Canon EOS R5c is "confirmed" for mid-January

Canon EOS R5c being announced in 2021 (and the "c" is for "cooling"!)

UPDATE: The Canon EOS R5c is "confirmed" and is "to be announced next month", according to the leading Canon rumors site. 

The Canon EOS R5c is, according to perpetual leaks, a video-oriented version of the Canon EOS R5 with a number of upgrades – including an active cooling system for "unlimited 8K 30p", the 21-pin Mult-Function Shoe debuted on the Canon EOS R3, a full-size HDMI port and the Canon Log 2 profile. 

"The long-rumored Canon EOS R5c is going to be announced in mid-January I have been told," says the report on Canon Rumors. "It’s safe to say that the camera will be announced sometime between January 11 2022, and January 18 2022.

"Retail availability will begin 6-8 weeks after the announcement. I’m beating a dead horse here, but the chip shortage will still be playing a role in stock levels."

If this is true, it would be a very happy new year indeed…

UPDATE (13 Nov 2021): Leaked specs for the Canon EOS R5c have been published online, promising a camera that shoots "unlimited 8K 30p" thanks to the active cooling system that was previously rumored. 

Originally reported in March 2021, the Canon EOS R5c is purported to be a new version of the Canon EOS R5 primarily targeted at video users, with a cooling system to address the infamous recording limits and overheating issues experienced by the base camera. An issue that is newly relevant, with the Nikon Z9 claiming 8K 30p record times of up to 125 minutes. 

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According to the latest specifications, leaked by Canon Rumors, the Canon EOS R5c will be a slightly larger body with the LCD screen positioned further away in order to make way for the cooling system. It will also apparently feature the 21-pin Multi-Function Shoe debuted on the Canon EOS R3, which enables power and communication to be delivered to accessories (such as microphones) mounted on top of the camera. 

As reported by the site, the original Q1 2022 date may not still be accurate (likely due to the ongoing global component crisis), though it is still expected to arrive sometime in 2022. Here are the Canon EOS R5c specs published by the site:

If the reports are true, the Canon EOS R5c will make this R5 notification a thing of the past.  (Image credit: James Artaius / Digital Camera World)

UPDATE (05 Jul 21): The Canon EOS R5c, a rumored update of the R5 that boasts a cooling system as not to overheat, will purportedly be released in Q1 2022. 

Originally rumored for release later this year, the Canon EOS R5c will ostensibly be a Canon EOS R5 with more cinema-leaning focus, including an active cooling system, the Canon Log 2 profile and a full-size HDMI port – but will retain the same fundamental specs, such as the 45MP image sensor and 8K video output.

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"I have now received multiple confirmations that such a camera is in the pipeline," reports Canon Rumors. "The announcement and release date have apparently been pushed back to Q1 of 2022. Originally we were told that an announcement around NAB in October was possible, but it looks like it has been pushed back.

"What do we know about the Canon EOS R5c? It’s an EOS R5 with active cooling, a slightly different form factor, and more codecs for video recording. The camera will also come with a full-size HDMI port."

There have been countless reports of new members in the EOS R family but, given the backlash and narrative surrounding the R5's recording limits and overheating issues, it feels like there may well be smoke to this fire.

ORIGINAL STORY (18 Mar 21) Canon is set to announce the Canon EOS R5c, a new cinema-oriented version of the existing R5 that will feature an active cooling system to prevent overheating, as well the much-requested Canon Log 2, according to a new report. 

In terms of its core specs, the Canon EOS R5c will be the same as the current Canon EOS R5. So in terms of the nuts and bolts, such as its 45MP resolution and 8K video capabilities, not much will change – this is very much a case of, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it".

What definitely is in need of fixing, however, is the R5's infamous overheating issue, which results in strict recording limits for video. And that is exactly what is being remedied in the Canon EOS R5c, which will possess a physically larger body featuring an active cooling system – something that should take the ceiling off the current limits on 4K High Quality, 4K 60p and 8K 30p video recording. 

"I reported last week that an EOS R cinema camera would be coming in the future," wrote Canon Rumors in a new report. "I have now confirmed this to be true, and we should expect an announcement in late 2021 with availability in early 2022."

"The camera, which we are calling the EOS R5c will be equipped with the same image sensor as the EOS R5 and will have all of the same recording options. The big news? It will be a slightly bigger body with active cooling and it will also remain a hybrid camera for stills shooting. The EOS R5c will also come with C-Log 2."

The addition of Canon Log 2 is a big deal for serious videographers and content creators, as the R5 is currently limited to Canon Log 1. It has long been rumored that C-Log 2, and even C-Log 3, could be coming to the R5 in a future firmware update. Given the impending release of the R5c, though, and given how Canon likes to delineate its Cinema EOS products, it is possible that these log modes will remain exclusive to the R5c. 

A Canon EOS R5 that doesn't overheat and has the best log mode? It's the camera that many shooters have been waiting for. 

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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.