EOS R5 camera Information
EOS R5 Information
Canon’s 1st pro mirrorless camera
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The EOS R5 is here – does it kill off any chance of a 5D mkV DSLR?
The pro level EOS R camera is here in 2020, whilst a 1 series style mirrorless could be for 2021.
Updated Canon EOS R5 information
See also the Main information/rumours index page
18th New firmware
Firmware Version 1.2.0 incorporates the following enhancements and fixes:
- When using high-speed or low-speed continuous shooting modes, in Drive Mode with [High-Speed Display: OFF], the visibility of the subject within the frame has been improved when shooting moving objects.*
*During continuous shooting black frames will be inserted between frames in the viewfinder and live view. This will improve the visibility of moving subjects in live view and in the viewfinder.
- Adds the [Auto] setting to the [Viewfinder brightness] menu that will brighten and dim based on ambient light conditions.
- Enables 2nd curtain shooting sync during radio transmission wireless flash shooting when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
- Enables manual flash output (excluding high-speed sync and optical transmission wireless flash shooting) to be selected and set up to 1/8192 from the camera menu screen when the Speedlite EL-1 flash is attached to the camera.
- Improves compatibility of HEIF images recorded in the camera with MIAF (Multi-Image Application Format) standards.
- Adds support for AF and release during zoom operations for some RF and EF lenses.
Note that there are sample images and rather more detail in the article.
10th Canon have loaned me an R5 – any (non video!) questions, please let me know?
9th Firmware updates (1.1.1) for the R5 and R6 fix minor bugs and improve RF100-500 support.
- When the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is attached, an image stabilization effect of approximately six stops* is achieved through collaborative control with the in-lens image stabilization.
*Focal length 500mm, Based on CIPA(Camera & Imaging Products Association) standards.
- Fixes a phenomenon in which the IS capabilities may be degraded when performing continuous shooting in cases where the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is attached to the EOS R5 running firmware version 1.1.0.
R5 V1.1.1 [Canon]
27th I’ll have an R5 here next month for some testing with Canon TS-E lenses.
New R5 firmware is on its way. [Canon]
Firmware Version 1.1.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:
- Useful messaging is now displayed when [HDMI display: Camera+External monitor] and [Overheat control: on] settings are enabled.
- When using certain RF lenses for movie shooting, the in-lens image stabilization mechanism has been improved.Fixes a phenomenon in which the “Slow Synchro” setting screen is not accurately displayed, when the language is set to English.
- Fixes a typo displayed on the communication setting screen, when the language is set to Korean.
- Connectivity during FTP transmission has been improved.
- Fixes a phenomenon, in which the card access time may take longer, when using certain CFexpress cards.
- Temperature detection and shooting time control in video shooting have been improved. In addition, the total shooting time when the short-time recording and power-on/off are performed repeatedly at room temperature is improved.
- The phenomenon in which the movie recording time available is not correctly displayed when the Date/Time/Zone is not set has been corrected.
29th The R5 manual is available for download from Canon
15th Official info from Canon about how long you can shoot different video formats until overheating is an issue.
The EOS R5, one of the latest additions to Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera line, offers class-leading autofocus with high-resolution and high frame rate video recording options using the maximum width of the full-frame sensor at high bit rates. Inevitably, this combination of features has the potential to generate some significant heat, which will limit recording time.
Canon has taken several steps to manage the potential for overheating, including:
- Magnesium alloy was used in the body to dissipate heat away from internal components
- An “overheat control” function to reduce heat generation when the camera is in standby
In regard to the installation of a fan: The decision not to install a fan within the body was made in order to maintain the EOS R5’s compact size, lightweight construction, and weather resistance.
Before recording starts, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 display an estimate of the recordable time based on the current camera temperature and the set recording mode.
Canon has published and included below the approximate recording and estimated recovery times for 23°C / 73°F environments and ensure that the camera will warn users when it is getting too hot. Additionally, tips to reduce overheating as well as recovering time are listed below.
My feeling is that this info was pre prepared a while ago ready for release after the initial launch and the see-saw of expectations got to work. The launch was good for Canon and with the build-up was always going to bounce around after the internet got hold of it. If I can do a YT vlog about some ‘hidden problem’ it’s always likely to get more traction than one saying what a nice camera it is.
No doubt a third party ‘fan mod’ will be available at some point – probably a bit more advanced than drilling extra holes in the camera…
13th Strong pre-orders have led to a Nikon style ‘potential delay’ announcement from Canon for the EOS R5 /EOS R6 /Battery Grip BG-R10 /Extender RF1.4x/ Extender RF2x
Meanwhile assorted internet whinging has started about the R5/6. I treat this in the same way as I do when I see whinging about Nikon and Sony products. i.e. look and see if there are any ‘real’ issues under the internet froth. As ever, see Thom Hogan’s notes for some perspective [TH]
9th A good pre-production review/overview at [DPR]
The R5 is announced – see the full press release on the announcement page
A quick comparison of major R5/R6 features.
|EOS R5:||EOS R6:|
|45 megapixel full-frame sensor||20.1 megapixel full frame sensor|
|Up to 20fps/ 12fps||Up to 20fps/ 12fps|
|In-body IS up to 8-stops||In-body IS up to 8-stops|
|Dual Pixel CMOS AF II||Dual Pixel CMOS AF II|
|ISO range 100-51,200||ISO range 100-102,400|
|8K movie 30p 12-bit (full width)||4K movie 60p 10-bit, Full HD 120fps|
|5.76 million dot EVF||3.69 million dot EVF|
|3.2inch 2.1 million dot vari-angle LCD||3inch 1.62 million dot vari-angle LCD|
|Dual card slots (1x CFexpress, 1x SD UHS II)||Dual card slots (2x SD UHS II)|
|Top panel display and AF multi-controller||AF multi-controller|
|Built-in 5Ghz Wi-Fi with optional wireless transmitter (WFT-R10)||Built-in 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi and FTP|
|USB charging and power via PD-E1||USB charging and power via PD-E1|
|Body only 650g (738g with battery/ memory card)||Body only 598g (690g with battery/memory card)|
Pre announcement info
9th The R5 is due to be announced at 1PM (UK time). As expected, quite a lot of specs have appeared via the Nokishita Twitter account.
The current info is summarised at CR
I’m busy working on ‘non camera’ related stuff – come back at 1pm…
4th The current info page for the R5 at Canon USA
18th Here are the camera products being announced on the 9th of July by Canon
- Canon EOS R5
- Canon EOS R6
- Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 IS STM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/4L IS USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM
- Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS USM
- Canon RF 600mm f/11 DO IS STM
- Canon RF 800mm f/11 DO IS STM
- Teleconverter RF 1.4x
- Teleconverter RF 2x
11th The R5/R6 purchase options will be:
- Canon EOS R5 Body Only
- Canon EOS R5 w/RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
- Canon EOS R6 Body Only
- Canon EOS R6 w/RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM
There are also stock codes for several new lenses, although it’s not known which will appear when [lens page]
5th July the second (or 6th) is now being suggested as announcement day for both the R5 and R6 [CR]
26th A price under $4k for the body is suggested [CR] for the R5, with (finally) the proper launch in July, when we should also see some lenses, a flash and maybe even a mention of the R6
20th A wireless file transmitter for the R5 has been spotted in regulatory filings. [Nok]
“DS58622 1/2/3/4/5” was registered at the Taiwan NCC. The wireless file transmitter for the Canon EOS R5 is compatible with Wi-Fi (IEEE802.11a / b / g / n / ac).
Whilst the camera has WiFi, this likely gives better performance, server features and an ethernet connection.
9th A suggestion from Germany that the launch will be May the 16th – even in these times though I don’t think Canon will be doing an announcement on a Saturday.
It’s actually just a flier for a Canon presentation at a workshop where a R5 might be waved in front of the cameras – no more ;-)
It covers a number of different model numbers.
“Canon “DS126831 / 36/37/38/39/40” also passed Bluetooth certification. Probably all “EOS R5″ (36 is North American version [1-11,36-64,149-165ch], 38 is Taiwan etc. version [1-11,36-165ch], 39 is Chinese version [1-13,36-64,149] -165ch]. There should be a Japanese version [1-13,36-140ch] and a 1-13,36-165ch compatible version).”
23rd Whilst announcement schedules for the R5 (and R6) have not been pushed back too far, it’s increasingly looking as if actual cameras will be delayed and in short supply. Whilst we’ve been told (in the UK) not to expect much availability until September, the outlook is slightly better at [CR] saying ‘July at the earliest’.
20th Canon have an on-line press event and as well as the C300 mk3, announce some more details of the R5:
- 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
- 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
- 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
- No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.*
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
- Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
- A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
- Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.
*When in 8K RAW, 8K/4K DCI modes
Canon have a info page at https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/explore/product-showcases/cameras-and-lenses/eos-r5
10th The WiFi of the R5 will include 5GHz operations – found via regulatory approval notes [Nok]
25th In an interview [TR], Canon UK confirms that the R5 is a ‘5 series’ camera – was anyone surprised by this?
Of course, once Canon have initial sales out of the way, we can look for an R5 with a mirror, or 5D mkV. If Canon think there are significant potential sales, I’m sure they’ll go for it, Although some might see it muddying the switch to mirrorless…
One other factor we don’t know yet is just how much of Canon’s ‘Pro’ market is going to have spare money for new gear this year and next? Our work has vanished and even if Canon bring out a 100MP R5s at the end of the year, what was a pretty obvious move becomes far less certain.
13th Presumably in advance of what would have been the UK Photo Show [aka TPS] Canon have a new info page for the R5 [Canon]
So, DPAF in 8k modes and animal recognition
Some quotes (there’s not a lot there)
Be the filmmaker
Commit your best work to stunning 8K video and relish the prospect of exciting new possibilities for creative capture. Offering full sensor width 8K at up to 30p internal recording movie performance with Dual Pixel AF available in all 8K modes, EOS R5 allows you to fully expand the genre of filmmaking and explore dynamic new ways of telling your story.
More than face value
Now everything comes into focus. With advanced animal subject tracking AF, The EOS R5 is able to recognise dogs, cats and birds detecting either the body, face, or eye of the subject.
Similar info from Canon Australia
Click on any image to enlarge
1st Little additional information has appeared about the R5 since Canon’s ‘not a launch’ event. [Development announcement]
The card slots are expected to be combined CFExpress and SD [CR] which seems reasonable – expect the top speed dual CFE on the R1 or whatever, next year.
Some photos of a camera shaped object in a perspex box appeared from a US show [DPR]
Some wireless certification info is likely for the R5 and shows it will have a higher capacity battery than the 5D4
A camera DS126832 using the LP-E6NH battery has appeared in Taiwan wireless registration info [Nok]
USB cable is IFC-100U (USB Type-C cable). Compatible with remote switch RS-60E3 and speedlight 600EX-RT
13th As widely expected there is a development announcement from Canon – thin on actual detail, as also might be expected.
What’s actually published…
- Newly designed CMOS sensor
- In-camera image stabilisation
- 20fps continuous shooting (silent shutter)
- 12fps continuous shooting (mechanical shutter)
- 8K video capture (of some sort)
- Twin card slots
Rumours suggest some 40-45MP for 8k support, but we don’t know.
This doesn’t sound like the replacement for my 5Ds…
The Next Generation: Canon Announces The Development Of The Company’s Most Advanced Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Ever – The EOS R5
The Company will Also Develop Seven RF Lenses and Two RF Lens Extenders in 2020
MELVILLE, NY, February 12, 2020 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that its parent company, Canon Inc., is developing the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera. The camera will feature a newly designed CMOS sensor and new image processor, along with new state-of-the-art optical technologies the company has been able to cultivate through its long history of groundbreaking camera and digital imaging solutions development. In addition, Canon plans to release seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders that are currently in development. These new photography tools will help to continue to strengthen the EOS R system and cement the RF mount as an industry leader.
“Today’s announcement comes as a direct result of the tireless effort of Canon engineers who have been tasked with developing the next generation of Canon EOS R camera and RF lenses to help elevate the popular system that was announced in 2018,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “In developing the new camera, Canon listened to extensive user-feedback from a variety of photographers. The outcome is a camera and lenses that will delight a variety of shooters and further helps to demonstrate Canon’s commitment to full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses.”
The EOS R System was initially developed to provide engineers with the ability to design lenses that were thought to be impossible to create previously. The wide lens mount diameter, shorter back focus, and high-speed system for transmitting data between camera and lens have resulted in an imaging system that delivers higher image quality and greater ease-of-use than ever before.
The new full-frame mirrorless camera currently under development will fully leverage the advantages of the EOS R System, helping to produce a camera that features high-speed continuous shooting and 8K video recording. Furthermore, the camera will provide photographers with more efficient workflows thanks to improved transmission functionality, operability and reliability. These enhancements, along with many others, will help to further elevate and solidify the EOS Series concept of “Speed, Comfort and High-Image-Quality.”
Canon’s EOS R5, the first of the next generation of full-frame mirrorless cameras planned for EOS R System, will include a newly developed CMOS sensor. The new sensor will enable enhanced features such as high-speed continuous shooting up to approximately 20 frames-per-second (FPS) when using the silent shutter and up to approximately 12 FPS when using the mechanical shutter – A feature professional sports and wildlife photographers will find to be extremely impactful on their ability to capture fast-moving subjects. From a video perspective, the camera’s 8K video capture capability will prepare videographers for the future of movie-making- capturing 8K footage today allows for even higher-quality 4K productions in addition to the ability to extract high-resolution still images from the video footage. The EOS R5 will be the first Canon camera equipped with IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization) and when used in conjunction with the extremely effective in-lens stabilization (IS), will allow photographers to handhold the camera in light levels not previously imagined. Additionally, the camera will also feature dual-card slots and will support the automatic transfer of image files from the device to the new image.canon cloud platform.
Alongside the EOS R5, Canon is also developing seven RF lenses and two RF lens extenders scheduled for release during 2020, including the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x.
Reference exhibits for the EOS R5 and RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x will be on display in the Canon booth at the CP+ Camera and Photo Imaging Show 2020, to be held from February 27 to March 1 at the Pacifico Yokohama convention hall in Yokohama, Japan.
A preview of the EOS R5 will be on display at the 2020 WPPI Show (February 25-27) in Las Vegas.
12th It seems that a development announcement might be imminent for the R5.
The text of an article relating to it comes via a post on the CR forum. [CR] IBIS and dual slots seem key features, with 8k video being in the mix, whilst 12 FP (20FPS electronic) certainly pushes the performance envelope.
Do note that if we get a ‘development announcement’ quite a bit of stuff is left out – see the 1D X mk3 development announcement for what was/wasn’t said.
Is this it?
28th It seems that we are to get a fairly high performance mirrorless out of Canon.
At [CR] the specs are now rated as fairly reliable, with cameras in July
Here are some suggested specifications.
- Named the Canon EOS R5
- 45mp full-frame CMOS sensor
- 5 stops with IBIS alone
- 7-8 stops of correction when used with in-lens stabilization
- 12fps mechanical, 20fps electronic
- Scroll wheel added to the back
- No touch bar
- Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
- Larger capacity battery, but looks like the LP-E6
- 8K @ 30fps RAW
- 4K @ 120fps
- 4K @ 60fps
- Built-in 5GHz WiFi
- New battery, but the same shape and compatibility as the EOS 5D Mark IV
- Announcement ahead of CP+ next month
- Launching in July 2020
27th Some rather optimistic specs for an ‘RS or R5’ appear on [CR], dropping the sensor to 45MP, but adding video and FPS specs that make the 1D X mk3 look an underpowered slouch.
Info below is from our EOS RS page – which could now be later in the year, unless Canon try to spin an R5 as an ‘s’ camera.
4th Some specs appear [CR] – supposedly from a tester.
Canon EOS Rs Specifications:
- 75mp full-frame CMOS
- Sensor “focused on the dynamic range”
- Frames per second “… Sounded similar to the EOS R”
- DIGIC 9
- Dual Card Slots
- Joystick the same as the EOS-1D X Mark III
- Larger and higher resolution EVF than the EOS R
- Fully articulating LCD screen
- Fully weather-sealed
- Similar ergonomics as the EOS R (No touch bar)
Take with suitable scepticism at the moment. None of these would be hard to guess if asked to make up a ‘likely’ set of specs – only a few months to go ;-)
22nd There seems to be a rumour going round (thanks for the enquiries/info) that a ‘pro level’ mirrorless EOS R will be appearing before the ‘UK Photography Show’ in March – An event I always go to, but hardly one I’d expect such a significant announcement for. The version recounted to CR suggests 60MP too.
There is likely to be a 5Ds level replacement appearing in ‘EOS R format’, but a true 1 series style mirrorless? That’s a while off yet I’d suggest and rather more than an EOS R mk2.
Do remember that Canon has (mostly) got a lot better at leak control in recent years, so reliable info about such cameras probably won’t come until a matter of weeks before any announcement.
10th Some would-be specs [CR]
- A slightly larger body and grip than the EOS R
- 80mp full-frame image sensor
- A “new style” of joystick
- Larger LCD than the EOS R
- Larger viewfinder than the EOS R
- The “viewfinder” can be tilted up and down (We’re not sure if this was the LCD screen or the EVF, we have reached out for some clarification)
- Dual SD card slots
No video specifications are known
9th A Japanese Canon patent application specifically mentions an 83MP sensor as an example in a discussion of DPAF
Specifically: 83.06MP sensor of 11150 x 7450 pixels in size
This is the full frame scale-up size for the APS-C sensor found in the 90D / M6 mk2 [via CN]
A key component of both is the 32.5MP APS-C sensor, which has full width 4k video (30p) with a Digic 8 processor.
Just whether this is the ‘all-new’ sensor that’s been widely trailed in every third rumour we’ve seen will soon be clear, but it’s natural to scale it up to full frame, which with Canon’s slightly smaller implementation of the APS-C format gives an effective multiplier of 2.56 in megapixels. This gives the ~83MP figure I’ve mentioned below.
After using the H6D recently, I’m wondering if I’d actually prefer my mirrorless 5Ds replacement to manage noticeably better dynamic range at 50-60MP over some huge megapixel jump?
One reason for this is that I’ve heard several rumours over the last couple of months that Canon are keen to break the 100MP ‘barrier’ with a 35mm sensor.
None of these suggestions have had any detail, but the new 32.5MP APS-C sensor does make me wonder. That said I remember that the [Feb 2016] 80D’s 24.2MP sensor scales to ~62MP
For some work, 50MP and masses of DR/low noise would help, whilst for other jobs, 100MP at even the same DR/noise performance of the 5Ds would be more useful. Could this become a choice with a new split pixel sensor design? What too of adding multi-shot to that?
BTW We are at the point already where the number of our clients that ‘need’ 50MP images is limited – but that’s a business marketing challenge, not a camera one ;-)
30th We’ve recently had the (50MP) Hasselblad H6D-50C here for testing [review with HTS T/S adapter], adding to my recent detailed looks at the (47MP/187MP) Panasonic S1R [review] and (26MP) EOS RP [review], and day-to-day (50MP) 5Ds. All of this has led me to get a feel for what I’d like in a high MP mirrorless ‘pro’ camera from Canon. However it’s also made me look at what MP works for what sorts of work I do.
Why do I wonder about this? well, several suggestions are doing the rounds that Canon will be bringing out a new APS-C sensor at ~32.5MP that gives a scaled full frame sensor of ~83MP. Add in some form of sensor shift multishot and you could be seeing ~330MP images.
Now, I know that all my lenses benefit from more MP, but 80/330MP is going to fill a lot of cards ;-)
This is my quick guestimate of what we may see coming from Canon – will it be time to relegate my 5Ds to back-up next year?
To me that puts any ‘RS’ much later in the year, or even into 2020 (the 1D X mk3 is due as well, don’t forget).
A strong uptick in Canon sensor stabilisation (IBIS) patent related info [main rumours page] and Canon’s own words from presentations, say that IBIS is coming and a possible high MP ‘S’ model might be the place to introduce this.
I found IBIS really quite useful when using the 47MP Panasonic S1R recently for my detailed review. Not only did I have IS for my TS-E lenses, it was possible to use it for a multishot 187MP mode (definitely something I want to see in a high MP Canon mirrorless with IBIS)
The S1R is a hefty camera with a bit of the feel of a 1 series, albeit without built-in gip. Using it, along with my experiences from my EOS RP review have made me a lot more comfortable about the prospect of using a ‘Pro-Level’ mirrorless camera from Canon for my ‘real work’.
17th Once again the same ‘high res EOS R’ stuff seems to be doing the rounds, with precious little change or detail ;-)
Looking at the latest upcoming model codes (main rumour page), there are four PCxxxx codes, which signify small cameras. Likely replacements for the M5 and M100, along with a G7X mk3 and G5X mk2.
That pushes any bigger cameras (DS model codes) out of the next 4-6 months (assuming the ongoing thoroughness of the Nokishita site where all the code number and certification stuff appears)
10th With today’s launch of the 250D (SL3] the question of what’s next has popped up again…
Whilst few would bet against a 1D X mk3 next year, in time for the Olympics on Japan, there is also that high end EOS R that Canon have been hinting at. Personally I’ve thought it a 2020 camera rather than a 2019 one – there are just too many tech advances needed for getting an acceptable first ‘pro’ effort out of the door. I certainly hope the sensor in this new camera won’t be ‘just’ a scaled up version of the one found in today’s 250D ( about ~61MP equiv. for FF).
An early 2020 announcement still gives a couple of months until they need to ship (assuming the lengthy delay from 1D X announcement to shipping is no longer an option).
I’ve updated the timeline above to include the 250D. Note too the spread of time that various version of the Digic processor get used. The 2000D and 4000D are still using Digic 4 (which goes back to the 50D from 10 years ago). Do we need Digic 9 for ‘good’ 4k video (even if like many photographers I’ve no real use for it whatsoever). We’ve been told many times of big advances in sensors, but with each new camera pointing to an old model for where the sensor came from, even Canon’s ‘Big changes coming’ line at recent press events looks a bit thinner than I’d like.
BTW my personal biases are clear in this – I want megapixels and image quality. If you -need- 4k video, then buy a video oriented camera and don’t foist this ‘need’ on photographers wanting a superb stills camera. I recently did an extensive bit of (paying) work where 80-100MP would have made the job easier. Not enough to justify going to MF, but enough that I thought about it…
We’re seeing a few comments about cameras being testing – but then again Canon are always sending out cameras to test. That photographer you see with an EOS R might just have a 120MP sensor inside it… Such reports, without photos, don’t tell you much ;-) There’s a few notes on this [CW] that I wouldn’t disagree with…
BTW, next week I’m being lent the new Panasonic S1 R along with an EF lens adapter – this has quite a few features that I’d expect to see in any EOS Rs (or whatever it gets called). As well as looking at the camera as a product in its own right, I’m curious to see how different aspects compare to the EOS RP I recently looked at, as well as my 5Ds. So, IBIS and a ~200MP multishot mode.
23rd At [CR] I note the suggestion that we’ve seen the last EOS R this year. Given the intense scrutiny that any Canon ‘pro’ mirrorless is going to get, it needs to be a good one. There’s also a 1D X mk3 to get out of the door…
In terms of announcements over the next few months the only camera still showing in the certification data is a small one, suggested as a 200D replacement (aka SL3), presumably with that ‘new’ 24MP DPAF sensor we’ve heard about [it wan’t – just the M50 sensor]
11th The ‘high MP Pro’ mirrorless gets a mention at [CR] as a late 2019 camera. 70MP and IBIS. Sounds a lot like the 100MP version mentioned back in January.
So, it’s expected, but does that mean we’ll actually get to see it?
The slide from Canon’s recent strategy conference leaves a hefty gap [main rumour page] and doesn’t include the 5Ds
A 1D X Mark III still seems a given, so perhaps an earlier 1D X announcement and the ‘EOS RS’ in Jan/Feb 2020 – I suspect they want to spend as long as possible getting their first ‘pro’ effort right.
BTW I’ve now got an EOS RP to experiment with and once I’m past a big chunk of (paying) work, I’ll be writing more about using it and the ‘Canon Mirrorless’ experience.
17th The ‘all-new’ 24MP DPAF sensor that we’ve heard is slated for a DSLR update this year (xxxD level is likely) could give some clues to a potential ‘RS’ camera.
Simply scaling up the 24MP to full frame gives just over 60MP, which given that it’s DPAF means 120million+ sub pixels. There’s no hinted specs for a new DSLR camera yet, which would put it at least a month or two out (remember how camera spec rumours often only crystallise weeks out from any announcement). I’d also imagine Canon wants to have a good couple of month’s sales of the RP before anything else appears.
The performance and specs of the new camera’s sensor might give some indications of just how close a possible ‘RS’ is to announcement.
16th The 5Ds is a very useful camera – mine is my go-to camera for most of my architectural and industrial photography, but it was designed back in 2014…
What to expect if its replacement is mirrorless? Good 4k video and dual cards would seem a given, and Canon’s latest hints would suggest IBIS too. In January it was suggested that the camera would be over 100MP, but with the move to DPAF I’m expecting 70MP as more likely.
Whether the next EOS R is a 5Ds (high MP) or 5D mk4 replacement probably depends on how soon the various technical requirements for sensor/IS/processing can be brought to market. The age of the 5Ds probably gives it an edge here.
The fact that I’ve set this page up means I’m leaning towards thinking that what follows the 5Ds won’t be a DSLR
The RP is on its way, so at least we have a bit of an idea how Canon intends naming them (for a few years yet). Of course, Canon could change its mind and we could go back to numbers. However, I think the choice of letters is a distinct aspect of Canon’s branding strategy for mirrorless.
- EOS R – medium
- EOS RP – entry
We now need versions pitched at some other levels.
- 1D X level – EOS RX?
- 5Ds level – EOS RS?
- 5D level – EOS RV?
What to go below RP? There’s no sign other than a push for full frame here.
- Crop sensor – EOS RC? I suspect not (C for ‘Cine’?)
If we look at the current and recently mentioned lenses for RF, there’s a very high level pitch.
- RF15-35mm f/2.8L
- RF24-70mm f/2.8L
- RF24-105mm f/4L
- RF24-240mm f/4-6.3
- RF28-70mm f/2L
- RF35mm f/1.8
- RF50mm f/1.2L
- RF70-200mm f/2.8L
- RF85mm f/1.2L
- RF85mm f/1.2L DS
Even if you call the EOS RP ‘entry level’, then the lenses it will have available are nowhere near the old EF-S18-55 kit level. The EOS RP and adapter is a great bonus for used EF lens sellers ;-)
I feel that crop sensors are going to be kept out of the EOS R brand. The next few EOS R cameras are going to push the camera brand upwards to the level of those ‘L’ lenses.
Lenses are a year or two ahead of EOS R body technology at the moment. A Canon presentation slide shows IBIS, in an uncharacteristically detailed bit of ‘coming soon’ info for Canon:
12th There’s been no direct info about any followup to the 5Ds for a while, but combining part of what we were told about MF and a 100+MP EOS R with IBIS [Medium format page], along with some recent info at [CR] makes me wonder if there will ever be a 5Ds mk2 and that it will be that EOS R?
If it is, can I add multishot using the IBIS, to the specs please?
I have to say the likelihood of what replaces my own 5Ds as a mirrorless camera has gone up …as I wondered back in October. Since then I’ve tested the Hasselblad X1D-50C and with a few caveats, quickly adapted to the EVF
13th I note a brief mention of the 5Ds follow-up moving to mirrorless [CR] – a natural enough speculation given it’s some three and a half years since the 5Ds started shipping.
Nikon’s Z7 puts aspects of D850 performance into a mirrorless body. So why not ‘just’ put the 5Ds sensor into an EOS-R style camera?
Well, the 5Ds sensor is not DPAF for starters. Not that this matters to many arm-chair camera design experts ;-)
I note rather a lot of ‘forum critique’ of the 5Ds comes from people who’ve never used one, from people who probably should have got a 5D mk4 (or even mk3) instead, or simply don’t use it for what it was intended for – such as choosing a 50MP camera and whinging about file size…
The issue of a camera having an AA filter or not is once again showing how many people are led by specs and advertising ‘messages’ rather than actual performance (see my 5D s/R comparison for why I regard choosing my 5Ds as simply a way of saving some money).
Time to remind myself that most photographers (myself included) are far more often limited by their own skill and vision, not the kit they use.
Personally I can wait until Canon have a sensor that offers more MP -and- better DR. The likelihood of it coming in a DSLR body just drops off, the longer it takes. I’ve thought about when I’ll move to an RF mount based camera but as yet, it’s still some way off.
10th I suspect that the EOS-R is the big message Canon want to give for Photokina later this month and we won’t see any DSLRs until 2019. As such I’ve updated the timeline above with an entry for the first EOS R camera.
Some Canon info suggests that cameras will appear above and below the EOS R level (roughly 6D mk2 IMHO). There is a clear sign of this in a Canon graphic from a Japanese article (see the EOS R/mirrorless page for more)
At the right is the 5Ds and 5D mk4. For the APS-C cameras at the right, the top two are 7DII and 80D. Bottom two are M5 and M6.
It looks as if the next full frame mirrorless cameras will be pitched at the 5 series level. I’m inclined to wonder if there won’t be a 5Ds mk2, just a higher MP model in the EOS R range?
As a serious user of the 5Ds, I’ve written up some of my own thoughts about when I’ll move to an RF mount based camera – not for a bit, but it will happen.
Earlier information is from our DSLR 5Ds replacement page
22nd When the 5Ds mk2 arrives will we still get ‘s’ and ‘s R’ versions? Ever since getting my 5Ds I’ve wondered if I was missing out by getting the ‘s’ version?
Well, after a recent quick 5Ds/5DS R test with the TS-E50 lens, I’m fairly certain I know whether I saved a few hundred quid, or missed out on sharper photos ;-) YMMV!
9th A suggestion [CR] that the 5Ds Mk2 is for next year – that’s just fine here, our 5Ds is working well, and the longer an update takes, the more noticeable any jump should be.
21st No news at all of a 5Ds mk2 – there’s much wailing on some fan sites that it ‘needs’ an update soon.
Well, having just been out testing the Canon TS-E50mm on my 5Ds, I see a lens that will likely work really well at 100+MP. Does this make me think the 5Ds is too old? No, not a bit of it. I’m inclined to think that many of the whingers should get a 5D Mk4 and be done with it ;-)
The 5D3 lasted some 4 1/2 years… and if I’m honest, I’m happy to wait a bit longer if it means we see a significant jump in MP and the use of dual Digic 8.
At the moment I’m still expecting an 80D replacement first followed by the 7D mk3 and then the 5Ds mk2 in the spring of 2019 with a hefty bump in performance – if we see it in the summer of 2018 then it’s likely to be a much less of a headline grabber.
Anyway, as yet there’s no real signs of any replacement.
11th A suggestion of a no more than 10% increase in pixel count [CR] makes me think that my ‘skip a generation’ policy may well apply to my 5Ds as it did to my 1Ds and 1Ds3 [Why I turned down an upgrade]
Image quality issues just don’t cause me any problems with the 5Ds, and if I wanted video/fps/AF performance, well, there’s the latest 5D. Who knows, maybe Canon will bring out a true high MP body in a 1 series body again…
6th A long away tip suggests 60MP later next year [CR] but specifications for cameras that far out are usually beyond what even Canon knows as yet ;-)
Add in the usual suspects (wifi, 4k video) and you have something to stir the rumour pot…
OK I’ll bite… no, 60MP won’t get me to update my 5Ds, unless the sensor is phenomenally more capable (video performance, FPS and even AF performance are still irrelevant for my paying work – you want that sort of stuff, buy a 1DX 2/5D4)
Maybe Canon will one day be able to provide a good ETTR exposure mode – myself and others have only really been asking for something like this for 15 years or so)
March 10th In classic ‘no news almost becomes news’, I note that the 5Ds replacement is still not expected this year [CR]
From my own POV, that’s great, since I’d be unlikely to update to 70MP, but 100+MP makes that a bit more likely.
I see also how this non story has now mutated and expanded amongst the ‘we said it first’ rumour trivia sites to take on a life of its own ;-)
Meanwhile – if you’ve not explored the new site, please do have a look through some of the article categories in the drop-down list at the right. The hundreds of articles and reviews I’ve updated/edited are the ‘real ‘content of our site – hope you find something of interest!
14th I’ve asked around and the best I get is a ‘no time soon’ for a 5Ds update.
Of course, ‘soon’ is a very fluid concept in this area, so I’m always drawn to the timeline, which of course doesn’t predict entirely new products, but gives clues to updates, especially when associated with Canon’s product development cycles, which can seem a bit conservative from some forum vantage points ;-)
Personally, I’d be surprised to see something announced in 2017, it’s just not far enough ahead for a noticeable jump in performance/features [then again I never saw the 1DX as a successor to the 1Ds3]
My own bias is that I’ve got a 5Ds and as a relatively niche camera, I won’t look at an update that doesn’t make visible improvements (so perhaps a 5Ds3 for me ;-)
If you look at the processors on the time line, you’ll see that each major new release (FF) moves forward in processor version.
The reception of this ‘rumour’ has been interesting to see.
I’ve followed numerous forum threads about this suggested update with interest and amusement, and apart from the numerous ‘my *** is bigger than your *** ‘ style posts there seems to be a number of themes
“The 5D IV didn’t do enough for X, so the 5Ds mk2 can fix this”
X being video, ‘DR’, High ISO – take your pick. I assumed that the 5Ds and 5D lines were aimed at different markets.
“I may not know how to use what I’ve got properly, but a better camera will fix it”
The perennial complaint I’ve seen on forums as long as I’ve followed them. The “I may not know” bit is of course usually implied rather than stated… ;-)
Expect more of this random noise in rumourland as we move into the ‘thin news’ time after a new 5D appears…
12th A suggested 2017 update for the 5Ds [CR]
Dual Digic 7 and DPAF with a modest jump in MP still seem something for 2018 unless the 5D4 was developed with an eye on a quick to roll out ‘s’ version.
– Note comments from Dec 2015 below and the timeline above
27th The launch of the 5D mk4 at 30MP raises the question of when Canon will bump up the pixels to over 100MP. If the 5 series moves to a longer lifecycle, the replacement for the 5Ds might be pushed out as far as 2019.
Personally I’d rather wait until 2019 and see a ~140MP sensor than 80-90MP in 2018 :-)
17th A suggestion that the 5Ds and 5Ds R may get an update ‘sooner’ than might be expected, with a 5D4 style body and updated sensor [CR]
Not in 2016 I’d suggest – which puts such info well into the speculation category at the moment.
As a day to day user of the 5Ds, I see no reason for an early update – the 5D mk4 is surely aimed at 5D mk3 users.
The 5Ds and 5Ds R were never an upgrade path for many 5D3 users, or am I missing some egregious defect in the camera I earn my living with ;-)
11th More info about the working Canon 120MP camera that’s being shown at the Canon Expo [PB] The demo camera has a sensor in a 5Ds body
The sample camera is only taking shots at 100ISO
It’s an APS-H sensor, so a full frame version would come in at ~200MP
Shall we see a 200MP 5Ds mk2 in 2018? or if they get it working sooner, a rather expensive 1DXs announced in 2016 (shipping well into 2017)
As with any Canon ‘interviews’ don’t expect too much in the way of insight ;-)
6th Cameras finally announced
There is a very good overview of the cameras and technology at CPN
5th We’re told that Canon is not done with its basic new 5D design and that a 5D C will appear later this year to go with a 5D mk4.
See the 5D4 page, although since I don’t use video at all, I’m unclear how much sense this makes?
4th Prices are leaked [PR]
Canon EOS 5Ds: €3,499 (around $4,000)
Canon EOS 5Ds R (no low-pass filter): €3,699 (around $4,200)
Canon EF 11-24mm f/4L USM: €2,999 (around $3,400)
30th Two new 5D variants are suggested, both with a 50.6MP full frame CMOS sensor
An EOS 5DS R version will be without low-pass filter
Magnesium alloy body, dust and water sealed
High precision 61 AF points, EOS iTR AF
150,000 pixel RGB + IR photometry sensor
New “fine detail” picture style
1.3x and 1.6x crop modes
Customisable “Quick Control Screen”
Time-lapse movie, Interval Timer, Bulb timer
This info (and pic) first appeared on a Japanese site [DC – Google xlt]
From my own POV, it will be a nuisance to move from a 1 series body, but its a big enough jump from my 1Ds3 (which the 1D X wasn’t) to make it pretty much a no-brainer for our architectural work. The question remains though as to how much difference the AA filter makes?
At [CR] there is a suggestion that the relatively low max ISO is from a much stronger set of colour filters than usual – more welcome news if so.
We’ve also had a comment [thanks] that the 5D mark 4 is due for an August launch, and will be an update aimed at a much wider audience than the 5Ds
If you were interested in the new 11-24 lens that will probably be announced at the same time, see the animation on the main lens page comparing it to the 8-15 and EF14 II – that is a lot of glass!
9th Three versions of a new 5D are suggested [CR] an updated 5D4 and two 5Ds models with and without AA filtering, at ~53MP
30th With a rumoured high MP DSLR from Canon (main rumour page) I note that at [CR] they have been told that the camera could be the 5D mk4, which could also fit in with suggestions that the 6D2 will move upmarket.
Earlier rumours – see the 5D mk4 rumour page
|Canon EOS 5DS||Canon EOS 5DS R|
|MSRP||$3699/£2999/€3999 (body only)||$3899/£3199/€4249 (body only)|
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy|
|Max resolution||8688 x 5792|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||51 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||53 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|Sensor size notes||Offers 1.6x and 1.3x crop modes, as well as medium and small Raw sizes.|
|Processor||Dual DIGIC 6|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||Primary color filter|
|ISO||Auto, 100-6400 (expandable to 12800)|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|File format||JPEG (Exif v2.3, DPOF v2.0)
Raw (Canon CR2, 14-bit)
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus||Contrast Detect (sensor)
|Autofocus assist lamp||No|
|Number of focus points||61|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||ClearView II TFT-LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Exposure modes||Scene Intelligent Auto
Shutter Priority AE
Aperture Priority AE
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe and PC sync port)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/200 sec|
Silent single shooting
Silent continuous shooting
|Continuous drive||5.0 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 secs)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (30p, 25p, 24p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 50p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)|
|Videography notes||Supports ALL-I and IPB compression|
|Storage types||SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible), CompactFlash|
|USB||USB 3.0 (5 GBit/sec)|
|Remote control||Yes (Wired and wireless)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (dust and water-resistent)|
|Battery description||LP-E6 lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||700|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||930 g (2.05 lb / 32.80 oz)|
|Dimensions||152 x 116 x 76 mm (5.98 x 4.57 x 2.99″)|
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