Canon announces industry-changing EOS R5

Canon just announced new major mirrorless camera releases in the EOS line. The two new cameras revealed today are the EOS R5 and the EOS R6.

Our first impressions of the cameras lead us to believe that both are impressive video cameras, especially the R5. We’ve been getting small teases leading up to the R5 announcement, so it’s nice to finally see all the details about the camera. While the R6 is still remarkable, the EOS R5 takes it a step further. In all honesty, the EOS R5 is the most exciting camera release we have seen in a very long time. In our opinion, it is positioned to be the gold standard for mirrorless video cameras. While many look to Sony as the leader in the mirrorless camera race, Canon has skyrocketed itself to the front with the EOS R5. So now, let’s take a look at these impressive cameras.


Canon EOS R5
Image courtesy: Canon

Let us begin unpacking this beast of a camera. The EOS R5 sports a powerful 45 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a DIGIC X Image processor. With its sensor, it can shoot uncropped 8K RAW video up to 29.97 fps and 8K internal video up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log/4:2:2 10-BIT her PQ. This sensor is groundbreaking and sets the standard for what we should expect out of a mirrorless camera. Additionally, the camera can shoot 4K up to 120 fps, 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log or HDR PQ. Even more exciting, you can use its autofocus while shooting in 8K RAW. Also, the camera shake should be kept to a minimum thanks to the R5’s built-in image stabilization system. In total, the IBS should provide up to 8 stops of shake correction.

Video courtesy: Canon


Let us dive deeper into the EOS R5’s autofocus system. The R5 uses Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF Technology, allowing the camera to match the shooting capability of 20 fps. You can see the same technology being used here in the EOS-1D X Mark III. You can set People detection, allowing you to track a person’s face, head, and even eyes. More so, Animal detection is possible, which is a first for a Canon camera. The R5 can track the entire body, face, or eye of cats, dogs, and birds.

In-body image stabilization

Another first for Canon is its incorporation 5-axis IBIS into the R5. The EOS R5 “[enhances] the ability to shoot still images at slower shutter speeds, but also helps reduce camera shake during shooting movies,” according to Canon. While the 5-axis IBIS is already impressive, the EOS R5’s IBIS will work in combination with Optical Image Stabilization in many RF and EF lenses.


The camera’s DIGIC X image processor produces an impressive ISO range of 100-102,400. That range is expandable to 204,800. This ISO range should mean the R5 will handle itself well in a wide variety of dark conditions.

Video courtesy: Canon


Moving onto the build of the camera, the R5 has dual card slots for CFexpress and UHS-II SD memory cards. As for the EVF, it is a built-in 0.5″ 5.76 million Dots OLED EVF with 120 fps refresh rate. The back touchscreen is a vari-angle LCD screen as well. Additionally, according to Canon, the camera’s durability is “impressive” with its weather, drop, and dust sealing being on par with the EOS 5D series. Lastly, the camera offers 2.4/5Ghz Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Key features

  • 45 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC X Image processor
  • 8K RAW/4K 120p video shooting
  • Up to 12 fps mechanical shutter
  • Up to 20 fps silent shutter
  • In-body image stabilization
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • Dual card slots

Pricing and availability

The EOS R5 releases at the end of the month for the price of $3899 (body only).


Now, let us take a look at the EOS R6. It features a 20 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and a DIGIC X image processor. Its ISO range at base is the same as the R6, ranging from 100 to 102400. However, it is expandable to 204800, which is higher than the R5’s expandable range. Furthermore, the R6 features continuous shooting of up to 12 fps with a mechanical shutter and up to 20 fps.

Canon EOS R6
Image courtesy: Canon

In terms of shooting capabilities, the EOS R6 shoots 4K up to 60fps, 1080p up to 120 fps 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log or HDR PQ, and autofocus. The EOS R6’s in-body image stabilization can provide up to 8 stops of shake correction as well.


As for the R6’s EVF, it’s a built-in 0.5” 3.69 Million Dots OLED EVF with 120 fps refresh rate. It also sports a vari-angle LCD touch screen, dual UHS0II SD memory card slots, built-in Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth technology. Also, just like the R5, Canon claims the R6 offers “impressive” durability.

Pricing and availability

The EOS R6 releases in August for the price of $2499 (body only).

Image courtesy: Canon

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's managing editor.

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