Op ED: The Canon EOS R5 Will Be What the 5D Series Was to DSLRs

The Canon EOS R5 is shaping up to be one of the greatest cameras Canon has released in a very long time.

The Canon EOS R5 is one of, if not the, most highly anticipated camera of 2020. We’ve been wowed with the specs Canon has disclosed so far, and drooled over the EOS R5 images Canon released. As a fan of photography, it is hard not to get excited about Canon’s new pro-body camera. Now, more images of Canon’s next big thing have hit the web, and it makes us even more excited for the camera that could shake up the Mirrorless camera market. Could the EOS R5 do for Mirrorless cameras what the 5D series done for DSLRs? Let’s talk about this after the break.

Ask any photographer who has shot with Canon cameras what their favorite Canon body is/was, and, more than likely, they will tell you it was one of Canon’s 5D series of cameras. A little over a decade ago (2008 to be precise), Canon was hitting it out of the DSLR park thanks to the EOS 5D Mk II. This camera single-handedly gave Canon the camera crown, and then the 5D Mk III cemented Canon’s position at the top of the pack further before they lost it to Sony in the following years. Now, Canon it seems, after sleeping for so long, is finally ready to take that crown back from Sony, and the Canon EOS R5 just might be the camera to make it happen.

Everything that made the Canon 5D series so revered looks to be present in the new Canon EOS R5. The Canon 5D Mk II led the way when it came to overall build quality, sensor performance, image quality, and it packed industry-leading video capabilities thanks to the inclusion of 1080p video. The video was so good it single-handedly knocked the filmmaking industry to the floor.

Then in 2012, the 5D Mk III just continued to batter the competition thanks to an improved sensor, incredible low light capabilities, better all-around performance, ergonomics to die for and the same workhorse like qualities that made the 5D II so great. When the 5D4 rolled around, Canon was starting to lose its way, but the 5D Mk IV was still a great camera that boasted a powerful sensor and the inclusion of 4K video. The 5D series, for many years, set the standard for all other cameras to beat.

Canon EOS R5

Now, Canon’s EOS R5 looks to pick up where the 5D series left off. The camera will look to shake up the video world by offering 8K video in some capacity, and it will be able to rattle off twenty frames per second which is more than enough for any pro photographer. The Canon EOS R5 will also bring back two card slots, and it will feature IBIS which will work in conjunction with lens IS as well. Couple these things with the great ergonomics that Canon cameras have, and tank-like build qualities, and you can see why the EOS R5 has sent shockwaves through the industry before it’s even out of its development stage.

Canon EOS R5

A recent post over at Canon Rumors shared new images of the Canon EOS R5 that DC Watch got their hands on. The images show off the Canon EOS R5 in all of its glory, and while it may look quite similar to the EOS R, some slight changes will delight users. The awkward Touchbar has been removed, and a joystick is in its place. The D-Pad from the EOS R has been replaced with the much-loved jog dial that made the 5D series of cameras so great to use.

The camera looks like it will have the same or a very similar grip to the one which makes the EOS R pleasant to use too. The EOS R5 looks like a 5D series camera, and it will be packing tech that is worthy of the 5D comparison too, and this is why so many people are so excited about this camera. The EOS R5 could be the rebirth of Canon, and this is a good thing for everyone.

Canon EOS R5

Not much else is known about the Canon EOS R5 just yet, but there could be new announcements about the camera very soon, especially as it could be launching this summer. What do you think about the upcoming Canon EOS R5? Will the R5 set the new standard for Mirrorless cameras in the same way that the 5D series did for DSLRs? Let us know in the comment section below.

Brett Day

Brett Day is the Gear Editor at The Phoblographer and has been a photographer for as long as he can remember. Brett has his own photography business that focuses on corporate events and portraiture. In his spare time, Brett loves to practice landscape and wildlife photography. When he's not behind a camera, he's enjoying life with his wife and two kids, or he's playing video games, drinking coffee, and eating Cheetos.