Last night Canon held a virtual press conference where the Japanese camera maker showcased two new pieces of hardware. The first was the C300 Mark III, which is designed with cinematographers in mind. Of more interest to us, and prosumers, is the new EOS R5 mirrorless camera.
This is the same offering that Canon confirmed it was working on in February, but now the company has revealed more details and specifications as to what this device can do.
If we look back at some of Canon’s other R-branded mirrorless cameras, they performed solidly, but lacked some of the high-powered elements that Nikon and Fujifilm placed in their offerings.
Taking a gander at some of the specifications that Canon is touting on the EOS R5, that does not seem to be an issue this time around.
For starters, the EOS R5 features a newly developed full frame CMOS sensor and accompanying dual pixel autofocus. The precise megapixels on offer is unknown right now, but Canon has run through some of the photo and video capabilities of the device.
To that end the company is claiming 8K RAW video recording an up to 29.97fps. Added to this is 5-axis in-body image stabilisation, which should be handy for those wanting to do sports or wildlife photography with the EOS R5.
“Last month we revealed specs confirming that we have achieved the ‘impossible’ with the EOS R5. Today, we go one step further in showing we are challenging the market and showcasing our unparalleled strength – revealing the camera will offer video recording capabilities unseen in any other mirrorless camera,” notes Canon’s pro product marketing senior manager, Richard Shepherd.
“With its ability to record in cinema industry-standard formats and codecs, the EOS R5 is an ideal lead camera for many productions but also, given its compatibility with cinema workflows, the camera will shoot comfortably on high-end production sets,” he adds.
Sadly, Shepherd did not reveal when the EOS R5 would hit our shores or indeed how much it would cost, but it is expected that the mirrorless camera will be available in limited quantity in selected regions come June, with a wider release to follow.
You should also start saving up to buy one, if you’re not doing so already.