The Revolution is Coming | Canon Officially Announces Development of Next Generation EOS R5
Canon has officially announced what has been the worst kept secret of the year, the development of the Canon EOS R5. Canon’s next foray into the mirrorless game promises to be a game changer for Canon. The camera will feature 8K video recording, in body image stabilization (IBIS), up to 20 fps using the electronic shutter or 12 fps using the mechanical shutter, and dual card slots. It will also feature an all new CMOS sensor which makes the aforementioned possible. Finally, it will support automatic file transfer to a new Canon cloud platform called image.canon which will be available starting in April 2020.
Canon has not yet announced a release date for the EOS R5, but Canon Rumors has previously suggested the ship date will be July 2020, and so far pretty much all of their reporting on the camera has been true.
Here’s the list of rumored specs from Canon Rumors with all confirmed specs in bold:
Canon EOS R5 Specifications:
- Named the Canon EOS R5
- 45mp full-frame CMOS sensor
- 5 stops with IBIS alone
- 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
- 12fps mechanical, 20fps electronic
- Dual card slots
- 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 July 2020 (I’m assuming this means ship date)
- Announcement on or around February 13, 2020
As I expected as a frequent follower of Canon Rumors, their previous reporting was pretty much spot on and I suspect most of the unconfirmed specifications will also be confirmed in time. Of course, Canon has not yet provided information on the megapixel count or things like the 8K fps, but we’ll learn more in the coming days and weeks. The camera will be on display at CP+ in a couple of weeks (February 27 – March 1), so we’ll know a lot more then.
Canon also announced the development of 9 new RF lenses including the RF 100-500 f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM and some extenders.
Final Thoughts on the Canon EOS R5
This camera is a big deal for Canon. We’ve all been calling for them to catch up in the mirrorless wars and while we don’t know for sure what this camera will be capable of yet, all signs suggest this is going to be an incredible camera. The addition of 8k video recording will be a game changer for videographers. 20 fps will be huge for sports, wildlife, and event photographers. And I’m very excited to see how well the automatic upload of images to the cloud will work and what that will cost. And for all the professionals out there terrified of losing data due to a card failure, there will be dual card slots (of some kind)! Finally, the big question will be, what will this juggernaut cost? Can Canon keep a camera with this much capability around $3500? If they can, I predict this will be the camera of the year.
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