Canon has announced the development of the EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera plus the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens and two teleconverter extenders.
Angled view of the Canon EOS R5 camera with the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens. (Source: Canon.)
The EOS R5 represents the next generation of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras and will feature a new CMOS sensor (which is rumoured to have 45 megapixel resolution). It is also the first Canon camera equipped with a high-performance coordinated image stabilisation (IS) system that integrates the camera’s in-body IS (IBIS) with the IS systems in attached RF lenses. Rumour says up to five stops of shake correction are claimed for the IBIS alone, and between seven and eight stops of correction with in-lens stabilisation.
According to Canon’s press release:
The new full-frame mirrorless camera currently under development will fully leverage the advantages of the EOS R System to realise high-speed continuous shooting and 8K video recording and expanding the boundaries of visual expression. In addition, it can contribute to more efficient workflows thanks to improved transmission functionality, operability and reliability. These enhancements and more will help the new camera elevate the EOS Series concept of “Speed, Comfort and High-image-quality” to a higher level.
It also confirms the rumour that the new camera will have a hybrid mechanical/electronic shutter that supports burst speeds of up to 12 fps with the mechanical shutter and 20 fps when the electronic shutter is used. Buffer capacities have not been disclosed but it’s hoped they are sufficient for sports and action shooters. The camera will also feature dual media card slots and will support automatic transfer of image files from the device to the image.canon cloud platform.
Other rumours suggest the touch bar on the original EOS R will not be provided but a scroll wheel will be added to the back panel. The R5 will also have a Live View/Movie toggle like similarly-specified EOS DSLRs and may use a similar shaped battery to the LP-E6 in the EOS 5D Mark IV. It will also come with built-in 5GHz Wi-Fi. Rumours suggest shipping will commence in July 2020. (Note: these rumours will need to be confirmed.)
Alongside the EOS R5, Canon is also developing a total of 9 RF lenses scheduled for release during 2020, including the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens plus Extender RF 1.4x and Extender RF 2x teleconverters.
The new RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens. (Source: Canon.)
The new RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM is a lightweight, compact and versatile zoom lens targeted at photo enthusiasts. An ideal partner for the EOS RP, it weighs only 395 grams and has a diameter of 88.8 mm and length of 76.6 mm. It also features a new Canon-developed 0.5x Center Focus Macro mode that provides 0.4 times life-size magnification at the minimum focus distance of 13 cm with the 24mm focal length.
With a large rear element and Canon’s Super Spectra Coating, this lens claims high optical performance across the frame with minimal ghosting and flare. It also boasts high-speed camera-to-lens communication capabilities and comes with its own DLO lens correction data profile. The stepping motor drive for the autofocusing system provides fast AF performance for stills and smooth, quiet performance during video capture.
The RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM will be available for purchase both as an individual lens, and as part of a Canon EOS RP kit from April 2020 via official local Canon retailers. Pricing will be set at dealer discretion for the standalone lens and EOS RP + 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM kit. The RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM will be supported in Australia by Canon Australia’s 5-year local warranty. Click here for more information.