Canon unveils EOS R5 and R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras

Full-frame, mirrorless 8K all the way

Canon has officially unveiled the EOS R5 and R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras, with the former being one of their first to sport 8K native resolution from the get-go.

Aimed at advanced amateurs and professionals, both cameras are designed to provide a high-quality, high-speed shooting experience. They both feature a new and improved AF system, fast continuous shooting speed of up to 20 fps and in-body IS, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 also come with dual card slots. 

The EOS R5 and EOS R6 also has an upgraded Dual Pixel CMOS AF II coupled with the blazingly fast processing speed of the new DIGIC X imaging processor spells major improvements in auto-focusing capability.

For the first time ever in the EOS lineup, AF coverage area has been expanded to cover the entire sensor (100% x 100%). This means focusing is available on any part of the frame, making focusing on subjects at the far edges a breeze.

The EOS R5 is the first to feature full-frame 8K resolution outputs form the get-go, which would mean sharper, more detailed scenes. The incredible processing power of DIGIC X, coupled with the ultra-fast CFexpress media, enables the EOS R5 to record 8K movies at a smooth 30fps with full sensor readout. Shooting in 8K allows flexibility in cropping during post-production even for 4K delivery, allowing more creative expression through zooming or panning.

Canon EOS R5 specifications:

Camera ModelCanon EOS R5
Image ProcessorDIGIC X
Image Sensor Camera Effective Pixels (total pixels)35mm full frame CMOS
Approx. 45.0 megapixels
(Approx 47.1 megapixels)
Metering Sensor384 zone (24 × 16) metering using image sensor output signals
Focus MethodDual Pixel CMOS AF II
Autofocus methodFace+Tracking, Spot AF, 1-point AF, Expand AF area (vertically/horizontally), Expand AF area: Around, Zone AF, Large Zone AF: Vertical, Large Zone AF: Horizontal
Available AF point positionsStills: Max. 5940
* When selected with the Multi-controllerMovie recording: Max. 4500
Available AF areas when automatically selectedStills: Max. 1053
Still image normal max ISO speedISO 100–51,200, expandable to L (ISO 50), H (ISO 102,400)
Movie normal max ISO SpeedISO 100–25,600 expandable to H (ISO 51,200)
Continuous ShootingMechanical / electronic 1st curtain shutter: Max. approx. 12 shots/sec.
Electronic shutter: Max. approx. 20 shots/sec.*
* With lenses other than EF-S
Max shutter speed1/8000 sec. (mechanical/Electronic 1st-curtain)
LCD monitor3.2in, approx. 2.1 million dot
Movie8K DCI (8192 x 4320) : 29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p
8K UHD (7680 x 4320) : 29.97p/25.00p/23.98p
8K UHD (7680 x 4320) time-lapse : 29.97p/25.00p
4K DCI (4096 x 2160) : 119.88p*/100.00p*/59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/24.00p/23.98p
4K UHD (3840 × 2160) : 119.88p*/100.00p*/59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/23.98p
4K UHD (3840 × 2160) time lapse : 29.97p/25.00p
* 119.88p/100.00p used for High Frame Rate movies
Full HD (1920 x 1080) : 59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/23.98p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) time-lapse : 29.97p/25.00p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) HDR movie : 29.97p/25.00p
SizeApprox. 138.5 × 97.5 × 88.0 mm
WeightApprox. 738g (including battery pack and card)
NetworkWi-Fi /Bluetooth Low Energy Technology

In addition, there is an option to record 8K RAW movies internally without any external accessories. The EOS R5 is also capable of recording up to 120fps in 4K as well, a feature that is highly sought after in the industry. A variety of file formats are available, including RAW, H.265 HEVC and H.264 MP4 in either ALL-I or IPB compression.

Meanwhile, the EOS R6 is able to shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps, and slow motion at 120fps in Full HD, all without crop similar to EOS R5. The beauty is that Dual Pixel CMOS AF will be available in all resolutions and formats for both EOS R5 and EOS R6. All these video features make the cameras great tools for video makers and hybrid shooters.

Canon EOS R6 specifications:

Camera ModelCanon EOS R6
Image ProcessorDIGIC X
Image Sensor Camera Effective Pixels (total pixels)35mm full frame CMOS
Approx. 20.1 megapixels
(Approx. 21.4 megapixels)
Metering Sensor384 zone (24 × 16) metering using image sensor output signals
Focus Method
Autofocus methodFace+Tracking, Spot AF, 1-point AF, Expand AF area (vertically/horizontally), Expand AF area: Around, Zone AF, Large Zone AF: Vertical, Large Zone AF: Horizontal
Available AF point positionsStills: Max. 6072
* When selected with the Multi-controllerMovie recording: Max. 4968
Available AF areas when automatically selectedStills: Max. 1053
Still image normal max ISO speedISO 100–102,400, expandable to L (ISO 50), H (ISO 204,800)
Movie normal max ISO SpeedISO 100- 25,600 expandable to H (ISO 204,800)
Continuous ShootingMechanical / electronic 1st curtain shutter: Max. approx. 12 shots/sec.
Electronic shutter: Max. approx. 20 shots/sec.*
* With lenses other than EF-S
Max shutter speedElectronic shutter: Max. approx. 20 shots/sec.*
LCD monitor* With lenses other than EF-S
Movie4K UHD (3840 × 2160) : 59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/23.98p
4K UHD (3840 × 2160) time-lapse : 29.97p/25.00p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) : 119.88p*/100.00p*/59.94p/50.00p/29.97p/25.00p/23.98p
* 119.88p/100.00p used for High Frame Rate movies
Full HD (1920 x 1080) time-lapse: 29.97p/25.00p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) HDR movie: 29.97p/ 25.00p
SizeApprox. 138.4 × 97.5 × 88.4 mm
WeightApprox. 680g (including battery pack and card)
NetworkWi-Fi /Bluetooth Low Energy Technology

Both cameras are made with a magnesium alloy bodyas well as dust and drip-proof construction. The camera bodies that are not only lightweight, but also prevent dust and water droplets from entering the camera body as well. Canon touts that the EOS R5 is so durable that it can last for more than 500,000 shutter counts, while the EOS R6 boasts of up to or more than 300,000 shutter counts.

No local price nor availability has been given for these two full-frame mirrorless cameras, as well as the accompanying new series of lenses specifically made for the Canon EOS R series, but we expect it to arrive soon.

Carl Lamiel
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