lens for full-frame and APS-C cameras features an f/5-7.1 maximum aperture with optical image stabilization. The lens coverage on APS-C size sensors is roughly 88-336mm. The image quality comes from two ultra-low dispersion glass elements, one aspheric element, and Canon Super Spectra Coating to minimize ghosting and flare. The stepping motor focus drive is well suited for smooth, quiet autofocus when taking video. The lens is also compatible with the optional ET-60B Lens Hood to block sunlight, prevent lens flare, and protect the lens from debris and abrasions.
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