Canon EOS R5 – Big News for Filmmakers

April 20th, 2020
Canon EOS R5 - Big News for Filmmakers

In their Virtual Press Conference today, hosted simultaneously with our Virtual Trade Show, Canon pulled back the curtain a little bit more on the upcoming EOS R5, and what they revealed is nothing but incredible. 

Despite the Coronavirus running rampant, Canon still promises to deliver this exciting camera to the world on schedule, expected by the end of this year, possibly as early as summer. So let’s keep you drooling and look at what was announced.

Canon EOS R5

Image Credit: Canon

EOS R5 Specs, As Previously Announced

With today’s announcement, Canon has pulled back a little bit more of the curtain on the R5. This is the list of features that we knew a month ago:

  •  A new CMOS sensor.
  •  It can shoot 8K video, and it can down-sample 8K videos to 4K for improved image quality.
  • Dual-card slot.
  • It is the first-ever Canon camera to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS).
  • The possibility to shoot stills at up to 20 frames per second using an electronic shutter. Using the mechanical shutter, you can go at up to 12 FPS.
  • Support automatic transfer of image files from the R5 to the image.canon cloud platform.
CanonEOSR5_Featured

Image credit: Canon

EOS R5 Specs, Updated

We can add a few things to this list, primarily on the video side of things. And they are very, very exciting updates.

  • 8K/30p RAW video recording internally
  • 8K/30p recording in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ internally
  • 4K/120p recording in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ internally
  • 4K/60p video recording over HDMI
  • No-crop 8K and 4K video recording
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in all recording modes (8K included)
  • C-Log available in all internal recording modes
  • Dual-card slots: 1 CFexpress and 1 SD UHS-II
CanonEOSR5_Featured

Image credit: Canon

Takeaways

Their R-mount lens lineup has been rock-solid up to now, but it has lacked a true top-tier flagship camera to anchor the lineup. It certainly appears Canon has found that in their EOS R5.

We keep waiting for the other shoe to drop, for Canon to reveal the flaw, the catch, the Achille’s heel of this camera, and so far they keep failing to do so. The 8K video could easily have been limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 at a pitiful bitrate, but that seems not to be the case here. Dual Pixel CMOS AF could have been restricted to 1080p, or lower frame rates. There could have been a massive crop in 8K mode. But every time they pull the curtain back a little further, the picture only gets better. After many years of falling behind Sony, Fujifilm, and Panasonic, Canon has leapt ahead of he competition. Now all they have to do is stick the landing.

What price range would the R5 have to be for you to invest? Will this make Canon the new king of the hill, or do they still have more ground to make up? Let us know in the comments!

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Nick Lam
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May 3rd, 2020

Will this have a H.264 workflow available in 8K and 4K 120fps for quicker rushes?

Nick Lam
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May 3rd, 2020

The 4K 120fps in H.265 10-bit 4:2:2 will be very difficult to work in post though.

Holt Reinhardt
Holt Reinhardt
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April 24th, 2020

“The 8K video could easily have been limited to 8-bit 4:2:0 at a pitiful bitrate, but that seems not to be the case here.”

Where was bitrate mentioned?

Holt Reinhardt
Holt Reinhardt
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April 26th, 2020

Given that it’s going to be Canon raw “Lite,” one must assume that they’ll crank up the compression.

A.s.
A.s.
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April 23rd, 2020

I can tell you what will be horrendous: sensor readout/rolling shutter. A sea of jello. Haha

Brian
Brian
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April 23rd, 2020

I would just be shocked if Canon, for the first time in over a decade did not deliberately cripple a camera.

Holt Reinhardt
Holt Reinhardt
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April 24th, 2020
Reply to  Brian

Oh, their gimping goes back way more than a decade. Canon was still pushing INTERLACING cameras for years and years after everyone else had moved on to progressive.

And then the original 5D mkII couldn’t shoot 24 FPS, but it could shoot 25 & 30. Moronic.

And did they seriously repeat that blunder here?

Alex
Alex
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April 23rd, 2020

I bet the price is going to be £1000 more than sony

Silton Buendia
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April 22nd, 2020

Yes all film makers want to shoot in 30P!!!

Holt Reinhardt
Holt Reinhardt
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April 24th, 2020
Reply to  Silton Buendia

Did Canon seriously blow this AGAIN? Does this thing not shoot 24 FPS?

If so, that is beyond embarrassing.

Richard Gerst Visuals
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April 21st, 2020

Just wow! Super exciting specs with this body. I am tempted to seriously investigate coming back to Canon.

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April 21st, 2020

Any news about IPB compression in EOS R5, like 1DX Mark III? I’ve read somewhere that it’s 410 Megabits/s ALL-I, I dunno if it will be editable on my iMac Pro.

Ty Guy
Ty Guy
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April 21st, 2020

This camera sounds incredible. I like everyone else is waiting to see where they cripple it. I’m also very interested to see where they go with the R6. 4K, 10 bit, and unthrottled 120fps even in 1080 with full sensor readout combined with similar photo capabilities would have me draining my bank account the minute I could pre-order one.

Daniel
Daniel
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April 21st, 2020

Now we just need this but with a 6k sensor to give us 4k60 10bit internal with autofocus. That would complete the line up for donation.

Daniel
Daniel
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April 21st, 2020
Reply to  Daniel

oops domination… lol

Nelson
Nelson
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April 22nd, 2020
Reply to  Daniel

The EOS R6 is probably what most of us will buy, 20MP 4K60P IBIS dual slot, mirrorless ver of 1DX III at much more affordable price

James S
James S
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April 24th, 2020
Reply to  Daniel

Samsung had 6k in the NX1…in 2014!

 Andrew Ray
Andrew Ray
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April 20th, 2020

From a Canon c200 and EOS R owner, this (IB)IS big news. 8k raw + 422 + full frame + 120fps 4k + IBIS + dual card slot? Incredible specs.

But I digress. What would I pay? Well, 2 months ago I would have paid $7,500. But I don’t think the video work is going to be as robust and cameras are getting cheaper because people are going to unload them on eBay.

So what would I pay? $5,500.

Canon, you have a real opportunity here. VERY FEW video production companies (like mine) are in the market for major capital outlays as we face a near-certain major downturn in the economy. Canon can build great brand loyalty by opening the door to middle-market players who aren’t looking to break the bank.

Witalis
Witalis
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April 21st, 2020
Reply to  Andrew Ray

this is why thye will wait with launching it. The sonner the launch the lower price. the later the launch the price can be hire – coronavirus issue shall decrease with time – people will have more $

Tri Luu
Tri Luu
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April 24th, 2020
Reply to  Witalis

this is terrible logic. Canon is looking to gain people they have lost to other companies, not scare people away with a high priced camera.

Earl Nottingham
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April 20th, 2020

They’ve gotten real good at kicking the can down the road.

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