Canon confirms no-crop internal 8K RAW video recording on upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless camera

Apr 20, 2020

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Canon confirms no-crop internal 8K RAW video recording on upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless camera

Apr 20, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Canon has today issued a press release confirming that the upcoming Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera will indeed shoot 8K internal RAW video up to 29.97fps. It’ll also shoot 4K video at up to 120fps internally, and 4K 60fps externally. Additionally, Canon also confirms that there will be no crop factor when shooting 4K video, either.

There have been a lot of rumours about the EOS R5, and in February Canon did indeed confirm a couple of them. Like, the fact it will shoot 8K video internally. Last month they confirmed that it’ll do it with no crop factor, too. Today, Canon extends this to state that it’s not just 8K video, but 8K RAW video. This was originally rumoured back in January, and thought to be “fantasy” by quite a few critics.

Today’s press release reads as follows…

THE EXCITEMENT BUILDS: CANON ANNOUNCES ADDITIONAL IN-DEMAND SPECIFICATIONS OF THE EOS R5 FULL-FRAME MIRRORLESS CAMERA

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 20, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today is sharing additional specifications of the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera currently in development. The newly released information divulges further details on the 8K video recording capability, IBIS and more.

Newly Announced Details of The Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera include:

  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
  • No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.*
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
  • A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.

To learn more about the Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera and the additional information announced, please visit, usa.canon.com/EOSR5

*When in 8K RAW, 8K/4K DCI modes.

Good news for those who’d been interested in picking up the EOS R5, and even though Canon says that it’s not a replacement model or upgrade to the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR, many existing users will likely see it that way, with a fairly substantial increase in resolution and capability.

Exactly when the camera will become available, though is anybody’s guess. Originally, many expected that the EOS R5 might be officially announced at next month’s Photokina. That’s obviously not going to happen. Even without the event itself, an EOS R announcement seems unlikely next month, given the current global situation. We may not have an official announcement until October.

Whenever it does come, though, I suspect the EOS R5 will make a lot of people very happy.

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17 responses to “Canon confirms no-crop internal 8K RAW video recording on upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless camera”

  1. Michael Estwik Avatar
    Michael Estwik

    And DPAF in 4K 120fps! What kind of witchcraft is this?

  2. Luka Rifelj Photography Avatar
    Luka Rifelj Photography

    Just wondering about the price though :).

    1. Daris Fox Avatar
      Daris Fox

      Likely to be priced in or around 5D IV price as it’s targeted at the same market (confirmed by Canon).

    2. Serge Dimanches Avatar
      Serge Dimanches

      Luka Rifelj Photography yes. Date of release and price… Must be kind of expensive

    3. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      They’re building up expectation but when you break down what is needed to make this camera, it’s highly unlikely to be more expensive than competitive cameras.

      I fully expect it to be around the $3500-$3800 mark max. But it’s possible it could be lower.

  3. Guido Van Damme Avatar
    Guido Van Damme

    Can it shoot photographs too? ?

    1. Christiaan Low Avatar
      Christiaan Low

      Guido Van Damme yeah I was a bit annoyed they didn’t speak about photography at all with it…

      1. Daris Fox Avatar
        Daris Fox

        Why talk about photography stills at NAB which is all about video?

        But yes, it can shoot stills likely to be ~45mp sensor, which is a new design for this camera.

  4. Jeff Hayward Avatar
    Jeff Hayward

    Is it just me, or is there too much emphasis placed on video quality for dslr? It’s primary function is to shoot stills. How are the stills?

  5. Bikram Ghosh Avatar
    Bikram Ghosh

    OK that’s it guys – Canon is leaving no chance for complaint. Be ready to sell your kidney, liver etc and sit tight on the cash when this finally comes out.

  6. Denis Germain Avatar
    Denis Germain

    LOL could not care less aboiut video features!
    (Funny enough, most people talking about this will never be able to edit an 8K video on their computer)

    1. Greg Silver Avatar
      Greg Silver

      Does this camera support proxy files for 8k? If so, then anyone would be able to edit footage from this camera.

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        I would hope that it does (there’s been no official mention of it – but shooting the footage to CFexpress and proxies to SD would be very handy). But even if it doesn’t, transcoding them on the desktop to make proxies after the fact can be done, too. :)

  7. Pom Chaiyakal Avatar
    Pom Chaiyakal

    My rig can barely handle 4K so 8k isn’t important to me but all the slowmo at lower res RAW and good autofocus is what’s sold it for me.

  8. Arno Avatar
    Arno

    Sounds promising… But I suppose short recording time limit and fat rolling shutter will make it not good for many usage.
    But still, 10bit canon log in 8k sounds very promising. I like a good 10bit log better than raw.

  9. C Egyx Avatar
    C Egyx

    Can we have info on the photo side of the house? And how good is their autofocusing?

  10. Richard Avatar
    Richard

    So they are selling a video camera?