Canon's mirrorless lenses have been lauded for their high quality and boundary-pushing designs, but their mirrorless cameras have generally seen mixed reviews for being a bit middle of the road and not challenging the likes of Sony. That is no more, as Canon has announced the development of the R5, with many firsts for the company and marquee features like 20 fps shooting and 8K video.
The R5 will contain a bevy of improvements and new features that should be sure to satisfy those who have been waiting for a true professional mirrorless model from the company.
Canon says the camera will have a brand new sensor and image processor, which they claim will utilize "new state-of-the-art optical technologies." Beyond the sensor and processor are some highly noteworthy features. First, the camera will have 8K video recording. While the company has not specified a frame rate or potential crop factor, just the presence of 8K should be quite intriguing for many filmmakers. For photographers, the camera will offer 20 fps continuous shooting when using the electronic shutter and 12 fps using the mechanical shutter, making it a capable machine for sports and wildlife shooters. The R5 will also be the first Canon camera to feature in-body image stabilization, which can be coupled with in-lens image stabilization for even greater benefits. Lastly, the camera will have dual card slots and will support automatic transfer of images to Canon's new cloud platform.
It's worth noting that a camera that can shoot 8K video needs to be at least about 33 megapixels, so the camera should have decent resolution as well.
The company has not given a date of release for the camera, but has said a preview will be shown at WPPI (February 25-27 in Las Vegas). It looks like the mirrorless race just got a lot more interesting.