Is the Canon EOS R5s a Camera for Real Photographers?

Just make sure you market the Canon EOS R5s for photography and not video, Canon.

2020 has been a year of ups and downs for Canon and their fans. We have been graced with two fine cameras, the EOS R6 and the EOS R5. Unfortunately, Canon’s marketing efforts harmed the excellent EOS R5. Canon pushed the EOS R5 as a camera for hybrid creators (with a massive emphasis on video rather than photography), and it backfired. Still, news about a 90 Megapixel Canon EOS R5s behemoth has surfaced, and if true, this could be the camera Canon photographers start having naughty dreams about. Let’s talk about this after the break.

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According to a recent post on Canon Rumors, a new high-resolution 90MP camera has been put in a tester’s hands. Of course, this camera has no name as of yet, but it has been dubbed the Canon EOS R5s. The S line for Canon has become synonymous with high megapixel sensors. In fact, Canon still has the highest Megapixel DSLRs in the business with the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5DSR. So, it’s not hard to imagine that Canon would want to take the high megapixel crown back from Sony.

What’s Known About the Canon EOS R5s?

Not a lot is known about the camera at present. According to sources who spoke with Canon Rumors, the Canon EOS R5s will have a sensor that’s around 90MP. Apparently, the camera will also have a higher resolution EVF. One can imagine it will be on par with the 9 million dot EVF that can be found in the Sony a7s III. As for other specs, well, that’s a complete mystery. Hopefully, the camera will feature the same great ergonomics, IBIS, and flippy screen found in the EOS R5 and EOS R6. There is no information about potential release dates yet. The camera has apparently just finished phase one of testing. As for the price, your guess would be as good as ours. We’re sure it won’t be cheap though.

Who Will the EOS R5s Appeal To?

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Now, this is a good question. As simple as it may seem, this question needs to be asked seeing as the R5 launch was all kinds of wrong. The 45MP Canon EOS R5 is an excellent camera for stills. We’ve tested and reviewed it, and honestly, photographers should love it. However, thanks to the overselling of its video features, and YouTubers hating on it so that they can get those likes, follows, and subscribers, many photographers seem to be giving the R5 a hard pass.

There’s absolutely no way Canon will market the Canon EOS R5s as anything but a powerhouse for photographers. The current pound for pound king of high-resolution imaging is the Sony a7r IV. At just under $3,200, it’s hard to ignore. As you can imagine, photographers who wanted more detail than they know what to do with have flocked to it.

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Canon will want some of those photographers to come back to their fold. The Canon EOS R5s will likely be capable of producing great video, but Canon will need to put those specs in the small print instead of the camera’s great stills features. If they market the EOS R5s as a Medium Format killer and price it way below cameras like the Fujifilm GFX 100, they would be on to a winner.

It’s Just a Matter of Time

A 90MP Canon EOS R5s will appeal to landscape photographers, architectural photographers, high-end fashion, and product photographers who need to capture intricate details. There’s no doubt in our minds that current RF lenses could resolve that much detail. It will be nice to have a camera that can push those lenses to their limits. The Canon EOS R5s might be nothing but pure speculation right now, but you can bet your bottom dollar that Canon will soon release a high-resolution camera that’s photography forward. After all, they have to keep up with the Joneses. What would you like to see in a high megapixel camera from Canon? Does news about the Canon EOS R5s excite you? 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.