Well, yesterday’s rumours of an upcoming Canon EOS R8 and EOS R50 announcement seem a little more real today. And there’s good news and bad news. The good news is that Asobinet is reporting a leaked spec sheet for the Canon EOS R8, telling us pretty much all of the main vital information on the camera. The bad news, though, is that it appears the Canon EOS R8 will not contain an in-body image stabilisation system.
It is, however, expected to contain a 24-megapixel sensor with 4K resolution footage at up 60 fps with 6K oversampling. It’ll shoot HD at up to 180ps and you’ll be able to shoot (presumably raw) stills at up to 40 frames per second. One has to assume that 40fps stills are with the electronic shutter, but still, it’s pretty impressive.
Here’s the complete list of the currently rumoured specs.
- 24 million pixels full-frame CMOS sensor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
- DIGIC X processor
- Object detection (aircraft, railroad, car, animal)
- 40 fps maximum
- 4K 60p (6K oversampling)
- Full HD 180fps
- No in-body image stabilization
- Vari-angle monitor
- 3.5mm microphone jack
- Streaming over USB-C
- Weight: 461g
- Expected announcement: February 8th
- Kit lens: RF 24-60mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM
- Price: $1,499 body only, $1,699 with the kit lens
The lack of IBIS certainly is a little disappointing. Yes, it’s a camera targeted towards the full-frame entry-level user, but it’s also an almost ideal full-frame body for bloggers. It has the flippy out LCD that Canon’s been long known for, it has the 3.5mm microphone socket, it shoots 4K 60 with some 180fps HD b-roll, it will even have C-Log3 to be able to pull every bit of dynamic range out of it that you can. You can also use it directly as a USB-C webcam, without an HDMI capture device, for when you want to live stream.
Still, even without IBIS, if you’ve got stabilised lenses, especially the kinds of wide-angle lenses typically used for vlogging, it looks pretty good for what it costs. And if you have got a wide stabilised lens, maybe you won’t even miss IBIS. After all, the 24-60mm f/4.5-6.3 IS STM kit lens that comes with it does include image stabilisation and goes wide enough for vlogging on full frame.
An official announcement is expected on February 8th, so we don’t have long to wait to find out.