Canon EOS R5 Development Announced – 8K Video and IBIS

February 13th, 2020
Canon EOS R5 Development Announced – 8K Video and IBIS

Canon has just announced the development of a high-end EOS R camera: the Canon EOS R5. This new flagship Full-Frame RF-mount camera can shoot 8K videos and is the first camera to feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS). Let’s take a closer look!

Canon EOS R5 – Features

Rumors about a new high-end Canon EOS R mirrorless camera have been appearing everywhere on the Internet for quite a while now. Today, Canon confirmed that they are working on the Canon EOS R5, a “full-frame mirrorless camera containing CMOS sensor, image processing, optical and other state-of-the-art technologies.”

Here is what we know at the moment about the Canon EOS R5:

  • It features a newly developed CMOS sensor.
  • The Canon EOS R5 can 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.
  • For filmmakers and everybody waiting for it, it can shoot 8K video. There is no official information at the moment about the EOS R5 codecs, framerates, bitrates, or anything else. We also don’t know if Canon’s Dual Pixel Autofocus will work in 8K resolution. Obviously, you can extract stills from an 8K video that will be decent enough for most photography use cases. Also, the R5 can down-sample 8K videos to 4K for improved image quality. No word on any potential cropping that might occur in either mode.
  • Also, a feature that every content creator has been waiting for from Canon is finally here: in-body image stabilization (IBIS). If you combine the in-camera stabilization with IS from Canon lenses, I have no doubt that it will be a rock-solid stabilization system. (Believe it or not, this is the first Canon camera to ever feature IBIS.)
  • Another very welcomed feature is the addition of dual media card slots for redundancy purposes.
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The EOS R line was started in October 2018. A flagship camera like the Canon EOS R5 was the missing link to make filmmakers and photographers embrace the new ecosystem fully – so far it seemed like Canon was still betting mostly on DSLRs for high-end photography. Yet, Canon has been pushing their boundaries and video capabilities in their cameras lately with the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III and Canon C500 Mark II, which is a great thing. We can’t wait to have more information and review the EOS R5.

There is currently no other official information about the Canon EOS R5, its price, or even availability.

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Canon RF 24-105mm F/4-7.1 IS STM Lens

Next to the EOS R5 announcement, Canon also launched a new entry-level zoom lens: the Canon RF 24-105mm F/4-7.1 IS STM lens. Indeed, this wide-angle to short telephoto lens is not the fastest out there with a variable maximum aperture that goes from F/4 at the wide end all the way up to F/7.1 at 105mm.

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The Canon RF 24-105mm F/4-7.1 IS STM features an Optical Image Stabilizer as well as an STM motor for quiet and fast AF performances. Also, with a minimum focusing distance of only 5.2″, the lens features a unique Center Macro Focus position, which allows for a 1:2 maximum magnification ratio. Finally, you can configure the Control Ring to adjust a wide variety of settings, including aperture, ISO, and exposure compensation.

The Canon RF 24-105mm F/4-7.1 IS STM has a 67 mm front filter diameter, and it is relatively compact at just 3 x 3.5″ / 76.2 x 88.9 mm for a weight of only 394.5 grams. This lens looks like a good “kit lens” that can be purchased next to a Canon EOS R/RP. Indeed, this soon to be available lens is one of the most affordable RF zoom lens at just $399.00, but we shouldn’t expect wonders from it as this looks very much like the specs of a typical kit lens (with the loss of light across the range being the biggest problem).

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Image credit: Canon

Canon RF Lenses Roadmap

Last but not least, Canon announced the development of nine RF lenses that should be released during this year. Amongst these new RF lenses, there will be the RF 100-500mm F/4.5-7.1 L IS USM. Also, two RF Extender will be launched, with a 1.4x and 2x magnification ratio. All these three new products will be on display in the Canon booth at CP+ 2020 in Japan – stay tuned for our coverage – that starts on the 27th of February (if all goes according to plan – an increasing number of events are being canceled due to fears of the Coronavirus – for example even the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that was supposed to take place at the end of February).

What do you think of these new Canon RF announcement? Do you think the Canon EOS R5 could be your first step into the RF-mount ecosystem? Let us know in the comments below!

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 Francisco Falcão
Francisco Falcão
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

Who cares about 8K?!! stupid society of exaggerated consumption. Always for the biggest instead of the better. In my country (Portugal) all cinemas are 2K not even 4k, and my shitty internet netflix compressed stream even though it says 4K is far from it. THe cable TV says HDTV but all they do is upscale their beta and XDCAM footage.

Just give me 1080p, RAW, 120 fps, or 4:2:2 10 bit, good sound & battery, a headphone jack and a flippy screen, just a vertical one is enough. Is it so hard to do?!!

This numbers race is such a waste. Like professional TVC or films are going to use a Canon for their CGI composites… oh man… wanna bet it’s the same shitty 4:2:0 8 bit? maybe h265 so we dont criticize much …sad, just sad.

Ah wait I take it all bak it’s photography camera… my bad ;)

 Francisco Falcão
Francisco Falcão
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

Full frame and good low light and a DR of at least 13 (I forgot to add)

 Dan Hyman
Dan Hyman
MemberFebruary 14th, 2020

I can’t imagine this being 10-bit, with the 1DX III being 10-bit. 8K 8 bit would be comical. They’re really pushing the marketing on this because who on earth would a gigantic image they can’t properly grade?

Stig
Stig
GuestFebruary 16th, 2020

8K in itself my night not be important for you (or me). But it is a sign that Canon has done big steps forward when it comes to sensor readout speed. This should improve camera performance in a lot of ways, including for 4K video.

It probably mean less “jello-effect” when panning in 4K videos (compared to similar resolution sensors with slower readout). It might mean it is possible to do fullsensor 4K/60p with dualpixel AF. It probably also reduces EVF lag and increases AF performance.

8K video in R5 will probably be RAW only. One thing is having reached the sensor readout speed making 8K possible, another thing is the processing needed to transfer 8K into a common videoformat. Also even simple contrast based AF probably requires some of that processing, so I expect the 8K RAW video to be *without* AF. DEFINITELY without dualpixel AF, which would require two times “8K readout” from sensor. For sure that ain’t possible in first generation 8K.

But point is, the good news is not 8K. The good news is the high speed of sensor readout apparently achieved.

Stig
Stig
GuestFebruary 16th, 2020

And btw, the readout speed required to do the 5.5K/60p 12 bit RAW video on 1D X III, is very similar to what would be required to do 8K/30p 12 bit RAW video. So I’m guessing that is what we get with EOS R5…

Yobo
Yobo
GuestFebruary 26th, 2020

1) 8K allows for cropping and stabilization and other wonderful things to 4K. Or to 2K/1080. It also allows for scaling to 4K if you like.

2) Just because “in my country we only eat potatoes” doesn’t mean the whole world should only cook potatoes.

3) You can still shoot in 1080p if you prefer. You can also de-saturate everything to get black+white. Nobody is stopping you. But please let those who ‘want technology to progress’ do their thing.

Will Hazell
Will Hazell
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

Uncropped 10bit 4K please !

 Pooo Pooo
Pooo Pooo
MemberFebruary 14th, 2020

PREDICTION ! PREDICTION !! PREDICTION !!!
CANON IS FULL OF DISAPPOINTMENT WHEN IT COMES TO VIDEO FEATURES ON THE DSLR.
PLEASE, BEWARE OF CANON DISAPPOINTMENTS AS USUAL AND AVOID BEING A VICTIM OF THAT WHEN THE R5 IS RELEASED.
DO NOT KEEP YOU HOPE HIGH BECAUSE THEY WILL DISAPPOINTMENT HUGELY!

REMEMBER THIS DAY!

Chris Santucci
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

Let me guess, 8bit color and no recording above 60fps?

vibe
vibe
GuestFebruary 13th, 2020

8k8bit.

4k60 is iffy…if they do, it’ll be similarly priced to their 1DX series.

 Wayne S
Wayne S
MemberFebruary 14th, 2020

But does it do 8k p50/60? After all these years it should at least do thanks, and a lot more 12-16 bit+ 4:2:2/Bayer at 600mb/s+ h265 or better.

Chris Norman
Chris Norman
GuestFebruary 15th, 2020

dream on.. it would great if it does 8k 24fps in a decent codec

BOUNCE
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

Amazing specs and I do believe that now that Canon has something to prove they will deliver in full. That is “full frame” 8K video recording with sound, ibis and full sensor width… @10 bit 422 internally.

Expect full sensor width 4K 120/60/30/24 FPS @10 bit 422. Canon understands that 10 bit 422 are the expected requirements in 2020. They also no doubt recall vividly the shellacking that they took for having a crop in 4K.

Expect class leading IBIS. Canon waited to get it right. Early hands on reports are it is on another level.

Expect no concerns about cannibalization of their other products. The 1DXMK3 is a different camera to this. I own the EOS R and recently sold the 1DXMK2 in anticipation of the new Pro mirrorless from Canon. I can tell you that if you need a 1DXMK3 the R series is no replacement. As for the C500Mk2… no one cross-shopping that against the EOS R5. Completely different use cases.

Expect much improved dynamic range. Canon knows first hand the grief they’ve been getting over having inferior dynamic range.

Expect Log… they understand the mistake it was to leave that out.

Canon admitted they made mistakes. They also stated, in no uncertain terms that they intend to be the dominant brand in the full frame mirrorless space.

Some here are whining about this camera recording 8K… well that’s merely one of many options. Prefer 4K? Select that option and enjoy 4K downsampled from the glorious full width 8K sensor with the benefit of less noise.

This camera is important and wonderful even if you choose not to purchase one. Because only Canon could have motivated the other brands to up their game to the next level. If Sony uses their newly acquired cripple hammer in the mythical A7Sx, they will be laughed out of the business.

This camera is not a shot across the bow… it’s a full on assault. The message is loud and clear… the giant has awoken. A new king is crowned. So what are you gonna do about it (Sony, Nikon, Panasonic)?

Ken
Ken
GuestFebruary 14th, 2020

Haha! I also used to dream about Canon doing the right thing and that dream lasted about 7 years…. and then I bought a BMPCC and never looked back and will never buy another product from those bunch of corrupt old couch potatoes…. Canon is an elitist establishment of slipper fingered tools!!!! So wake up and support yourself not and empty wallet and a dream….

Randy
Randy
GuestFebruary 14th, 2020

Shop smart, shop SMart!

 Ari Kirschenbaum
Ari Kirschenbaum
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

“development announced” = not happening anytime soon. They just released C500II that shoots 6k. Why would Canon, famous for “protecting” their video line, put 8k in a DSLR? Expect a forever “development” until C500II has run its course.

Sam
Sam
GuestFebruary 13th, 2020

Good luck with your 8K workflow in post!

 Rostislav Alexandrov
Rostislav Alexandrov
MemberFebruary 13th, 2020

Very easy. Proxies.

vibe
vibe
GuestFebruary 13th, 2020

Do you even proxy?

Travis Haughton
Travis Haughton
GuestFebruary 13th, 2020

I’m just excited I won’t have to shoot with a Playstation controller. This looks like a real camera. Here’s my full take:

https://wasabiphotography.com/for-photographers/canon-eos-r5-mirrorless-for-wedding-photographers/

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