Will a Canon R5 Mark II arrive sooner than we think?

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Canon EOS R5 (Image credit: Canon UK)

It is not that long since we saw the release of the Canon EOS R5, but the latest rumblings picked up by Canon Rumors (opens in new tab) suggest that that camera might be due a successor in mid-2023 in the form of the Canon R5 Mark II.

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After a few years of teasing, Canon finally released the Canon EOS R5 (opens in new tab) in July 2020, so this would mark around a three-year product cycle for the best Canon camera (opens in new tab). This is slightly quicker than the DSLR years but roughly in line with the recent camera release schedules from Sony and Nikon's top mirrorless ranges.

The Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) in 2018 was a good camera but a little underwhelming in comparison to the competition, however, the Canon EOS R5 blew us away and really cemented Canon's legendary DSLR legacy in the world of mirrorless cameras (opens in new tab)

The R5 set a new standard for video in a mirrorless camera with its excellent 8K video powers, as well as astounding deep-learning autofocus system, and up to 8 stops (with compatible lens) of image stabilization. So we are of course very excited to see what Canon might bring to the party with a potential upgrade.

We have recently seen the Canon EOS R6 (opens in new tab) succeed with the release of the Canon EOS R6 Mark II (opens in new tab), with quite a significant jump in specs in the short space of time between the releases of the two cameras (see R6 vs R6 Mark II (opens in new tab) for more on that). The Mark II offers a big bump in resolution, more capable video recording, and a new and improved autofocus AI tracking system covering more many diverse subjects including horses, mopeds, and planes. 

The EOS R6 and R6 Mark II were both introduced at the same RRP of $2,499 / £2,799. We would expect the Canon EOS R5 Mark II to follow this trend and cost around the same as the original version of the R5 which was introduced at $3,899 / £4,199. This is already pushing the price limit for a camera in this class, so if Canon decides to raise the price further, then it might have to make some significant changes to the Mark II to justify the increase.

A much improved Canon R5 Mark II also leaves a question mark about what we might be seeing in the long-rumored Canon EOS R1 camera. If the R5 series gets much better then it might risk cannibalizing sales in the future of an eventual EOS R1.

There is not much to go on yet, but Canon Rumors (opens in new tab)' sources are expecting a Canon EOS R5 Mark II to have a new 61MP CMOS BSI sensor, dual DIGIC X processor, and the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF II from the Canon EOS R3 (opens in new tab) and EOS R6 Mark II, as well as 60 minutes for 4K video. These specifications are all speculation at the moment.

You can read more of the latest in our Canon rumors hub (opens in new tab), plus check out the best hybrid camera (opens in new tab) and best professional camera (opens in new tab).

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Gareth Bevan
Reviews Editor

Gareth is a photographer based in London, working as a freelance photographer and videographer for the past several years, having the privilege to shoot for some household names. With work focusing on fashion, portrait and lifestyle content creation, he has developed a range of skills covering everything from editorial shoots to social media videos. Outside of work, he has a personal passion for travel and nature photography, with a devotion to sustainability and environmental causes.