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Information about Canon’s replacement for the EOS 5D Mark 4

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This page first set up after the 5D mk4 appeared, when we thought a good guestimate for the 5D5 – January 2020…

Since then Mirrorless has advanced a long way and it might be wondered if the 5DV might ever appear – Events of 2020 have probably reduced the chances of it happening

If we waited until we were absolutely sure about a comment or rumour, the pages would be a series of product announcements and not much more. We hope you enjoy it ;-) If you feel you need a dose of something more earnest and serious then do pay a visit to our (rumour free) article and reviews.

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Canon 5D Mk5 rumours

The timeline has often been our best guide. The appearance of mirrorless probably signifies big changes

  Crop  00 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 2018 2019 2020 2021
            1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Best Full       1Ds 1Ds II 1Ds III 1D X 1DX II 1DX III
1.3     1D 1D II 1D IIn 1D III 1D IV                    
vid.                             1D C          
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D II 5D III 5D IV
1.6                   7D 7D Mk II        
'Better'  Full                                               6D 6D 2
1.6 D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D 90D
Mid 1.6         300D
Kiss N
Kiss X
760D T6s 77D
        750D T6i 800D T7i 850D T8i
Micro 1.6                                 100D SL1 X7 200D SL2 250D
Entry 1.6                   1000D / XS / F 1100D / T3 / X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6 2000D T7
EOS R Full                               R5
                              EOS R
                              EOS RP
EF-M 1.6                               M5
                              M50 M50 II
                            M M2 M3 M6 M6 II
                              M10 M100 M200

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates. Video capable 4k 8k

Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual | Digic 6 dual | Digic 7 dual | Digic 8 dual | Digic X dual

2020 July

20th A lot’s changed in the last few months and may well have hastened the removal of DSLRs from Canon’s product plans.

The updated timeline now has a lot of ‘last model’ lines, especially once a crop sensor EOS R model appears.

Add to this a suggestion [CR] that there will not be a 5D mk5 and it becomes clear that Canon sees mirrorless as the answer to your camera needs, and RF will do the same for your lens needs (along with adapter support that was never really possible for the FD->EF transition).

I’ve just finished a review of Nikon’s 19mm tilt shift lens and used a Z7 for the testing. Adding in my experience of the Panasonic S1R and my own EOS RP makes me more than happy to expect a mirrorless update for my 5Ds.

However, I suspect there are still a lot of people unsure of mirrorless (battery life is still one concern for some uses). Before the world events of 2020 I’d have seen it as a possible that Canon would make a ‘final’ 5D5 based on the R5, but now, I suspect not.


25th In an interview [TR], Canon UK confirms that the R5 is a ‘5 series’ camera.

With the R5 prelaunch and actual launch likely for April/May [latest R5 info], people have been wondering about a potential 5D mk5 again? Will we see the R5 get a mirror and appear as a last (gasp) DSLR?  Canon will want to get as many people shifted to the R series as possible (all those new lenses) but a similarly specced 5D mkV could sell…

2019 October

14th After years of silence the possibility of a 5D mk5 is mentioned at [CR] – perhaps the 5D mk4 isn’t the end of the 5D line, although the likelihood of a 5Ds mk2 is somewhat less – this is a popular suggestion for a move to mirrorless [EOS RS page]

2016 August

26th The 5D4 is announced.

Canon 5D Mark IV Key Specifications

New 30.4MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
DCI 4K 30/24p video using Motion JPEG + 4K Frame Grab
61-point AF system with 41 cross-type sensors (centre point sensitive to -3 EV)
Dual Pixel AF (sensitive to -4EV) for continuous Servo AF in stills and video
ISO 100-32000 (expandable to 102400)
7 fps continuous shooting
Dual Pixel Raw (image microadjustment, bokeh shift, ghosting reduction)
150,000-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
1.62M-dot 3.2″ full-time touchscreen
Wi-Fi w/ NFC + GPS
Built-in bulb timer interval timers
Improved weather-sealing


30th Still no sign of a 5D4, so perhaps the 2012 suggestion of 2018 for the mk5 needs pushing back a bit.

2015 February

  • 5th The imminent launch of the 5Ds (and r) raises interesting questions as to where the 5D line is headed, particularly with the suggestion that a 5D C and 5D mk IV will appear this year.

2012 March

  • 3rd The 5D mark 3 was announced yesterday, so the mark 5 is perhaps 6 years away (2018)
  • Hopefully by then, the page will be wider to take the full timeline below.
  • How long will the 5D model line go on, will the XXXD line run out of numbers? Will we be on the EOS 950D by 2018
  • I’m expecting at least 8k video, and maybe an electronic viewfinder – no, that’s too radical for only 6 Canon years ;-)

That’s it – Nothing here to see yet!

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