Canon takes video creation a notch up with the EOS R8, a new entry full-frame camera that is compact and quite light to carry around.
The Canon EOS R8 is packed with the brand’s premium and advanced EOS R6 Mark II’s video and shooting features, such as Canon Log 3 and up to 40 fps continuous shooting.
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 that allow you to shoot up to 4K 30p with no recording time restriction, and up to 30 minutes at 4K 60p.
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.
This latest camera from Canon is 20g lighter than the EOS RP at approximately 461g (with battery pack and SD card).
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 dynamic range and beautiful colors straight out of the camera when viewed on an HDR display.
Canon Log 3 offers the same level of information that is not “baked-in,” offering more flexibility for heavier post-processing workflows that involve color grading.
The EOS R8 uses the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology as the EOS R6 Mark II for still and video shooting, which ensures a more focused subject.
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, color, 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.
The low light limits of up to EV-6.5 for stills and EV-4 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.
The Canon EOS R8 Kit with RF24-50mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM is priced at P122,998. For body only (meaning without lenses), the SRP is 107,998.