Sadly, the very first thing you discover selecting up the R8 is its plastic development. It straddles throughout the digicam’s aluminum body, making the lens mount the one little bit of exterior metallic on the physique. I am skeptical that this development will maintain as much as as many bumps and scratches because the magnesium shells discovered on many different full-frame techniques. The RF lens mount itself does really feel loads sturdy, so no worries there.
The physique is particularly skinny and compact, even in comparison with different mirrorless cameras. With the lens off, it is nearly pocket-able. And with the 50mm prime mounted, it goes snugly into my small shoulder bag. The R8 with battery weighs nearly precisely one pound, so it might be nice for mild journey packing. Regardless of its skinny, compact dimensions, the hand grip nonetheless feels very substantial. The adjustment dials are additionally well-placed for my fingers: one thing that the small Sony cameras by no means get fairly proper.
Considered one of my greatest gripes in regards to the R8 is its distinct lack of sure bodily controls, like an EV button, ISO button, guide focus change, or drive mode selector. The rear click on wheel across the directional pad, which has been a long-time Canon staple, can also be gone. With these items lacking, issues that ought to take one second to perform now take a number of seconds of digging by sub-menus, and people seconds may imply dropping an ideal shot. These issues actually separate it from extra upscale cameras just like the R6 or the Panasonic S5.