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Summary

The Canon EOS R5 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera with built-in stabilisation, 20fps shooting, 8k video and dual card slots. The third EOS R body looks set to transform Canon’s full-frame mirrorless system. Find out all the facts so far in my preview!

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Canon EOS R5 review – preview

The Canon EOS R5 is a high-end full-frame mirrorless camera with built-in stabilisation, 20fps shooting, 8k video and dual card slots. Unveiled as a development announcement in February 2020 with further details teased in March, it’s the third body in Canon’s full-frame EOS R system, and a model that looks set to transform its appeal.

Canon’s trickling out the specifications and key details like the actual sensor resolution remain unconfirmed, but here’s what we know to date. The EOS R5’s headline specification so far is the ability to film 8k video, now officially confirmed by Canon to be uncropped, available up to 30p and with Dual Pixel autofocus too. Given 8k captures 7680 pixels across the frame width, this would require a 3:2 shaped sensor with 5120 pixels in height, resulting in a minimum of 39 Megapixels, assuming the 8k frame isn’t scaled from a lower resolution.

Canon has also confirmed the sensor will be stabilised within the body, making it the first Canon interchangeable lens camera with the capability. The degree of compensation is as yet unknown, but Canon has said it will be able to work alongside lenses with optical stabilisation. Canon has also confirmed a top burst speed of 12fps mechanical or 20fps electronic, and the presence of dual card slots. The EOS R5 will also support animal autofocus, recognising dogs, cats and birds not just by their eyes but also face and body shapes. I was briefed by Canon about the EOS R5 and have presented everything I knew at launch in the video below, which also includes news of other products including the EOS 850D DSLR, two RF lenses, the SELPHY Square QX10 portable photo printer and the upcoming image.canon cloud service. Note after posting the video, Canon revealed images of the rear of the R5, showing it does indeed have a fully-articulated screen, while the unpopular M.Fn bar of the original EOS R has been switched for a more sensible AF joystick.

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