Melville, NY—Canon USA officially unwrapped the next iterations of EOS full-frame mirrorless cameras—the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. The result of many years of collecting and listening to feedback, they are aimed a variety of creators.
The EOS R5 is for professional applications; it features a new 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and uncropped 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps. Moreover, the advanced-amateur-aimed EOS R6 boasts a 20.1MP full-frame CMOS sensor; it features 4K video recording at up to 59.94 fps.
In addition, Canon also unveiled four RF lenses and two RF lens extenders. They are the Canon RF100–500mm F4.5–7.1 L IS USM; Canon RF600mm F11 IS STM; Canon RF800mm F11 IS STM; and RF85mm F2 Macro IS STM lenses. Furthermore, two new RF lens extenders, a 1.4x and a 2x model, allow users to take their compatible RF lens’ focal lengths farther. Finally, Canon revealed a 13-inch professional photo printer—the imagePrograf Pro-300.
“For all of the Canon research and development team members who worked tirelessly on the production of these new products, today marks the culmination of a long journey. For those people looking for the next great tools to work with to expand their creative possibilities, the door is now wide open,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kano, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon USA.
“The industry has asked for new products that can push their levels of creativity to new heights; we are confident the EOS R5 and EOS R6, alongside the new lenses, lens extenders as well as the pro printer, will fulfill those needs and more.”
EOS R5 and EOS R6 Shared Technology
Both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 are capable of capturing a variety of fast-moving subjects with accuracy and speed. When using the mechanical shutter, each shoots up to 12 frames per sec and up to 20 fps using the completely silent shutter.
In addition, they are the first EOS models outfitted with Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology; it utilizes approximately 100% coverage of the AF area. Another first is the incorporation of EOS iTR AF X; its AF-tracking algorithms use deep learning technology and the enhanced readout speed of the sensor and processing speed of the Digic X image processor. What’s more, 1,053-automatically-selected AF zones detect the human eye, face or head, as well as the eye, face or body of animals like dogs, cats and even birds.
This technology is complemented by a 5-axis in-body image stabilizer that works with the optical image stabilizer in IS-equipped RF lenses. This combo provides up to 8 stops of shake correction. Furthermore, both the EOS R5 and R6 come with a new higher capacity LP-E6NH battery.
Canon EOS R5
The new flagship of the EOS R series, the R5 mirrorless ILC is a solution for both still and video content creators. Its 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor and Digic X image processor provide wide dynamic range. The camera also boasts an ISO range of 100–51,200 that is expandable up to 102,400 (stills).
A notable feature is the ability to record uncropped 8K RAW internal video at up to 29.97 fps and 8K internal video at 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 also provides 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). Moreover, 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps. When in DCI modes, 8K and 4K video recording is uncropped; Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is also available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
In addition, the EOS R5 employs a built-in 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 5.8-million dots and a 119.88-fps refresh rate. The other viewing option is a large 3.2-inch, 2.1M-dot vari-angle touch LCD monitor.
Other EOS R5 features include CFexpress and SD UHS-II card slots; 5GHz/2.4GHz built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth; a rear-dial and multi-controller; the ability to voice-tag photos and videos; as well as weather, drip and dust sealing.
The EOS R5 full-frame mirrorless camera will ship the end of July. It has an estimated retail price of $3,899 for the body only; it will retail for $4,999 kitted with an RF 24–105mm f/4 L IS USM lens.
Canon EOS R6
The EOS R6 employs a combination of the EOS-1D X Mark III’s 20.1MP, full-frame CMOS sensor and a Digic X processor. Subsequently, it has an ISO range of 100–102,400, which is expandable to 204,800.
Video features include 4K internal recording at up to 59.94 fps or Full HD 1080p video at up to 119.88 fps in 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon Log (H.265) or HDR PQ (H.265).
The camera also integrates a 0.5-inch, 3.69M-dot OLED EVF with a 119.88-fps refresh rate. Additional features are a 3-inch, 1.62M-dot vari-angle LCD touch screen; dual UHS-II SD card slots; 2.4GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity; enhanced operating controls such as a rear dial and multi-controller; and weather, drip as well as dust sealing.
The EOS R6 will reach retail the end of August for an estimated retail price of $2,499, body only. It will sell for $2,899 bundled with the RF 24–105 F4–7.1 IS STM lens, or $3,599 with the RF 24–105mm F4 L IS USM lens.
New EOS RF Lenses and Extenders
Canon RF100–500mm F4.5–7.1 L IS USM
This is a high-performance, versatile super-telephoto zoom lens that is also compact and light weight. It provides optical image stabilization of up to five stops for shake correction with three different IS modes. They are standard; panning; and during exposure only.
What’s more, two Nano USM motors are at the heart of this lens; they achieve high-speed, smooth, quiet autofocus with a 3-foot minimum focusing distance. Additional features of the Canon RF100–500mm F4.5–7.1 L IS USM include a rotation-type zoom ring and torque adjustment. There is also a customizable control ring that enables photographers to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO.
Other features include a 12-pin communication system; Canon L-series dust- and weather-resistant construction; a fluorine coating; a lens hood with a side window that allows the adjustment of specialty filters; and compatibility with Canon’s new 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders (from 300mm to 500mm focal length).
The RF100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM lens is scheduled for September 2020 availability with an estimated retail price of $2,699.
Canon RF600mm and 800mm F11 IS STM Lenses
The compact, lightweight RF600mm and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses are the first fixed focal length super-telephoto RF lenses. Their portability is enhanced by the ability of the lens barrel to retract and lock in place when stowed away.
The RF600mm weighs 2.05 pounds and measures 7.85 inches; the RF800mm weighs in at 2.78 pounds and measures 11.09 inches when retracted.
Moreover, Diffractive Optics technology helped reduce the necessary number of lenses; it thus diminished the cost of the lenses, making them affordable for a broader group of photographers.
Additional features include optical IS of five stops for the RF600mm and four stops for the RF800mm; a lead screw-type STM for smooth autofocusing; a customizable control ring to adjust exposure compensation, shutter speed, aperture or ISO; and a 12-pin communication system. They are also compatible with the 1.4x and 2x RF lens extenders.
Furthermore, the RF600mm F11 IS STM and RF800mm F11 IS STM lenses ship the end of July. They will have estimated retail prices of $699.99 and $899.99, respectively.
Canon RF85mm F2 Macro IS STM
Finally, the third RF85mm lens in the lineup, the RF85mm F2 Macro IS STM is compact and lightweight. It offers a bright f/2, 9-blade circular aperture to create artistic bokeh. The lens also has a 0.5x maximum magnification and a 1.15-foot minimum focusing distance.
Additional features include optical IS with five stops of shake correction; hybrid IS to compensate for angular and shift camera shake during macro photography; a control ring for direct setting changes; and a 12-pin communication system.
Canon will release the RF85mm F2 Macro IS STM lens in October 2020. It will have an estimated retail price of $599.99.
RF Lens Extenders
In addition, rounding out Canon’s lens/camera announcements are RF lens extenders. The RF 1.4x and RF 2x lens extenders inherit the same image quality and precision AF of EF lens extenders. They are also drip and dustproof.
Canon’s RF Extender 1.4x and 2x ship the end of July for estimated retail prices of $499.99 and $599.99, respectively.