Canon Reveals Development of EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

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Photographers have asked, and asked, and asked, and Canon finally has an answer to Whats next for its mirrorless system?” That answer is the EOS R5. This camera isnt here quite yet, but Canon is revealing some key details and information with todays development announcement. Theres 8K, in-body stabilization, high-speed imaging—and thats just the tip of the iceberg. Many new lenses are on their way in 2020, as well, with an RF 100-500mm and teleconverters being previewed today.

Please Note: Canon has released limited information on the upcoming EOS R5 and RF lenses. All current specifications are available in this article and we will provide additional information when it becomes available.

Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

Update: March 13, 2020

Additional information has been released about the upcoming EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, building more anticipation and excitement surrounding Canon’s forthcoming flagship model. Canon has confirmed the ability to record 8K video internally, at up to 30p, using the entire width of the sensor. Also, 8K recording modes will benefit from the sensor’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF design for especially smooth, quick, and intelligent focusing performance. The autofocus system will also support advanced animal-detection modes for recognizing dogs, birds, and cats, with the ability to detect the animals’ eyes, faces, and even bodies for instances when the face is not visible.

These new additions complement the already announced specifications from Canon, including 12 fps continuous shooting with a mechanical shutter, 20 fps with an electronic shutter, in-body image stabilization, dual memory card slots, and advanced wireless file sharing from the camera body.

We’re looking forward to more information being released about the EOS R5 as we get closer to its formal release.

Feb 13, 2020

When the EOS R system was first released, Canon hailed it as “a new chapter in the history of EOS.” With the early specs of the upcoming EOS R5 camera, I think it might be fitting to start a new book. Making full use of the mirrorless design, the EOS R5 aims to bring users “Speed, Comfort, and High Image Quality.” This means it will be fast shooting, have top-of-the-line image quality, and bring some much requested features to make the workflow even better.

The details we are getting today include the introduction of a newly developed full-frame CMOS sensor at the heart of the R5. No doubt that this is what unlocks many of the newest functions. Specifically, Canon says the camera will be able to reach 20 fps using an electronic shutter and 12 fps with a mechanical shutter. That 20 fps figure should be particularly impressive, considering Canon’s flagship EOS-1D X Mark III offers that same maximum speed. The new R5 even steps up video, offering 8K recording options. Having such a high-resolution video mode allows users to extract high-resolution stills or make the best use of the extra resolution to generate even better 4K footage.

Another major addition to the R5 is an in-body image stabilization system, a first for Canon’s interchangeable-lens cameras. It will even work in tandem with select RF lenses equipped with their own stabilizers. As for workflow benefits coming with the new camera, Canon has seen fit to place dual card slots on this model, and it will be able to transfer images automatically to the upcoming image.canon cloud platform.

Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Lens

Scheduled for release in April 2020, the image.canon cloud platform will help photographers improve their post workflows. Select Wi-Fi enabled cameras, such as the upcoming R5, will be able to upload images and videos automatically to the cloud, in full quality. Then, users can access the files for 30 days, transfer them to other cloud services, share to social media, or move into the service’s 10GB of long-term storage. It seems to be a nice, modern post solution for professionals and enthusiasts. It’ll be interesting to see how this works when it is finally available.

RF Extender 1.4x

It’s not a ton of information, but enough to make many of us very excited for more details when the camera and service are officially launched. If you want a preview of the camera, Canon will be showing off an early model at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, from February 27 through March 2, and at WPPI in Las Vegas from February 25-27.

RF Extender 2x

Not only the camera is being previewed today, but seven new RF lenses and two teleconverters are on their way. The most eye-grabbing, and the only one for which we get a full name, is the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM, the first big white lens to reach into true super-telephoto territory for Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. There is even going to be an Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x to give a serious boost to the reach of select RF lenses when you need it. We don’t have any specific details on the other lenses slated for 2020, but it looks like Canon is going to be busy all year.

All of these products are still in development, so let me tell you about some other Canon items that were announced today that should be available very soon. We may as well get started with the other EOS R system item: the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens. This is a compact, lightweight, and versatile zoom that can be an everyday, one-lens shooting solution. Next is a new DSLR! The EOS Rebel T8i is an ideal entry-level option for photography enthusiasts and vloggers. And, finally, we have the SELPHY QX10 Compact Photo Printer, a pocketable, connected printer that can pop out 2.7" square images wherever you want to share with friends and family. You can learn more about them in our announcement.

So? What do you think about Canons upcoming releases? I think they have incredible potential and, if they turn out to be as good as Canon says, they have the potential to upend the camera market. Please be sure to leave your thoughts in the Comments section, below!

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Having gotten rid of my 5D Mark IV and 5D sr, I've been very happy to carry a pair of EOS R's on my Cotton Carrier vest.  Absolutely in LOVE with the 35mm, 24-105, 70-200, and 15-35.  I'm looking forward to the new camera body, and more megapixels.  I don't expect it to beat the color of my 1DX Mark II, but whatever Canon releases, I'm ready to give it a try.

Too little too late. Too conservative approach.

Why does this camera body appear to have a pentaprism ?  Certainly not a svelte looking design by any means.

I'm guessing it would be a good location for an antenna for communication.  Wi-fi?

Here is my one question/requirement...
Can autofocus tracking system work in the Viewfinder or will it only be available in Live Mode??
This has been the one thing I require that my DSLR can't provide. I don't use Live Mode unless I can't get a particular shot, I am very loyal to my Viewfinder.

Unfortunately, Canon has not yet released any information on this feature. As soon as they do, we will update accordingly. 

When will these cameras be available in the market? Which month can be found right ??

At this time we do not have a release date.  To stay informed on the release date of this camera, you may sign up for our e-mail newsletter here:

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Any idea what this R5 is gonna cost?  and What frame Rates are we getting?  4k60 or 120? 

Unfortunately, we have no information beyond what was shared. All we can do is guess.

I love my EOS R bought in December. Disappointed to see it may be obsolete sooner than later. Very interested in the lens 100 to 500 mm. My camera does 6fps but going to 20fps is exciting. The RF extenders also would be a plus for nature photography. Waiting to see the price points for new products.

I spent way too much money on gear these last months but I am definitely getting one. I have been waiting for this camera since I am a Canon shooter and this will likely kick my 5D mkIV out of the bag/house. My R will be the backup and second camera for some video jobs. Considered switching to Sony a few times but I would have lost too much money and once these amazing RF lenses started to come out and I was able to see Canon's commitment to a mirrorless camera lineup I decided to stay. I am glad I did. So excited to see the final specs.

Great to see a step up from the EOS R. I hope they can flush out the bugs quickly and get it to market for evaluations. Agree with Jared R.; looking for total specs. Time to switch to mirrorless. 

Because the R5 would be a significant technological upgrade for their Olympic photo pros, they need to get it in their hands ASAP to shake out the bugs. No pro will stake their careers on bodies & lenses that has only been on the market a couple of months. What dates have you been given?

Unfortunately, the only information we have is what Canon has shared publicly in their press releases. We will of course send updates whenever Canon releases more information. The best way to be alerted is to head to the product page and sign up to be notified.

Definitely interested into RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L as it's a really nice and probably much better lens than 3rd parties 150-600, but 7.1 seems a bit slow, especially for this kind of reach. If the autofocus is still limited to f8, using the TC 1.4 would make it unusable. I would be surprise they go down that route so maybe they are planning for an overall much better focusing system ?

The current EOS R is able to focus at up to f/11 at all points, meaning the 1.4x Extender and 100-500mm should work no problem with the R5 (assuming the AF system is as good or better than the current model). I would also hope that Canon has accounted for the use of teleconverters considering they announced them at the same time. But I guess we will have to wait and see.

7.1 at 500 is only 2/3 stop slower than 5.6 at 400 on the EF 100-400 f4.5-5.6L IS (4-stops) II USM, if the new RF 100-500 f4.5-7.1L IS (? 5-stops) USM is 5.6 at 400 (the same as the current EF lens), with a probable better optical formula (MTF curves), and the added 100mm of reach, it will be a gem. 

The plus is that with these specs, it will be a smaller lens than had they built a RF 100-500 f3.5-5.6 IS.  Balance and ergonomics are key.  A big, heavy lens with an 82 or 105 mm front will also be far more expensive to build.  And it doesn't look like the R5 will be that big of a body, so people will complain about it being too heavy.   Personally, I love the size and feel of my 5DIII, I was hoping for a larger R5 form factor, but small and light is all the rage.

The other option is to purchase the EF lens and use the adapter, my biggest question is what will be the cost? $2399-2599????  I purchased the EF today, but am having second thoughts.  Pluses:  I can use it on my DSLRs, and adapt it to my R and RP, minus:  optics likely won't be as good,  which leave me wondering about the cost.  I can't make an informed decision without knowing the price, ugh. Do I cancel my order?  Or will the new lens cost $600-800 more, in which case I would probably be happier with the EF for now.

Absolutely interested in the EOS R5 as soon as it's available.  Still waiting for more specs because I'd like to know WHAT TYPE OF CARDS it will use.

It looks like it's going to be a solid camera from the previewed specs. We can't wait to get all the answers to our questions either.

With the specs already given, at least 1 slot will have to be CF express.  I would think the second would be an SD slot to keep expenses down for folks. 

Nice to know the R5 is coming, but that's kinda like saying there's a new iPhone coming.  We know that.  More camera spec details would be nice,  and when will it be available.

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