Canon EOS R5: price, specs, release date revealed

Canon EOS R5: price, specs, release date revealed
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The Canon EOS R5 price and official specifications have finally been revealed, ending months of speculation since its development announcement.

The Canon EOS R5 price tag will be £4,199.99 / €4849.99 / $3,899, with a release date set for 30 July 2020.

Canon EOS R5 Video

One of the most anticipated new cameras of the year, the Canon EOS R5 brings 8K raw internal video recording at up to 30fps and 8K internal video recording at up to 30fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

What’s more, the option to internally oversample your 8K footage allows you to produce more detailed 4K footage.

The EOS R5 can also record 4K at up to 120fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

It also offers 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ output via HDMI at 4K 60fps.

Canon EOS R5 Sensor & AF

Canon has been drip-feeding specs about the EOS R5 since its announcement as a development project, and one of the last to drop was the camera’s 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.

Coupled with the 45MP sensor is Canon’s DIGIC X image processor, the same technology from Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III.

Canon has also included its next-generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, which promises focusing times of just 0.05secs. Canon says the EOS R5 can also focus in light levels as low as -6EV – which is effectively moonlight.

Canon has used AI algorithms to improve its face and eye detection AF modes, tweaking the algorithm to help keep subjects sharp when they are moving unpredictably within a shallow depth of field.

What’s more, Canon’s AF tracking mode can now recognise cats, dogs and birds in both still and movie modes.

Continuous Shooting

The EOS R5’s speed extends beyond its AF system. With the R5’s mechanical shutter you can shoot at images at full resolution at up to 12fps. Or you can enable the electronic shutter and shoot at up to 20fps in silence.

In-Body Image Stabilisation

For the first time in an EOS camera Canon has included 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, or IBIS. The Canon EOS R5’s IBIS system is designed to work in tandem with the IS system within its RF lenses.

When used in conjunction, a combination of the EOS R5 with an IS-equipped RF lens can provide up to eight stops of stabilisation. Canon says:

The wide diameter of the RF Mount ensures that light continues to reach the entire sensor all the way to the corners, even with the sensor movement introduced with in-body image stabilisation. The 54mm diameter enables RF lenses to be designed with larger image circles facilitating greater movement of the body IS system, meaning some non-IS RF lenses such as the RF 85mm F1.2L USM or RF 28-70mm F2L USM can also achieve up to 8-stops2 of image stabilisation.

Users of EF lenses will experience enhanced IS performance as in-body IS works with IS enabled EF lenses to provide roll and X-Y correction. Even non-IS EF lenses will benefit from the 5-axis correction provided by EOS R5 in-body IS.

Other key specs

The Canon EOS R5 also boasts a 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen with 2.1-million-dot resolution. There’s also a 5.76-million-dot EVF.

The R5 also offers built-in WiFi (5Ghz) and Bluetooth, USB charging and dual card slots (1 CFexpress and 1 SD UHS III).

Canon EOS R5 Price & Release Date

The Canon EOS R5 price tag will be £4,199.99 / €4849.99 / $3,899, with a release date set for 30 July 2020.

You can pre-order the new Canon EOS R5 from retailers such as B&H Photo Video and Adorama in the US, or from Wex Photo Video and Park Cameras in the UK.

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