Canon EOS R5: Get excited [Specs, Price & Release Date]

Gear Jul 06, 2020

The Canon EOS R5 shoots 8K videos at 30 FPS without cropping. It has a 45 MP imaging sensor, and features intelligent animal tracking. These are eye-catching highlights from the upcoming beast of a camera that Canon has in the works.

And it’s coming soon.

Weeks and months of delays and postponements made us nervous. By now, most of us are dying from the excitement.

Well, wait no longer.

Leaks show that Canon will soon announce their revolutionary EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras. This will make waves throughout the entire photography community. And it will definitely cement Canon as a brand to beat in 2020.

We’ve collected everything you should know about the new full-frame mirrorless flagship.

Read to find out:

  • What’s new
  • Release date & rumours
  • Price points
  • Specs
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Canon fanatics are holding their breaths before the release of the EOS R5

Canon EOS R5 Release Date & Rumours

Canon will unveil the EOS R5 and R6 on July 9th. The rumors put the shipping dates in August or September. But we will get final clarification soon.

Stay tuned. We’ll update this article as new information comes out.

What’s new about the EOS R5

Canon hasn’t yet revealed too much about their new flagship offering. But we can put together the pieces from official announcements, rumors, and previews.

Read on to find out why your heart should be beating at warp speed until the 9th of July.

It will shoot in 8K at 30FPS

The EOS R5 features a groundbreaking level of image quality. We’re talking jawdropping resolutions at smooth FPS. The new mirrorless camera will shoot 8K video at up to 30FPS.

Let's pause here.

8K video. At 30 FPS. Uncropped, using the full frame of the sensor.

That’s a statement in itself.

Canon calls it a new era in image quality. And it will definitely bring cinematic level quality into the hands of everybody. Every other camera producer must be feeling the fierce competitive pressure by now.

Some might call 8K overkill. And it might be for most people. But Canon seems to think that’s the way the filmmaking world is heading. The technological progress is a sight to behold in any case.

If you need a smaller resolution at high FPS, the EOS R5 is still your friend.

4K at 120FPS and amazing stills

At 4K, the camera will capture at up to 120FPS. All this comes from the new 45MP sensor with a 12 fps shutter (20 for digital). The sensor will shoot stills in incredible quality. Especially sports shooters will enjoy these stills and high-quality filming.

In short, Canon is stepping up their game in the realm of mirrorless cameras. Any new camera released in 2020 has a lot to live up to.

Double memory cards and more connectivity

Now, better resolution means larger file sizes. Other newer offerings only have CFexpress compatibility. This forces photographers to adopt the new pricier format compared to good old SD cards. And you don’t always need the premium features of CFexpress.

The EOS R5 supports both SD UHS-II and CFexpress memory cards, giving you the freedom to choose. And the ability to get more mileage out of your old storage cards.

On top of this, the camera features full WiFi connectivity. You can store your files in the cloud. The 5Ghz wifi connection allows you to upload even large files at blistering speeds while out on a shoot.

The EOS R5 also has standard Bluetooth connectivity.

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How will the new EOS R5 compare to the rest of the Canon line-up?

Stability

Canon has never been very fond of stabilization. Instead of having it in-body, the lens had to do the stabilizing job.

The EOS R5 is about to break this trend. The new body features 5-axis IBIS (in-body image stabilization). What makes it unique is how it works in tandem with the lens. It rises to 7-8 stops with in-lens stabilization.

For all you handheld camera lovers out there, this should be a dream come true.

Advanced animal autofocus

We all love taking photos of animals. But as both wildlife photographers and pet owners know, it can be a pain. This led to a lot of camera makers developing animal autofocus features. Wildlife photographers especially enjoy this feature.

The Canon EOS R5 is about to leapfrog this. The camera will not only track and focus on animals in the shot. It will recognize cats, dogs, and birds by eyes, body shape, or face.

They call it Advanced Animal AF.

An amazing feat of technology that makes snapping our furry and feathery friends much easier. We are still waiting to see how it will work on video and if it will even work on 8K.

Design

Fans of the EOS R will be happy to hear that there are heaps of similarities between it and the R5.

In fact, the top plate is almost identical to the original EOS R.

We got the fan-favorite LCD screen and the buttons you know and love. The body is a bit bigger, but that comes as no surprise considering the IBIS.

The rear brings to mind another of the series 5 cameras: the 5D Mark IV. A “rate” button allows you to quickly rank the best photos while you still have your camera in hand.

Add to this the classic control wheel, and even the most critical fans should be content.

Canon mixes the old & the new

Canon has listened to its critics. They reinstated the AF joystick instead of the EOS R’s very polarizing touchbar.

In that sense, the new EOS R5 is the best of both worlds. The mirrorless functionality and lightweight design married with the classic DSLR offerings.

Conclusion: It’s time to get excited

The incredible specs and the tech overhauls make the EOS R5 one of Canon’s most potent offerings yet.

But it might also be one of the best cameras we’ve seen. Ever. Especially at that price point.

While 8K filming isn’t unheard of, a RED 8K 60 FPS-capable camera will land you closer to the 60,000 USD mark than the 4,000. And it’ll be just a little bit bulkier.

The EOS R5 is a camera to watch out for. It’ll please professional photographers and amateurs alike.

Price: Canon EOS R5

The price of this upcoming powerhouse is one of the missing puzzle pieces. Leaks from an Australian vendor suggest a price of 6700 USD, but other reports put it at a more manageable 4,000 USD.

We are definitely dealing with a high-end camera meant for the professional. Or the gear-conscious amateur.

Specs

  • Imaging sensor: 45mp
  • 5-axis IBIS that works with optical image stabilization:
  • 5 stops with IBIS
  • 7-8 stops of correction with IBIS and in-lens stabilization
  • Frames per second: 12fps (20fps electronic shutter)
  • Video features:
  • 4K at 120fps
  • 4K @at60fps
  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) and 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4K internal 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
  • 8K and 4K video capture without crop factor
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K modes
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes
  • Dual card slots: CFexpress and SD UHS-II
  • 5GHz WiFi

New Canon lenses for the EOS R5

On 9th July, Canon should announce not just the two new fantastic cameras, but also a whole range of lenses and extra equipment. Take a look right here:

  • Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM
  • Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
  • Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
  • Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM

Daniel Sand

Co-founder & CEO of Wedio, and on a mission to keep great stories alive. I am a data-driven and curious digital marketing nerd with a soft spot for great video storytelling.