Updated: Apr 26
The Canon EOS R5 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera with built-in stabilisation, 20fps shooting, 8k video and dual card slots. Officially unveiled in February 2020 with additional specs teased each month afterwards, it’s the third body in Canon’s full-frame EOS R system and a model that could transform its appeal.
Canon has highlighted some of the key features of the camera on its website and calls the EOS R5 a “game changer” in the full-frame mirrorless market. Canon has officially teased us in February, when it officially announced that it's developing the EOS R5 and that it would feature a new image sensor and image processor. Canon hasn't yet revealed more details on these two aspects but we can expect it to be a big upgrade, considering the features built into the camera.
It brings in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to a Canon camera for the first time, along with other treats like the excellent Dual Pixel autofocus in all video modes. And all of this is packed into a relatively small body that's not much bigger than the Canon EOS R. How exactly this size hinders some of the EOS R5's more outlandish abilities, like shooting 8K video at 30fps with no crop, we'll have to wait and see. But if Canon gets the balance right, it could lay down a new mirrorless marker for the likes of Sony, Nikon and Fujifilm.
Canon EOS R5: pricing and availability
One of the big gaps in the Canon EOS R5's development announcement was its price tag and release date. We still don't know either of these for sure, but recent rumors mean we can make some informed predictions.
Despite some speculation to the contrary, Canon Rumors is confident that the full EOS R5 announcement won't be delayed by the global pandemic. Right now, it's still expected to be fully unveiled around the end of May or early June 2020.
Canon EOS R5: design
Canon’s trickling out the specifications at monthly briefings and while details like the actual sensor resolution remain unconfirmed, we have learned some key facts about the camera; here’s what we officially know as of April 2020. The EOS R5’s headline specification (so far) is the ability to internally record 8k video, uncropped, available up to 30p and with Dual Pixel autofocus too. 8k is available in RAW or in 10-bit 4:2:2 using either Canon Log HDR PQ, both of which will employ H.265 for more manageable data rates. Uncropped 4k is also available, impressively up to 120p with Dual Pixel AF, and in 10-bit 4:2:2; like the 8k modes, you can choose Canon Log or HDR PQ, and both are encoded using H.265.
Canon has confirmed the sensor will be stabilised within the body, making it the first Canon interchangeable lens camera with the capability. The degree of compensation is as yet unknown, but Canon has said it will be able to work alongside lenses with optical stabilisation. Canon has also confirmed a top burst speed of 12fps mechanical or 20fps electronic, and the presence of dual card slots: one using the SD UHS II format and the other supporting faster CF Express cards. The EOS R5 will also support animal autofocus, recognising dogs, cats and birds not just by their eyes but also face and body shapes. It also has a fully-articulated screen, while the unpopular M.Fn bar of the original EOS R has been switched for a more sensible AF joystick. The HDMI port will output 4k 10-bit 4:2:2 up to 60p, maxing-out the current HDMI spec.
Canon EOS R5: image stabilization
Canon has, historically, shied away from adding in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to its cameras, relying on lenses that have in-built stability. Which makes the R5 unique is that it will come equipped with IBIS that "will work in combination with the lens stabilization system" when using glass that comes with built-in stability.
Canon Rumors reported in January that the R5's IBIS would lend 5 stops of stability on its own, but would get bumped to "7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization". If true, that would make handheld shooting with the R5 a dream and we can't wait to try it out for ourselves.
In more Canon news, the company also launched an upgrade to the popular C300 cinema camera, called the EOS C300 Mark III. It's expected to go on sale in July this year and features a dual gain output sensor, allowing it to shoot 4K 60fps footie with high dynamic range and low noise. It also supports recording of up to 4K at 120fps and a host of RAW video formats. Canon also announced new cinema lenses — the CN10x25 IAS S/E1 (EF mount) and the CN10x25 IAS S/P1 (PL mount), which also go on sale in July 2020. Canon hasn't announced prices for these products yet.