Last Updated on 02/13/2020 by Mark Beckenbach
Hold on to your seat because the reported specs of the Canon EOS R5 are quite special.
Can you hear that? That’s the sound of Sony, Nikon, and every other camera manufacturer shaking in their shutters. We have been hearing about a potential new Canon Mirrorless camera for a while now, and tonight, we share that the Canon EOS R5 is, in fact, real, thanks to a development announcement. We also confirm that it is packing some serious specs. Join us after the break to find out all the juicy details.
The development announcement Canon released doesn’t share all the specifications of the new camera, but they have released just enough information to pique our interest. Earlier this year, it was reported that the new Canon camera would have 8K video and that it would be able to shoot 20 frames per second. The announcement confirms these two features. There are no details in regard to video frame rates or crops and limitations, however. The other big announcements are that the EOS R5 will be the first Canon camera to feature in-body image stabilization and that it will have two card slots! Yay! It’s about time.
The specs Canon released are enough to send the internet and Canon fans into a tizzy for sure, and for a good reason. The fact that the EOS R5 will reportedly be able to shoot 20 frames per second with its electronic shutter and 12 frames per second with the mechanical shutter means that the EOS R5 will be able to take on cameras like the Sony a9 II.
There is no wording on what sensor the Canon EOS R5 will feature, nor is there any information regarding price yet. One thing is for sure though; the Canon EOS R5 is shaping up to be the camera Canon fans have wanted for some time. Canon has gorgeous RF mount glass, like the RF 85mm f1.2 pictured above, and it sounds like those lenses will finally be getting a camera that can get the most out of them. The EOS R5 is slated to launch in the summer of 2020, so we are sure more information will be hitting the web at some point in the near future.
Here’s the press release!
The Company Will Also Develop Seven RF Lenses and Two RF Lens Extenders in 2020
MELVILLE, NY, February 12, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera. The camera will feature a newly designed CMOS sensor and new image processor, along with new state-of-the-art optical technologies the company has been able to cultivate through its long history of groundbreaking camera and digital imaging solutions development. In addition, Canon plans to release seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders that are currently in development. These new photography tools will help to continue to strengthen the EOS R system and cement the RF mount as an industry leader.
“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 (FPS) when using the silent shutter and up to approximately 12 FPS 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. 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 and will support the automatic transfer of image files from the device to the new image.canon cloud platform.
Alongside the EOS R5, Canon is also developing seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders scheduled for release during 2020, including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x.
A preview of the EOS R5 will be on display at the 2020 WPPI Show (February 25-27) in Las Vegas.