After the last year of incredible releases in the mirrorless market, the rumors just keep flying about what Canon is doing in 2020. The latest, is more on the front of additional details on an system that was rumored earlier in 2019. Initially speculated to be a 100mp monster, it now seems like the camera is a little more “manageable” at 45mp with IBIS, but still jaw-dropping with a rumored 8K RAW video capability! Let’s have a look at the details;

[Related Reading: Canon Rumored to be Working on 100MP Mirrorless with IBIS]

Canon EOS R5 Specifications:

  • Named the Canon EOS R5
  • 45mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS
    • 5 stops with IBIS alone
    • 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
  • 12fps mechanical, 20fps electronic
  • Scroll wheel added to the back
  • No touch bar
  • Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
  • Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
  • 8K @ 30fps*
  • 4K @ 120fps
  • 4K @ 60fps
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi
  • New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
  • Announcement ahead of CP+ next month
  • Launching in Summer 2020

Canon EOS R6 Specifications

Not nearly as much is “known” on the R6, but here are the “CR2.5” level rumored specifications for the R6;

  • 20mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS
  • 12fps mechanical and 20fps electronic.
  • 4K @ 60p
  • New battery (Not sure if it’s the same as the EOS R5)
  • June 2020 launch (We think a May announcement)

Final Thoughts

Personally? I suspect that 8K RAW video* must be some sort of typo, or it must be confused with the potential for 8K raw timelapse frames from a 45-megapixel sensor like the Nikon D850. Not only would 8K RAW video be totally unprecedented for this type of camera, but it would also probably be extremely impractical. The reason: heat dissipation. Just look at cameras like the REDs that offer 8K RAW, or any of the Canon C-series cinema cameras: They’re massive cameras, with dedicated heat dissipation tools. A body like a 5D or EOS R would quite literally have a total meltdown every time you tried to record 8K RAW video on a warm sunny day. On top of that, with our luck, it’ll likely still just have a single memory card slot!

Based on these specs, and the 8k RAW video…we figure that it’ll come in at least around the $5500 zone or higher…but…if it somehow falls into that 3k range…wow…Canon definitely would have an amazing winner on its hands! So what do you think? Do these rumors hold water? Where do you think the price will come in? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

**Update** the Canon Rumors team has removed the 8K RAW details with the following statement “Update* I have removed the “RAW” part of the 8K @ 30p video specifications, I thought I had done that yesterday. The source that confirmed some of this stuff is unsure of what sort of 8K the camera has.”

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