If you follow the camera market even casually, you probably know by now that there hasn’t been any upcoming camera in recent history which is as anticipated and hyped as Canon’s upcoming EOS R5. PetaPixel says that the revealed info clearly speaks “why this camera is set to be the most revolutionary Canon product since the debut of the 5D Mark II”. Now I know this website is all about gaming, computer hardware, consoles among other things. Talking about a camera doesn’t particularly fit in but the Canon EOS R5 is potentially a landmark so I thought we could make an exception for this camera. Plus if possible I would like to occasionally delve into this realm in the distant future.
This beast of a Canon camera will support 4k video recording up to 120p and 8k at 24p/30p. This is along with 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log (all at H.265 encoding), no crop factor, and their ever-dependable full dual pixel autofocusing system. You can also do 4k60 external HDMI recording should you wish to, they have you covered. The Body has 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) and it houses one CFast express and one UHS-II SDcard slot. The fact that this camera can shoot 8k 30p RAW video alone makes it a total game-changer. Although this is a powerful camera it is safely presumable not to be a successor to the EOS R. I still expect an EOS R Mark II from Canon.
Up until now filmmakers and videographers have been relying on cinema cameras from well-known brands like RED and ARRI, industry famous names, and heavily utilized in professional environments. Many of them solely due to their requirement of some particular resolution. The existence of the Canon R5 while may not disrupt their influence directly because there is more to a camera than just resolution and focusing system, but it will surely make an impact, more for those people who need the 8k resolution and didn’t have a portable camera body that is capable to handle it. The R5 sends a message, modern cameras are catching up to high-end cinema gear. The R5’s existence also makes it possible for more people to expand their creative content to a higher standard of quality.
This also creates pressure on competing brands like Sony and Panasonic who also manufacture cameras heavily oriented towards video usage, which probably means multiple cameras similar to if not better than the Canon EOS R5 in the next few years, and the spoke will probably keep turning smooth for some time. More options for everyone who won’t change their entire kit to Canon but want something of this caliber.
Also, it is easy to forget that this camera will have some setbacks as does every camera there is. Recording in 8k30 can be taxing and it’s safe to say the camera will generate heat. Now a question can arise about how does the camera control heat over a long recording session. What other corners did they cut while making the R5? There are actually more questions than answers.
But picture this, the ambitiousness speaks a lot about what it might look like a decade later. Maybe we’ll get 4k120 and 6k24 at prices where cameras can only do 1080p60. Maybe we’ll have smartphones sometime down the line which will be able to record compressed 8k. All this while the camera industry moves to the next big thing. The possibilities are endless and the upcoming R5 might just be the first page of this revolution.
Unfortunately, we don’t have all the answers yet and have to wait for the actual release. For now, there is no word from Canon about the pricing or availability. You can check out Canon’s Virtual Press Conference for some more technical details on the R5. They also announced details on the C300 Mark III cinema camera and new cinema lenses.