Canon EOS R5 with 8K RAW Video and Canon R6 with 4K 10-bit Announced

July 9th, 2020
Canon EOS R5 with 8K RAW Video and Canon R6 with 4K 10-bit Announced

Canon today announced the EOS R5 and the EOS R6, two full-frame mirrorless cameras with RF Mount. The Canon EOS R5 delivers 45-megapixel stills and is the first full-frame mirrorless ever to internally record 8K RAW video up to 29.97fps and 4K at up to 120fps in 10-bit. Canon EOS R6 offers 20.1-megapixel stills, 4K video up to 60p 10-bit, or Full HD at up to 120fps.

Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 Cameras. Image credit: cinema5D

When we look at Canon’s camera lineup from recent years, it is no doubt that the company introduced some exciting and innovative EOS cinema cameras (like the C500 Mark II or C300 Mark III) and DSLRs (like the 1D X Mark III), but in the mirrorless cameras segment, Canon has been slightly falling behind its competition.

Although the EOS R found its way into numerous filmmakers’ kits, many were not satisfied with some of its fallbacks – like the heavily cropped 4K mode and the lack of 10-bit 4:2:2 or higher internal recording mode.

With today’s announcement, it seems that Canon has finally made it and offers us, filmmakers, a very interesting mirrorless camera to work with. Let’s take a look at both new models, Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6, starting by what both bodies have in common.

New Generation EOS R Cameras

Both cameras feature full-frame CMOS sensors (although with different resolutions – more on this later) and Canon RF Mount. There is a DIGIC X processor at the core of EOS R5 and EOS R6 – the same processor used in the EOS-1D X Mark III. Although we will focus on video capabilities, let’s get some photography features out of the way first.

Canon EOS R5 Camera Set with RF Lenses. Image credit: Canon

Both EOS R5 and EOS R6 can shoot photos at up to 20fps with the electronic shutter with full auto exposure (AE) and autofocus (AF) tracking or up to 12fps with the mechanical and electronic first curtain shutter.

Stabilization

Both cameras feature new 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) which comes in very handy for handheld shooting and low shutter speeds. Canon claims their IBIS is the world’s best image stabilization among all interchangeable-lens digital cameras. From their testing, it can compensate up to 8.0 stops.

The IBIS has been designed to work collaboratively with the IS system of RF and EF lenses to further enhance the stabilization, but it will, of course, stabilize non-stabilized lenses and vintage lenses as well.

Autofocus

We all know Canon’s great Dual Pixel autofocus system. Both new cameras support the next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF II which, according to Canon, further improves the focus speed and reliability. The autofocus should also work better in low light – the EOS R5 can focus in light levels as low as -6EV and EOS R6 even as low as -6.5EV (both tested for still photo shooting).

Canon EOS R5 Camera with Lens. Image credit: Canon

The autofocus can also track objects. The iTR AF X AF system ensures subjects are kept sharp even when moving unpredictably with a shallow depth of field. Even if a person turns away for a moment, their head continues to be tracked. It recognizes faces and eyes of humans, and now includes cats, dogs, and birds in both still and movie modes.

Connectivity

The cameras offer built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Both EOS R5 (5Ghz Wi-Fi) and EOS R6 (2.4Ghz Wi-Fi) can be connected to a smartphone and networks allowing high-speed file sharing and FTP/FTPS transfer. They can also be remotely controlled using the Camera Connect and EOS Utility apps, tethered to a PC or Mac via Wi-Fi or high-speed USB 3.1 Gen 2.

Canon EOS R5 – Internal 8K RAW Video

The EOS R5 incorporates a 45-megapixel sensor with 100% AF coverage with 5,940 selectable AF points and an ISO range of 100 – 51,200. The camera has two card slots – one CFexpress and one SD UHS-II slot – housed in a weather-resistant magnesium body. The EOS R5 body only weighs 650g (738g with battery/ memory card).

Canon EOS R5 Camera. Image credit: cinema5D

Now it gets interesting – internal recording modes (with full AF performance including continuous eye and face AF tracking):

  • 8K (8192 x 4320) video recording up to 29.97fps (non-cropped) in 12-bit RAW, or in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265), or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)
  • 4K (DCI or UHD) video recording up to 119.88fps (non-cropped) in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)

There is also a so-called 4K HQ mode available up to 30p. It internally oversamples 8K footage to 4K resolution to offer better detail than ordinary 4K mode.

The EOS R5 can also output 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ video signal via HDMI at 4K 59.94fps.

Canon EOS R5 Camera – 8K recording modes. Image credit: cinema5D

There is currently no info on whether the 4K recording mode will also be available in RAW. We also don’t know available framerates for FHD as well as bitrates for each recording mode. We will of course update the article as the info gets available.

Canon EOS R6 – Larger Pixels

The second announced body, EOS R6 features 20.1-megapixel full-frame sensor with up to 6,072 selectable AF points. Because the sensor has much larger pixels, it offers ISO between 100 – 102,400. I expect better low light performance than the EOS R5, but it will, of course, need to be tested.

The EOS R6 can film in 4K UHD resolution internally at up to 59.94fps in either 8-bit H.264 or 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 H.265 with Canon Log. This is achieved through oversampling from 5.1K (uncropped).

Canon EOS R6 Camera – recording modes. Image credit: cinema5D

In Full HD, the camera can record slow-motion footage at up to 119.88fps with AF.

The 0.5” EVF has a slightly lower resolution than the one in R5 – 3.69 million dot EVF working up to 120fps maximum refresh rate. The flip-out screen is slightly smaller with 3” and offers 1.62 million dot resolution.

Canon EOS R6 Camera. Image credit: cinema5D

There are two card slots as well, but they are both SD UHS-II slots. They support simultaneous recording, with the ability to record in different formats for safety, security, and speed. The EOS R6 body only weighs 598g (690g with battery/ memory card) and is therefore slightly lighter than the EOS R5.

New Battery Pack and Battery Grip

Canon also announced a new type of battery pack – LP-E6NH. It offers the same form factor as the LP-E6 or LP-E6N, but there is a 14% more capacity with 2130mAh.

The new BG-R10 battery grip is available for both EOS R5 and R6. It can hold two batteries (LP-E6/N/NH) and also offers duplicate controls for easier vertical shooting.

Last but not least, the WFT-R10 is a battery grip style Wi-Fi transmitter with 2×2 MIMO antennas for faster and longer-range transmission – compatible with EOS R5. WFT-R10 also features enhanced network processing enabling SFTP via Wi-Fi and includes a gigabyte speed via the ethernet port.

Price and Availability

Both new cameras are available for pre-order. Price has been set to $3,899 (around €3,900 in Europe) for the Canon EOS R5 and to $2,499 (around €2,330 in Europe) for the more affordable EOS R6. Shipping should start soon.

What do you think about Canon’s new cameras? Do you think you will utilize 8K RAW video? Which body looks more appealing to you? Is there something you miss in these cameras? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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 Markus Magnon
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Must be the first camera that can shoot RAW video files without a fan. 8k RAW without ventilation. How is this even possible?

Does the IS work in RAW, too?
No DUAL ISO?
What is the base ISO?
What is the Dynamic Range?

I rather have a 4.6K or 5K camera. Mastering in 2k is more than enough (Check out Steve Yedlins Resolution Demo Part 2). So eben shooting in 4k or 5k you have enough information to reframe. No need for 8k. The pixels itself have to become better. Dynamic Range is more important than 8k.

It is nice to see a Canon Camera around 4.500 Bucks that can shoot RAW. But I guess the DR is not really good. And 8k is just to big. And the RAW Codec could be better, too. A wird camera.

 s saur
s saur
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

Native ISO on the R5 is 400.
The best dynamic range is in CLog, which is 12stops. I don’t think the R5 can record in. Log2, which is 15stops, according to Canon, not independent testing, like Cinema5D.
Steve Yedlin asks camera manufacturer’s for sensors with “better pixels, not more of them.” Dynamic range is only one aspect of that. And yes, totally agree with all of it. He also states you should do your own tests for exposure and not rely on camera manufacturer’s ISO settings; find perfect exposure, then incrementally expose to 10 stops under and 10 over, and find for yourself where middle exposure is.

 Dennis Lampe
Dennis Lampe
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

I already saw that it can overheat in 20min. I’m more a fan of a fan.

 Gabriel Mann
Gabriel Mann
MemberJuly 10th, 2020

Canon raw video is not raw. I bought the 1DX3, and the “raw” video is not only chunky, noisy and awful-looking, with black holes in white hot-spots of overexposure…but everything is baked in. It’s not like R3Ds. You can’t change the exposure, ISO, white balance, or anything. It’s not raw, it’s just some kind of uncompressed version of ProRes, and it chews up data at an absurd rate. The 4K All-I recording is soft, and doesn’t look any better than an A7s2. Needless to say I returned the 1DX. The Komodo is far and away so much better. I WANT to be excited about the R5, but seeing how awful the 1DX3 was, I just can’t trust this will deliver. My Komodo looks stunning, the AF is getting better and better, and it’s ACTUAL raw, with nothing baked in.

Johnnie Behiri
Johnnie Behiri
AdminJuly 10th, 2020

Hi Gabriel. My experience working with the 1D X Mark III is very different from yours when it comes to video quality. But most important is that you are happy with what the Komodo is currently giving you.

Thank you
Johnnie

Vlad Box Rojas
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

I know a shrink in NY that focuses in Technological issues, “related to resolution capacities in individuals with high grade of anxiety created by the related increments in pixels” PM if needed.

 s saur
s saur
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

From what I’ve read, the R6 does NOT record video, in either 4k or 1080p, in ALL-I. This is outrageous! I’m guessing Canon just wants everyone to buy the R5, and maybe 6 months later with grant the R6 permission to record in ALL-I, with a firmware update. 422 10bit internal is great, just need ALL-I. So many other cameras allow this basic option.

Outraged
Outraged
GuestJuly 9th, 2020

Outrageous!

Ben J
Ben J
MemberJuly 10th, 2020

It shoots ALL-I, but only for 120fps (HD). I’m more concerned about the persistent 30 minute recording limit. No long interviews, no live events, etc.

Toby
Toby
GuestJuly 13th, 2020

Ok, you need to know this, all DSLRs can compact cameras will have a 29.59 limit because if it goes over 30m then it is classified as a video camera and the tax bracket goes up. It would make it unaffordable.

Gzig
Gzig
GuestJuly 10th, 2020

Does sony?

 Paul Corneille
Paul Corneille
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

Canon as a huge problem with $ vs € change rate.

Piri
Piri
GuestJuly 9th, 2020

Sure 8K RAW sounds pretty damn tits! But seriously, who needs this?

BOUNCE
MemberJuly 10th, 2020

Me, not all the time, just like I only sometimes need 120p. But I don’t mind having it. Honestly, most of the time I’ll be shooting in [email protected] oversampled… that’s good for 35 minutes. But even then I almost never shoot clips that long. So I’m good.

Here’s the point.., Canon was transparent with this data right at launch. When this happened on the Sony bodies they hid it from the public. Then when the word got out they quietly removed the warning from the firmware.

Jamie
Jamie
GuestJuly 9th, 2020

Thanks for the article. Do you know whether either the R5 or R6 support dual card slot video recording? I seem to be hearing different things from different people!

Thanks

James Wiltern
James Wiltern
GuestJuly 9th, 2020

Wait, so no raw at all in the R6? WTF.

 Carlos Vaca
Carlos Vaca
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

No 4k RAW ¡LOL!. The 8k seems overkill to me and I need to spend a lot of money for my computer to process raw 8k. Canon r5 does not have 4k raw What? the nikon z6 with proresraw is still the best option for only 1800 us $ and if i want 4k 120fps I buy a zcam e2 for 1500 us $ and on top I get the raw images and not just 10 bits. So for what Canon gives me I can have 1 Nikonz6 + 1Zcam e2 + 1 NinjaV. Canon r5 … no thanks!

 s saur
s saur
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

The Nikon Z6 has lime skipping and artifacts.
The Sigma fp will soon have BRaw! (and ProRes Raw).
The BlackMagic Pocket6k, with BRaw and ProRes internal, is still a huge competitor here, with better files.

Eugenia L
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

The R6 is great, I wish it had RAW though (even if cropped), or All-i, and maybe a large screen (I wish Canon moved to 16:9 screens at least). I will probably get the R6 regardless though. It seems to have better low light.

Eugenia L
MemberJuly 10th, 2020

I just pre-ordered the R6 with the kit lens. Eventually (not yet), I’ll get the 24-70mm f/2.8 too. I think it’s a great system, although the sensor seems to have been designed specifically for DCI 4k (if you do the pixel # calculations and the 3:4 ratio in order to get binning and not line skipping). But instead, it seems that some PM at Canon decided that 4k DCI was too much for the R6, and they only offer us now plain UHD. DigicX can definitely do it (if only up to 30 fps). I hope that 4k DCI will come via a firmware update.

Otabek
Otabek
GuestJuly 10th, 2020

Great specs. Someone knows, if Canon R6 can record simultaneously to both sd cards?

James Manson
James Manson
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

WOW! ?

Andrew Collings
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

Oh man, this just gets better. I thought the R5 looked wicked sweet but overpowered and overpriced for what I would realistically use it for. I’m happy to be surprised by the R6 – and the much lower price is appreciated as well. Still holding my breath for the full reviews, waiting to see what the catch is

 Jamie Coats
Jamie Coats
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

Morning Sony, yes I’m an a7Riv user and depending on the reviews and Sony’s announcements I was woken with a jolt on this announcement actually being close to the rumours…

microobserver
MemberJuly 9th, 2020

Still waiting for a new C100 M3!

 Tom Roper
Tom Roper
MemberJuly 10th, 2020

How is it possible to have non-cropped 8K sensor raw from 45 megapixels? Is it line skipping?

 Tom Roper
Tom Roper
MemberJuly 10th, 2020

R5 sensor is 8192 wide, all good for 8K raw.

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