The 8K camera builds on the heritage of the classic Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon has launched the EOS R5 C – a ‘hybrid cinema camera’ combining the film-making features of the Cinema EOS range with the EOS R System’s photo capabilities.

The camera builds on the heritage of the classic Canon EOS 5D Mark II and is capable of internal 8K 30p RAW recording and up to 60p when using an external power source.

It can capture at up to 8K and supports HDR via PQ and HLG, as well as Canon’s Log 3 gamma. The camera is built around the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and includes advanced auto focus technology that tracks people’s eyes in real time and can follow their head as they look away from the camera.

The EOS R5 C has electronic image stabilisation that mitigates the effects of shaking when shooting hand-held, for smooth footage and sharp imagery.

The camera has a 45-megapixel sensor and DIGIC X processor and can capture up to 20 frames per second of still images. The DIGIC X processor provides up to 51,200 ISO, for shooting in low-light environments.

Internally, the EOS R5 C records Cinema RAW Light, capturing 12-bit footage with a wide dynamic range and colour gamut in a manageable file size.

It can also record in 10-bit XF-AVC format up to 810Mbps.

Using its full frame 8K sensor, the EOS R5 C enables 4K and full HD recording with “exceptional clarity, colour and low noise through internal oversampling,” says Canon.

Canon has also introduced three newly developed variations of RAW, including RAW HQ (High Quality), RAW ST (Standard Quality), and RAW LT (Light Quality). Users can select the mode based on their shooting needs and production process.

Two card slots – a CFexpress 2.0 Type B and UHS-II SD card slot – make it possible for simultaneous recording options where different formats, resolutions and bit depths can be recorded to each card at the same time.

The EOS R5 C can be used with lenses from across Canon’s EF, RF and cinema lens line-up, as well as third-party anamorphic lenses to achieve a wider aspect ratio for the silver screen.

The camera also has a dedicated Timecode In/Out terminal for integrating into a professional multi-camera solution.

For convenience, it has two separate menus for stills and video – the EOS R system and Cinema EOS interface. Controlled by a 3-position power dial, users can switch between modes and access the relevant settings.

The camera has a 0.5-inch high-resolution OLED viewfinder with 5.76 million dots for accurate image analysis, a dot-matrix display on the top for quickly checking camera settings and a bright articulating 3.2-inch HD LCD monitor for convenient viewing from multiple angles during the day or night.

The camera has a lightweight 680g chassis, making it the smallest and lightest Cinema EOS camera to date. It’s dust and weather-resistant.

The EOS R5 C will be available in March and will retail at £4,499.99.

Canon EOS R5 C at a glance

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•    Full Frame Sensor with 8K/30p 12-bit RAW recording or 8K/60p when using an external power source

•    45 megapixel images up to 20fps

•    Precise Eye AF via Dual Pixel CMOS AF and intelligent face/ head tracking via EOS iTR AF X

•    Recording formats including three new flavours of Cinema RAW Light

•    Active cooling for long-form recording

•    Timecode Terminal

•    RF Mount with Advanced Combination IS

•    Advanced connectivity and Multi-Function Accessory Shoe