Canon Launches Two New EOS R-series Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

Canon has launched of two brand new full-frame mirrorless cameras under the EOS R lineup: the EOS R5 and EOS R6. Both cameras are designed to provide a high-quality, high-speed shooting experience. Equipped with a new and improved AF system, fast continuous shooting speed of up to 20fps and in-body IS, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 also come with dual card slots.

CMOS Sensor

With a 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that is approaching medium-format resolution territory, the EOS R5 is able to meet the exacting demands of professionals. From large format commercial printing, capturing intricate details in landscape photography, and even intensive cropping frequently required in wildlife photography, the EOS R5 can do them all.


Powered by the new DIGIC X image processor,  the electronic shutter in both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 is capable of a continuous shooting speed of up to 20fps at full resolution, even with AF and AE tracking. The mechanical shutter is able to shoot at a continuous shooting speed of 12fps as well, placing both cameras among the fastest full-frame mirrorless cameras in the market.

The new DIGIC X imaging processor also has vastly improved noise handling capabilities. Despite having 45 million pixels, the EOS R5’s native ISO can go up to 51,200, with the option to expand to 102,400. Despite having 50% more pixels compared to the EOS R, the EOS R5 performs better in the ISO department. The EOS R6 is equipped with a 20-megapixel full-frame sensor and it’s capable of achieving a native ISO of up to 102,400 (expandable to 204,800).


The Dual Pixel CMOS AF II coupled with the fast processing speed of the new DIGIC X imaging processor has brought about several major improvements in auto-focusing capability. For the first time ever in the EOS lineup, AF coverage area has been expanded to cover the entire sensor (100% x 100%). This means focusing is available on any part of the frame,making focusing on subjects at the far edges a breeze.

Manually selectable AF positions on the EOS R5 is 5,940 while EOS R6 has 6,072, which is 1.5 times more than the EOS-1DX Mark III. With this significant increase, accuracy in AF tracking has improved dramatically.

With the new Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 can enable AF Priority mode for either people or animals. In addition, the camera is able to recognise not just the body, but head and eyes of the subjects as well. Never miss a moment even in a dimly lit situation with the EOS R5’s low luminance AutoFocus sensitivity of EV -6 and EOS R6 at EV -6.5, a condition so dark that human eye would find difficult to see.

Image Stabiliser

Both camera bodies of the EOS R5 and EOSR6 incorporate a 5- axis camera-shake blur correction In-Body Image Stabiliser (In-Body IS) function. When used in tandem with an Optical Image Stabiliser (Optical IS)-equipped RF lens, or even with RF lenses that do not have IS, the camera-shake blur reduction is as effective as up to 8- stops decrease in shutter speed.

Users would also gain image stabilisation when using EF lenses that do not have Optical IS. Both cameras use a new algorithm, made possible by the new imaging engine DIGIC X, to process gyro signal data and achieve higher image stabilisation effects. Coordinated control utilises the image stabilisation mechanisms of both the camera and lens, simultaneously. This coordinated control results in an optimised stabilisation across the entire zoom range, from wide-angle to telephoto, depending on the lens in use.

Card Slots

Despite its compact size, the EOS R5 has two card slots that can accommodate one CF expresscard and one SD memory card. The CFexpress card supports high-speed transfer, allowing the camera to perform continuous shooting of 45-megapixel still images, at up to 20 fps, as well as internal recording of 8K RAW movies (without additional recording equipment). The EOSR6 has two card slots that accommodate both SD memory cards.

8K Videos

The incredible processing power of DIGIC X, coupled with the ultra-fast CFexpress media,enables the EOS R5 to record 8K movies at a smooth 30fps with full sensor readout. Shooting in 8K allows flexibility in cropping during post-production even for 4K delivery, allowing more creative expression through zooming or panning. In addition, there is an option to record 8K RAW movies internally without any external accessories.

The EOS R5 is also capable of recording up to 120fps in 4K as well, a feature that is highly sought after in the industry. A variety of file formats are available, including RAW, H.265 HEVC and H.264 MP4 in either ALL-I or IPB compression.The EOS R6 is able to shoot 4K videos at up to 60fps, and slow motion at 120fps in Full HD, all without crop similar to EOS R5.

External monitoring and recording are available via HDMI port at up to 4K 60fps with 10 bit, 4:2:2 for both cameras. For HDR shooting, both cameras have PQ and Canon log features that allow users flexibility in recording and grading for HDR content.

Wireless Features

The EOS R5 houses the most advanced wireless features in any Canon cameras to date. It has native support for both 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless LAN without the need for any additional accessory, which is a first for a Canon camera. FTP and FTPS data transfer are supported as well.

Both cameras support Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and are the first to work fully with thenew cloud platform. Once configured, and with a Wi-Fi connection established,the camera can automatically upload image and video files and store them in the cloud for up to 30 days with no limit in size.

The Body

Both the EOS R5 and EOS R6 have a magnesium alloy body, as well as dust and drip-proof construction. The camera bodies that are not only lightweight, but also prevent dust and water droplets from entering the camera body as well. In terms of shutter durability, the EOS R5 has the same 500,000 cycles shutter durability while the EOS R6 has a 300,000 cycles shutter durability.

The EOS R5 sports a top LCD panel while EOS R6 has a Mode Dial. The popular Multi-controller and Quick Control Dial, which were available on the EOS 5D series, can be found on both models. This allows quicker selection of AF points and changing of settings on both the EOS R5 and EOS R6. Both cameras are designed with the Vari-angle LCD with full touch screen convenience during AF and menu selections. The EOS R5 sports a 0.5-inch hi-res Electronic Viewfinder(EVF) with 5.76m dots, which is 1.5 times more than the resolution of EOS R’s EVF. The EOS R6 has a 3.69m dot EVF.

Display refresh rate of the EVF is now at 119.88 / 59.94fps for both cameras, which is twice of the EOS R. The smooth display makes tracking of moving subjects much easier. A new LP-E6NH battery has been created for both cameras, which has 15% higher capacity than LP-E6N, which lets users shoot for longer. Both cameras are compatible with existing LP-E6N and LP-E6 batteries.

The EOS R5 will be available for pre-order from 8pm 9 July to 28 July 2020 at Canon authorised dealers. The R6will be available in the later part of Q3 2020.