Canon’s mirrorless lenses have been lauded for their high quality and boundary-pushing designs, but their mirrorless cameras have generally seen mixed reviews for being a bit middle of the road and not challenging the likes of Sony. That is no more, as Canon has announced the development of the R5, with many firsts for the company and marquee features like 20 fps shooting and 8K video.
Canon has let the EOS R5 cat out of the bag. After a very detailed (and accurate) leak last month, Canon has officially announced the development of an advanced EOS R with IBIS, 20fps continuous shooting, 8K video, and two card slots.
Being a development announcement, we only get a teaser—a small taste—of what Canon has in store, but even that is enough to make your eyes water.
In addition to mentioning that the camera will come with “a newly designed CMOS sensor and new image processor,” Canon confirmed that EOS R5 will be able to shoot 8K video, though we don’t know if that will come with a crop (probably) or any other significant penalty.
The camera will also feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS), and just in case you were worried, there will be two card slots. And the Canon EOS R5 didn’t need to trade speed for the specs mentioned above either—according to the announcement, the mirrorless camera will be able to shoot 20fps with the electronic shutter (take that Sony…) and 12fps using mechanical.
Finally, Canon also revealed the it would be releasing “seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders” in 2020. These will include the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x, which you can see below:
That’s all we know for now, though a “preview” of the EOS R5 will apparently be on display at WPPI in Vegas at the end of February.
The original rumor claimed that the camera would have a 45MP sensor, be able to shoot 4K/120p video, and would officially arrive in July, but Canon declined to confirm these claims in the DA. Still, it’s looking like Canon has a mirrorless powerhouse up its sleeve for mid-2020.
Canon has announced the development of the R5 – a flagship RF-mount mirrorless camera capable of 8K video and 20fps stills shooting. Details are scant, but the new camera is expected to be released at some point this year.
Rumors have been swirling about an upcoming R-series camera for a while, and although we were skeptical about the ‘8K video’ claim at first, it seems that the R5 will, indeed, offer some kind of 8K capture option.
Canon’s press release is rather non-specific when it comes to details, referring to the ability of photographers ‘to extract high-resolution still images from video footage as well as process 8K video into higher-quality 4K video’. As such, it’s possible that for practical purposes, the R5’s main selling point will be 2X oversampled 4K, but we’ll find out soon enough.
To natively sample 8K video (usually defined as 7680 x 4320 pixels) would require a 7680 x 5120 pixel sensor. This being the case, we can make a pretty good guess that effective resolution of the R5 will be ~40MP.
Alongside the R5, Canon is also teasing ‘9 RF lenses’ coming later this year, including a new telezoom – the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM. Samples of the R5, the 100-500mm, and two new RF Extenders (1.3X and 2X) are expected to be shown at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, later this month.
Canon announces development of the EOS R5 next-generation full-frame mirrorless camera and new RF series lenses
TOKYO, February 13, 2020 — Canon Inc. announced today that the company 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. What’s more, during 2020, Canon plans to release a total of 9 RF lenses currently in development. Through the addition of competitive cameras and lenses to its lineup, Canon will continue to strengthen the EOS R System.
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.
The new full-frame mirrorless camera currently under development will fully leverage the advantages of the EOS R System to realize high-speed continuous shooting and 8K video recording and expanding the boundaries of visual expression. In addition, it can contribute to more efficient workflows thanks to improved transmission functionality, operability and reliability. These enhancements and more will help the new camera elevate the EOS Series concept of “Speed, Comfort and High-image-quality” to a higher level.
Canon’s EOS R5, the first of the next-generation full-frame mirrorless cameras in the company’s EOS R System, will include a newly developed CMOS sensor that makes possible such advanced features as high-speed continuous shooting—up to approximately 20 frames per second (FPS) using an electronic shutter and up to approximately 12 FPS using a mechanical shutter—to facilitate shooting of athletes at sporting events and other fast-moving subjects. In addition, the camera’s 8K video capture capability will enable users to extract high-resolution still images from video footage as well as process 8K video into higher-quality 4K video, opening up new possibilities for visual expression. What’s more, the EOS R5 will be the first Canon camera equipped with a high-performance coordinated image stabilization (IS) system that integrates the camera’s in-body IS with IS systems on attached RF lenses. The camera will also feature dual media card slots and will support automatic transfer of image files from the device to the image.canon cloud platform (to be available from early April 2020).
Alongside the EOS R5, Canon is also developing a total of 9 RF lenses scheduled for release during 2020, including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x.
Reference exhibits for the EOS R5 and RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x will be on display in the Canon booth at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2020, to be held from February 27 to March 1 at the Pacifico Yokohama convention hall in Yokohama, Japan.