Canon EOS R5 presented

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The rumour mill has been cook­ing for a few weeks now: Canon is prepar­ing a big prod­uct launch. Lit­tle by lit­tle more and more details came out, two new mir­ror­less cam­eras and sev­er­al lens­es should be released. The absolute high­light of inter­est was the announce­ment of the new Canon EOS R5*.

The new EOS R5

High­lights were the pre­vi­ous­ly unimag­in­able video fea­tures of the new cam­era: it is the first con­sumer cam­era that can record 8K/30p videos up to a clip length of 30 min­utes using the entire sen­sor width and this in RAW for­mat with a DCI width of 8192 pix­els! Just as sen­sa­tion­al: 4K video in 120p, also in HDR PQ and Canon Log 10-bit for­mats 4:2:2.

Now I’m not the great­est video­g­ra­ph­er, but the pho­to­graph­ic fea­tures are also very inter­est­ing: The 45 megapix­el sen­sor is in-body sta­bi­lized. Canon spec­i­fies a sta­bi­liza­tion of up to 8 f-stops when com­bined with sta­bi­lized lens­es and up to 5 f-stops solo. The dynam­ic range is said to have been improved by one f-stop com­pared to the pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tion. The cam­era takes up to 20 pictures/second in con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing mode with elec­tron­ic shut­ter, and even 12/second with the mechan­i­cal shut­ter, while main­tain­ing AF. If that is not enough, sin­gle frames with a res­o­lu­tion of about 32 MPix­el can be extract­ed from the 8K/30p video stream.

Canon’s pro­pri­etary Dual-Pix­el AF sys­tem now cov­ers the entire sen­sor range and can detect and focus on the body, head and eyes when shoot­ing peo­ple. An ani­mal AF for cats, dogs and birds is also imple­ment­ed. The OLED viewfind­er has a res­o­lu­tion of 5.76 megapix­els and is there­fore on a par with that of the Sony a7R IV.

And now?

The new Canon EOS R5 offers more in all areas than the Sony Alpha 7R IV, which I was look­ing at until recent­ly - with the excep­tion of the sen­sor res­o­lu­tion: the Canon has “only” 45 MPix­el, the Sony has 61. But I can live with that - in the liv­ing room we have a can­vas print in the for­mat 1.80 x 1,35m hang­ing, I took the pic­ture with the 22 MPix­el of the 5D Mk III.

In addi­tion, my exist­ing EF lens­es, some of which worked more rather well than bad­ly on the Sony, are sup­port­ed native­ly by it. So I guess, it’s time to say good­bye to the Sony sys­tem again.

The new cam­era was pre­sent­ed due to the Coro­na pan­dem­ic in a keynote on the Inter­net today at 14:00:

I hit the mark imme­di­ate­ly: At 14:16 my order con­fir­ma­tion arrived, the cam­era should be avail­able in 3 weeks. So I will sell my Sony Alpha 7R III soon - is any­one interested?

As soon as the new cam­era is here, I will report again - I am very excit­ed about it.


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