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Canon to offer 8K video with EOS R5 Mirrorless camera

Canon to offer 8K video with EOS R5 Mirrorless camera

Canon announces development of EOS R5 Mirrorless camera with 8K video

Canon in a significant announcement has thrown some light on its next mirrorless camera offering with RF mount. The Canon EOS R5 will be a full frame mirrorless camera. It will have a newly developed CMOS sensor and new image processor. Both of which is understandable because Canon has announced that the EOS R5 will be able to shoot 8K video. Since it will have the processing power to shoot 8K video, the EOS R5 will definitely be able to shoot high quality and high frame rate videos in 4K. Canon hasn’t announced the resolution of the sensor.

The EOS R5 will shoot stills at 12 fps using mechanical shutter and in silent mode using electronic shutter it will shoot stills at 20fps. People shooting sports would love to keep on shooting in bursts hoping that one of the shots would be unique and picked up by their clients worldwide. However, in wildlife, I am at the moment fine with 12fps. Lighting and the angle here is more important so the burst is only for a second or so.

The EOS R5 will have inbody image stabilization which will work with the IS of the lenses. So I guess it would be a good thing. We will know how it works when we get one in hand. However, given the fact that Canon is generally cautious in releasing products, I have a feeling that this feature will work well.

Overall, this looks promising and I will be eagerly waiting for this camera to showup.

According to Canon the EOS R System was initially developed to provide engineers with the ability to design lenses that were thought to be impossible to create. The wide lens mount diameter, shorter back focus, and high-speed system for transmitting data between camera and lens have resulted in an imaging system that delivers higher image quality and greater ease-of-use than ever before.

In its continued development of the RF mount, Canon has announced that it would launch Seven RF lenses and two RF Lens extenders. This clearly is an effort to make the RF mount the future industry leader.

Among the seven lenses Canon has said that it is launching a RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L lens. This is a nice zoom range and has the ability to be popular if the price is not high. In the EF mount lenses we have the EF 100-400 f3.5-5.6 L IS USM and its IS II version. And if you add a 1.4x extender then the focal length at the tele end goes upto 560mm at f8.

The President an Chief Operating Officer of Canon USA inc. Mr. Kazuto Ogawa said “Today’s announcement comes as a direct result of the tireless effort of Canon engineers who have been tasked with developing the next generation of Canon EOS R camera and RF lenses to help elevate the popular system that was announced in 2018”. He further added “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from a variety of photographers. The outcome is a camera and lenses that will delight a variety of shooters and further helps to demonstrate Canon’s commitment to full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.”

The Canon EOS R5 camera will provide photographers with more efficient workflows due to improved transmission functionality, operability and reliability. These enhancements, along with many others, will help to further elevate and solidify the EOS Series concept of “Speed, Comfort and High-Image-Quality.”

The EOS 1DX Mark III can shoot 4K 60p. So it is expected that the EOS R5 probably will be able to shoot more than 4K 60p. Ability to shoot 4K 60p in 10/12bits in 4:2:2 in XFAVC codec would be nice. The recently launched EOS 1DX Mark III has the ability to record raw video. So I would also be interesting if Canon decides to also offer Raw video mode in the EOS R5 camera. That would indicate that Canon is going at full pace in development of the RF mount.

The data rate shooting 8K video would be humongous and won’t be for the faint hearted. It would be for professionals to tap all the juice that Canon is hinting this camera has. We will wait for Canon to officially announce the final specs.

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