Canon will likely include 5-Axis In-Body IS in next EOS R camera

The Canon EOS R made history as the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera. That camera was missing in-body stabilization, but that could change in the next iteration.

Canon will reportedly be including IBIS (In-body Image Stabilization) in its next EOS R camera. This report comes from Canon Rumors. The site is hearing from a “pretty good source” that the upcoming EOS R series body will have 5-axis IBIS.

“We’re not sure how this is going to work with in-lens stabilization, but if Canon could figure out a way to make the systems work together to improve performance, that would be a big step forward,” writes Canon Rumors.

Canon prefers in-lens stabilization

Canon has always said that in-lens stabilization is their preferred method for stabilizing footage. Why? Canon claims it’s more effective than sensor-based stabilization.

“We feel that in-lens IS is the optimum system for image stabilization,” Canon UK product consultant David Parry told Digital Camera World. “With an in-body IS system, you are creating something that needs to work over lots of different types of lenses and different lens groups, so you don’t get a dedicated system for that particular lens.”

Yet, Canon is still looking into IBIS:

“All lenses move in different ways, and you get different types of shake depending on what kind of lens you’re using, so dedicating the IS system to the particular lens is, for us, the optimum way of doing it – but that’s not to say that we aren’t looking at in-body IS.”

Though it’s unclear how Canon will make IBIS work with in-lens stabilization, it’d be great if Canon can make the systems work together.

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

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