Canon launches EOS R5 camera with 8K Raw Video

Canon EOS R5 shoots 8K Raw video

Canon has announced the EOS R5 camera which shoots 8K video and 45 megapixel still photos. The EOS R5 is a fullframe mirrorless camera in RF mount. The EOS R5 camera marks a watershed moment in Canon’s history as it is is the first canon camera which can shoot 8K video. Canon was not known for high resolution video.


And the stunning thing is the EOS R5 can shoot 8K RAW video upto 30p in 12 bits. The file size will be huge. However, for the discerning filmmaker the 8 raw files will open up a different world.


Canon EOS R5 full frame mirrorless camera shoots 8K raw video

Apart from 8K raw video, the EOS R5 can also shoot 8K video in H.265 and H.264 encoding.

It is a fullframe camera and shoots 45 Megapixel stills and 8K video upto 30p and in RAW mode. It shoots stills with 8192×5464 pixels at its highest resolution.

The early teaser of Canon had talked about 8K video. However, including RAW video in 8K mode is awesome. Even though there is no slow motion in 8K video mode, the RAW files will be really welcome for the discerning user. And on top of it the 8K RAW is in 12 bits. So enough to push and pull in post production. I am sure Canon intends the EOS R5 to recreate the madness that the original EOS 5D Mark II did.

The EOS R5 can also shoot 8K Video in H.265 4:2:2 in 10 bits and H.264 in 4:2:0 in 8 bits. A lot of people will use this mode.

The EOS R5 can also shoot 4K at 120p.

You can record externally either in DCI 4K or UHD video to an external recorder upto 60p in 4:2:2 in 10 bits.

Video challenges:

There is however a recording limit of 29 mins 59 seconds. So one needs to get around it by stopping and starting briefly.

A major challenge in recording 8K video in the EOS R5 is that the camera heats up due to the compact nature and hence less ability to dissipate heat generated due to 8K video or 4K 120p video recording.

Recording Media:

The EOS R5 records to one CFexpress Type B card and one SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS II) card. I guess canon didn’t want to include two CFexpress cards to give still photographers an option of using the cheaper SD cards.

Still Photography:

Still photographers will be happy as the EOS R5 can shoot 12 fps stills at 45 Mega pixels upto 180 frames in mechanical shutter mode. And one can shoot in 20fps in electronic shutter shooting 45 Mp stills for 83 shots in raw mode. The number of shots increases to 350 and 170 respectively when you shoot jpegs in mechanical shutter and electronic shutter modes.

Like most of the recent cameras the ESO R5 has an USB-Type C (USB 3.1) mode, one HDMI D (Micro), 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5 mm jack for microphone.

Image Stabilisation:

This camera also has a 5 axis image stabilization. Canon claims an incredible 8 stops of image stabilization. The Stabilization gets better if the EOS R5 is mated with a compatible RF- or EF-mount lens. Canon claims that the level of stabilization makes it easy to shoot handheld video as well as work with long, telephoto lenses while still capturing crisp footage. When combined with the just-announced RF 600mm and 800mm lenses you can even realize the dream of handheld super telephoto photography.

This will be highly appreciated especially shooting videos despite the limitations due to heat generated.

Body size: 5.43 x 3.84 x 3.46

Weight: 738 grams including battery and cards.

Price: $3899 US Dollars for body only

and $4999.00 for the R5 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit.

Update: Canon has announced a firmware update to EOS R5

Canon announces new firmware for EOS R5 mirrorless camera.

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