Canon EOS R5 to have a 26.2-megapixel sensor? That can’t be right, can it?

Jun 12, 2020

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Canon EOS R5 to have a 26.2-megapixel sensor? That can’t be right, can it?

Jun 12, 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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Well, this is interesting, although it’s probably a typo. Canon Watch has received an image that appears to be a page from a legitimate product brochure printed in German. This isn’t unexpected, with an announcement expected so soon, but it claims that the EOS R5 has a 26.2-megapixel sensor. The maths just doesn’t add up.

Although Canon hasn’t specified the stills resolution of the upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless camera, there’s just no way that it could be this low. So, where has this 26.2-megapixels come from? Have they accidentally leaked the resolution for the upcoming EOS R6 instead, ruling out the previous 20-megapixel rumours?

The text in the publication reads (Google translated)…

A new asset in image quality

New standards in high-resolution photography and a phenomenal 8K video quality that is second to none. With its electronic shutter at 20 frames per second – or mechanically at 12 frames per second – the EOS R5 raises the image quality to a whole new level. The EOS R5 is perfect down to the last detail and convinces with finesse. With an 8K full-frame sensor and internal filming at up to 30p and dual pixel AF in all 8K modes.

But the specs listed to the side clearly show a 26.2-megapixel CMOS full-frame sensor. As Canon Watch points out, it doesn’t appear to be fake. But there’s no way a sensor could be this low resolution and still legitimately claim to be able to shoot 8K video.

8K UHD video at 16:9 is 7680 x 4320 resolution. This means that even if it’s a 16:9 sensor, it would require a minimum of 33.2-megapixels to shoot 8K video. But it’s not, it’s a full-frame sensor, with a 3:2 aspect ratio. So if it’s 7680 pixels wide, that means 5120 pixels tall, for a minimum of 39.4-megapixels.

So, where could this 26.2-megapixels have come from? Could this actually be the sensor for the EOS R6, also expected to be announced next month? Or this this for another camera Canon will announce that nobody officially knows about yet? Or, is it none of those and it was just a typo?

Time will tell, I suppose, but I think we can be reasonably confident that this isn’t the sensor that’s going inside the EOS R5, given the big deal Canon has made about 8K raw video.

[via Canon Watch]

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16 responses to “Canon EOS R5 to have a 26.2-megapixel sensor? That can’t be right, can it?”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    8K video from 26,2 mp sensor ?

    1. Nermin Huskić Avatar
      Nermin Huskić

      Viggo Næss extrapolation ;)

  2. Philip La Lumiere Avatar
    Philip La Lumiere

    Probably 46mp or this is the r6

  3. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    It’s a printing error. They’ve already changed it.

    1. Ivan Heng Avatar
      Ivan Heng

      Jolyon Ralph sorry I can’t read German
      So what is the right number mp for r5v?

    2. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      Ivan Heng It’s not been announced yet, but has to be at least 42mpx

    3. Ivan Heng Avatar
      Ivan Heng

      Jolyon Ralph yes I agree
      Anything above eos r & 5d MK 4 30 mp above
      Below 30mp
      I won’t buy choose over it

  4. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
    Jolyon Ralph

    And the R6 will apparently have a 20mpx sensor. So this was just a copy-paste error from the EOS RP

  5. Carina Ringsdorf Avatar
    Carina Ringsdorf

    In fact, Canon already confirmed that the sensor resolution must be AT LEAST 35 MP: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dMtb72bhQE (Video in German)
    In this video, they say that you can extract 35 MP files out of the 8K Video footage. So, 26 MP just can’t be. Would be nice if it was the R6 resolution, though

  6. GetUp Avatar
    GetUp

    I think it’s dual pixels 8k. So, vertical resolution will be 1/2 from normal 8k video

  7. Astro Landscapes Avatar
    Astro Landscapes

    Good ‘ol, “copy and paste from the previous model” mistake, I know it well as a gear reviewer. Someone is lazy when filling in spec sheets…

    1. Smarten_Up Avatar
      Smarten_Up

      Quite cute…note, there is no actual need for a lens in front!

  8. Ron Natalie Avatar
    Ron Natalie

    Those oddly look like the Rp specs. The weight seems too low. I’d expect it to way about the same as the R if not more.

  9. Toy let Avatar
    Toy let

    toy for kiddos

  10. Zdenek Malich Avatar
    Zdenek Malich

    If you need 12mpx for 4k and 8k is 4 times that then you know the answer.