The Canon EOS R5 has been making waves in recent months, ever since Canon officially confirmed several of its features, including 20 frames-per-second shooting speed, true 8K video, and in-body image stabilization.
However, despite such tidbits, we were in the dark about a number of EOS R5 characteristics, including its price, its resolution, and its position in the Canon mirrorless lineup.
While Canon has yet to tell us the R5’s price and megapixel count, we have something that could be just as valuable:
That the EOS R5 is a “5-series” camera. In other words, the R5 is designed for the same users as the Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon’s professional/semi-professional body with all-around capabilities.
This comes straight from Canon’s Product Marketing Specialist, David Parry, whose thoughts on the EOS R5 were published in an interview with TechRadar.
When asked about the EOS R5 design, Parry explained that “because this is a 5-series, more people at that kind of level will expect functions similar to what you get on a 5D.”
Parry went on to say that the EOS R5 is “aimed at [the 5D] level of the market,” though it “isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it’s aimed at that segment of the market.”
What does this mean?
For one, the price tag on the EOS R5 is likely to be in the low $3000 USD range (comparable to that of the 5D Mark IV at the time of release). Though it’s possible that the edition of some advanced features, such as IBIS and 8K video, will push the price up to the $3500-3800 mark.
You can also expect a similar level of weather sealing to the 5D Mark IV, a camera that’s quite tough, and a resolution of at least 30 MP (but probably significantly higher).
In terms of resolution, assuming the 5D Mark IV offers an aspect ratio similar to that of UHD or Cinema 4K, the EOS R5 must feature 33 MP or more. The 45 MP rumor that recently circulated seems plausible and would be a significant bump up from both the EOS R’s and 5D Mark IV’s 30 MP sensors.
One last thing to bear in mind:
While the EOS R5 was expected to ship this summer, supply chain problems due to the novel coronavirus may delay this launch. At worst, you can expect the EOS R5 before the year is out.
Now over to you:
Would you take the EOS R5 over the 5D Mark IV? What are your thoughts about the camera that the EOS R5 is shaping up to be? Let me know in the comments!