Canon announces EOS R5 with 8K RAW video recording and HEIF photos

Canon has unveiled its new full-frame cameras with the professional-quality EOS R5 capable of 8K video and the EOS R6 for high-end hobbyists.

Canon’s latest mirrorless cameras are aimed at professional vloggers and content creators to compete directly with existing offerings from Sony and Nikon. The flagship EOS R5 can record RAK 8K videos and has image capture speeds of up to 20 frames per second, while the cheaper EOS R6 offers most of the same features at half the price.

These cameras are in direct competition with the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 that we reviewed previously. The 2019 EOS R model didn’t compare to the competition, but these new cameras offer new specifications and what looks like better build quality at first glance.

EOS R5

Canon EOS R5

The flagship mirrorless camera sports a 45-megapixel full-frame sensor and is capable of taking pictures at 12 frames per second with the mechanical shutter and at 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter. It’s faster than most cameras in its class on the market. The other major feature of this model is the 8K RAW 10 bit 4: 2: 2 video recording with internal 5-axis image stabilization.

Additional features of the EOS R5

  • ISO range of 100-51200
  • 1053 AF areas
  • Auto focus with eye, face and head detection
  • Animal detection
  • 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi
  • One SD card slot and one CF express card slot
  • Take HEIF, JPEG and RAW images

EOS R6

Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R6

The cheapest option, but by no means cheap or limited, is the EOS R6. It has a 20.1 megapixel full-frame sensor and can also shoot at 12 frames per second with the mechanical shutter and at 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter. Canon boasts that this model has the same basic image sensor and the same image processor as the EOS-1DX Mark III.

The biggest differentiator of this model is the lack of 8K video recording. The EOS R6 can record in 4K 60fps 10 bit 4: 2: 2 and has the same integrated 5-axis image stabilizer.

Additional functions of the EOS R6

  • ISO range 100-102400
  • 1053 AF areas
  • Auto focus with eye, face and head detection
  • Animal detection
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
  • Two SD card slots
  • Take HEIF, JPEG and RAW images

New RF lenses

As with the Sony and Nikon offerings, the two new mirrorless cameras are almost identical in capacity with only differences in sensor and video resolution justifying the price increase of $ 1,400. Canon is offering high-end specs this year, although it has only been in the full-frame mirror segment since the end of 2018.

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