Canon EOS R7 & R10 experience: flagship-level focus tracking and continuous shooting, the new APS-C machine is also terrible to roll up

Back on May 24, Canon launched two APS-C format RF bayonet cameras, the mid-to-high-end EOS R7 and the EOS R10 for entry-level users.

Compared with the corresponding old SLR EOS 7D Mark ii and EOS 100D, the newly launched EOS R7 and EOS R10 have obtained the capabilities of Canon's latest generation, and the performance and practical experience have a good performance in similarly positioned products. In the process of performance improvement, there have also been some subtle changes in the positioning of the two.

The EOS R10 is no longer a basic disk for entry-level shooting users, and the EOS R7 is no longer just a replacement product after the news machine abandons the frame. In the face of performance improvement and the shift of users' preference for video shooting, the two new phones have achieved a better balance after the "update".

Familiar design of RF systems

The body maintains the body curve and compactness of the EOS R series. Due to the difference in positioning, the EOS R7 will be larger than the EOS R10, and the interface and structural configuration will be different.

In general, the front button design of the two are actually very similar, and belong to the same body system design.

First of all, the grips of the two cameras are made thicker, and they are basically thicker than other mirrorless cameras of the same level previously launched. The thicker the grip, the better the grip. A fat man with big hands like me has a very stable sense of security when holding the EOS R7.

The grip of the EOS R10 is actually good. Although there are limitations in size, the grip will definitely not be as full as the EOS R7 with a thick handle, but for an entry-level machine, a handle of this size is actually enough. .

If it is used by users with small palms, this size is just right.

In terms of details, there will be AF and MF switching levers with buttons next to the lens, and the handle position is also equipped with the M-Fn button to start the mini menu, shutter, PASM mode dial, front and rear dual dials, recording buttons and lock dial levers lock key.

Perhaps due to the consideration of positioning and the corresponding user group, the EOS R7 will have one more independent ISO control button than the EOS R10, and it also cancels the rarely used built-in flash.

The EOS R10 retains the design of the built-in camera flash, and uses the most traditional manual method to open it.

The design of the rear dial is also different. Is the EOS R10 a traditional horizontal design, just in front of the thumb support position? Those who have used other Canon models before should get used to it quickly, while other camera users who are used to placing the rear dial next to the EVF and back will have to get used to it, and may occasionally need to stretch their thumb to reach it.

The rear dial of the EOS R7 also adopts a vertical design, and a lever that can quickly switch the focus point is installed in the middle of the dial.

I thought it would be a bit difficult to adapt to changing the dial from horizontal to vertical, but it actually works fine in practice. It's just that you need to adjust the distance between the head and the camera when using the EVF, which may be more obvious for users who wear glasses.

When it comes to levers, there is one more thing to emphasize. The EOS R10 is one of the few machines that also adds a lever in this position. Compared with some brands that don't add focus levers to the flagship APS-C mirrorless, Canon is still very conscientious in the control configuration of the EOS R7 and EOS R10.

The buttons on the back of the fuselage are similar to other EOS R series fuselages, with only some minor modifications.

The EOS R7 also has separate photo and video files like the EOS R5 C to avoid mutual interference between the two modes. EOS R7 puts still and video recording on the same side, I believe to avoid users switching the machine multiple times when switching video and photo modes.

The R10 does not have independent buttons for some functions, so the four-way guide keys are equipped with fixed functions, which is not very similar to the design of the EOS R7.

The buttons of the EOS R7 and R10 are relatively complete, but for now, they still cannot escape the curse of "the APS-C mirrorless body does not have three adjustment dials". The navigation keys of R7 and R10 do not have a rotation function, and the third exposure parameter needs to be adjusted through the method of compound keys.

Considering that the three companies in the camera industry all adopt the same approach, it is reasonable for Canon, as one of the three companies, to maintain the previous model. But I personally still hope that Canon can take the lead in "rolling" it. Since the entry-level camera has a focus lever, it would be better if you can add another dial.

Both cameras have added Canon's most familiar rollover screen design. The EOS R7 uses a 1.62 million-dot rotating back screen, and the EOS R10 uses a 1.04 million-dot back screen. The screen can be flipped to the front for selfie framing.

Canon has reserved space for the interface and screen rotation joints. When the EOS R7 is connected to the microphone and monitor headphones, it will not be blocked by a certain angle of rotation. It only needs to be flipped when the microphone and other interfaces are connected.

The charging position will be a little closer, but if you just want to adjust the screen angle slightly, that's fine.

The screen has complete touch capability. Whether it is EOS R7 or EOS R10, the two new phones are very smooth in the scene of sliding adjustment parameters, and there is a feeling of controlling the slider of the mobile phone.

In addition, Canon itself has a "touch shutter" operation that can complete focusing and shooting by touch, and beginner users can use touch to complete shooting without having to remember the functions of multiple buttons.

In terms of interfaces, both the EOS R7 and EOS R10 are equipped with a conventional micro HDMI connector and a 3.5mm microphone connector, while the EOS R7 has an additional 3.5mm monitor interface.

As for the card slot, both sides use an SD card slot that supports UHS-II, but the EOS R10 has only a single card slot, while the EOS R7 has a dual card slot.

It is also very rare for UHS-II to appear on entry-level machines before. Based on market considerations, not many people will buy USH-II cards for a 5,000 yuan entry-level machine, but for the improved continuous shooting performance and video recording, Canon has done enough infrastructure.

The batteries used in the two cameras are different. The EOS R7 uses an LP-E6NH battery and the EOS R10 uses an LP-E17 battery. Both cameras can be charged through the body's USB interface. The charging port supports PD chargers, and can also be charged while shooting. It is also a basic equipment for users who use the camera to live broadcast.

At the end of the appearance part, let's talk about the bayonet and sleeve of the two new machines.

Both the EOS R7 and EOS R10 use Canon's EOS RF system bayonet, and the two sleeves released with the two new machines are the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM and the RF-S 18-150mm. The F3.5-6.3 IS STM is the first APS-C lens with RF mount.

Similar to its own SLR system, the APS-C lens of the RF mount will be marked with "RF-S", and users can directly distinguish the frame from the name. But unlike EF and EF-S, RF and RF-S use the same RF mount, EOS R7 and EOS R10 can directly use the previously launched RF full-frame lenses, and RF-S lenses can also be used directly to the previous launch. On the EOS R5 series, EOS R and EOS RP, you can also use the camera EOS C70.

In addition, both the EOS R7 and R10 can use the EF-RF adapter previously introduced by Canon to transfer the lenses of the EF system. If you have a certain amount of EF bayonet reserve before, you can continue to use it by buying an extra adapter ring.

"Performance first" photo mode

If you take pictures with these two cameras, you should be able to grasp their most distinctive features very quickly.

This feature is – performance.

Both the EOS R7 and R10 are equipped with Canon's dual-core CMOS AF phase difference detection method that supports full-pixel pixels. You can enter the shortcut menu through the button in the middle of the navigation key to select single auto focus and multiple focus. Users can directly select the focus point on the touch screen, select The locked focus frame will then appear.

If the touch shutter is turned on here, the EOS R7 and R10 will shoot directly after focusing.

The focus of both models supports Eye-AF focus detection, and eye monitoring supports humans and animals. If it is not for glasses detection, then subject detection is optional for people, cars, and animals. The user can lock the focus target according to the shooting needs.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

For actual road shooting, the EOS R7's response is really fast, and the focus target can be locked when half-pressed to focus. If the servo continuous focus is turned on, the focus can move with the subject, and the focus lock position that appears will move with the subject. After locking, the EOS R7 and R10 can stay locked even if there is a flash of occlusion in front of them.

If you want to simply take some photos with motion blur on the road, the EOS R7 and EOS R10 can easily do it.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM follow focus test

As can be seen from this focus test animation, the locked subject is drawn out of the painting and then re-entered, turned back to face the lens and then turned back, the EOS R7 can lock the character in the focus scene, switch to character lock when turning, turn back and then turn back. Converted to eye lock. The process is very smooth, and there will be no "pumping" situation.

After the focus and response are full, there is still continuous shooting. At the level of continuous shooting, Canon can be said to be very generous.

The EOS R7, which is positioned as the flagship of APS-C, supports 30fps continuous shooting after switching to the electronic shutter. The more entry-level EOS R10 also has a continuous shooting speed of 23fps after switching to the electronic shutter. At the same time, both models provide a pre-shooting mode, which can provide a pre-shooting of up to about 0.5 seconds. Turning this on when capturing will make it easier to capture the desired picture.

Canon supports 15fps continuous shooting with the mechanical shutter on both machines. Even if you want to shoot with flash, the speed of 15fps continuous shooting is enough.

Considering the amount of pixels of the EOS R7, if you want to achieve high-speed continuous shooting, you should prepare a faster UHS-II memory card, so that the machine can clear the cache more efficiently.

In terms of performance, EOS R7 and R10 really have nothing to be picky about. In street shooting and daily use scenarios, the response of the machine is not bad. From the perspective of APS-C flagship, the performance of EOS R7 is undoubtedly qualified. Users with bird photography experience can also use it to make a simple bird camera machine.

When using the EOS R10, you can also feel its work efficiency. Focus and shutter, touch, and focus point selection are very fast, and there is basically no hesitation. Compared with the EOS R7, the R10 will give me more impact in this regard. Mainly because I didn't expect:

Thanks to the new entry-level camera released by the flagship technology, it can be so terrible to roll up.

Back to the picture quality, the EOS R7 is equipped with a 32.5-megapixel sensor, and Canon has added the latest DIGIC X image processor as usual.

The machine provides the latest full-pixel dual-core RAW, which was carefully mentioned by the official when the EOS R7 was released:

The machine can fine-tune the image quality effect based on the depth of field information of the subject, and at the same time fine-tune the camera's shooting point of view and reduce ghosting. Users can set full-pixel dual-core RAW when using the mechanical shutter or electronic front-curtain shutter for single shooting and low-speed continuous shooting, and can perform "resolution compensation", "blur shift" and "ghost reduction" after shooting. ” multi-dimensional image processing (Digital Photo Professional required). The machine also supports C-RAW with small file size, which can reduce the file size of full-pixel dual-core RAW images.

In the mode of shooting files, EOS R7 and EOS R10 also provide 10bit HEIF format picture shooting and HDR, HDR PQ shooting in addition to regular RAW and JPEG. The camera supports peripheral light correction, distortion correction, depth of field synthesis and other functions.

The 32.5 megapixels are still relatively high on the APS-C frame. The EOS R7 is equipped with the FS 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM long zoom kit, and the photos produced are also good.

Only limited by the aperture of the large zoom kit, the lens needs to adjust the ISO and shutter to match in some low-light environments, and the overall experience is ok.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

▲ 100% magnification after cropping

One of the intuitive advantages of high pixels is cropping. It is also very simple for 32.5 million pixels to do some mild secondary composition through cropping in the later stage. If you just adjust the screen and the output size is not large, the EOS R7 can handle it easily.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

In the face of a relatively large light environment, the RAW post-processing of the EOS R7 can also be processed.

The default EOS R7 regular RAW is used here. In more extreme cases, using full-pixel dual-core RAW will have more prominent performance, but users need to make a choice between RAW specifications and continuous shooting speed.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

In terms of ISO performance, the performance of the EOS R7 is also the current standard for APS-C cameras. The ISO is still available at 3200, and the text on the wooden board can remain clear, but the details of the wooden board begin to be lost. After bumping up to 6400, the fonts also start to blur.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

ISO 12800 and 25600 are relatively extreme gears, not special environments, and they will basically not be used.

▲ EOS R10 + RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM

The performance of the EOS R10 is also similar, maintaining basic text details at ISO 3200, but the sharpness of the text edges and the details of the board will be less than that of the EOS R7. Considering the difference in sensor and overall positioning between the two, it is normal for the EOS R7 to have a little more detail.

▲ EOS R10 + RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM

The ISO 6400 file is already the limit, and ISO 12800 and ISO 25600 are believed to be used for emergency use.

▲RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM turn to 18mm to turn on the working mode

In case of a sleeve, the RF-S 18-45mm F4.5-6.3 IS STM still adopts a compact biscuit head design, and the lens that is not in working state can be further stored. It is suitable for the compact body of the EOS R10, but every It must be opened and closed when both are used. It would be better if it could be electric.

The RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM is a standard long zoom kit, which is equivalent to a zoom range of about 28.8mm-240mm. The lens shape is relatively slender and can be used with EOS R7 and EOS R10.

With a zoom range of nearly 10 times, general users can achieve full coverage.

Some users may struggle with the wide-angle end equivalent to 28.8mm, and the selfie Vlog will be a bit narrow. Here, you can wait for Canon to launch the RF-S version of the 10-18mm lens, or directly transfer the EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM to supplement the wide-angle focal length.

▲ EOS R7 + RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM

Coupled with the zoom at the telephoto segment, it is convenient for users to achieve the effect of "background compression" at the telephoto segment. In addition to narrowing the distance of the background and taking pictures that are invisible to the naked eye, you can also obtain some shallow depth of field effects through the telephoto segment.

There is over mining, and there is also C-Log

In terms of video, the EOS R7 supports 4K 30fps and uncropped 4K 60fps video shooting under 7K oversampling, and a high frame rate with 1080P 120fps shooting mode.

The machine also provides a 4K UHD cropping shooting mode, which is equivalent to shooting in Super 16mm format, which is equivalent to adding 1.8x cropping to the 1.6x Canon APS-C.

▲ EOS R7 4K Fine mode shooting, C-Log3 on

▲ EOS R7 4K normal mode shooting, C-Log3 on

Let's take a look at the picture first. In the default state, we can see that the 4K Fine format produced by 7K has obvious sharpness improvement, and the picture is better than the conventional 4K 30.

In addition, this format uses IPB inter-frame compression encoding. Although the computer performance requirements for editing will be higher, the control of file size will be more friendly, and the pressure on the number and capacity of memory cards will be lower.

As a model positioned on the "APS-C flagship", the EOS R7 is equipped with two shooting modes, C-Log3 and HDR-PQ. Whether it is C-Log3 or HDR-PQ, 10bit 4:2:2 video is shot, and the dynamic range, color depth and chroma sampling have good performance.

▲ EOS R7 C-Log3 on

▲ EOS R7 HDR PQ mode

▲ EOS R7 normal shooting mode

As can be seen from the screenshots of the comparison samples, HDR-PQ and C-Log3 can obtain a larger dynamic range, and the highlights and shadows can retain more details.

The EOS R10 launched at the same time also has an HDR-PQ shooting mode, which can also obtain a larger dynamic range after turning it on. Just compared with C-Log3, HDR-PQ effect will be inferior. May be based on positioning considerations, Canon did not provide C-Log on the EOS R10.

In terms of image stabilization, the EOS R7 has a 5-axis body image stabilization, and additional electronic image stabilization can be set in the camera. When equipped with a lens with IS lens image stabilization, it can work in conjunction with the body image stabilization to achieve up to 8 levels of image stabilization. .

▲ EOS R7+RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM, 150mm end handheld, anti-shake off

▲ EOS R7 +RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM, 150mm end handheld, anti-shake on

When we tested with the RF-S 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, at the telephoto end of 150mm (equivalent to 240mm, Canon APS-C equivalent factor is 1.6), it can get relatively stable when standing and holding screen.

When the EOS R7 uses 18mm (equivalent to 28mm) to record while walking, the body image stabilization can still suppress a large part of the shake, but it is still a bit difficult for the camera to stabilize while shooting. If you want to obtain a stable picture, you still have to Honestly the stabilizer.

However, in general, the anti-shake of the EOS R7 already belongs to the level of the first echelon. In the field of APS-C format, it is not an exaggeration to say that they have reached the level of the ceiling.

In terms of handling, the EOS R7 and R10 get the custom Quick Control function that was dropped from the EOS R3.

This function allows users to freely place some commonly used functions according to their own usage habits. Because each photographer has different habits for the use of parameters, the position of these functions can be customized, which will greatly improve the shooting efficiency.

In addition, the EOS R7 and R10 can display the current focal length in real time, which is convenient for shooting, and also allows beginners to quickly understand the current focal length, which is also helpful for training.

The best "back to good" opportunity right now

There is no doubt that the EOS R7 and R10 are machines for the current era, made for today's Canon.

It meets the needs of basic and mid-to-high-end users for video and picture shooting. The excellent performance lays the foundation for shooting and improves the quality of shooting experience. Coupled with Canon's previous accumulation in RF systems, EOS R7 and EOS R10 are Canon's answer to the new generation of APS-C camera camp and two different positioning.

From the user's point of view, I would think that these two machines are very suitable for entering the pit of Canon.

The EOS R7 has outstanding performance. Even if it is not an old user of the previous APS-C flagship such as bird photography and car photography, newcomers can also feel the comfort and peace of mind brought by the high-performance body. The 32.5-megapixel sensor raises the pixel benchmark for APS-C, giving users more space and precision.

Video shooting has professional indicators such as 7K, 4K, and C-Log 3, and the body's anti-shake performance is not bad. These are the highlights from the "new full-frame benchmark" in previous years, and now Canon has received them all on the new generation of APS-C flagships, and it has done better than before.

Looking at the 8999 yuan lower than the APS-C flagship's classic price of 9799 yuan, the EOS R7 shows Canon's sincerity in making you "good".

In this era of advocating "the belief of the bayonet display, the body represents the choice", if you have chosen to enter the Canon camp, or you are an old user who intends to switch from EF to RF and pursue more performance than frame, choose EOS R7. That's it.

If you just simply take pictures and want to have a Vlog machine that can connect to an external microphone, have basic 4K video shooting performance and a selfie flip screen, then choosing the EOS R10 directly will be more cost-effective.

Authors: Liang Menglin, Guan Wenjie

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