In a press release from Canon Australia, more information has come to light about the Canon EOS R5 since its development was confirmed. The most surprising feature will be its ability to record 8K internally using the full width of the sensor up to 29.97fps (30p).
Canon is also confirming all 8K modes will support Dual Pixel CMOS AF and will include eye, face, and body autofocus. There will also be advanced animal AF that "recognizes dogs, cats and birds, relying not only on the eyes of the animal but also the face and body for situations when the eyes are not visible." Additionally, a new in-body image stabilization system (IBIS) will be developed to work in combination with the lens stabilization of Canon lenses. Here's what we know so far.
- EOS R Camera System
- Newly Developed CMOS Sensor
- 8K Internal Recording
- 8K No Cropping up to 29.97fps (30p)
- 8K still extraction from video
- IBIS that supports lens stabilization
- Face AF tracking
- Eye AF tracking
- Animal AF tracking
- 20 FPS with Electronic Shutter
- 12 FPS with Mechanical Shutter
- Dual Card Slots
- Auto transfer images to Canon Cloud Platform (image.canon)
What's interesting is the wording "all 8K modes". While this could easily mean different frame rates including 23.98, 24, 25, and 29.97fps, it could potentially mean something else. How so? What if instead of traditional 4K DCI and 4K UHD modes, it oversamples the 8K sensor to record 4K images. The oversampled images would look great. If you have ever seen RED Monstro 8K VV footage downsampled to 4K you know exactly what we are talking about.
Speaking of RED, there has been speculation and talks about how Canon is capable of developing the EOS 5R. Not to say Canon cannot do it on its own, but if you have been following the development of the RED Komodo, you know it comes with the Canon RF mount found on the EOS R camera system.
At the very least, the two companies had talked to share the mount specs. Has the relationship between the two companies blossomed further to include sensors? Doubtful. But RED did provide its sensor technology for the Panavision DXL, so it is possible. Keep in mind, this is speculation. If we can confirm anything we'll let you know.
But what do you think? Let us know in the comments below.
Update March 23, 2020: We reached out to RED to see if they partnered with Canon for its 8K sensor. RED has told us they have not.