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Canon touts the new EOS R5 C as an "unlimited 8K" hybrid camera

The new EOS R5 C. (Source: Canon)
The new EOS R5 C. (Source: Canon)
Canon has launched a new variant of the EOS R5 flagship camera designed to address the original's well-publicized limitations. Accordingly, the new C version looks and acts much like its immediate predecessor - except with extra added vents for its new active cooling solution. It is also much more expensive to start off with this time around.

The long-awaited EOS R5 started snapping up controversy without delay following the discovery of somewhat stringent recording-time constraints in 8K thanks to a potentially impaired cooling solution. The OEM has now unleashed an answer to this criticism: a whole new variant upgraded to the active system that might have saved its predecessor a lot of bad press.

The EOS R5 C has launched much the same otherwise, 45MP sensor, DIGIC X processor, Dual Pixel CMOS Auto-Focus (AF) and all. However, it has emerged with a slightly wider and thicker chassis in order to fit those extra fans in, at 142x101x111mm as opposed to 139x98x88mm in the R5.

The R5 C might also weigh up to 770g with an SD/CFexpress card and a battery on board, whereas the EOS R5 is 738g at most. The new refresh does offer the latest 12-bit/up to 2.6Gbps "Cinema RAW Light" format, as opposed to mere 12-bit RAW at the same speed in the R5. In addition, the C adds the option of an XLR input, although this requires an additional Tascam adapter.

Then again, both cameras take the same batteries and RF-mount lenses. However, Canon now touts the newer model as more of a cine-hybrid camera rather than a full-frame unit thanks to its potential for increased 8K recording stamina.

The Canon EOS R5 C can be pre-ordered from now, although it may not ship until March 2022 in many regions. It is priced at US$4,500, as opposed to a starting price of $3,900 in the R5.

EOS R5s: possibly soon to be a good deal on Amazon.

The R5 C brings a new footprint (and fans) to the EOS flagship line. (Source: Canon)
The R5 C brings a new footprint (and fans) to the EOS flagship line. (Source: Canon)

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-01-20 (Update: 2022-01-24)