Canon Marketing Malaysia has recently announced the EOS R8, a new entry full-frame camera that has video and still shooting features of the EOS R6 Mark II, such as Canon Log 3 and up to 40 fps continuous shooting with the portability of the EOS RP. At the time of writing, there is still no confirmation on the price and availability, so expect more announcement in the future for the local market.
“Canon is proud to acknowledge the ever-increasing significance of videography and is dedicated to fulfilling the unique needs of all video creators. The EOS R8 is the perfect solution for content creators looking to elevate their video game and take their productions to the next level with a full-frame camera that captures stunning source footage that seamlessly integrates into advanced workflows. With its seamless compatibility with existing professional EOS R systems and Cinema EOS cameras, it’s also a fantastic addition for professional videographers and hybrid shooters looking to expand their set-up” said Hunter Zhang, Director of Image Communication Business Division at Canon Marketing Malaysia.
Stay Agile with Canon’s Smallest and Lightest EOS Full-frame Mirrorless Camera
20g lighter than the EOS RP at approximately 461g (with battery pack and SD card), the compact and lightweight EOS R8 keeps users agile, giving them an edge when it comes to creative camera angles and transitions.
Camera shake would no longer pose a problem when shooting handheld videos as the EOS R8 is equipped with Movie Digital IS, which digitally performs tilt correction as well as 5-axis image stabilisation during video shooting. Hence stable handheld videos can be ensured even when using lenses with no optical image stabilitsation (Optical IS). When combined with a lens that has Optical IS, the two systems perform coordinated control for enhanced image stabilisation results.
A Variety of Recording Options to Meet Different Production Needs
From run-and-gun event coverage to documentaries and short films that require more post-production work, the EOS R8 is well-equipped to tackle the different requirements and workflows to produce stunning video.
High-quality Source Footage from 6K Oversampling—up to 4K 60p
The quality of a video is largely dependent on the quality of the source footage. The EOS
R8’s newly developed 24.2-megapixel CMOS image sensor enables 6K data to be obtained from its entire width, producing high-quality cropless oversampled 4K UHD footage at up to 60p.
For productions where you need to leave the camera rolling, the EOS R8 has heat suppression measures which allow you to shoot up to 4K 30p with no recording time
restriction, and up to 30 minutes at 4K 60p.
Dramatic 6x Slow Motion Video with Full HD 180p
For more dramatic scenes, shooting in Full HD at as high as 180p will produce 30p output
with action slowed down to 1/6 the speed. Rolling shutter distortion is reduced to almost half that on the EOS RP when shooting at 4K 30p/25p.
HDR PQ Video and Canon Log 3: High Dynamic Range Options to Suit Your Post-Production Workflow
Besides normal 8-bit recording, the EOS R8 offers two options for recording 10-bit 4:2:2 high dynamic range video. HDR PQ provides amazing dynamic range and beautiful colours straight out of camera when viewed on a HDR display. Meanwhile, Canon Log 3 offers the same level of information that is not “baked-in”, offering more flexibility for heavier post-processing workflows that involve colour grading.
Consistent and Seamless Focus
Focus is crucial in both photography and videography and is near impossible to correct in post-production. The EOS R8 nails it effortlessly during both still and video shooting with the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology as the EOS R6 Mark II.
Acquire Focus in As Fast As 0.03 seconds
Experience fast, accurate focusing: the EOS iTR AF X system not only detects and tracks people, animals, and vehicles by deep learning, it also identifies other subjects and “locks” onto them using characteristics like shape, colour, and brightness. This helps the camera to acquire focus in as fast as 0.03 seconds, and track subjects tenaciously over 100% x 100% (horizontal x vertical) of the image frame. Hence, this is ideal for capturing birds, wildlife, and action.
Works Even In Low Light
The low light limits of up to EV-6.5 for stills and EV-4 2 for video mean that the AF operates even in dark conditions. This works with the camera’s high native ISO speed ranges of up to ISO 102,400 (still shooting) and ISO 25,600 (video shooting) to enhance low light usability.
Professional Cinema Camera Features
These features in the EOS R8 will help to elevate your video creations:
- Focus breathing correction: reduces visible fluctuations in the angle of view during focusing.
- False colours and zebras: advanced visual aids for exposure adjustment and setting.
- Aspect marker display: for easier framing of video to fit various social media dimensions.
- UVC (USB Video Class)/UAC (USB Audio Class) support: Plug-and-play direct transmission of audio and Full HD video to a computer with just a USB connection; ideal for livestreaming.
It also features the Multi-function Shoe, a digital interface that enables a cordless digital
setup with compatible accessories such as external microphones.
Two New Lenses: RF24-50mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM and RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM
In addition to the EOS R8, Canon also announced two new additions to the RF lens lineup, both of which offer up to 4.5 stops’ equivalent Optical IS and support for focus breathing correction.
RF24-50mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM: The Smallest, Lightest RF-mount Zoom Lens for Full-frame Cameras
Weighing approximately 210g and measuring 5.8cm when retracted, the RF24-50mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM complements the compact EOS R8, to form a 671g combination that is lighter than the EOS R5 body alone! It covers a wide-angle to standard view on a full-frame camera, offering compositional flexibility that sets it apart from similarly sized prime lenses.
Equipped with 4.5 stops’ Optical IS, the lens will empower users to explore new angles. It also supports enhanced stabilisation through Coordinated Control IS with cameras that feature Movie Digital IS and In-Body IS: for the latter, up to 7 stops’ IS is possible.
RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM: An Ultra Portable Telephoto Zoom Lens for APS-C EOS R camera bodies
APS-C EOS R camera users who want a compact, lightweight telephoto lens to match their camera bodies now have the RF-S55-210mm f/5-7.1 IS STM, which weighs approximately 270g. The new lens provides a full-frame equivalent angle of view of approximately 88 to 336mm, with semi macro capabilities (up to 0.28x magnification) and close-up shooting (closest focusing distance of 0.73m) at the tele end. The use of two UD lenses and two optically placed aspherical lenses correct chromatic aberrations, delivering high-resolution and sharpness with excellent colour throughout the entire zoom range.