Simply shy of two years into its lifespan, Canon’s full-frame mirrorless camera system is beginning to take actual form. Two new camera our bodies, launched at the moment, are squarely aimed toward professional photographer and severe hobbyists.
There is a slew of latest lenses too, however we’ll first flip consideration to the EOS R5 and R6. The EOS R5 is the higher-end of the pair, a high-resolution mannequin with a 45MP sensor; the R6 presents a lot of the identical performance, however captures the world at 20MP as a substitute.
Canon beforehand teased the options of the EOS R5, however now all of the playing cards are on the desk. The complete-frame camera is constructed round a 45MP full-frame picture sensor, helps 8K Uncooked video seize, and, in a primary from Canon, mounts its picture sensor on a 5-axis stabilization system.
Canon EOS R5 (Picture: Canon)
There are some welcome ergonomic modifications versus the first-generation EOS R. The management format is impressed by the 5D Mark IV SLR, so longtime system house owners transferring to away from an SLR will really feel at residence with an R5 of their fingers. (At the least in idea—I’ve solely seen photographs of the cameras at this level.)
A deep handgrip and angled shutter launch are hallmarks of Canon design. Like its different cameras, the facility swap is much away from the shutter, so you are not at risk of powering down the camera throughout seize. Rear controls look good too, and now embody a flat command dial and devoted joystick for autofocus management.
Canon EOS R5 (Picture: Canon)
The physique itself is constructed to Canon’s professional requirements. It is simply as robust as a 5D collection SLR, full with climate safety and constructed round a magnesium alloy chassis. The contact LCD is hinged, so it could face ahead, and the EVF sports activities a dense 5.76 million dot decision.
The tech inside is substantial too. The camera presents full edge-to-edge autofocus protection and is ready to observe topics at as much as 12fps utilizing its mechanical shutter and at 20fps utilizing the digital shutter.
It helps topic recognition, together with face and eye detection for folks and animals. Canon claims that its animal detection goes past what rivals and Nikon and Sony supply, working with birds along with canines and cats.
Twin card slots (Picture: Canon)
Twin reminiscence card slots are included. A CFexpress card is required for 8K Uncooked seize, and extends the Uncooked imaging buffer to 180 pictures. The second slot is SDXC with help for UHS-II speeds—ok for compressed footage and 87 Uncooked pictures in a single burst. Photographs will also be saved in HEIF or JPG format.
The 8K Uncooked video is a function for headlines, however the R5 additionally does 4K. There are causes to go for decrease decision—smaller file sizes and quicker body charges are two large ones. The R5 can report 8K at as much as 30fps, however it’s in a position to push 4K to 120fps. Whereas Uncooked is not obtainable at 4K, compressed footage is saved at 10-bit 4:2:2 high quality and each flat and HDR profiles are included.
Canon expects EOS R5 shipments to start out on the finish of this month. It is priced at $3,899 as a physique solely, and will likely be obtainable in a package with the RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM zoom lens for $4,999.
Canon EOS R6 (Picture: Canon)
Not everybody wants a 45MP sensor. Canon can also be introducing a 20MP mannequin, the EOS R6. Its controls are almost equivalent to the R5, and it consists of the entire identical autofocus, stabilization, and subject-tracking options.
The physique is constructed on the identical body, however Canon swaps out the highest info panel in favor of a mode dial. Each reminiscence card slots are SDXC with help for UHS-II switch, however the camera really has a bigger 240-shot buffer than the R6—a good thing about smaller file sizes.
There are some specs that are not fairly as spectacular, however are under no circumstances poor. Its EVF is a 3.69 million dot OLED, crisper than what you get with a Sony a7 III, and it drops help for 5GHz Wi-Fi networks—one thing most photographers will not discover.
Canon EOS R6 (Picture: Canon)
A 20MP sensor would not help 8K seize—there aren’t sufficient pixels. The R6 information 4K footage on the identical 10-bit 4:2:2 high quality because the R5 at as much as 60fps, and may go to 120fps at 1080p. Log and HDR profiles are included too.
The R6 is about to ship on the finish of August. It is priced at $2,499 as a physique solely. There are two package choices—one with the RF 24-105mm F4 for $3,599 and the opposite with the RF 24-105mm F3.5-7.1 for $2,899.
New Lenses and a Printer Too
Canon already has a fairly strong slate of RF lenses, together with a trio of stabilized F2.8 zooms and a pair of F1.2 primes. It is including 4 new choices at the moment.
Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM (Picture: Canon)
Essentially the most reasonably priced is the Canon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM, a $599.99 prime. It is obtained options that may enchantment to photographers working in macro disciplines—you get 1:2 magnification and picture stabilization to enhance handheld outcomes—and presents a shiny f/2 aperture and focal size that ought to do effectively for portraits too. It is set to ship in October.
For the opposite new entries, Canon has gone all telephoto. The RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM is a part of Canon’s premium L collection and presents climate safety and anti-smudge safety.
Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM (Picture: Canon)
Regardless of providing extra attain than Canon’s 100-400mm SLR lens, it is a little bit bit lighter, nearly 3 kilos and about the identical dimension. The focal vary is a well-liked one for wildlife and sports activities photographers, who usually must hike to a location or run across the sidelines throughout a recreation.
Canon expects the 100-500mm to ship in September and is pricing the lens at $2,699.
Canon RF 1.4x and RF 2x (Picture: Canon)
It’s going to work with two new teleconverters, the RF 1.4x ($499) and RF 2x ($599), each transport on the finish of July. They prolong attain to 700mm and 1,000mm respectively, however do cut back the aperture by one or two f-stops.
The extenders additionally work with the RF 600mm F11 IS STM and RF 800mm F11 IS STM. These lenses are completely distinctive to the Canon system, marrying diffractive optics with smaller aperture and collapsing designs to web light-weight, low-cost lenses with unimaginable telephoto attain.
Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM (Picture: Canon)
The RF 600mm F11 weighs simply 2 kilos, and the RF 800mm F11 is available in at about 2.8. Each collapse for storage and telescope out for images. They’ve fastened apertures—you may’t cease down—however do embody stabilized optics and help autofocus.
As a result of they do not collect loads of mild, use in shiny mild is unquestionably really helpful. Autofocus protection can also be restricted to the central space of the body with an R6 or R5 physique—about what you get with an SLR.
It is a limitation that many will likely be pleased to stay with. A 600mm F4 or 800mm F5.6 lens prices greater than $10,000, however the RF 600mm F11 prices simply $699 and the RF 800mm F11 is $899. Each are slated to ship in July.
Canon RF 800mm F11 IS STM (Picture: Canon)
Together with the gear to seize photos, Canon is including a brand new picture printer. The imagePrograf Professional+300 helps 13-inch paper and Canon’s Lucia tremendous artwork ink system. It is transport in July for $899.99.
Canon Places the Items Collectively
With the EOS R5 and R6, Canon is reminding us why its 5D SLR collection has been the gold customary for execs for greater than a dozen years. It is lastly delivered mirrorless cameras that—on paper a minimum of—seem like they deal with simply in addition to its SLR.
And it isn’t simply familiarity that may maintain photographers tied to a system. The RF lens collection is rising, however there are many glorious EF lenses in use, and most are totally suitable with the R collection by way of an adapter. Flashes, too, will simply work as they do with an EOS 5D or 6D SLR.
Maybe most significantly, Canon just isn’t merely maintaining with the competitors right here. The R5 and R6 do issues that competing fashions do not, and at last add in-body picture stabilization (IBIS), a function that is now anticipated in a full-frame mirrorless camera.
Canon EOS R5 (Picture: Canon)
For the primary couple years of its existence Canon first put the lenses its most demanding clients would need—stabilized f/2.8 zooms and trendy updates to its F1.2 prime lenses—however backed it with one just-okay camera for lovers and an entry-level mannequin that wasn’t more likely to be paired with high-end glass.
The R5 and R6 change the narrative. Every is appropriate for execs overlaying occasions, weddings, doing portrait work, or photographing sports activities, wildlife, landscapes, the like. Native lenses cowl the fundamentals, and whereas there are nonetheless holes within the lineup, they don’t seem to be obtrusive, and simply crammed with tailored EF choices.
It is too early for us to make a advice—we’ll take a look at the brand new gear to see if the truth lives as much as the promise—however the EOS R system immediately appears fairly compelling.