After weeks of speculation, the initial Canon EOS R5 specifications have been announced in a development notice, but what do we make of these specifications, or the design and the possible price? Let me explain everything we know!
My Canon History
As a 10 year Canon user, I have owned quite a few Canon cameras and have had little incentive to move to another brand, until a few years, back when the Sony A7 Mark III almost tempted me from the Canon ecosystem.
I nearly relented, instead opting for the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II. The 1DX was an amazing camera, albeit too heavy, having most of the features I needed and already owning Canon glass.
But what I really wanted was a 5D body, and I’ve been waiting and waiting to jump to mirrorless, but the Canon EOS R and RP just didn’t cut it. Now we are getting the Canon EOS R5 and I’m ready to jump!
Canon EOS R Specs Confirmed
These are the Canon EOS R5 specs confirmed by Canon:
- 8K Video
- 20FPS Electronic Shutter
- 12FPS Mechanical Shutter
- Dual Card Slots
- Scroll Wheel
- No Touch Bar
These are extra Canon EOS R5 specs confirmed by CanonRumors.com and other Canon rumor sites:
- 45mp full-frame CMOS sensor
- 5 stops with IBIS alone
- 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
- Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
- Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
- 8K @ 30fps
- 4K @ 120fps
- 4K @ 60fps
- Built-in 5GHz WiFi
- New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
- Announcement ahead of CP+ next month
- Launching in July 2020 (I’m assuming this means ship date)
- Announcement on or around February 13, 2020
Canon EOS R5 Specifications Explained
The Canon EOS R5 specifications are monstrous, if even 90% of it is true, but this was only an announcement. I will update this as more Canon EOS R5 specs, prices, and other information becomes available.
The recently announced Canon EOS 1DX Mark III has 4K Raw. This is Canon’s flagship professional camera. Even the newly released Canon EOS C500 Mark II doesn’t have 8K video! Will the Canon EOS R5 specifications really include 8K? Let’s delve into this more.
Considering the 1DX Mark III and C500 Mark II, do we really expect full sensor 8K (RAW or not) at 30/60FPS?
We know Canon are known for intentionally crippling the video specs on their cameras to protect their Cinema line. It could actually be 8K but missing functions like autofocus or audio recording, or have time limitations. The time limitations would be due to the heat generated recording at this size.
Canon could be doing a full sensor read but down sampling or pixel binning down to 4k? Maybe the latter. There will almost certainly be some form of crop, maybe 2x, at best maybe 1.6x. Why? We think it will be 45MP, and you need a minimum of 33MP to get 8K, so you need a higher resolution than 33MP to get cropped 8K.
There are thoughts this could be a 8K timelapse mode feature, which would make more sense.
We still do not know if there will be any RAW recording. My personal hope are whatever video features there are, that there has to be a better codec than the bloated Motion JPEG in the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.
Finally! Finally IBIS has arrived to a Canon camera. It has been long overdue and a frustrating bone of contention whenever any Canon camera body was reviewed.
The lack of IBIS, possibly not for landscape users, but portrait and video etc. has been a feature that has possibly led to many former Canon users moving to other camera systems, most notably Sony.
CanonRumors believe there will be 5 stops of IBIS, but when combined with Canon RF lens that have IS, you will get a total of 7-8 stops.
For comparison the Sony A73 has 5.5 stops of IBIS.
Dual Card Slots
Canon has not confirmed which cards will be on the Canon EOS R5. This could be one of the most important variables in the list of Canon EOS R5 specifications.
Like the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III, we may be getting two CFExpress card slots. This would make sense for the 8K video, as the write speeds needed would need to match the requirements to record at this size.
Or like the Canon EOS 1DX Mark II we may get two card slots for two different types of card. In the Canon EOS R5 one might be for a CFExpress and one for a SD card slot.
One possible combination might be for dual SD card slots. I really hope this is not the case. CFExpress cards are the future. They represent high read/write speeds necessary for 4K and 8K video recording.
Canon has listened to its customers. The touch bar, while a novel idea, was just not adopted into many camera users’ workflow.
The ability to customise it notwithstanding, was not enough, with there being limited functions to assign and the functions just not being important.
The space is much better used as a joystick, similar to previous 5D and 1D bodies. Whether we are getting the same joystick as the Canon 1DX Mark III is yet to be determined.
When Will the Canon EOS R5 be Available?
If the Canon EOS R5 is shown at the next CP+2020 photography event, we should be getting this camera in the next few months.
If we use the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III as an example, it was announced on 6th January 2020, to be released in February/March.
Then we should see the first Canon EOS R5 arrivals in June or July. So start saving!
Canon EOS R5 Price
Based on the possibly crazy good Canon EOS R5 specifications list, I expect Canon to retail the camera at least $3499 USD/ £3499 GBP. I would love it to be under $3K but considering these Canon EOS R5 specs I highly doubt it will be less.
Should you get the Canon EOS R5?
Yes! My first professional body was the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, almost ten years ago. This was a revolutionary body, that showed the world what a hybrid DSLR camera was capable of.
For the first time, camera users could film in 1080p video, which meant that professional video was available at a prosumer level.
To this day, the Canon EOS 5D Mark II is still used, it was a used a few years back as a stunt camera in one of my favorite films, Mad Max: Fury Road.
The Canon EOS R5 specifications if they are fully realised, will represent for me an almost similar step forward for Canon and their customers.
This is the camera Canon mirrorless users have been waiting for. Since its inception the RF lens mount has been producing lenses that are of such superior quality that the bodies on offer did not match.
An abundance of professional grade RF lens and three consumer grade mirrorless bodies. Obviously Canon were not in a position in 2018 to provide bodies that matched their standards for a mirrorless body.
It seems in 2020, that is no longer the case with the Canon EOS R6 also on the horizon, a possible successor for the Canon EOS 6D.
Where this leaves the Canon EOS R and RP in the the future Canon camera lineup I do not know, some suggest the R and RP were simply introductory models to test the waters with the available technology at the time.
Where does this fit in the Canon Camera Lineup
As I said, I believe the Canon EOS R was a camera body that Canon introduced as a proof of concept. Possibly their hand was forced with Sony surging ahead in the mirrorless market.
The Canon EOS RP may represent a line to keep building on. If that is the case, this is my guess at the expected Canon mirrorless lineup once Canon has introduced their full lineup:
- Canon EOS R1 (Flagship Sports, Replacing Canon EOS 1DX Mark III)
- Canon EOS R5s (70MP High MP, replacing the Canon EOS 5DSr)
- Canon EOS R5 (Replacing the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV )
- Canon EOS R5a (Replacing the Canon EOS Ra)
- Canon EOS R6 (Replacing the Canon 6D Mark II)
- Canon EOS R? (Canon have said another budget model above the RP is coming)
- Canon EOS RP Mark II
- Canon EOS Rc (APC mirrorless model, Canon have said is coming)
Final Thoughts on the Canon EOS R5 Specifications
This is the one I have been waiting for. I was very tempted when they dropped the price of the Canon EOS R, but I knew this model was on the horizon.
I thought it was going to be the high megapixel camera we have heard a lot about in the rumor mill. Fortunately it’s not. This is it, the mirrorless 5D.
Be sure to keep apprised of this article, I will be posting lots of content on the Canon EOS R5 specs, price and availability. So anything you want to know, please leave in the comments!
Check out my articles for photography techniques for more Canon EOS R5 techniques when it’s available.