Canon EOS R6 and EOS R5 Announcement Livestream Is Getting Official

Canon Eos R5 Announcement

Various Canon sites around the globe are getting ready for the Canon EOS R6 and EOS R5 announcement, scheduled for July 9, 2020.

Canon Germany has a dedicated page, REIMAGINE, where you can register for the upcoming Canon EOS R6 and EOS R5 announcement livestream.

Canon USA also has a dedicated page, with the livestream scheduled for July 9th at 8AM EST. A list of speakers is published, among them a lot of big names like Rick Sammon, Lindsey Adler, Tyler Stableford, and Peter McKinnon to name a few. They will introduce and discuss the new gear Canon is set to announce on July 9, 2020 (see below).

Canon Japan has a countdown set for the announcement date of July 9. It’s likely that other Canon subsidiaries have similar pages or are reading them.

On July 9, 2020, Canon will announce new EOS R cameras:

  • Canon EOS R5 body
  • Canon EOS R5 with RF 24-105mm USM
  • Canon EOS R6 body
  • Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm STM
  • Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm USM
  • Wireless transmitter WFT-R10 (A/B/C/D/E)
  • Canon BG-R10 battery grip
  • Canon LP-E6NH battery

…and new lenses too:

  • Canon RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS
  • Canon RF 100-500mm f/4-7.1L IS
  • Canon RF 600mm f/11
  • Canon RF 800mm f/11
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-101
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-88B
  • Canon Lens Hood ET-77
  • Canon Lens Case LZ1328
  • Canon Lens Case LZ1435
  • Canon RF 1.4x extender
  • Canon RF 2x extenderleconverter

All known EOS R6 and EOS R5 specifications are listed here.

One Week Left To Canon EOS R6 & EOS R5 Announcement – Here Is What We Know

Eos R5 Announcement

It seems there are no doubts left that July 9, 2020, is the magical date when Canon will eventually lift the last veils of what the industry already considers a game changer: the Canon EOS R5 announcement is one week away.

Along with the EOS R5 announcement we will see more new gear getting announced. Here is the list of what we will see for sure during the livestreamed press event:

  • Canon EOS R5 body
  • Canon EOS R5 with RF 24-105mm USM
  • Canon EOS R6 body
  • Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm STM
  • Canon EOS R6 with RF 24-105mm USM
  • Wireless transmitter WFT-R10 (A/B/C/D/E)
  • Canon BG-R10 battery grip
  • Canon LP-E6NH battery

Canon will also announce the following lenses and accessories:

  • Canon RF 100-500mm L
  • Canon RF 800mm f/11
  • Canon RF 600mm f//11
  • Lens Hood ET-101
  • Lens Hood ET-88B
  • Lens Hood ET-77
  • Lens Case LZ1328
  • Lens Case LZ1435
  • RF 1.4x extender
  • RF 2x extender

There is a possibility that there will be more gear Canon will announce on July 9.

Below you see a sum-up about what we know about the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

Canon EOS R5 specifications:

  • Imaging sensor: 45mp full frame format
  • The EOS R5 features 5-axis IBIS, and it can work with optical image stabilisation found in many Canon lenses:
  • Frames per second: 12fps (20fps electronic shutter)
  • Video features:
    • 4K at 120fps
    • 4K @at60fps
    • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
    • 8K internal recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) and 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
    • 4K internal recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps
    • 8K and 4K video capture without crop factor
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K modes
    • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes
  • Dual card slots: CFexpress and SD UHS-II
  • 5GHz WiFi
  • New battery
  • Price likely around/below US$4000
  • Coming July 9, 2020

Canon EOS R6 specifications:

  • 20mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS (In Body Image Stabilization)
  • 12fps mechanical/20fps electronic
  • Oversampled 5K Video
  • 4K@60p
  • FullHD@120p
  • Canon Log
  • 10-bit
  • Zebras
  • Autofocus same as EOS R5
  • No RAW video mode
  • Dual SD UHS-II card slots
  • Head detection AF
  • Animal detection AF
  • Same 5 million dot EVF as EOS R5
  • No top-down screen
  • Build quality not on EOS R5 level
  • Bluetooth 4.2 (EOS R5 has Bluetooth 5.0)
  • LP-E6NH Battery (same as the EOS R5)
  • Announcement July 9, 2020
  • Price rumored to be below US$2,500

Stay tuned, we will soon know more.

Canon Canada Announces Camp Canon For Kids To Explore Creativity Through Photography

Camp Canon Photo Culling

Canon Canada announced Camp Canon, an online summer camp for kids between 11 and 14 years old to explore creativity and to learn photography.

Camp Canon has been designed in part to give parents options for summer programming during the age of social distancing. For the time being Camp Canon is open to Canadians only but there are good chances it will be available for the US too. You don’t have to use a Canon camera to take part in the camp.

To learn more about Camp Canon head over to the dedicated website, or register here. Below is an excerpt from the FAQ:

What are the specific techniques a Camper will learn in these programs?

We’ve developed the Camp to be easy, fun, and as technical as Campers want it to be. In Photo Foundations, they will learn composition, how to shoot moving objects to freeze action, portraiture, depth of field and manual settings. 

In Storytellers, they’ll explore more advanced settings like Aperture, Shutterspeed and ISO to really take control of the camera. They’ll also get into digital editing techniques, lighting and the art of storytelling.  

Can a Camper use a smartphone camera in this program? 

Although smartphones are great for snapshots, this Camp is about learning the craft of photography and storytelling. Modern digital cameras are powerful tools that far exceed what’s possible on a smartphone. Campers must have a functional DSLR or Mirrorless camera. If you don’t have a digital camera in the household, click here to see some options that can fit your budget. Once a Canon Camp program is purchased, we’ll email you a discount code to apply to your purchase on the Canon e-store. 

Do Camper’s have to use a Canon camera, or can they use other brands? 

Campers can use any brand of camera they choose as long as it’s a dedicated digital camera (DSLR or Mirrorless). If you don’t have a camera and wish to take advantage of special offers on camera bundles from Canon, click here.

My child is already pretty good at photography, can I sign them up for Storytellers without doing Photo Foundations first?

This camp is for every level of photographer beginner to advanced. More experienced photographers will still benefit from Photo Foundations and the instructors will give them more tailored options for their photo challenges. So we ask that every Camper complete Photo Foundations before moving onto Storytellers. 

How many Campers are in each online Zoom session? 

We keep each session to 8-12 Campers to ensure the most optimal interactive environment. 

Full list of FAQs is here.

Canon Develops World’s First 1 Megapixel SPAD Image Sensor

SPAD Image Sensor

Canon’s research labs are developing the world’s first 1 megapixel SPAD image sensor, another highly specialized sensor for scientific applications.

The camera utilizing the sensor described in the press release below were jointly developed with scientists at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. A scientific article was also published: Megapixel time-gated SPAD image sensor for 2D and 3D imaging applications

Canon press release:

TOKYO, June 24, 2020—Canon Inc. announced today that the company has developed the world’s first1 single photon avalanche diode (SPAD) image sensor with signal-amplifying pixels capable of capturing 1-megapixel images. SPAD image sensors are ideal for such applications as 2-dimensional cameras, which capture and develop still image and video in an extremely short span of time. These sensors also hold potential for use in 3-dimensional cameras due to their ability to obtain information about the distance between them and a subject as image data.

A SPAD sensor is a uniquely designed image sensor in which each pixel possesses an electronic element. When a single light particle, called a photon, reaches a pixel it is multiplied—as if creating an “avalanche”—that results in a single large electrical pulse. The ability to generate multiple electrons from a single photon provides such advantages as greater sensitivity during image capture and high precision distance measurement.

The SPAD image sensor developed by Canon overcomes the longstanding difficulties of achieving this effect with high pixel counts. By adopting new circuit technology, Canon’s sensor uses a method known as photon counting to realize a digital image resolution of 1 megapixel. What’s more, the sensor employs a global shutter that allows simultaneous control of exposure for every pixel. Exposure time can be shortened to as little as 3.8 nanoseconds2, making possible clear and distortion-free image capture. In addition, the sensor is capable of up to 24,000 frames per second (FPS) with 1 bit output, thus enabling slow-motion capture of fast movement within an extremely short time frame.

SPAD Image Sensor

Thanks to its ability to capture fine details for the entirety of events and phenomena, this technology holds the potential for use in a wide variety of fields and applications including clear, safe and durable analysis of chemical reactions, natural phenomena including lightning strikes, falling objects, damage upon impact and other events that can’t be observed with precision by the naked eye.

The sensor also features a high time resolution as precise as 100 picoseconds2, enabling it to determine the exact timing at which a photon reaches a pixel with ultra-high accuracy. Leveraging this functionality, the sensor is capable of Time of Flight distance measurement. What’s more, with a high resolution of 1 megapixel and high-speed image capture, it is also able to accurately perform 3D distance measurements in situations where multiple subjects overlap—useful in such scenarios as a vehicle distance measurement for self-driving automobiles and grasping 3D spatial information for xR3 and similar devices.

Canon’s development of a SPAD image sensor enables 3D cameras capable of recognizing depth information to achieve a resolution of 1 megapixel is expected to rapidly expand the use of such cameras as the “eyes” of high-performance robotic devices. Going forward, Canon will strive to anticipate the needs of industry by continuing to advance its innovative image sensor technology, further expand the possibilities of what is visible, spur evolution in science and industry through high-precision detection of information and contribute to the development of fields yet to be discovered.

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Canon Sends Another Satellite Into Space, With High Res Cameras On Board

Satellite

Canon is actively involved in the commercial conquer of space with their own satellite program.

Canon will send a second satellite equipped with an array of EOS 5D Mark III cameras into space, the Canon CE-SAT-IB. The CE-SAT-IB is Canon’s commercial version of the CE-SAT-I, an experimental earth observing microsatellite developed and built by Canon Electronics. The system provides an 1 m ground resolution from a 600 km orbit with a 6 km × 4 km frame size.

The launch will take place in New Zealand on July 4, and is coordinated by by Spaceflight Inc. Spaceflight Inc’s press release:

Canon Electronics Inc. kicks off constellation with first mass production remote sensing microsatellite, CE-SAT-IB, aboard Rocket Lab Electron, with another slated to launch in coming months

SEATTLE – June 16, 2020 — Spaceflight Inc., the leading satellite rideshare and mission management provider, today announced it is managing the launch of Canon Electronics’ CE-SAT-IB imaging satellite on Rocket Lab’s Electron. The mission will lift off from Rocket Lab’s Launch Complex 1 at the southern tip of Mahia Peninsula, on the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island. The launch window opens on July 4 NZT / July 3 UTC.

CE-SAT-IB is a 67 kilogram microsatellite which can resolve 90 centimeter objects on the ground from space. Additionally, Spaceflight is coordinating the launch of another Canon satellite, CE-SAT-IIB, which is slated to lift off after the CE-SAT-IB mission later in 2020, also aboard an Electron. It will carry three cameras with different resolutions and sensitivities.

“We’re looking forward to getting these next generation Canon spacecraft on orbit and helping them kickstart their constellation,” said Curt Blake, CEO and president of Spaceflight. “Our ability to find the most expedient rides to space for our customers is critical, especially when their business plans require a frequent cadence of launches. Offering end-to-end launch services across multiple launch vehicles gives our customers flexibility, along with confidence that we will get them where they want to go, aligned with their schedule.”

This mission, called Pics Or It Didn’t Happen by Rocket Lab, represents Spaceflight’s fourth launch with Rocket Lab in the past twelve months, and follows the successful launches of 10 spacecraft on earlier missions “Make it Rain” (June 2019), “Look Ma No Hands” (August 2019), and “Running Out of Fingers“ (November 2019). While this mission was scheduled to launch earlier this year, it was delayed due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Spaceflight has continued to work closely with Canon Electronics, Rocket Lab, and government officials to launch as expeditiously and safely as the conditions allow. Like the previous missions, Spaceflight managed the launch capacity procurement, integration and mission management services for the rideshare spacecraft.

“This launch is very critical for Canon Electronics as we are launching a satellite where we have remarkably increased the ratio of in-house development of components compared to the previous launch,” said Dr. Nobutada Sako, group executive, Satellite Systems Lab, Canon Electronics Inc. “Partnering with Spaceflight on this mission has been very helpful and we look forward to a successful launch of our satellites.” 

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Canon EOS R5 Announcement Getting Closer – Adobe Adds File Support

Canon Eos R5 Announcement

Any doubt left that the Canon EOS R5 announcement is imminent? Here is another proof it’s coming.

Adobe added support for the Canon EOS R5 files to Premier Pro.

  • Enhanced bitrate controls for JPEG 2000 MXF export
  • Import of Canon EOS R5 footage
  • Import of Canon EOS-1D X Mark III footage
  • Import of RED Komodo footage

Premiere Pro is just the first Adobe product to get official EOS 5 support, all the other will follow soon.

Canon already partially disclosed specifications and features (1 | 2) of the EOS R5, and there is not much left to discover but the price. After the last specification reveal there are even some videos to watch. All R5 coverage is listed here. All we know about the Canon EOS R5 specifications is listed below.

  • Imaging sensor: 45mp full frame format
  • The EOS R5 features 5-axis IBIS, and it can work with optical image stabilisation found in many Canon lenses:
  • Frames per second: 12fps (20fps electronic shutter)
  • Video features:
    • 4K at 120fps
    • 4K @at60fps
    • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
    • 8K internal recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) and 4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
    • 4K internal recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps
    • 8K and 4K video capture without crop factor
    • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K modes
    • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes
  • Dual card slots: CFexpress and SD UHS-II
  • 5GHz WiFi
  • New battery
  • Price likely around/below US$4000
  • Coming July 2020

We expect Canon to announce the EOS R5 in June or July 2020. But there are signs that shipment might get delayed or will start with small figures because of the global pandemic.

Stay tuned.