EOS R vs DSLR vs EOS M: Which Camera System is Right for You?

19th March 2019

In this informative comparison review video, photographer Jenn Cooper from the Canon Collective discusses the key advantages of the EOS R, DSLR and EOS M camera systems. Hit play and find out which camera system is best for you.

“First things first, all of these cameras are going to take great photos.”

Jenn Cooper


Product image of a Canon EOS M 

“If you’re looking for a camera that has excellent quality photos but in a really small and compact body, then maybe the EOS M range of cameras is right for you.”

Compact Form Factor and Ultimate Portability and Discretion

The EOS M is a really great little camera, particularly for when you want to travel. It fits neatly in even the smallest of bags and I found that I was able to catch those photos that I might have missed otherwise. When we were shooting down at the beach in a really crowded area, I also found I was really confident using this camera being that it was so small.

APS-C Sensor

It has an APS-C sized sensor, which means you can get excellent quality images without having to carry a huge camera.

Wide Range of Compact Lenses

This camera uses the EF M lenses, which means you can get a range of lenses from a wide angle through to a telephoto that are available in a very compact size. You can also use your existing EF and EF S Canon lenses using the adaptor.

Find out more about the Canon EOS M range.


Product image of a Canon EOS R 

“If you’re looking for a camera that is going to give you exceptional picture quality but in a package that’s lighter and smaller than a full-size DSLR, then perhaps the EOS R is the range for you.”

Full Frame Sensor

As we step up to the EOS R range, we move up to a full frame sensor, which means you get even better image quality from your photos.

Native RF Lens Compatibility

The EOS R uses Canon’s revolutionary new RF lenses, although you can still use your Canon EF or EF S lenses with the adaptor. When using the native RF lenses you can benefit from the fully customisable control ring, which you can program to control ISO, aperture and shutter speed.

Electronic Viewfinder

The EOS R range has an electronic viewfinder that’s great for controlling the exposure and see your shot exactly how it’s going to be taken. You can use it when shooting videos as well as stills.

Silent Shooting

One of the other features that I love about the EOS R is its silent shooting mode. Out in the field, we came across a situation where we needed to get up close to a subject and shoot a macro shot. In the silent shooting mode I was able to get the camera very close to the subject without it flying away.

Powerful Low Light Performance

One of the key benefits of the Canon EOS R range is its ability to focus in low light. It’s a key stand-out feature in this particular range.

USB C for On-the-Go Charging

The EOS R also has USB C charging, making it quick and easy to charge the camera when you’re on the go. Charge it in the car or via your USB-powered adaptors.

Find out more about the Canon EOS R range.


Product image of a Canon DSLR 

“If you shoot a lot of sports action or fast moving subjects, the optical viewfinder and advanced autofocus system in a DSLR camera will be best for you.”

Fast and Functional

DSLR cameras are fantastic if you’re looking to photograph wildlife or any type of fast moving action. Earlier today, we were on a bushwalk had a DSLR camera handy. When I spotted some wildlife I was able to really quickly change the drive mode into high-speed burst and increase the shutter speed up to 1/2000 sec to capture the action.

Optical Viewfinder

With the optical viewfinder I was able to continue focusing on the wildlife as it flew away, and also track it as it was flying through the sky.

Native EF Lens Compatibility

Canon DSLR cameras are native to the EF range of lenses so you can use your EF or EF S lenses, depending on whether you go with a DSLR with a full frame or APS-C sized sensor.

Uncompromising Durability

DSLRs are known for their ruggedness and ‘go anywhere’ dependability. They also have the longest battery life of all these cameras.

Find out more about Canon DSLR range.

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