Canon always made headlines with the launch of its cameras, and this year is no different. The Canon EOS R5 is now the most anticipated camera of 2020, especially with the company dropping hints about its powerhouse features. Think 8K video capability, 40MP CMOS sensor, twin card slots and in-camera image stabilization. Even hard-to-please photographers would get excited, that’s for sure.
- 30. 3 Megapixel Full frame CMOS Sensor and DIGIC 8 Image processor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with 5, 655 manually selectable AF points
- 4K 30P with Canon log and 10 bit 4: 2: 2 HDMI output; Dust and Drip Resistant
- Built in EVF with 3. 69 million dots, Vary Angle Touchscreen LCD and dot matrix LCD panel
- Magnification Approx. 0.76 (with 50 millimeter lens at infinity 1 m 1)
Canon EOS R5 Overview
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Canon Inc. has been in the business of cameras since 1984 and it has launched some of the best digital cameras the world has ever seen starting with the RC-701. Over the years, Canon pioneered camera technology with the PowerShot, Digital IXUS and now the EOS series. The latest in its roster is the EOS R5 and it could be the company’s most powerful offering yet.
Design & Features
Although Canon has not revealed the full specification of the new EOS R5 yet, here’s what we know so far:
Viewing, Handling, & Controls
When it comes to appearance, first real-world shots of the EOS R5 suggest that it will look almost exactly like the original EOS R with only a few differences. Some say that a more traditional scroll wheel will replace the multi-function bar on the back of the camera. The EOS R5 is also believed to have a good grip, which is beneficial for shooting with longer lenses like the Canon RF 100-500mm. It also has the same top-plate controls as the EOS R.
Image & Video
Canon is still yet to talk about the exact sensor and processor of the EOS R5. But hints suggest that it will be a powerful 45MP and one that will utilize a “newly designed CMOS sensor” that Canon already confirmed they’d be doing with this model. What photographers are especially excited about is the 8K video capture capability, which also means that a sensor with 7680×5120 pixels would be required for the camera. The EOS R5 will be the first consumer-level camera to feature 8K video.
According to Canon, this capability will allow users to “extract high-resolution still images from video footage.” When the camera is released in summer 2020, it will top the Panasonic Lumix S1H, which has 6k video capability.
Reports suggest that the EOS R5 will shoot 8K at 30 fps and 4K at 120 fps. When asked about how the R5 will handle heat issues when shooting in 8K, Canon’s Product Marketing Specialist David Parry explained: “We’ve been doing this for a while now and we’ve learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup.
For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other.” If that’s not enough, Canon also announced that it will be using in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to the R5 that “will work in combination with the lens stabilization system.”
Storage, Extras & Connectivity
Canon hasn’t disclosed any minute details about the R5 yet but it will surely have both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities as with almost every modern camera today. Rumors also suggest that the camera will support 5GHz Wi-Fi for improved transfer speeds.
In terms of Bluetooth, Canon announced that users of the R5 will be able to upload their images in original resolution directly to Canon’s new Image.Canon, a cloud platform that will be available to consumers beginning April 2020. The EOS R5 will also have dual card slots, but there are no confirmed details on whether it will support high-speed SD cards or CFExpress similar to the EOS 1D x Mark III.
Pros & Cons
Since Canon is still yet to release the full specifications of the EOS R5, there’s still a lot to learn about the pros and cons of investing in this new camera. One thing’s for sure, it’s a power-packed camera that has almost all the features that every professional photographer looks for and even dreams of.
As for the price tag, consumers an expect that the EOS R5 will be within the range of the 45.7MP Nikon Z7 or even the 61MP Sony Alpha A7R IV. In that case, this new camera could cost around $3,500 or more.
Whether you really need 8K video capability or not depends on your exact needs. Some could live with 4k videos and some are already struggling with the power and storage demand that comes with having such high quality videos. But with the evolution of cameras, 8K will soon be the norm for professional cameras and Canon is pioneering the trend this year.