Upgrading to the Canon EOS R in 2021

Does Canon’s First Mirrorless hold up in 2021?

Aamer Seth

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Photo by Michael Marais on Unsplash

Mirrorless DSLR’s camera’s are the newest and quickly becoming the standard for many photographer’s and videographer’s. Canon joined the Mirrorless DSLR game back in 2018 with the introduction of the Canon EOS R. Last year, they released the Canon EOS R6 and R5, the best mirrorless camera’s that Canon has to offer. So, with the new one’s available, is the Canon EOS R worth upgrading to in 2021? Does a 3-year-old mirrorless camera still hold up?

First, it is important to note where I am coming from and what made me buy the Canon EOS R. I have been using my Canon Rebel T5i for the last 5 years. I knew that camera like the back of my hand, what it was great at and what were its limitations. Knowing the limitations of the Canon Rebel T5i, I knew what I was looking for in my next camera.

I love taking Low-light portraits, and loved the idea of doing photography at night, but often, I was shooting hand-held and did not have a tripod. So, I needed a camera with a high ISO capability that doesn’t add so much noise. I know some photographers love to have some noise in their photos since it gives it a bit of an old-fashioned film look, but I am not one of them. I wanted to be able to shoot indoors where there is limited lighting or during golden hour without having to worry about noise. With the Canon T5i, I couldn’t go over 800 ISO without suffering and finding lots of noise in my image. Also, I didn’t have a lot of control or range. It was either 400 ISO or 800 ISO and nothing in between. In addition to the ISO, the Canon T5i is a cropped sensor camera, and because it is a smaller sensor, that means that it takes in less light compared to a full-frame camera.

As previously mentioned, the Canon T5i did not give a whole lot of flexibility with its manual control (at least compared to other higher-end cameras). The ISO jumps carried onto the shutter speed as well and I found that often while editing, because I lacked the range, some shots were blown out, others were not quite bright enough. It would have been nice to not fix this is post-processing.

Being someone who specializes and focused on portrait and fashion photography, there were a few things that I did not like about my Canon T5i, and…

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Aamer Seth

A young University student very curious about many things and here to share his thinking. Interested in Photography, Technology and sharing stories.