Get Ready—8K Canon R5c Will Join Mirrorless Line

The 8K camera will be the newest to join Canon's mirrorless family.

Up until the adoption of 4K mirrorless as its flagship camera platform, Canon was known for a leisurely development cycle, taking its time in keeping up with the digital revolution. But with the R series of cameras, it’s been full steam ahead to 8K, with the R5c planned for January 2022.

According to the latest from Canon Rumors, the R5c will be capable of shooting 12-bit 8K at 30 frames per second, courtesy of the same 45mp CMOS sensor and DIGIC X Image Processor found in the R5. Shooters will need to capture using Canon Cinema Raw Light, but will also have the option of 4K using Log 3, XF-AVC, or mp4 compression. Log 2 may also be coming along for the ride, once the design is finalized.

Canon is also adding in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and active cooling, which prompted the LCD to have to be moved further back to make room for a fan to keep the sensor cool while shooting at 8K.

Other features planned include:

  • 45mp full-frame sensor (Same as the EOS R5)
  • IBIS
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II plus face tracking and eye detection)
  • Unlimited 8K30P recording in Cinema RAW Light
  • Canon Log 3 (and maybe Log 2)
  • XF-AVC and MP4
  • Timecode in/out
  • Active cooling with built-in fan
  • Separate 3/8″ or 1/4″ mounting point to accommodate optional accessories like an electronic viewfinder or top handle 
  • Full-size HDMI Port

Canon is also designing the R5c to incorporate the same multipurpose hot shoe as the EOS R3 so that users can still deploy third-party accessories like Tascam’s XLR module for external microphone connections.

There’s no word on pricing just yet, but the 4K Canon R5 is around $4,000, so expect this new camera to be a little higher. The good news is that should prompt a drop in the standard R5 MSRP.

Keep in mind that while Canon Rumors lists this as “confirmed,” this is still a rumor. Consequently, should it come to pass, the R5c is expected to be announced in mid-January of 2022, with preorders and shipping within about 6 weeks.

Quantities will be limited, however, thanks to the ongoing computer chip shortage, so get your preorder in quickly.      

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I wonder if mid-january would also be the annoucement of a Cinema EOS C500S that will shoot in 8K
and probably with a RF mount?

December 26, 2021 at 5:36PM

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If this rumor is believed to be true, you’re eventually paying for an internal cooler and firmware update, at the cost of perhaps losing some of its weather sealing.

December 28, 2021 at 6:00PM

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