A few months back in February 2020, Canon announced that they were developing the Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera and new RF lenses. That news announcement attracted a lot of attention with the technical specifications and capabilities of the upcoming Canon EOS R5. Fast forward to today on 21st April 2020, Canon unveils new features of Canon EOS R5!

What are the new features of Canon EOS R5? What makes Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera that highly anticipated by the world photography community? From my coverage, following, testing, reviewing (and owning the Canon EOS RP) over the years from the first Canon mirrorless Canon EOS M to Canon EOS RP, I am able to continue with a part two of this article that I wrote and published “The Canon Mirrorless Journey from Canon EOS M to EOS R” when Canon EOS R5 is officially announced. The improvements starting from Canon EOS R5 are significant and important, the information that I gathered from Canon EXPO 2016 Shanghai, shows the commitment (to mirrorless system), imaging and technological improvements that you can have inside the upcoming Canon EOS R5.

Let me share with you, the new features of the Canon EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera

Canon revealed new features and functions of the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5, engineered with the revolutionary RF mount and fitted with Canon’s latest technologies. The EOS R5 is the first of the next-generation full-frame mirrorless cameras in Canon’s EOS R System.


The Canon EOS R5 comes with groundbreaking specifications in the video department. The compact body houses the ability to shoot 8K videos internally at up to 30fps with full sensor width read out (without crop). This allows flexibility in post-processing or editing as you have access to four times the resolution of 4K—being able to crop in or pan within the frame and still deliver in 4K or FHD output. The camera also has the impressive ability of shooting 4K at up to 120fps, both internally and externally. For recordings in both 8K and 4K, 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 internal recording with Canon Log is supported.

With the RAW movie feature first made available on the EOS-1DX Mark III in late 2019, the EOS R5 raises the bar further to include internal 8K RAW movie recording at up to 30fps with full sensor width read out. Moreover, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF will be available in every video resolution available in the EOS R5—including the RAW movie mode.

Improved AF

The EOS R5 also comes with an improved AF algorithm, capable of detecting the body, face and eyes of animal subjects such as dogs, cats and even birds. The Animal Detection AF in the EOS R5 is capable of detecting erratic movements, enabling users to shoot a variety of fast-moving subjects with greater ease.

5-Axis IBIS

The EOS R5 will also feature a 5-axis in-body image stabilisation system (IBIS) which works in tandem with the Image Stabilization in Canon lenses to effectively reduce camera-shake blur. Users can now master challenging handheld shots when using telephoto lenses or shooting in dimly-lit conditions.

Dual card slots 

All these impressive functions are packed into a compact body, which is designed with two card slots – CFexpress card and SD memory card. The ultra-high transfer speeds of the CFexpress card is one of the key reasons for the camera’s ability to perform continuous shooting at up to 20fps and internal recordings of 8K RAW movies.

Personal thoughts and views

The Canon EOS R5 would be making her official debut soon, I reckon photographers would be getting more excited with the Canon EOS R5, how would this camera fits into their lineup, some might be ready to get the Canon EOS R5, the Canon full-frame mirrorless camera that can cover both stills and videos in both personal and professional capacity.

With the development of more RF lenses on Canon’s imaging solutions roadmap, the Canon EOS R and RF lenses system are now very close to a full-fledged full-frame mirrorless photography ecosystem, moreover photographers can also tap on the EF lenses system and other Canon accessories too.

The Canon EOS R5 is packed with very good technical specifications and capabilities, for both stills and video. How would this fit into my Canon photography setup? This is a developing story, it’s exciting and opening up more options for my Canon photography.

Delighting You Always, the Canon EOS R5 would be.

* Information and picture courtesy of Canon Singapore and Ogilvy *

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