Everybody is well aware by now that the Canon EOS R5 is subject to recording restrictions when shooting video above 4K 30p due to overheating (which we will be addressing imminently in our Canon EOS R5 review).
However, some outlets putting 2 + 2 together and getting 22, by conflating backlash over the overheating issue with the fact that the R5 will be shipping in limited quantities (which Canon has stated is due to enormous pre-order interest, and we all know how COVID-19 is still affecting supply chains and production lines of electronics goods).
With reports that the delays and reduced stock numbers are because Canon is recalling the bulk of the first production run of cameras, with a replacement batch of corrected cameras being made available in November, the manufacturer made a number of official statements.
“These speculations are untrue," Canon Australia told Newsshooter.
"There is no recall. There are no delays in local shipment, with the first local pre-order consumers collecting their EOS R5 units from local retailers this week. Canon has been transparent about recording limits for the EOS R5 and is confident that the camera performs to stated specifications.”
Furthermore, Canon USA also confirmed the stories as inaccurate. "Orders of the EOS R5 are scheduled to be delivered as initially stated at launch," it commented to DP Review.
"The first set of cameras shipped from our warehouses this week. We eagerly await the content that will be produced by talented creatives using this camera to be shared with the world."
So there you have it – the Canon EOS R5 definitely isn't being delayed in order to address the overheating concerns. But does that mean Canon isn't doing anything to address them?
Of course not. You can bet your bottom dollar that its best R&D minds are at work right now on ways to reduce these limitations. The most obvious remedy will first be via firmware (software innovations were responsible for a lot of improvement in Sony's infamously overheating Alpha cameras), and of course the company has also designed hardware solutions such as an RF mount cooling adapter.
Either way, fret not – the R5 is shipping as stated, and Canon is doing its best to chip away at those recording limitations.