Canon has introduced its next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras: the Eos R5 and Eos R6, which are capable of recording 8K video at up to 29.97fps and 4K at up to 59.94fps respectively.


Canon: The new Eos R5 can record 8K at up to 30p and HD at 120p

It has also unveiled four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders.

The Eos R5 is designed for professional applications and uses a new 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, while the R6 is geared towards advanced amateurs, with a 20.1-megapixel full-frame sensor.

Both cameras are the first to be use Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, which can utilise all of the auto-focus area, and EOS iTR AF X incorporating auto-focus tracking algorithms using deep learning and enhanced readout speed of the CMOS sensor and processing speed thanks to their Digic X image processor. The 1,053 automatically selected AF zones can detect a human eye, face or head as well as the eye, face or body of animals such as dogs, cats and even birds, making them ideal for natural history. There is also a five-axis in-body image stabiliser, that can co-ordinate with the optical image stabiliser in IS-equipped RF lenses to give up to eight stops of shake correction. Both cameras use a new, higher capacity LP-E6NH battery.

The R5 can record uncropped 8K Raw internally and 8K 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). It can also record 4K at up to 119.88fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). External recording in 4K is also available up to 59.94fps. When in DCI modes, the 8K and 4K video recording is uncropped and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.

The camera also includes: Dual-card slots (1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II); 0.5-inch OLED EVF with about 5.76 million dots and a 119.88fps refresh rate; 3.2-inch 2.1-million dot vari-angle LCD touch screen; 5GHz/2.4GHz WiFi and Bluetooth; the ability to voice tag photos and videos; and weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the Eos 5D series. The R6 records 4K at up to 59.94fps or 1080p up to 119.88fps in 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon Log or HDR PQ, and has many of the features of the R5.

Canon is also introducing four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders (1.4x and 2x).

The compact RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM super-telephoto zoom lens features optical image stabilisation offering up to five stops of shake correction with three different IS modes (standard, panning and during exposure only). Two Nano USM motors provide high-speed, smooth and quiet auto focus with a minimum focusing distance of 90cm.

The compact RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are the first fixed focal length super-telephoto RF lenses. Their portability is enhanced thanks to the ability of the lens barrel to retract and lock in place when the lenses are stowed. Diffractive optics technology helps to reduce the number of lenses and makes the telephotos more affordable. The RF600mm has five stops of OIS shake correction, while the RF800mm offers four stops.

The new RF85mm F2 Macro IS STM is claimed to offer “exceptional bokeh” and has a maximum magnification of 0.5x and minimum focusing distance of 35cm. It offers up to five stops of shake correction using a Hybrid IS that compensates for angular and shift camera shake during macro photography.

 The Eos R5 is due to ship at the end of July for $3,899 (list) for body only or $4,999 including the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit, while the R6 is due at the end of August for $2,499 (body), $2,899.00 with RF 24-105 F4-7.1 IS STM lens kit or $3,599.00 with RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit.

The RF100-500mm lens is due in September for $2,699; the RF600mm and RF800mm lenses are due at the end of July ($699.99 and $899.99, respectively); and the RF85mm F2 Macro is due in October ($599.99). The RF Extender 1.4x and 2x are due at the end of July ($499.99 and $599.99, respectively)