Photographers, Video Creators, Content creators, Youtubers & many other creative individuals have asked, and asked, and asked, and Canon finally has an answer to “What’s next for its mirrorless system?” That answer is the EOS R5. This camera isn’t here quite yet, but Canon is revealing some key details and information with today’s development announcement. There’s 8K, in-body stabilization, high-speed imaging—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Many new lenses are on their way in 2020, as well, with an RF 100-500mm and teleconverters being previewed today.
Please Note: Canon has released limited information on the upcoming EOS R5 and RF lenses. All current specifications are available in this article and we will provide additional information when it becomes available.
Canon was late to the full-frame mirrorless game. Its first effort, the EOS R, appeared in late 2018, a full five years after the original Sony a7. The lag time gave Sony some time to establish a foothold in the space, and some aspects of the EOS R’s performance felt dated out of the gate.
Canon is hoping to rectify the issue and leapfrog rivals in the space, including Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony, in imaging and autofocus quality. It released some early information on the first true pro-grade R camera, the forthcoming EOS R5, in February, and is filling in more gaps today.
Key Features of Canon EOS R5
- Newly Developed Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
- 8K30 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
- In-Body 5-Axis Image Stabilization
- 12 fps Mech. Shutter, 20 fps E. Shutter
Canon is currently developing the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera containing CMOS sensor, image processing, optical, and other state-of-the-art technologies the company has cultivated through its long history of camera development. The EOS R System enables greater freedom in lens design thanks to a wider lens mount diameter, short back focus, and high-speed system for transmitting data between the camera and lens, resulting in an imaging system that delivers higher image quality and greater ease-of-use.
Canon has released even more details on the forthcoming EOS R5, including a bevy of impressive features sure to excite the video crowd. More clarity has come concerning the scope of the EOS R5’s 8K capabilities, specifically that internal 8K raw recording at 29.97 fps is supported, along with internal, uncropped 8K30 and DCI 4K120 in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log or HDR-PQ. Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Canon Log will be available in all 8K and 4K recording modes, too. Additionally, not specific to just video, Canon has confirmed that the 5-axis in-body, sensor-shift image stabilization will work in conjunction with optical IS systems in RF- and EF-mount lenses. And finally, Canon has also revealed the makeup of the dual card slots: one CFexpress slot and one SD slot, which will support UHS-II cards.
We’ll continue to keep you updated on any more developments with the EOS R5 as we keep getting closer to its official launch date.
A camera is only as good as the lens you attach. Canon has aggressively released pro-grade lenses for the RF mount, and going forward all of its development efforts are focused on mirrorless. It previously announced that it’s no longer developing new EF SLR lens designs, though you can still use EF lenses with an R camera using an adapter.
The company has already released a trio of f/2.8 zooms, all with image stabilization, covering 15-30mm, 24-70mm, and 70-200mm focal lengths, in the RF mount. It also has some high-end primes, including the RF 50mm F1.2 and a pair of 85mm F1.2 options for portraiture.
There are more coming, of course. Canon is working on an RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 telezoom, as well as 1.4x and 2.0x teleconverters.
When will it Launch ?
We don’t know when the EOS R5 will come to market, or how much it will cost. Under normal circumstances, it would be safe to expect it sometime this year, but seeing the current situation (Covid-19 lockdown) this year definitely is not a normal circumstances. We’ll update with more information as soon as Canon releases it.