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*.
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.
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.