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Canon confirms the existence of the EOS R5

A first glimpse of the Canon EOS R5. (Source: Canon)
A first glimpse of the Canon EOS R5. (Source: Canon)
Canon has teased the EOS R5 by affirming that this next-generation full-frame camera is indeed in development. The OEM now asserts that it will be the "most advanced" model in its category on its launch. It also plans to release new RF lenses and lens-extenders to go with the new unit.

Canon has confirmed the EOS R5 as an upcoming product, thus dispelling rumors that it was not to be released at all. The company already describes it as the "most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera" known to its series. However, it is yet to divulge information such as the full resolution of its sensor.

On the other hand, we do now know that the R5 will support 8K video recording, as well as high-speed continuous shooting modes. On that note, the new EOS is to feature silent and mechanical shutters, which are roughly rated for up to 20 and 12 frame per second (fps) in these terms respectively.

The leaks surrounding this upcoming mirrorless unit also point to 5-axis image stabilisation for the EOS R5 (as well as the putative R6). In more definitive news, Canon has officially announced that it will be joined by the RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, in addition to 6 other new RF lenses, in the future. The 1.4x and 2x RF Extenders will also become available during 2020.

The EOS R5 - which is also projected to be the more expensive of its generation - does not have a launch date as yet. However, it may be available for a preview at the next Wedding and Portrait Photography International (WPPI) show. This conference is scheduled for February 25 to 27, 2020 - presuming it is still able to go ahead, of course.


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Deirdre O Donnell, 2020-02-17 (Update: 2020-02-17)