Canon actually seems to react to the meagre market situation of the last years with growing pressure to innovate. It almost reminds us of Sony in the last decade, when they introduced new cameras in a half-yearly rhythm, which were especially interesting for filmmakers.
So today the Canon EOS C300 Mark III with solid features at an unexpectedly friendly price was already introduced. And now Canon is teasing out more details about the upcoming EOS R5 with full format sensor.
So the EOS R5 as the first EOS R with RF-Mount should become especially interesting for filmmakers (probably similar to the Sony Alpha 7S series). According to Canon, the EOS R5 should have a range of functions that is otherwise only offered by high-end cinema cameras that cost many times more. In addition, video functions should be added that no other mirrorless camera on the market currently offers. The following features are now fixed for the new model:
- 8K RAW without crop, internal recording with up to 29.97 fps
- Internal recording in 8K (without crop) at up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10 bit in Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10 bit HDR PQ (H.265)
- Internal recording in 4K (without crop) at up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10 bit in Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10 bit HDR PQ (H.265)
- 4:2:2 10 bit in Canon Log or 4:2:2 10 bit HDR PQ output via HDMI at 4K 59.94 fps
- The Dual Pixel CMOS AF is available in all video modes at all resolutions and frame rates
- The 5-axis optical IBIS (camera-internal image stabilizer). The combination of lens IBIS and camera IBIS is possible.
- Two card slots: 1 x CFexpress and 1 x SD UHS-II
In addition, Canon spoke in advance of an innovative in-camera image stabilisation system that can work in combination with the stabilisation system in the lens. Should this be a moving sensor, Canon would have many trump cards in its hand to continue the popularity of the 5D Mark II and III among film makers.
This should particularly affect Sony, whose long awaited Alpha 7S III or IV with comparable features has long been hoped for (but hardly expected). The only question mark for the EOS R5 remains the dynamic range, which could probably fall 1-2 f-stops behind 4K-cinema cameras with 8K sensors. However, since it is a full frame sensor, a sensor size of about 4.5µm is still likely with 8K. And this is still on the level of a GH5s or a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K which can get more than 13 f-stops out of such sensors. Scaled down to 4K, an additional f-stop in the shadows might be gained in the post.
In any case, we are very impressed with the features Canon suddenly comes back to the filmmakers. Especially as the competition has made itself very dependent on Sony sensors, from which one might not even get such filmer features offered by a camera manufacturer...