Canon EOS R5 declares 8K war with "cinema industry-standard" specs

Canon EOS R5 declares war with "cinema industry-standard" specs
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UPDATE: Check out our hands-on Canon EOS R5 review for our first impressions of the remarkable new 8K, 45MP body. We've also got a Canon EOS R5 vs R6 head to head, which compares the specs between the R5 and the new Canon EOS R6.

ORIGINAL STORY 20 APRIL 2020: Canon has continued its ongoing tease of the Canon EOS R5, revealing that the camera possesses "cinema industry-standard" specs including 8K RAW internal, and "will shoot comfortably on high-end production sets" such as commercials, dramas and documentaries. 

In fact, the Canon EOS R5's specs are so powerful that the manufacturer claims it can act as a partner to its newly announced Canon EOS C300 Mark III cinema camera, as it "boasts features seen only in high-end cinema cameras many times its price point and video features no other mirrorless camera on the market offers." 

While the Canon EOS R5's sensor resolution still has not been revealed, one mystery has now been solved: its memory format. Well, make that formats – the R5's dual memory card slots comprise one SD UHS-II and one CFexpress card. 

• Read more: Canon EOS R5 has 45MP sensor? 

However, the biggest reveal comes in the form of the formats and codecs that the EOS R5 will use. While Canon is positioning the C300 Mark III as the primary camera in the partnership, it claims that the R5 is the ideal second camera for producing high-quality stills along with production-standard video. And these specs are certainly worthy of the best cinema cameras:

• 8K RAW – uncropped, internal recording up to 29.97fps 

• 8K – uncropped, internal recording up to 29.97fps in 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265) 

• 4K – uncropped internal recording up to 119.88fps in 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)  

• 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ output via HDMI at 4K 59.94fps 

• Dual Pixel AF available in all video modes, at all resolutions and frame rates

• 5-axis optical IBIS / enabling Lens IS and camera IBIS to be combined

"We are challenging the market and showcasing our unparalleled strength," said Richard Shepherd, Pro Product Marketing Senior Manager, of the Canon EOS R5, "revealing the camera will offer video recording capabilities unseen in any other mirrorless camera.

“With its ability to record in cinema industry-standard formats and codecs, the EOS R5 is an ideal lead camera for many productions but also, given its compatibility with cinema workflows, the camera will shoot comfortably on high-end production sets.”

The more we learn about the Canon EOS R5, the more excited we get. It significantly outmuscles everything else on the market, including the powerhouse Panasonic S1H – a camera so capable that it is certified by Netflix as a broadcast camera. If its stills specs are even half as impressive, this could be THE camera on the market.

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.