Canon has announced the development of the Canon EOS R5.
Basically they’re saying, wait, wait! Don’t buy from the competition, we have something coming!
They are confirming that this camera will have 8k video with In-Body Image Stabilization. No mention of megapixels, but to have 8k video you will need somewhere around 42MP, unless they’re doing 8k UHD which is really 7.5k which is more like 32MP. Kind of amazing. It also will shoot 12fps with the mechanical shutter which what the Nikon Z6 is doing.
My Thoughts On Why Canon Is Doing This!
I’m going to ramble a bit, I hope you don’t mind. I’ve had the flu, puked my guts out all night last night and I’m tired, delirious and bored. And since going on this Carnivore diet, my dyslexia is almost completely cured so I can write out articles like this pretty quick nowadays.
So here we go!
I’ve mentioned before that the reason I think Canon is making this speced out camera is that the Olympics here in Japan will be broadcast in 8k and Canon wants to have THE run and gun on the ground system for videographers since Sony has the 8k cameras that will likely be used for the main broadcast. But don’t worry, Canon will probably still cripple it by only offer 8k at 30fps only. Actually I’m not sure what they broadcast up there. Japan is split with its power grid with the North doing 50Hz and the South doing 60Hz. Yeah, and they use three different alphabets and many streets have no names that are single lane, for no apparent reason.
Also, I think now that the digital camera boom is pretty much over, we’re likely heading back to 1990’s interchangeable lens and camera sales, or something similar. The last decade was insane since every year new cameras came out with dramatically better specs. After 8k video and cutting edge eye tracking with IBIS, there isn’t a whole lot left that a camera can offer that’s meaningful to the user unless we get more into software-based computational photography. Which of course could just come via firmware updates. The next phase I think is the complete removal of the camera’s mechanical shutter as sensor read speeds get to near-global shutter levels. But, that’s not going to make a big difference for most people.
I suspect going forward we’ll see less of a race and things will slow down with camera releases. Which means, maybe more segmentation as cameras get more focused at doing one thing very well but then less crippling. Maybe not, but this could be the camera to have for the next 5 years to 10 years. There is also an EOS R6 rumored that looks to be focused for low light run and gun video. Canon wants to take a bite out of those A7sIII sales likely.
Do you guys remember when I said that the Sony A7rIV was basically nonsense? And I said it was a dumb release and a big step in the wrong direction? I’ve owned every A7r camera to date except for the A7rIV,
Because that camera is just a money grab that offers nothing meaningful. A few more megapixels that only benefits people that shoot at ISO 100 and print massive, and they improved AF . . . in a landscape camera. That’s it. No improvements to anything else, no improvements to IBIS, no improvements to video, no improvements to the screen. Now you know why I said that A7rIV was not good enough. Now Canon is going to drink Sony’s milkshake.
I don’t say this because I don’t like Sony, that’s not true, I like Sony cameras. But I want Sony to continue to do well which will not happen unless consumers pressure them to give them more. Now, look at what has happened.
The A7rIV is still a great camera. Not worth upgrading into, but great if you’re a first-time buyer. You could upgrade from an A7rIV I guess if you really need 61MP, but again, more megapixels is not going to show any gains in low light or high ISO or even handheld with the current IBIS system in that camera. Unless they start doing some sort of quad sampling like the Samsung S20 Ultra phone is now doing with its 108MP sensor. That will be the future eventually, 100MP full-frame cameras that can properly sample down to smaller file sizes.
What I think or what I wanted as a Sony shooter, was for the A7rIV to be more like this R5. Maybe that can’t happen though, maybe the R5 will cost $5,000. Who knows, that would for sure change people’s opinion including mine about the R5 and where it sits next to the Sony cameras for sure.
Anyways, you can find more information about this over at B&H and you can sign up for their notification list. The camera comes out in April.
By the way, the lens shown here in this image is the RF 25-105mm f4. An amazing do-it-all lens that I still use regularly on my Canon R. Check out my Canon RF 24-105mm f4 review.
I always thought I did a pretty nice review on that lens, and it just doesn’t get much traffic. So check that out!
There is a new kit version you can order now too. It’s an RF 24-105mm f4-f7.1 IS STM. <-B&H link.
There is a bunch more Canon stuff going on that Doug over at B&H does a nice job covering.
If you guys think I’m shilling for B&H photo, their commission is only 2% and I make practically nothing from them. I link to B&H photo because they are one of the best resources and they make it really easy to build links if you’re one of their partners. They’re also pretty cool and have always been very friendly to me, even before I was partnered up with them.
Hey Alik! What do you see happening to the R and RP after this launches? The R5 (and R6) present a new naming scheme. Do you think Canon will just keep these 2 models around and maybe slash their price a little or replace them with MK2 versions and rename them?
I think the RP will stick around, I’m not sure what will happen to the R. The R was originally just sort of a launch camera to throw lenses at so I could see it going away but maybe not. I think Canon will start to heavily segment their lineup since the technology allows for it. All the brands are doing the three camera focus with entry level cameras mixed in. So you have the high megapixel studio cameras, the Sony A7rIV, Z7, the Canon S1R, Then you’ll have the Mid camera, A7III, Panasonic S1, Z6, then the video focused thing, A7sIII, S1H, or the Fujifilm XH1. Not saying that Canon does the same as everyone else, but the R5 could be their mid tier pro do it all system, the R6 could be their video low light system, and they might still do a 70 to 100MP studio system. So 3 super pro cameras then they’ll stack up cheaper models between the RP and the R5. Then I think the R II becomes more of an entry prosumer camera like the 80D was to the 7DII if they keep it alive. Neither the R or the RP will get a significant price slash, since they sit in a different segmentation. The R is already going for $1,800 to compete with the A7III and Z6.
So I think the R5 will be around $3,400 at least. The R6 if it becomes the video system, will be more like the S1H, and priced more expensively, or maybe not, maybe they have another 1DC type camera coming and the R6 is more of an entry level video system. You just never know with Canon. The production world isn’t asking for 6k yet so we might live in 4k for a bit longer. Like for example, Netflix requires everyone to do everything in 4k, even ads. They’re not asking for 6k yet, and like were I work, we still shoot their stuff in 4k, not 6k yet.