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Canon EOS R5 the new-age 5D Mk II?

Canon has continued to fuel the hype train for its upcoming EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera, this week trickling out a bit more on the video specs, which apparently include 8K RAW recording.

The latest announcement comes just over a month after Canon Australia came out with a press release to ‘shut down speculation that some specs are “a fantasy”’, that unveiled 8K 30P video capture and human and animal AF tracking.

The latest ‘big reveal’ – one of three to date –  fleshes out the details of the R5’s video capabilities. Without further ado:
– 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 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.

Photo media are making a big deal out of this one, with Petapixel proclaiming the yet-to-be-released or even EOS R5 is ‘the most exciting camera anyone has released in over a decade‘, while DPReview is more measured and less click-baitey with its headline, ‘R5: Go big or go home’.

The consensus is Canon may be finding its feet again, with the EOS R5 anticipated to be the mirrorless 5D Mk II, which launched the DSLR ‘video revolution’ in 2008. Yet Canon never  followed up with major new DSLR video innovation, and after a few lacklustre releases its competitors began to surpass Canon’s DSLR video specs. Meanwhile Canon launched a C-series of cine cameras.

By holding back significant DSLR video upgrades, it’s believed Canon was concerned about cannibalising its market share in the cinema camera market. Perhaps Canon didn’t expect Sony to dive deep into the mirrorless full-frame market, which ultimately resulted in a growing gap in the great spec sheet race between the two companies.

The EOS R5 may be Canon catching up to the competition. Without any information about the camera’s overall performance, it’s feels a little premature to make any bold statements. The great ‘known unknown’ after Canon’s serial leakages is how long exactly the R5 can shoot 8K RAW at 30fps before melting. No word yet. We’ll have to wait for the next announcement, or maybe even the one after that!

Here’s the other previously announced specs:
Subject detection and tracking performance for animals and people: Supports advanced animal AF
– Shooting at 12fps using the mechanical shutter, and the electronic shutter offering 20fps;
– Automatic transfer of image files from the device to the cloud platform;
– Dual card slots, 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.

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