Since Canon and Nikon joined the mirrorless party, the battle for the top has been heating up. Following the success of the Canon EOS R and RP comes the development announcement of the EOS R5.
This new camera not only challenges everything that has come before but could see Canon back on top when it comes to innovation and desirability.
The EOS R5 has gone all out when it comes to features, most notably 8K video and market-leading image stabilisation.
Many videographers have switched from Canon to other manufacturers due to the limitations of its previous mirrorless cameras. Still, no other camera manufacturer’s bodies have the look and feel of Canon footage.
To see a Canon camera back in the arena with these features is really exciting, if daunting, knowing that a workstation update will also be required to edit that 8K video.
We don’t yet know what frame rates it will record, but previous reports have suggested we can expect 8K at 30fps and 4K at up to 120fps.
Video is, of course, half the story; this is, after all, still a stills camera.
Fast and first-class image capture
With this release, Canon is reaffirming its commitment to the full-frame mirrorless market and the R range of cameras.
The R5 offers high performance that many enthusiasts and pros are looking for with 12fps shooting using the mechanical shutter and an unbelievable 20fps using the electronic shutter.
Canon is also promising that its new image stabilisation system is far superior to anything that has come before.
Canon is suggesting that users can ‘film or shoot without a tripod’ and still achieve your sharpest results. Which is a bold claim. If previous rumours are correct, the EOS R5 will be capable of 5 stops with IBIS alone, and 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilisation.
Could it be as good as GoPro’s HyperSmooth? We’ll have to wait and see.
The Canon EOS R5 will have built-in WiFi, though we don’t yet know if it will be 5GHz WiFi as previously rumoured.
The Canon EOS R5 will also support automatic transfer of image files from the device to Canon’s new image.canon cloud platform. This automatic image transfer makes it easy for people to view their content on other devices when on-the-go. Users can shoot and edit when travelling.
What’s more, the EOS R5 also features dual card slots.
Canon EOS R5 Price & Release Date
Canon’s announcement today was just to reveal the camera’s development, so no official Canon EOS R5 price tag has been revealed. The Canon R5’s price is also further clouded by the fact we also don’t know the resolution of its sensor, among some other gaps in the specs that were announced today.
However, we can probably make a good guess at what the Canon R5 price tag will be based on other cameras in Canon’s range and some rumoured specs from previous months.
Recent rumours suggested the Canon EOS R5 will feature a 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. These same rumours predicted the camera would also feature IBIS and be capable of recording 8K video, both of which were confirmed in today’s development announcement. So a 45-megapixel sensor is looking likely.
This would compete against Nikon’s 45-megapixel Z7, which is priced about £2,500/$2,500. We expect the Canon EOS R5 price tag will come in similarly around the £2,500/$2,500 mark, or possibly a little bit higher given it is Canon’s flagship full-frame mirrorless camera and the EOS R beneath it is priced £2,300/$2,300.
As for availability, we expect to see a Canon EOS R5 release date somewhere around early summer.
Canon EOS R5 lenses
Canon has also announced the launch of the RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM – the latest lens to join Canon’s RF line-up for the EOS R System.
Canon is developing a total of nine RF lenses that are scheduled for release in 2020, including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM and compatible Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x.
What Canon is saying…
Richard Shepherd, Pro Product Marketing Senior Manager, said: “We’re confident that the EOS R5 will shake up the global mirrorless market and we’re excited to see the content photographers and filmmakers will be able to capture with this outstanding new device in their hands.
“This camera highlights our commitment to mirrorless and the need to futureproof photography and filmmaking. We launched the innovative EOS R System in September 2018 with an array of RF lenses and the EOS R, soon followed by more RF lenses, the EOS RP and EOS Ra. The EOS R5 will become the new flagship Canon mirrorless camera, delivering exceptional image quality and video capture.”
Price and more specifications for the EOS R5 to follow soon