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The EOS R5 is the camera Canon shooters have been dreaming about!

With 45-megapixels, 20 frames per second and 8K video, the EOS R5 is Canon’s most exciting camera in years…

The waiting is finally over and Canon photographers will not be disappointed as the full specs of the new EOS R5 are mind blowing. The R5 is the most complete full-frame mirrorless camera to date and is built around a 45-megapixel full-frame sensor – up from 30-MP on the original EOS R camera.

Designed for professionals, the body is weather-sealed and will be of great interest to wildlife and sports photographers as the R5 can shoot up to 12 FPS with the mechanical shutter or 20 frames per second using the electronic shutter – up from 8 FPS on the EOS R and drawing level with the acclaimed Sony a9. The electronic shutter enables full auto exposure (AE) and auto focus (AF) tracking with silent operation – a feature that’s sure to be appreciated by wildlife shooters who don’t want to spook subjects.

Canon introduces the R5…

The R5 also brings an all-new feature to Canon bodies and that’s IBIS (In Body Image Stabilisation). What’s more, Canon uses an IBIS system where the RF lenses and the sensor work to correct pitch and yaw with the sensor correcting X-Y and roll movements. This offers R5 shooters up to a massive 8-stops of stabilisation – enabling photographers to handhold the camera during a long exposure – and sure to be incredibly useful in low light photography.

Using a DIGIC X processor, the R5 offers a native ISO range of 100-51200 (expandable up to 102,400) and also enables the use of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology that can focus in as little as 0.05 seconds and focus in light levels as low as -6EV. There are 5940 selectable AF points, which will allow for precise focus and Canon explains that the iTR AF X AF system has been programmed using deep-learning AI and face/eye detection mode to; ‘ensure subjects are kept sharp even when moving unpredictably with a shallow depth of field. Even if a person turns away for a moment, their head continues to be tracked.’

However, along with the stills specifications, it’s the video features that have caused jaws to drop to the floor as the R5 can capture uncropped 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps and 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).

That’s not all however as the R5 can also  shoot 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). This will be of huge interest to videographers and aspiring filmmakers and the R5 also offers dual memory storage slots (one x SD card and one x CFExpress).

Shots can be lined up via the 0.5-inch OLED EVF with approximately 5.76 million dots and a 119.88 fps refresh rate or by using the 3.2-inch 2.1 million dots vari-angle LCD with touchscreen technology. Available from the end of July, the R5 will be priced at $3899/£4199 (body only).