Canon’s 5D line will end with the Mark IV. There will be no Mark V, report says

Jul 21, 2020

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Canon’s 5D line will end with the Mark IV. There will be no Mark V, report says

Jul 21, 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, after some speculation and even some suggestion that Canon would indeed be releasing a Canon EOS 5D Mark V at some point, but it looks like that won’t be happening. According to a report on Canon Rumors, Canon’s EOS 5D DSLR product is dead, and there will be no more.

It was initially believed that Canon would develop the EOS 5D and EOS R5 product lines side-by-side, at least for a while, and Canon themselves essentially said that the EOS R5 was a mirrorless parallel to the 5D line, but not a replacement for it.

CR says that their source has told them that development of the 5D Mark V was in the works but that it stopped “some time ago”. CR also says that “there are no plans to make an EOS R5 version of the popular professional DSLR line”. The 5D Mark V was reported to have been added to Canon’s roadmap in October of last year, although it now appears have been scrapped.

In March, during an interview with Techradar, while stating that the EOS R5 isn’t a 5D Mark IV replacement, Canon Product Marketing Specialist, David Parry did say that it’s still kind of the same thing.

[T]his is a 5-series, more people at that kind of level will expect functions similar to what you get on a 5D. This isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it’s aimed at that segment of the market.

Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we’ve got the R5 now. So it’s all the same sort of level.

So, it’s not a 5D Mark IV replacement, but it’s a 5D level of product. The EOS R5 is certainly leaps and bounds ahead of the 5D Mark IV in many respects, and it has a lot of the features that 5D users demand from their cameras. And it kind of feels like a 5D Mark IV replacement. So, while it may not officially be a 5D Mark IV replacement, many will see it that way.

With the 7D line scrapped and no real news about the 6D in a while, the 1DX Mark III might be the last new DSLR we see from Canon – at least certainly at the professional level.

CR does say that their source suspects that Canon still might have something in development to appease 5D users who still prefer “the DSLR experience”, but it won’t be a 5D Mark V.

[via Canon Rumors]

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18 responses to “Canon’s 5D line will end with the Mark IV. There will be no Mark V, report says”

  1. Jason Tyson Avatar
    Jason Tyson

    Makes complete sense to me. Canon is fully invested in mirrorless and it is obvious that’s where their R&D is. Releasing another 5D would just diminish their investment into mirrorless technology. If mirrorless is the future, why would they invest into what will soon be the past?

    1. Navneet Narayan Avatar
      Navneet Narayan

      Jason Tyson i feel the eos r5 is the 5d successor very logical as it carries the niche of the 5d series a work horse body and all rounder camera around the same price range with the latest tech .

    2. Jason Tyson Avatar
      Jason Tyson

      Navneet Narayan that is my take too.

  2. Anthony Kerstens Avatar
    Anthony Kerstens

    The EOS 5 comment from Canon is curious considering it was replaced by the EOS 3. I call bullshit.

  3. Alain Lacharite Avatar
    Alain Lacharite

    I believe this is a huge mistake but them who am I ?

    1. John G Schickler Avatar
      John G Schickler

      Alain Lacharite I have the mkIII and love it. Would love a IV but this makes sense because of mirrorless.

    2. Alain Lacharite Avatar
      Alain Lacharite

      John G Schickler I just bought the 5ds and look forward lots of good use for it

    3. Shaun Rose Avatar
      Shaun Rose

      I am with you on this!

  4. Casey Braunger Avatar
    Casey Braunger

    Ok with me. Guess that means I own a soon-to-be last bastion of a bygone era

  5. Janusz Sobolewski Avatar
    Janusz Sobolewski

    It’s not dead , just retired ?

  6. Z von Dienes-Oehm Avatar
    Z von Dienes-Oehm

    Look for major discounts then! First the camera – next is the support for it…

  7. Graeme Simpson Avatar
    Graeme Simpson

    It was inevitable the way cameras are going

  8. Raul Antonio Sanjur Gonzalez Avatar
    Raul Antonio Sanjur Gonzalez

    In Panama, Canon Store is selling the 5D IV at 1999USD (500USD less than BHphoto in the U.S.). Guess heavy discounts are going to be a thing across the entire DSLR lineup. DSLR lenses might stay at their current prices for a while because those can be adapted without problems.

  9. Michael Laing Avatar
    Michael Laing

    Canon 5Dmk4 lost its DSLR throne a long time ago to the D850 butthe R5 does look like a very good camera to replace it.

  10. Luther Riddle Avatar
    Luther Riddle

    The R5 technically is your 5D mark V. But yes. Unfortunately, I never thought I’d say this, the 5D’s are outdated tech.

  11. Richard Bierman Avatar
    Richard Bierman

    They will prise my d850 from my cold dead hands!

  12. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    Although the shutter on the EOS-R5 is just about noiseless, until mirrorless catches up in terms of battery life, I think I’ll be shooting weddings with my 5D Mark IV instead of jumping ship to a different system (EF to RF). And don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait for the day when there’s a mirrorless camera for me.

  13. T MAC Avatar
    T MAC

    I just bought a unused Canon EOS 1DX to replace my other 1DX such a great camera. I also have a low shutter count 5D3 AND JUST BOUGHT A Mark 4. Mirroless Camera’s feel cheap to me. I like DSLR’s better. My customers don’t care what I shoot with. The only Mirroless I wood buy is a Pro range finder. Like the Mamiya 6 or 7’s.
    You lose your EVF indoors when shooting at higher Fstops. I don’t want to crank ISO up high to be able to have a good viewfinder in the camera. The built in one that brightens things up indoors sucks. Plus they haven’t got their yet for me on mirrorless in my opinion. Also the photographer creats the shot and I could care less about video.