Canon EOS R5

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By late last year we all knew there was a high-end EOS R series full-frame mirrorless camera in the pipeline after Canon executives confirmed it was being developed. Back then, rumors were rife that the snapper would feature a high resolution sensor of either 75MP or even 83MP.

While we have no official word on the sensor resolution, Canon has let the world know that there’s a new high-specced camera arriving some time soon in the form of the EOS R5. The development announcement left plenty to the imagination, but what little was revealed has us all tingling with excitement.

While the EOS R and the EOS RP were great cameras on their own, they did disappoint when compared to the competition from the Nikon Z7 and the Z6, as well as from Panasonic’s Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R. From what little Canon has revealed so far, it seems like the EOS R5 will outdo all the competition, giving us the impression that the Japanese camera maker is fighting hard to please its fans.

And if the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III is anything to go by, the company is out to prove it can still innovate and compete. That brings us to to the EOS R5, which has all the hallmarks of potentially being the most powerful full-frame mirrorless camera to date.

Canon EOS R5

(Image credit: Canon)

The EOS R5 development announcement was but a tease and there’s a lot we don’t know about the upcoming shooter, but this is the first time we’ve got official confirmation of some of its specs.

So, what do we know for sure and what can we expect from the new mirrorless marvel?

EOS R5: pricing and availability

One of the big gaps that was in Canon’s EOS R5 development announcement was the price tag the upcoming camera might carry, or even when we might expect to lay our hands on it. We’re unsure whether Canon will fill this gap by giving us more information during the CP+ photography show to be held later in February, but rumors did point to a possible release date some time in July 2020.

While that might seem like a long wait, it’s pretty much in line with what Canon did with the EOS 1D X Mark III – the official development announcement was made in October 2019 with shipping of the camera having begun only in February 2020.

As for the price tag, we can only presume it would be competing with the 45.7MP Nikon Z7, or perhaps even the 61MP Sony Alpha A7R IV. If that’s the case, be prepared to shell out something well over the $3,500 / £3,500 / AU$4,500 mark.

EOS R5: design

Canon shared a small image of the EOS R5 with the development announcement and going by that alone it’s clear the new camera will resemble the original EOS R physically. 

However, leaked specs that were revealed by Canon Rumors in January indicate that the multi-function bar on the rear of the EOS R will find its way to upcoming snapper. Instead, the scroll wheel will find its way back instead.

Talking about the button layout on the rear –

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