Canon Announces the EOS R5 C 8K RAW Digital Cinema Camera & New L-series RF Prime Lenses

Canon announced the launch of the EOS R5 C, the newest addition to the company’s Cinema EOS System of video production equipment. Designed for users who demand high performance for both video and still photo shooting, the camera features a compact and lightweight body weighing approximately 680g and it comes equipped with 8K RAW internal video recording.

By switching modes via the ON/OFF dial on the camera body, the EOS R5 C can be used either as a video camera with Cinema EOS System quality, or as a stills camera with high performance comparable to that of the EOS R5 mirrorless camera1 (released in July 2020). With the inclusion of next-level video and still image capabilities, the new camera is a complete package that is ideal for a wide variety of usage in which mobility is crucial, including journalism and fields that require cinema-level image quality, such as advertising and corporate video production.

The EOS R5 C is equipped with Canon’s proprietary full-frame CMOS sensor that boasts 45 million effective pixels2 and a DIGIC X image processor that produces an internal recording of 8K / 30P RAW video and 8K / 60P RAW video when using an external power supply3. The camera is also ideal for a variety of video production scenarios thanks to support for 8K / 30P recording in the highly versatile MP4 file format.

With full pixel readout from 8K effective pixels, which possess a rich amount of data, the EOS R5 C can also perform oversampling to generate high-image-quality 4K / 4:2:2 / 10bit video. What’s more, a proprietary heat transfer architecture and internal thermal transfer fan built into the EOS R5 C will enable video recording for longer durations than the EOS R5.

The EOS R5 C employs the Cinema RAW Light recording format that preserves the data-richness of RAW video while reducing file size. Thanks to internal recording capabilities, video can be recorded on media such as CFexpress cards without the need for an external recording device. The camera also supports Canon’s proprietary XF-AVC format based on broadcast standards, making it versatile and compatible with a wide range of user workflows. What’s more, a high frame rate of up to 4K / 120P enables smooth video recording even when shooting slow-motion video.

The new camera realizes both high image quality, thanks to a 45 million effective pixel count, and high-speed continuous shooting. Continuous stills shooting of up to approximately 20 frames-per-second (FPS) is possible when using the electronic shutter, and up to approximately 12 FPS when using the mechanical shutter/electronic curtain4, thus making possible high-quality image capture even for moving subjects.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS R5 C is priced at $6,599 and will be available for pre-order from 25 February 2022 to 15 March 2022 on Canon eShop and at the following Canon authorised dealers.

Canon also announced the launch of two new L-series super telephoto prime lenses: the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM and the RF1200mm f/8L IS USM. Canon is a rare manufacturer of 1200mm lenses, of which very few are in existence. Supporting autofocusing and image stabilisation even with extenders, both lenses achieve their impressive reach while weighing just over 3kg. While, the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF1200mm f/8L IS USM are significantly smaller and lighter than their EF lens counterparts, they maintain the signature superior image quality of L series lenses. With these new lenses, Canon’s RF lens lineup now provides the most comprehensive focal range for users, from an ultra-wide-angle 14mm up to an unparalleled super telephoto 2400mm.

The RF1200mm f/8L IS USM cuts 13kg in weight (approx. 80%) and 299mm (approx. 35%) in length from its 16.5kg predecessor, the EF1200mm f/5.6L USM, even with the inclusion of an in-lens Optical Image Stabilizer (Optical IS). Meanwhile, the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM achieves a 1.36kg (approx. 30%) weight reduction over its predecessor, the EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM.

The significant downscaling was achieved by adding magnification optics towards the back of the optical designs of the EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM and EF600mm f/4L IS III USM, two lenses which had also achieved significant size and weight reduction while maintaining high optical performance. Both lenses feature a highly durable vibration and shock-proof structure, with dust- and drip-resistant weather sealing to prevent moisture from entering.

Both the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM and the RF1200mm f/8L IS USM are compatible with the Extender RF 1.4x and the Extender RF 2x. It is hard to find other camera systems which offer the ability to reach focal lengths of more than 1600mm on an autofocus-capable super telephoto lens and extender. When the lenses and extenders are combined with the EOS R system’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF, AF is possible over a wide coverage area even beyond maximum aperture f/8—up to 100% coverage on the EOS R3, EOS R5, and EOS R62. With this, user can enjoy the benefits of AF, such as Animal Detection AF, in more situations than possible on a DSLR camera. The lenses also support continuous shooting of up to 30 fps (electronic shutter) when paired with a high-performance camera like the EOS R3.

Leveraging on the flexibility of the RF mount, the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM and the RF1200mm f/8L IS USM lens configurations are optimised to achieve the signature outstanding L-lens image quality within a smaller, lighter lens body. This includes the use of fluorite, Super UD (Ultra Low Dispersion), and UD lens elements to combat the chromatic aberration that super telephoto lenses are particularly susceptible to, achieving crisp, clear images all the way to the edges of the frame.

Both lenses are equipped with the in-lens Optical IS image stabilisation system, which significantly corrects the camera shake that becomes particularly visible at ultra-long focal lengths. On the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM, the equivalent of up to 4.5 shutter speed stops3 of image stabilisation is achieved (Predecessor: 4 stops); on the RF1200mm f/8L IS USM, the image stabilisation effect is up to 4 shutter speed stops equivalent 3 (Predecessor: no IS).

Professional super telephoto lenses are traditionally associated with bulky heft. The unprecedented portability achieved by the RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM and the RF1200mm f/8L IS USM will make them more appealing to new markets and new applications, especially when combined with the ever-increasing capabilities of the EOS R mirrorless camera system.

Pricing and Availability

The RF800mm f/5.6L IS USM and RF1200mm f/8L IS USM are priced at $26,899 and $31,639 respectively, and will be available from May 2022.