How big is 8K video? This big!

8K video
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The launch of the Canon EOS R5 has really thrown everything up in the air. It's an 8K video camera at a time while we're still getting used to the potential of 4K video – and it makes the 6K capture of the Panasonic Lumix S1H, amazing at the time, look like a stopgap.

So why is 8K such a big deal?

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at