News Release

September 5, 2018
Canon Inc.

Canon expands its EOS system of cameras and lenses with the launch of the new EOS R System, which expands the possibilities of optics

TOKYO, September 5, 2018—Canon Inc. announced today the launch in Japan of the EOS R System—comprising the EOS R mirrorless camera, four RF lenses and four types of mount adapter—a new imaging system of cameras and lenses that increases the degree of lens design freedom and expands the possibilities of optics.

The EOS R System, including RF lenses

The EOS R System, including RF lenses

The command of light is the essence of visual expression through photo and video, for which lenses are vital. In pursuit of even higher image quality, Canon has created the new EOS R System, which features a revised lens mount—the point of contact between camera and lens—that expands the possibilities of optics, allowing for even greater freedom when designing lenses.

Created to utilize RF lenses—born of lens design ideals—to the fullest, the EOS R System employs the newly developed RF Mount. With a large mount diameter and short back focus1 that allows for increased freedom when designing lenses and featuring a new mount transmission system for enhanced communication between the lens and camera body, the EOS R System realizes even higher image quality and enhanced usability.

In order to take full advantage of the strengths of the new mount, in addition to employing a mirrorless system, the camera body features shooting functions distinctive of a new system that make use of such attributes as Duel Pixel CMOS AF phase detection autofocus technology and an electronic viewfinder (EVF). What's more, through the use of a dedicated adapter, the rich lineup of existing EF and EF-S lenses2 can be used, allowing users to make use of lenses already in their possession.

In addition to a dedication to high image quality, the EOS R System delivers new customer value through enhanced shooting functions in pursuit of speed and comfort.

Canon's EOS System made its debut in 1987 and flourished with EF lenses at its core. Today EF lenses are the system's keystone and are also employed by such products as cinema cameras and network cameras, and have come to support the development of a variety of the Company's businesses as an enduring core of Canon's input technologies. With the addition of the new EOS R System to the continuing EOS System, Canon is further expanding the boundaries of image capture and strengthening the EOS System as a whole.

  • 1A short distance between the optical axis from the vertex of the rear lens element to the imaging plain when focused to infinity.
  • 2Excluding EF-M and CN-E (EF Cinema) lenses.

Product announcement overview

CategoryProduct name
CameraEOS R
Battery Grip BG-E22
USB Outlet Adapter PD-E1
LensRF24-105mm F4 L IS USM
RF50mm F1.2 L USM
RF28-70mm F2 L USM
Mount adapter*Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
with drop-in circular polarizing filter A
Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R
with drop-in variable ND filter A
  • *These adapters enable the use of EF and EF-S lenses.

Interchangeable-lens camera market trends

In 2017, unit sales of interchangeable-lens cameras in the global camera market reached approximately 11,400,000 units. In 2018, unit sales are expected to reach approximately 11,000,000 units. (According to a Canon survey)

Introducing the EOS R System

Introducing the EOS R & RF Lenses