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Canon confirms that the EOS R5 is the 5D series equivalent for mirrorless

In an interview with Techradar, Canon’s product marketing specialist David Perry talks about the Canon EOS R5 and where it fits.

On the ergonomic decisions for the Canon EOS R5

“We’ve got the joystick on here, instead of the Multi-function bar. Everybody knows the multi-function bar on the EOS R got a mixed response – some people really got on with it, some people really couldn’t get on with it at all,” he said. “So maybe going with this is a safer bet – more people are used to the multi-controller.”

“Because this is a 5-series, more people at that kind of level will expect functions similar to what you get on a 5D.” he added.

Does the name “EOS R5” mean this is a 5D level product

“It’s aimed at that level of the market. This 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,” he said.

“Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we’ve got the R5 now. So it’s all the same sort of level.” he added.

How is Canon solving the heat issues of shooting 8K in such a small body

“We’ve been doing this for a while now and we’ve learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup. For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other,” he said.

“And being able to dissipate heat using different materials has been something we’ve been pretty proud of on other products. This is something we’ve learnt using both our camera and our video Cinema EOS series with that technology as well,” he added.

“So there’s a lot of technology that we know is now coming together and giving us the ability to really step up these specifications,” he said.

I expect an official announcement for the Canon EOS R5 in April or May.

An obvious question a lot of you will have is whether or not Canon will make an EOS 5D Mark V DSLR. While I cannot confirm anything, I do believe it is coming.

Maximilian

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I just hope that they will make a 5D-V that will have similar features as well. Although it seems that the R system is taking over.
Let's hope together!

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David Perry said:
... This isn’t a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that ...
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... whether or not Canon will make an EOS 5D Mark V DSLR. While I cannot confirm anything, I do believe it is coming.
still gives me some hope.

As for the (not so well) performance of the EVF I am still in the market for a 5D Mark V. Not yet willing to jump system and do all the invest again.
Though the rest of the R system is very interesting...
 
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Definitely sounds like a 5D mark V is coming. I had lots of issues with autofocus on the 5D mark IV so I'm sticking with mirrorless. My favourite focal length is also 50mm so the R series is a much better choice... the EF 50mm lenses aren't very good at all
 
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I myself couldn't imagine buying a new DSLR these days. And I like my Canon DSLR (for stills)!

If I bought a new DSLR I feel as though I would be buying the T90 (Canon's last non EOS SLR). By this I mean I would be buying into a dead mount and not getting the advantages of the new RF glass.

So if the 5d5 came out with virtually the exact same specs as the R5, it would have to be sold at a huge discount to reflect this major limitation.
 

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...So if the 5d5 came out with virtually the exact same specs as the R5, it would have to be sold at a huge discount to reflect this major limitation.
What limitation? Mirrorless and DSLR are different formats. Each has it's strength and weaknesses. We have yet to see a mirrorless camera that can do everything a DSLR does, just as we have yet to see a DSLR that does everything a mirrorless does. Judging by other comments on this very thread, there remains lots of demand for a 5D V.

As far as the lens mount goes, Canon has repeatedly said the EF mount isn't going away. They have paused development of new lenses to concentrate on the RF mount, but a pause is just that, a pause. And, given the robust selection of EF lenses already available, there aren't a lot of holes in the lineup anyway.
 

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I was thinking... Now that the Tokyo's Olympics are postponed until next year, will Canon take its time before officially releasing the R5 and R6 models? The economy is slowing down and will continue to slow down tremendously in the next few months, and the timing to launch new models couldn't be worse...
 

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I would not be surprised to see Canon announce both the R5 and the 5DV at the same time. True it would be unusual for Canon to announce two bodies at once, but in this case it makes sense since they are looking more and more like different models of the same camera. Of course it would depend on how many features they share, but if they are essentially identical in major specs and retail for roughly the same price at introduction, it would make sense.
 

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I was thinking... Now that the Tokyo's Olympics are postponed until next year, will Canon take its time before officially releasing the R5 and R6 models? The economy is slowing down and will continue to slow down tremendously in the next few months, and the timing to launch new models couldn't be worse...
I think it will depend more on supply chain issues, rather than the postponement of any major events. The 5 series has never been an action camera. Much more popular with event and wedding photographers, as well as all around users. The Canon executive in the interview seemed to indicate that the announcements would not be delayed, but that interview was probably done before the recent global meltdown of the past week or so. Yeah, I agree they may delay the announcement, but I don't think the Olympics will have anything to do with it.
 
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I was thinking... Now that the Tokyo's Olympics are postponed until next year, will Canon take its time before officially releasing the R5 and R6 models? The economy is slowing down and will continue to slow down tremendously in the next few months, and the timing to launch new models couldn't be worse...
I'd like to think that Canon will release them roughly as planned, which means they have a year extra to do firmware updates in preparation for all the postponed sport events.
 

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What limitation? Mirrorless and DSLR are different formats. Each has it's strength and weaknesses. We have yet to see a mirrorless camera that can do everything a DSLR does, just as we have yet to see a DSLR that does everything a mirrorless does. Judging by other comments on this very thread, there remains lots of demand for a 5D V.

As far as the lens mount goes, Canon has repeatedly said the EF mount isn't going away. They have paused development of new lenses to concentrate on the RF mount, but a pause is just that, a pause. And, given the robust selection of EF lenses already available, there aren't a lot of holes in the lineup anyway.
I would say that in an expanding camera market, there would be room for both DSLR and mirrorless. However, in a rapidly shrinking market it makes little sense to continue to support two different FF lens lines - they need to consolidate to RF so they can amortize RF development costs over as many lens sales as possible.

This won't happen if they continue to pump out new EF mount bodies. So that is why I see the 1dx3 as Canon's DSLR swan song.
 

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I know this has been meeting but are we still anticipating a 5DV this year? Or next? I don’t think I’ve seen anything other than mirrorless cameras mentioned in the coming future with respect to the R5, R6 and R1. I think I’d like an new 5D but I am wondering if the R5 going forward is going to be it.
 

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I would say that in an expanding camera market, there would be room for both DSLR and mirrorless. However, in a rapidly shrinking market it makes little sense to continue to support two different FF lens lines - they need to consolidate to RF so they can amortize RF development costs over as many lens sales as possible.

This won't happen if they continue to pump out new EF mount bodies. So that is why I see the 1dx3 as Canon's DSLR swan song.
Instead of putting out a 5DV, Canon could keep the 5DIV on the market to meet whatever 5 level demand there is for a DSLR.
 

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Instead of putting out a 5DV, Canon could keep the 5DIV on the market to meet whatever 5 level demand there is for a DSLR.
I think that is a good idea and it will be much less expensive than R5 as it won't have the most current tech or mount, but still take excellent photos with less expensive EF glass.
 
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I'd like to think that Canon will release them roughly as planned, which means they have a year extra to do firmware updates in preparation for all the postponed sport events.
+1 Especially for the already reported 1DxIII issues!
 
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I still wonder about the relatively high MP count. But okay, it can handle the high FPS as well, so why not...
Yeah that's a bit confusing, it's not that much lower than the 5Ds.....I'm wondering if the R5 is going to be closer to 40 when we finally see it. Not everyone can use or wants that many pixels...