Canon Takes the Wraps Off the EOS R5, R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Canon says its new EOS R5 and R6 models are the most advanced full-frame mirrorless cameras in its line-up to date.

The EOS R5 is designed for professional applications, featuring a new 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor and uncropped 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps. The EOS R6, meanwhile, is geared towards advanced amateurs featuring a 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor and 4K video recording up to 59.94 fps. 

Canon is also introducing four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders: the RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM, RF600mm F11 IS STM, RF800mm F11 IS STM, and RF85mm F2 MACRO IS STM lenses. In addition to the lenses, there are two new RF lens extenders: a 1.4x and a 2x model, allowing for users to take their compatible RF lens focal lengths even farther; as well as a new 13-inch professional printer, the imagePROGRAF PRO-300, to bring photos to life through the power of print.

Both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 cameras have the ability to capture the action of a variety of fast-moving subjects. When using the mechanical shutter, each can shoot up to 12 fps and up to 20 fps when using the completely silent shutter. Both cameras are the first to be outfitted with Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF II which uses up to approximately 100% coverage of the AF area and EOS iTR AF X incorporating AF tracking algorithms using deep learning technology and enhanced readout speed of the CMOS sensor and processing speed thanks to the DIGIC X image processor. The 1,053 automatically selected AF Zones are made even more potent by the ability to detect the human eye, face or head as well as the eye, face or body of animals such as dogs, cats and even birds, says Canon.  

Adding to the feature set is the 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer, having coordinated control with Optical Image Stabilizer in IS equipped RF lenses. This provides up to 8 stops of shake correction, a feature that many creators have long asked for from Canon. Both the EOS R5 and R6 cameras come with a new LP-E6NH battery with a higher capacity than the previous model.

As the new flagship model in the EOS R series lineup, the EOS R5 camera’s 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor is driven by the speedy DIGIC X image processor, giving wide dynamic range as well as boasting an ISO range of 100-51,200 that is expandable up to 102,400. It offers the ability to record uncropped 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps and 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). The camera can also record 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). External recording in 4K is also available up to 59.94 fps. When in DCI modes, the 8K and 4K video recording is uncropped and Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is available in all 8K and 4K recording modes. 

Additional features of the EOS R5 camera include: dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II; built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 5.76 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh rate; 3.2-inch 2.1 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen; 5GHz/2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology with the ability to use the image.canon application, as well as optional WFT-R10A wireless file transmitter with Ethernet support; enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial, multi-controller; the ability to voice tag photos and videos; and weather, drip, and dust sealing on par with the EOS 5D series.

The EOS R6 camera has new features, including the EOS-1D X Mark III based 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC X image processor that produces an ISO range of 100-102,400 and is expandable to 204,800. Internal video recording at 4K is capable up to 59.94 fps or 1080p up to 119.88 fps in 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon Log(H.265) or HDR PQ(H.265). The camera also features a built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 3.69 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh rate. Additional features of the EOS R6 camera include: dual UHS-II SD card slots; 3-inch 1.62 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen; 2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology with the ability to use the image.canon application; enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial, multi-controller; and weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 6D series.

The Canon EOS R5 will be available at the end of July for an MSRP of $5,400 for the body only and the EOS R6 is scheduled for availability at the end of August for MSRP $3,500 for the body only and $3,800 with the RF 24-105 F4-7.1 IS STM lens kit.