The Canon EOS R5 Now Shoots 400-Megapixel Images

The Canon EOS R5 Now Shoots 400-Megapixel Images

Stock up on hard drives and RAM, because the rumors were true. Canon EOS R5 users can now shoot images at a whopping 400 megapixels. 

Recently, rumors emerged that Canon would release a firmware update for the popular EOS R5 that would allow it to shoot 400-megapixel images. Today, the company has released firmware 1.8.1, and sure enough, it brings with it a new feature called IBIS High-Resolution, the first time a Canon camera has offered this capability. This feature leverages the sensor's ability to shift by small amounts for image stabilization purposes to produce ultra-high-resolution images by stitching multiple exposures together.

Here's what you can expect from firmware version 1.8.1:

  1. Adds [IBIS High resolution shot] to the camera menu. By utilizing the in-body IS mechanism, it is now possible to record images with higher resolution.**Use EOS Utility/Digital Photo Professional to check the images. EOS Utility/Digital Photo Professional will need to be upgraded.
  2. Adds [Save/load comm. settings on card] to the camera menu.Network settings can now be transferred between cameras of the same model.
  3. Adds the ability for images to be cropped and resized during transfer to the FTP server.
  4. Adds Protect Images During [FTP Transfer] to the camera menu. Images transferred via FTP can now be automatically protected. The user can determine if images have already been transferred via FTP.
  5. Fixes minor issues.

You can download firmware version 1.8.1 here.

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I'll be interested to read whether it actually works, and what effective resolution it yields. There's a fairly wide gulf among brands between the more and less effective implementations of pixel-shift, so megapixel specs don't necessarily mean much.

Just saw a Test - only JPEG and requires Canon Photo Software. I am a bit disapointed, was hoping for RAW.

Tell me you don't understand how raw works without telling me you don't understand how raw works. Debayering/demosaicing must be done prior to combining files shifted by less than one pixel width.

Theres always dng which I hope they would start using for such things.

Way to go would be: save all Files as RAW in camera, bring them into their combine Software, demosaic, combine, dng. Not the same as an original RAW but still better than jpeg.

Canon (and others) hyped this release so users anticipated substantial FW upgrades. The irony of Canon releasing this "swing and a miss" on opening day of MLB is too much to be ignored.

Pretty much. Olympus did multishot the best. Works with strobes, bakes the file in-camera and saves as RAW.

According to reviews I've read, Panasonic actually does the best compensation for movement.

Panasonic doesn't work with strobes, so in the real world it's commercially unviable for when you're shooting things like product laydowns, packaging, or architecture where moire could ruin an image.

Not to mention that Panasonic doesn't even work with Capture One. Your digitech would look at that body and say "WTF are we supposed to do with this?"

This was THE reason to shoot Hasselblad over Phase. Shooting objects that would cause moire havoc in the studio on a Phase One, are a non issue on the MS backs. Shooting boxes of chocolates wrapped in bows for Xmas catalogs? Perfect scenario for multishot in the studio.

No flash and no C1. Gotcha. For the world outside a studio, though...

World outside a studio would be architecture. You got a window blind, or textile, or material causing moire? Multishot is your solution.

Alot of architecture (not real-estate) is shot with strobes, tethered. So again.. Panasonic for professionals is worthless.

That's why you -never- see any Pro's shooting stills on them.. Only video.

"World outside a studio would be architecture."
Really? That's all that exists outside a studio?

"Panasonic for professionals is worthless."
Ridiculous overgeneralization.

Classic case of thinking everyone needs what you need.

Of course there's more than just architecture, I just used it as an example.

But thinking Panasonic cameras for stills are actually a viable tool for commercial advertising photography? Getouttahere.

Maybe if we were all senior portrait photographers in Trenton NJ, sure Panasonic would be fine, but at a Commerical Advertising level? Tell me you're inexperienced without telling me you're inexperienced.

"But thinking Panasonic cameras for stills are actually a viable tool for commercial advertising photography?"
Really? That's all that exists outside a studio?

Classic case of thinking everyone needs what you need.

Canon got everybody hyped for weeks and then they release this half-baked FW update. Can't even do it in-camera and it's not even RAW. It's like they told 1 person of the FW team: Hey can you program this feature ASAP?
How about RAW? How about high-detail 45MP RAW mode (scaled down 400 MP image), how about a mode that uses the data for debayering with better color accuracy?

When the announcement came out today, I immediately downloaded the new firmware and installed it. There not much information on how to use it except for going to your menu on the R5 and turning IBIS HR on. An earlier post mentioned images have to be processed in Canon software like Digital Photo Professional. I had a copy and updated it today to the latest version. After doing some test images (used a tripod as you are taking multiple images then it's processed - takes a few seconds) and put them on my hard drive. I could not see much improvement in the images from the raw images and in fact when I zoomed in a few times there seemed to be a lot of distortion in the the IBIS HR shots. I think for know I'll stick to raw files unless someone says I did something wrong or comes up with a very compelling reason to use this feature. Gimmick?

Absolutely, useless for me. The pix I have are more than enough.

Ha ha ha ha! It’s April 1st tomorrow.

Lets recap, its 2023, there is a mark2 version in the pipeline, and Canon releases an update to a 3 year old device, allowing it to potentially stay competitve, and fix bugs, and continuing its performance. Name another company to do anything like that? They easily could have said, only availble on mark2, and yet they didnt PLEASE internet stop with the hate, this is awesome and I love my R5 and looking forward to playing with newly unlocked features to my already power house.

True, but if you consider that they still produce older Dslrs 3 years later and considering the oops from over heating that they fixed by going back to R&D and produce the R5c to help their issue, how do you think people feel comfortable going from D to R lines? How does jpg help when the aim is to pick up quality details for specific needs? Many will stick with 5-7 years old cameras that already do what they need to do. May be it's a tease but first impression is a fail so far and that's #2 fail for one camera.

What I don't get about this logic is how you look at the R5 specs and think it's supposed to be for video. The R5 was and still is a stills camera.

That became what you say after they stopped promoting heavily the RAW 4K video to attract more buyers. The heavy promo disappeared as soon as overheat reports came out. May be you didn't follow the thing from the start. The R5s is mostly there to cover the heating issue with some detuned stills performance. All I can think of is that people attracted by the video started holding back when the overheat issue became wide spread warning everywhere on the net and Canon went back asap to R&D. In fact I suggest the reason to not discontinue the entire line of Dslrs (3 years after the R5 release and counting) is because many people, including me were not impressed by the video fiasco of the R5. They still have not just the 1dxm3 but the 1dxm2 as well on the market! The pixel shift teaser is definitely aimed at us who are still using Dslrs and a way to show that we may actually be worth not to overlook. When Kodak decided to dictate what the client needed instead of wanted, all kinds of expensive mistakes started accumulating and this lead to Fuji's extremely fast growth. The scenario is not new.
By the way, no, what drives technology is video not stills. When it comes to power, video out weight what old days progress for mostly still dedicated camera. Market is another thing.

Yeah most of the comments here are a bunch of griefers and trolls.

For the Canon 5Dsr the company has not yet made a new firmware improvement for focus and dynamic range. We invested so much money to have 3-4 bodies together with expensive lenses but we see that the competition is still making new firmwares on their older models even amateur ones. Why don't they make a newer one? I did it with the 1Dx Mark III. Here why can't they? Canon 5dsR and Canon 5Ds have such a powerful sensor. Is it that hard for Canon? Ok, we have invested in Canon R5 and Canon R3, but what are we going to do with its previous professional models? It's supposed to still support them for another 7-10 years, and serious professionals and serious amateur photographers will keep them going for a lot more. In the end we will be forced to go to competing models that listen and satisfy their buyers. Otherwise we will feel cheated. Unfortunately.

Dude the 5DS was a dog out of the box then, and it's a dog in 2023. Canon even said it themselves, EF is dead.

The 5DS is a deprecated product.

"I did it with the 1Dx Mark III."
You programmed a new firmware for the 1DXIII that improves focus and dynamic range? Cool. Where can I find it?

I bet it doesn’t add 1/10 degree of extra heat !