A High-End RF-Mount Camera: Canon Announces the Development of the New Flagship EOS R5 with 8K Video and IBIS

Rumors about a new high-end Canon EOS R mirrorless camera have been appearing everywhere on the Internet for quite a while now. Now, 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.”

Being a development announcement, we only get a teaser, but what little was revealed has us all tingling with excitement.

“Today’s announcement comes as a direct result of the tireless effort of Canon engineers who have been tasked with developing the next generation of Canon EOS R camera and RF lenses to help elevate the popular system that was announced in 2018,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from a variety of photographers. The outcome is a camera and lenses that will delight a variety of shooters and further helps to demonstrate Canon’s commitment to full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.”

The EOS R System was initially developed to provide engineers with the ability to design lenses that were thought to be impossible to create previously. The wide lens mount diameter, shorter back focus, and high-speed system for transmitting data between camera and lens have resulted in an imaging system that delivers higher image quality and greater ease-of-use than ever before.

The new full-frame mirrorless camera currently under development will fully leverage the advantages of the EOS R System, helping to produce a camera that features high-speed continuous shooting and 8K video recording. Furthermore, the camera will provide photographers with more efficient workflows thanks to improved transmission functionality, operability, and reliability. These enhancements, along with many others, will help to further elevate and solidify the EOS Series concept of “Speed, Comfort, and High-Image-Quality.”

Canon’s EOS R5, the first of the next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras planned for EOS R System, will include a newly developed CMOS sensor. The new sensor will enable enhanced features such as high-speed continuous shooting up to approximately 20 frames-per-second when using the silent shutter and up to approximately 12fps when using the mechanical shutter – A feature professional sports and wildlife photographers will find to be extremely impactful on their ability to capture fast-moving subjects.

From a video perspective, the camera’s 8K video capture capability will prepare videographers for the future of movie-making-capturing 8K footage today allows for even higher-quality 4K productions in addition to the ability to extract high-resolution still images from the video footage.
To natively sample 8K video (usually defined as 7680 x 4320 pixels) would require a 7680 x 5120 pixel sensor. This being the case, if the 8K isn’t cropped, we can make a pretty good guess that the effective resolution of the R5 will be around 40-megapixel.

The EOS R5 will be the first Canon camera equipped with IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) and when used in conjunction with the extremely effective in-lens stabilization (IS), will allow photographers to handhold the camera in light levels not previously imagined. Additionally, the camera will also feature dual-card slots.

That’s all we know for now, though a “preview” of the EOS R5 will apparently be on display at WPPI in Vegas at the end of February.
More info on Canon’s website.

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