Canon EOS R might not be everyone’s favorite mirrorless camera but it did come with its own little surprises. Here are five somewhat unexpected features on Canon EOS R you might not know about.

TRUE 24P VIDEO RECORDING

Canon EOS R is able to shoot true 24p. That means it can shoot videos at 24.00fps and not 23.98fps. So, why is that a big deal? Well it isn’t for the most of us and not anyone can visually spot the roughly .02 FPS difference. But true 24p is a frame rate that can usually only be found on higher-end cinema cameras like Canon C200.

HDR VIDEO

Another new feature in the Canon EOS R is HDR video recording. Once enabled, it does work magically well in retaining highlight details but doesn’t do much for the shadows though.

You can retain much more details by just shooting in C log, but if you don’t feel like shooting in a post heavy log profile, HDR video does the trick mighty well.

The only downside is it only works when your recoding framerate is set to 30 frames per second with a full frame read out which means HDR video is not available during 4K shooting or if you are using an EF-S lens.

The conditions to shoot HDR videos are:

  • Resolution – 1080p
  • Frame Rate – 30fps
  • Lens Type – Full Frame Lens

FOCUS PEAKING

It may not sound like a big deal in 2018 for a mirrorless camera to have focus peaking but it is a pretty big deal for old-school Canon. Canon EOS R is the only non cinema EOS camera to have focus peaking.

canon eos r focus peaking

FOCUS GUIDE

Another feature to complement focus peaking is the focus guide. You simply position the focus guide box over where you want to focus on and some little arrows guide you into focus

canon eos r focus guide

FOCUS RING SENSITIVITY

If you’ve ever tried to manual focus on a focus by wire lens, you’ll understand how fiddly it is due to inconsistent focus throw.

Canon EOS R tries to solve that by offering two focus by wire behaviors:

  1. Varies with rotation speed – This setting is similar to the old-school method of manual focusing. The faster you turn the ring, further the focus travels.
  2. Linked to rotation degree – This setting is similar to the lenses with mechanical focus. Selecting it allows focus to be absolutely relative to the position of focus ring.