The cripple hammer has loomed large in Canon’s recent history, but this announcement from the Japanese manufacturer might be a sign that things have changed. Some of the specifications for the EOS R5 have been confirmed and the excitement is palpable.
A press release that’s just been published states: “Achieving the ‘impossible’, Canon Inc. confirms the EOS R5’s video capabilities will far exceed that of competing cameras on the market.” The R5 will shoot 8K internally using the full width of the sensor at up to 30p. In addition, Canon's dual pixel autofocus will be available.
Richard Shepherd, Canon Europe’s Product Marketing Senior Manager, said: “We’ve seen speculation that the EOS R5’s specs are ‘impossible.’” He continues: “As an industry leader, we are challenging the market with this launch and showing what’s possible with our technology.”
This is certainly impressive, and once this significant news has sunk in a little, many will be asking: “Yes, but will it shoot 24p?”
The R5 has been slated for release in July but with coronavirus bringing disruption to many companies in Asia and beyond, it’s thought that there is a possibility that it will be pushed back until October.
As well as the 8K video, Canon is keen to remind customers that the R5 will shoot stills at 12 fps using its mechanical shutter and at 20 fps using the electronic shutter. In addition, the R5 will feature in-body stabilization, have the capacity to transfer files directly to Canon’s new cloud platform, and it will have dual card slots.
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