Canon EOS R5 Review-Update 11/07/2020
After enough media speculation to rival a general election, the Canon EOS R5 has finally been unveiled. The R5 has long promised to be the ultimate performance machine and the specs sheet has not disappointed. Canon users who stuck to the system are feeling vindicated while Sony users are placing all their bets on the upcoming Sony event hoping that Sony can pull a R5 killer from the hat.
So let’s take a look at the specifications first,
- 45MP full-frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
- 8K video, with an option for Raw or 10-bit 4:2:2 C-log or HDR PQ
- Up to 4K/120p, or oversampled 4K up to 30p
- 100% coverage Dual Pixel II AF system with human and animal detection tuned by machine learning
- 12 fps / 20 fps bursts (mech/elec. shutter)
- 5.76M-dot OLED EVF with a 120fps max refresh rate
- 3.2″ 2.1M-dot fully articulating touchscreen
- 10-bit HDR photos in HEIF format
- 1x CFExpress slot, 1x UHS-II SD slot
- Claimed weather-sealing to EOS 5D Mark IV levels
- 2.4/5Ghz Wi-FI with Bluetooth and FTP connectivity
- CIPA rated to around 320 shots (using EVF)
The Canon EOS R5 boasts a brand new 45MP image sensor. The new sensor paired with the super-fast Digic X processor bestows the EOS R5 with some serious capabilities. This includes a zippy 12fps burst using the mechanical shutter and 20fps using the electronic one. As far as the dynamic range goes, Canon says it is a one-stop better than the sensor in the EOS R. Also the sensor readout speed has been greatly increased to reduce rolling shutter.
The cameras buffer rate is considerable (180 RAW captures using a CFExpress card & 87 RAW on UHS-II SD at 12 fps). The storage format by default is CR3.
Canon EOS R5 8K Performance
The Canon EOS R5 boasts impressive 8K performance for a consumer-level camera. It manages to capture 8K in RAW, All-I or IPB compression, at 30fps. The record limit is 29 minutes and 59 seconds. This is particularly impressive as the Canon EOS R5 does not have any cooling fans integrated into the body. So external conditions will play a big role when recording 8K as camera cool-down time will have to be taken into consideration.
|Frame rate||Compression type||Bitrate (8-bit 4:2:0 mode)||Bitrate (10-bit 4:2:2 modes)||Bitrate Raw|
|8K DCI||Raw||—||—||2600 Mbps|
|All-I||1300 Mbps||1300 Mbps||—|
|IPB||470 Mbps||680 Mbps||—|
|8K UHD||All-I||1300 Mbps||1300 Mbps||—|
|IPB||470 Mbps||680 Mbps||—|
|4K DCI /|
|All-I||1880 Mbps||1800 Mbps||—|
|All-I||940 Mbps||1000 Mbps||—|
|IPB||230 Mbps||340 Mbps||—|
|All-I||470 Mbps||470 Mbps||—|
|IPB||120 Mbps||170 Mbps||—|
|Full HD||All-I||180 Mbps||230 Mbps||—|
|IPB||60 Mbps||90 Mbps||—|
|All-I||90 Mbps||135 Mbps||—|
|IPB||30 Mbps||45 Mbps||—|
|IPB Light||12 Mbps||28 Mbps||—|
* 24.00p is only available for DCI 4K in both full-sensor and APS-C modes
• Green box indicates the option of oversampled footage:
In addition to full-frame capture, the R5 can shoot DCI or UHD 4K from 5.1K and 4.8K (approx) APS-C regions.
At 29.97/24.00/23.98p the camera has an ‘HQ’ option that provides 2:1 oversampling from full-frame 8K capture.
Canon EOS R5 Latest Update
Canon released more, seriously mindblowing, details about the video capabilities of the upcoming Canon EOS R5. The EOS R5 manages to capture 8K/30p RAW from the full width of its sensor. even more impressive however and something which videographers will actually find useful is the 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log. Now, this indicates some serious power under the hood. Canon has promised that this is not everything and there are more updates to come. And guess what, we are waiting eagerly.
Newly Announced Details of The Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera include:
- 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
- 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
- 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
- No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.*
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
- Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
- A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
- Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.
Canon EOS R5 Review
By the end of 2019, Canon had announced the development of a new Full Frame Mirrorless Camera which would challenge and leave behind the best in the high-end mirrorless segment. Canon Executives hinted as much within hours of officially announcing the EOS 1D X Mk3. Rumours then suggested a high-resolution sensor of around 75MP.
Now after scores of leaks, Canon has confirmed the existence of the High-End Canon EOS R5. Despite not confirming the sensor resolution, what little was announced left everyone tingling with excitement.
Now Canon does have some great mirrorless full-frame cameras, like the EOS R and the EOS RP, however, they do need a camera which can match the Nikon Z7 and the Z6, the Sony A7R 4, and the Lumix S1 and S1R.
The precedent set by the Canon EOS 1D X Mk3 is anything to go by, then the EOS R5 should be nothing short of a Giant Killer. Taking the rumours into consideration and the R5 is looking like what can be easily called as the most powerful Full Frame mirrorless camera to date.
Now let’s take a look at what confirmed specifications we have so far,
Canon EOS R5: The Design
The image released by Canon externally resembles the EOS R greatly. However, Canon Rumours stated that the multi-function touch bar has been removed and replaced by a scroll wheel at the back.
There is also supposed to be a larger, more powerful battery, but how it impacts the size is still to be seen.
Canon EOS R5: Sensor, Processor and other specs
Rumour suggests a new 45MP sensor. Taking into account the reported 8K video capture capability, the camera will require at least a 40MP sensor.
The EOS R5 should come with the new Digic X processor that debuted in the EOS 1D X MK3. Also, Canon has confirmed that the upcoming device will be capable of shooting stills at 12 FPS bursts using the mechanical shutter and 20 FPS using the silent shutter or in Live View.
Although Canon’s High-End Cine cameras have 8K recording, it’s the first time such a capability will be coming to a consumer device. Canon expects its consumers to use this capability to extract oversampled 4K video and very high resolution still images.
We still don’t have details of whether the camera will be able to capture 8K RAW footage or will there be a crop factor to take into consideration. We will actually have to wait till actual device release to get an idea of its true capabilities.
Canon EOS R5: IBIS
Another first for Canon will be the in-body image stabilization. Canon has always relied on in-lens stabilization before and avoided any form of IBIS. However, with the EOS R5, Canon has joined the IBIS bandwagon. Although details are still pending, however, Canon Rumours has reported that the R5’s IBIS would lend around 5 stops of stabilization which would increase to around 7–8 stops of stability when used with the in-lens stabilization.
Canon EOS R5: Pricing and Availability
Rumours indicate availability by July 2020 with no details about pricing. However, since the R5 is designed to take on the Nikon Z7 and the Sony A7R 4, pricing should be in the neighbourhood of $3500.
Canon EOS R5: Conclusion
If the rumours are true, then Canon has a Monster waiting to be released. The EOS R5 (if True to Rumours) will be a game-changing entry from Canon and is guaranteed to make things really exciting in the world of Cameras. With Canon’s reputation and market share, the R5 can make a huge dent in their competitor’s sales potential and make many non-Canon users switch systems. It is going to be an exciting 2020.
Canon EOS R5: Update
Following an official statement by Canon, we now have an updated and most importantly a confirmed specs list for what is the most awaited Camera ever,
The EOS R5 will be able to shoot 8K 30p without crop.
All 8K modes the EOS R5 will support Dual Pixel AF.
The EOS R5 will feature advanced animal AF that will be able to recognize animal eyes, but also the face and body when the eyes are not visible.
In-body image stabilization (this will be Canon’s first camera with IBIS)
twin memory card slots
20fps burst shooting with an electronic shutter
12fps burst shooting with a mechanical shutter
Fold-out LCD screen