New Canon EOS R5 and R6 models announced

Canon has been extremely quiet of late with new releases.

I don’t recall physically seeing a new camcorder as such since the HF G40 (or if there has been we haven’t been privy to them, indded a quick check of the Canon Australia website shows  we haven’t  reviewed the XA35, XA30, XA50, XA55, XF705, HF G50, XC10 or XC15 in the current range … or the flagship C300 for that matter). SO now, we are attempting trying to redress this situation as we speak.

But I digress. There is a lot of technical bumph to wade through below, so I’ll keep it short initially.

Canon has just announced two new cameras / camcorders (as the distinction is now so blurred there is little point in separating them).

The EOS R5 and EOS R6 are a pair of new mirrorless models that utilise the RF mount. Here is the press release(s).

The pro-level EOS R5 delivers 45 megapixel stills at up to 20fpsvi and is the first full frame mirrorless ever to record 8K RAW up to 29.97fps internally and 4K to 120pvii.  Canon suggests the EOS R6 is perfect for enthusiasts and professionals moving to mirrorless and looking for greater capabilities, capturing 20.1 megapixel stills up to 20fpsviii, 4K video up to 60p and Full HD at up to 120p.

The EOS R5 and EOS R6ix are both supported by Canon Australia’s local 5-year warranty and are available for pre-order from todayx.

Next generation CMOS sensor technology combined with high performance RF lenses enable users to capture new levels of detail at the best possible speeds in the industry. EOS R5 and EOS R6 can shoot up to 20fpsxii xiii with the electronic shutter in near silence with full auto exposure (AE) and auto focus (AF) tracking. Users can be confident capturing action, both stills and video, in exceptional quality in any location without disturbing subjects. The mechanical and electronic first curtain shutter also delivers high-speed continuous shooting up to 12fpsxiv.

For the first time in the EOS series, EOS R5 and EOS R6 incorporate 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer. Designed to work collaboratively with the Optical IS system of RF lensesxv, the solution has been engineered so that RF lenses and the sensor work to correct pitch and yaw with the sensor correcting X-Y and roll movements. This intelligent stabilisation system corrects at up to an incredible 8-stops – the world’s best image stabilisationxvi – for new levels of creativity when shooting handheld at slow shutter speeds or filming without a tripod.

The wide diameter of the RF Mount ensures that light continues to reach the entire sensor all the way to the corners, even with the sensor movement introduced with In-Body Image Stabilizer. The 54mm diameter enables RF lenses to be designed with larger image circles facilitating greater movement of the body IS system, meaning some non-IS RF lenses such as the RF 85mm F1.2L USM or RF 28-70mm F2L USM can also achieve up to 8-stopsxvii of image stabilisation.

Users of EF lenses will experience enhanced IS performance as in-body IS works with IS enabled EF lenses to provide roll and X-Y correction. Even select non-IS EF lenses will benefit from the 5-axis correction provided by EOS R5 and EOS R6 in-body IS.

Keeping it sharp

DIGIC X processor technology at the core of EOS R5 and EOS R6 – the same technology in the coveted EOS-1D X Mark III – supports renowned next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF II pushing speed and reliability to unmatched levels. Boasting the world’s fastest AF focusing speed among interchangeable lens digital mirrorless cameras, EOS R5 focuses in as little as 0.05 secondsxviii and can focus in light levels as low as -6EVxix. EOS R6 is the first EOS camera to offer a minimum EV for AF of – 6.5EVxx. The high precision AF is effective in even poorly lit or low contrast shooting conditions.

The iTR AF X AF system has been programmed using algorithms and face/eye detection mode ensures 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 and body continue to be tracked.

Advanced tracking enabled by algorithms recognises faces and eyes of humans, and now includes cats, dogs and birds in both still and movie modes. EOS R5 and EOS R6 maintain high-precision focus and tracking regardless of the subject’s size, posture, orientation or direction of the face helping users to confidently shoot even the most unpredictable subjects.

Intelligent connection

With built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the EOS R5 (5Ghz Wi-Fi) and EOS R6 (2.4Ghz Wi-Fi)xxi can be easily connected to a smartphone and networks allowing high-speed file sharing and FTP/FTPS transfer.

This functionality also allows for the cameras to be remotely controlled using the Camera Connect and EOS Utility apps, tethered to a PC or Mac via Wi-Fi or high-speed USB 3.1 Gen 2. With content delivery just as important as image and video capture, the EOS R5 and EOS R6 support automatic transfer of image files from the device to the cloud platform to easily share and print images or integrate with Google Photos or Adobe Cloud workflowsxxii.

EOS R5: No compromise. Revolutionary imaging innovation.

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For the first time, Canon has given the iconic EOS 5-Series name to the EOS R Mirrorless system with the EOS R5. The EOS R5 is an unprecedented leap forward in mirrorless technology and offers the highest resolution EOS cameraxxiii ever. The DIGIC X processor, CMOS sensor and RF lenses combine to advance all aspects of image quality to achieve a resolution up to 45 megapixels. Achieving up to 100% AF coveragexxiv, capable of 5,940 user selectable AF points and featuring an ISO range of 100- 51,200, EOS R5 keeps subjects razor-sharp even in extreme low light conditions. Dual-card slots support a high-speed CFexpress and SD UHS II card, housed in a weather resistant magnesium body.

Professionals can capture stunning 8K 12-bit RAW video internally using the full width of the sensor for a truly cinematic result with continuous eye and face AF tracking for people and animals. The EOS R5 also sets new standards for videographers shooting in 4Kxxv. Capture 4K DCI (full frame) and 4K UHD at frame rates up to 120p (119.88fps) with 4:2:2 10-bit quality, enabling high resolution,

smooth slow-motion with full AF performance. Users seeking the very highest 4K quality can use the 4K HQ mode to reproduce incredible detail at frame rates up to 30pxxvi by internally oversampling 8K footage.

  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97fps (non-cropped)
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97fps (non-cropped) in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)
  • 4K internal recording up to 119.88fps (non-cropped) in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265)
  • 4:2:2 10-bit in Canon Log or 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ output via HDMI at 4K 59.94fps

User demand sees the return of the multi-controller to EOS R5 in addition to touch and drag AF using the 3.2inch vari-angle touch screen with 2.1 million dot resolution. With Dual Pixel RAW also supported, correction of the focus and contrast in the background and changing the lighting in portraits is possible after capture – enhancing creative possibilities. The 0.5inch electronic  viewfinder (EVF) refreshes at 120fps with 5.76 million dot resolution for a staggeringly realistic view of the world comparable to an optical viewfinder.

For more information on the EOS R5, visit:

EOS R6: All-round excellence

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EOS R6, like EOS R5, showcases the amazing capabilities of the EOS R System, giving enthusiasts the potential to take pin-sharp images and movies handheld. Providing class-leading speedxxvii and full frame quality, EOS R6 is a powerful and versatile camera far exceeding the demands of enthusiasts and semi-professionals across all genres. Sports and wildlife enthusiasts can confidently capture fast moving action utilising the up to 20fpsxxviii speed, flexibility of up to 6,072 selectable AF points and algorithms that enable automatic face, eye and animal AF tracking modes. The 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor shares many technologies and performance seen with the EOS-1D X Mark III, providing 100- 102,400 auto ISO range. This enables users to produce clean images in the toughest low light environments such as weddings and indoor events, providing additional flexibility and choice.

Enabling content creators to meet the increasing demand to produce both stunning still and moving image, the innovative EOS R6 can film in 4K UHD resolution at up to 59.94fps achieved through

oversampling from 5.1K. Output incredible slow-motion footage with AF support using Full HD at up to 119.88fps. During movie shooting, zebra display can be used as a guide to exposure adjustment, particularly useful in conditions that typically result in overexposed highlights. With the option to record internally in 8-bit H.264 or 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 H.265 and Canon Log, users can experience ultimate post-production flexibility.

The 0.5inch 3.69 million dot EVF working up to 120fps maximum refresh rate supports minimal lag ideal for photographing sports, offering a transparent and responsive view of shooting subjects. The 3-inch vari-angle 1.62 million dot LCD screen encourages shooting from creative angles. Dual card slots allow users to input 2x SD UHS II cards and record to both cards simultaneously, with the ability to record in different formats for safety, security and speed.

For more information on the EOS R6, visit:

Three new EOS accessories extend imaging capture and creativity


LP-E6NH battery

Canon has today also announced a new longer life battery supplied with EOS R5, EOS R6, the LP- E6NH. Compatible with all existing cameras that use the LP-E6 series batteries, the LP-E6NH replaces LP-E6N, with an increased capacity of 14% reaching 2130mAh. This enables users to shoot for longer while maintaining compatibility with existing products and accessories.

BG-R10 battery grip


The new BG-R10 battery grip enables extended, undisturbed shooting with EOS R5 and EOS R6. Ideal for wedding, wildlife and news shooters, the ne battery grip gives users the ability to power the bodies using two batteries (LP-E6/N/NH). The grip also offers duplicate controls for easier vertical shooting.



Designed in a battery grip style, the WFT-R10 Wi-Fi transmitter and 2×2 MIMO antennas enable faster and longer-range transmission and is compatible with the EOS R5. WFT-R10 also features enhanced network processing enabling SFTP via Wi-Fi and includes a gigabyte speed via ethernet port.

Canon’s 2020 camera line-up is supported by extended RF lens series and imagePROGRAF PRO-300 printer.

Canon today also launches four new RF lenses and two extenders, the RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM, RF 600mm f/11 IS STM, RF 800mm f/11 IS STM, RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM, EXTENDER RF 1.4x, and EXTENDER RF 2x. The imagePROGRAF PRO-300, an A3+ printer with the quality features of the award winning imagePROGRAF PRO series, also launches today. For more information on these announcements, please visit the Canon News site, here: canon/news-and-press-releases

The Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 will be available from the Canon Australia Store and authorised local dealers from late July 2020 and late August 2020 respectively. Pricing will be set at dealer discretion. Both the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 will be supported by Canon Australia’s 5-year warranty when purchased from an authorised local dealerxxix.

As mentioned, if this excites you to lay down the cash, pre-orders for the EOS R5 and EOS R6 are available from today via the Canon Australia Store.

As for pricing though, we dunno as Canon just says (at this time) “at dealer discretion) so best check out the store after tonight.

Key specifications



45 megapixel full-frame sensor

20.1 megapixel full frame sensor

Up to 20fps/ 12fps

Up to 20fps/ 12fps

In-body IS up to 8-stops

In-body IS up to 8-stops

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II

ISO range 100-51,200

ISO range 100-102,400

8K movie 30p 12-bit (full width)

4K movie 60p 10-bit, Full HD 120fps

5.76 million dot EVF

3.69 million dot EVF

3.2inch 2.1 million dot vari-angle LCD

3inch 1.62 million dot vari-angle LCD

Dual card slots (1x CFexpress, 1x SD UHS II)

Dual card slots (2x SD UHS II)

Top panel display and AF multi-controller

AF multi-controller

Built-in 5Ghz Wi-Fi with optional wireless transmitter (WFT-R10)

Built-in 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi and FTP



USB charging and power via PD-E1

USB charging and power via PD-E1

Body only 650g (738g with battery/ memory card)

Body only 598g (690g with battery/memory card)

Canon EOS R5 Tech Sheet

Canon EOS R6 Tech Sheet

New Lenses

There has also been a release of 4 new lenses and 2 extenders to complement the EOS R5 and R6.

Joining the RF line-up is:

  • The RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM – a compact and versatile L-series telephoto zoom lens with a large focal length range, incredible image quality, 5-stop IS, fast Dual Nano USMs, weather sealing and a Lens Control Ring for enhanced operation.
  • The RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM – the world’s lightest autofocus lenses including a focal length of 600mmi and 800mmii respectively. With super-telephoto focal lengths, full auto focusiii and image stabilization capabilities, enthusiasts can take incredibly sharp and beautiful imagery from afar. Paired with the new RF extenders – the EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x – the lenses can reach an incredible 1200mm (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM) and an extreme 1600mm (RF 800mm f/11 IS STM) optical focal length. This provides enthusiasts even greater flexibility and creative possibilities whilst retaining AF. Such features make them an ideal choice for a range of image capture – from wildlife to aviation and even moon photography.
  • The RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM – a must have lens for enthusiasts entering the world of the EOS R System and looking to capture stunning portraits and fine detail up-close. Celebrating the benefits of the R-System, this wide-aperture portrait lens offers 5-stop Image Stabilization (IS) (or 8-stops coordinated control IS when using EOS R5/EOS R6iv) and macro capabilities – stand-out features for lenses of this type.
  • The EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x – two high-performance and durable extenders with redesigned optics, created to expand the capabilities of the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM, RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM. Both extenders allow professionals to push focal length capabilities of compatible lenses, while maintaining the image quality and speed benefits of the RF Mount.

RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM – a compact and versatile telephoto zoom

Leading the range of L-series RF telephoto zoom lenses, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM is ideal for enthusiasts and professionals capturing sport, wildlife and aviation, who require a reliable, durable and compact lens. For those that want to go beyond a 100-500mm focal length range, the RF 100- 500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM is compatible with the new EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x, which give photographers even more scope and creative freedom.

With one Super UD lens and six UD lenses, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM effectively suppresses chromatic aberration and ghosting/flare across the entire zoom range for high-resolution, high- contrast image quality from maximum aperture. In addition, featuring 5-stop IS, or 6-stops when used with EOS R5 and EOS R6v, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM achieves improved images for shooting handheld at long focal lengths or using slower shutter speeds.

Featuring Dual Nano USM AF motor technology, the telephoto zoom lens boasts accurate and high- speed autofocus quietly, ideal for capturing wildlife and uninterrupted filming. Furthermore, Canon’s innovative floating focusing system allows for improved close focusing down to 0.9m.

As standard with the RF lenses, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM features a programmable Lens Control Ring on the barrel, allowing photographers to change settings without taking their eye off the viewfinder. The adjustable torque zoom ring enables the zoom action to be made tighter or looser to suit the photographer’s needs, making it a perfect companion for those on the move. Being a L-series lens, the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM also features Canon’s renowned weather sealing, enabling the lens to be used in most extreme conditions.

RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM – impressively lightweight super-telephoto lenses A great affordable and lightweight choice for enthusiast photographers, the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM are new concept lenses offering super-telephoto focal lengths, allowing photographers to capture far away subjects in stunning detail. With a minimum focusing distance of metres (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM) and 6 metres (RF 800mm f/11 IS STM), enthusiasts can get close to subjects while maintaining great focus. The lenses capability to capture the action from afar with AF and IS capabilities is extended when used with the EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x. With such extenders, several impressive focal lengths can be achievedvi – the longest being 1600mm when the RF 800mm f/11 IS STM is used with the EXTENDER RF 2x.

Both lenses are equipped with an optical Image Stabilizervii and support Dual Pixel CMOS AF when paired with a Canon EOS R System mirrorless cameraviii. This combination of features allows these super-telephoto lenses to deliver pin-sharp images – even when shooting without a tripod or monopod – as motion blur caused by camera shake is drastically reduced.

Lightweightix and compact, the lenses are shining examples of the possibilities of Canon’s RF Mount. Using Diffractive Optics, combined with the RF Mount and a fixed f/11 aperture, both lenses highlight Canon’s excellence in optical technology innovation. Having been completely re-thought and redesigned, both lenses are significantly smaller and lighter compared to existing Canon EF super telephoto lenses. Equipped with a retractable barrel structure, the lenses easily extend in use and retract to be stored neatlyx. This makes both lenses ideal for travelling photographers who have minimal kitbag space.

Boasting STM technology, both lenses offer extremely quiet and perfectly smooth focusing – excellent for video recording, as the lens operation noise is kept at a minimum. Adding to its ease of use, the Lens Control Ring on both the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM gives enthusiasts direct and speedy control over Tv/exposure compensation/ISO/AF operationxi settings. The lens’ fixed aperture also provides a perfectly circular bokeh and their large focal length enables photographers to blur the background sufficiently when photographing subjects in the distance – an excellent characteristic for animal portraits as subjects stand out more.

RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM – picture perfect portraits

Designed for enthusiast portraiture photographers, the lightweightxii RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM is ideal for capturing stunning shots with an attractive perspective and soft background. Coupling an f/2 aperture with full frame provides shallow depth of field for excellent results – even in low-light conditions.

The RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM offers 5-stop IS (or 8-stops when using EOS R5/EOS R6xiii) and enables enthusiasts to capture subjects at an impressive 50% life-size with its 1:2 macro shooting capability. Both features, not found in other competitor models, offer enthusiasts incredible stills and video quality and supreme versatility. Thanks to STM Autofocus, the RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM also achieves quick and smooth focus both in stills and video – making it the ideal choice for enthusiasts entering the world of mirrorless and hoping to capture quality video as well as take stunning images.

EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x – uncompromised images that go further

The EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x are for press, nature and sport photographers looking to capture subjects at great distance. Reliable and durable, these extenders match the performance of Canon’s RF lenses and, when used with compatible lenses, deliver images of uncompromised quality.

Both extenders use the advanced high-refraction, low-dispersion glass to control curvature of field and chromatic aberration of magnification for the highest possible image quality. They also feature an optimised lens coating and a three-layer combined lens to reduce ghosting. Further enabling superior optical excellence, the extenders boast a heat shield coating to prevent performance deterioration in high temperatures and offer weather sealing when used with a compatible L-series RF lens. In addition to this, when used with the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 L IS USM, zoom range is limited to 300 to 500mm when the extender is connected to prevent the lens’s rear elements from hitting those of the extender.

RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM Key Features:

  • 100-500mm zoom range
    • One Super UD lens and six UD lenses
    • 5-stops IS (CIPA standard)
    • Dual Nano USM
    • Assignable Len Control Ring
    • L-series weather sealing
    • Compatible with EXTENDER RF 1.4x / EXTENDER RF 2x (usable focal lengths, from 300mm to 500mm)

For more information on the RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM, visit

RF 600mm f/11 IS STM and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM Key Features:

  • 600mm (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM) and 800mm (RF 800mm f/11 IS STM) focal length
    • Image Stabilization (IS) up to (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM: 5-stops, RF 800mm f/11 IS STM: 4- stops)
    • STM Autofocus Technology
    • Lightweight (RF 600mm f/11 IS STM: approx. 930g and RF 800mm f/11 IS STM: approx. 1,260g)
    • Compact – equipped with barrel structure that extends in use and retracts when stored
    • Lens Control Ring – giving direct control over Tv/Exposure compensation/ISO settings
    • f/11 aperture lens with IS with full AF when paired with a Canon EOS R camera

For more information on the RF 600mm f/11 IS STM, visit lenses/rf-600mm-f11-is-stm. For more information on the RF 800mm f/11 IS STM, visit

RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM Key Features:

  • 85mm focal length
    • f/2 maximum aperture
    • Lightweight at 500g
    • STM Autofocus technology
    • Up to 5-stops IS (CIPA standard)
    • 1:2 macro capabilities

For more information on the RF 85mm f/2 MACRO IS STM, visit lenses/rf-85mm-f-2-macro-is-stm.

EXTENDER RF 1.4x and EXTENDER RF 2x Key Features:

  • Advanced high-refraction low-dispersion glass
    • Lens coatings and a three-layer combined lens to reduce ghosting
    • Heat shield coating
    • Vibrational shock resistance, dust and water resistance

For more information on the EXTENDER RF 1.4x, visit extender-1-4x. For more information on the EXTENDER RF 2x, visit

The lenses will be available from the Canon Australia Store and authorised local dealers from August 2020. Pricing will be set at dealer discretion. Each Canon RF lens is supported by Canon Australia’s 5- year warranty when purchased from an authorised local dealerxiv.

For more information on the EOS R5, EOS R6 and Canon’s new imagePROGRAF PRO-300 A3+ printer announcements, please visit the Canon News site here: canon/news-and-press-releases.

Note: There is a lot of fine print references in this document, most of which is sourced directly from Canon to save me retyping it of course. If you need those details, I suggest you nip over to the Canon website.

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