In February 2020 Canon officially announced the development of the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera. The new Canon EOS R5 camera already listed at Adorama and B&HPhoto. Here are some excerpts from the interview.
Why doesn’t the EOS R5 doesn’t have the EOS R’s Multi-function bar?
“We’ve got the joystick on here, instead of the Multi-function bar. Everybody knows the multi-function bar on the EOS R got a mixed response – some people really got on with it, some people really couldn’t get on with it at all,” he said. “So maybe going with this is a safer bet – more people are used to the multi-controller.”
“Because this is a 5-series, more people at that kind of level will expect functions similar to what you get on a 5D.” he added.
So is that why this camera is called the EOS R5?
“It’s aimed at that level of the market. This isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it’s aimed at that segment of the market,” he said.
“Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we’ve got the R5 now. So it’s all the same sort of level.” he added.
The EOS R5 has impressive video credentials. How does it handle heat issues when shooting 8K video?
“We’ve been doing this for a while now and we’ve learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup. For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other,” he said.
“And being able to dissipate heat using different materials has been something we’ve been pretty proud of on other products. This is something we’ve learnt using both our camera and our video Cinema EOS series with that technology as well,” he added.
“So there’s a lot of technology that we know is now coming together and giving us the ability to really step up these specifications,” he said.
The EOS R5 has Animal Eye AF. Does this work in both video and stills?
“We can’t divulge that at the moment, but what’s really exciting about that for us is that it’s dogs, cats and birds – as far as I’m aware no other manufacturer has mentioned birds in their Animal AF,” he said.
What we know so far about the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera:
- 45MP full frame CMOS sensor
- IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation) 5 stops with IBIS alone
- 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
- 8K video with 29.97fps (30fps)
- No-Crop on 8K video
- Dual Pixel AF available in all 8K models
- 20 fps high-speed continuous shooting (Electric Shutter)
- 12 fps high-speed continuous shooting (Mechanical Shutter)
- Dual media card slots
- Internal recording
- Animal detection autofocus – tracks animal subjects (dogs, cats, birds, etc.) by detecting the body, face, or eye of the subject.
- Scroll wheel added to the back
- No touch bar
- Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
- Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
- Built-in 5GHz WiFi
- New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
- Shipping in July 2020
An obvious question here is whether or not Canon will make an EOS 5D Mark V DSLR camera to replace the popular 5D Mark IV in the future. At the time of writing, I believe the Canon EOS 5D Mark V is coming although I cannot confirm anything.
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