Canon Exec Seems To Say 8K Video On The EOS R5 Is There Only For Marketing

Canon Eos R5 Review 8k Video

The old Canon EOS R5 polemics are getting a heads up from a Canon exec. It’s about 8K video and why it was featured on the EOS R5.

In an interview with Japanese camera website Toyokeizai, Mr. Tsuyoshi Tokura, Canon’s imaging division general manager, said something rather interesting about 8K video on the EOS R5 (emphasis mine).

I don’t think video-focused users are driving the reputation of this new product. However, I was particular about the spec of 8K, and I was enthusiastic to put it out first, ahead of other companies. We have been making efforts to improve video performance at the same time as still images. Naturally, this new product has significantly improved still image performance, and I am not strongly conscious of giving it a big mission to attract video users

The second part I put in emphasis is the interesting part. Although something might have been lost in machine translation from Japanese, it seems to say “the only reason we put 8K on the EOS R5 was to be ahead of competition“. It really sounds that way.

He also seem to say that the commercial success of the Canon EOS R5 was mainly due to the name and the hype built around the camera.

“First of all, it has high performance and strong product appeal. The timing of the release was also great. The camera market has bottomed out significantly since spring, and we were able to launch new products when it recovered. In some respects, the return of the market was a tailwind.”

Mr. Tsuyoshi Tokura seems quite optimistic about the mirrorless market:

The EOS R5 is a professional product, and the price is quite high. Not only the body but also the (sales of) interchangeable lenses for full-size mirrorless cameras are growing steadily, and I feel that it shows the solidity of the R serie

Guess this interview will stir up new polemics about the Canon EOS R5.

Canon EOS R5 reviews are listed here, for EOS R6 reviews see here. The EOS R5 is highly regarded as a stills camera. In particular, the EOS R5 autofocus system seems to be huge leap forwards. User manual are available for download for the EOS R5 and the EOS R6.

Canon EOS R5:

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Europe & UK: Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Wex Photo Video, Park Cameras, Canon DE, Canon UK, Canon IT, Canon FR

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A Canon 8K Super 35mm Camera Undergoing Field Testing

Canon EOS R300 Canon 8k

We got an interesting tip (thanks) about a Canon 8K camera with a Super 35mm imaging sensor.

Not sure if the specifications we have been suggested apply to the rumored 8K Cinema cameras, or to another camera, maybe the Canon R300.

A Canon 8K camera with a Super 35mm imaging sensor is “in beta version” (we interpret this as undergoing field testing). These are the specifications:

  • 8K 3.2μm Super 35mm imaging sensor
  • High-Speed 3D
  • Dual Gain Output
  • Dual Pixel AF II
  • Dual Native ISO
  • DIGIC DV X (Faster AF, Faster I/O, Faster UI)
  • DCI 8K 60fps 12b RAW
  • 4K RGB (2-Green-pixel binning on sensor) 90fps 12b RAW Output

The source added that the camera has a “crazy image quality, higher IQ than HELIUM 8K S35 and VENICE 4K S35 mode in dark scenes“.

Ideas and comments welcome.

Canon Might Announce Two EOS Cinema 8K Cameras In 2021

C300 Mark Iii Canon Firmware Updates 8k Cameras

Canon might well be set to announce and release two new 8K-capable EOS Cinema cameras next year.

The first of these 8K Cinema cameras will be the next flagship, boosting some pro-oriented features.

The other one will be a modular and more similar to the Cinema EOS C300 Mark III and Cinema EOS C500 Mark II cameras.

No price nor specifications so far. We assume that Canon might announce these cameras around April 2021, i.e. when NAB 2021 is scheduled.

Stay tuned.

Source: Canon Rumors

Canon Told US One Year Ago That An 8K Capable Canon EOS R Camera Is Coming

Canon EOS R5 Rumor 8k

If you follow us, you’ve seen the latest Canon EOS R5 rumors. And if you did, you might be scratching your head because of the rumored 8K @30fps.

Thanks to an attentive user of CW, it turns out Canon anticipated an EOS R model with 8K video already one year ago (sorry, I forgot). In an interview with Imaging Resource, a Canon exec said:

Video will play a huge role in the EOS R System for sure. For example, an 8K video capable camera is already in our EOS R-series roadmap

However, the “EOS-R-series roadmap” could easily extend over the next 5 years, and nothing in the interview suggests that the Canon EOS R5 will feature 8K video. But then, it has been said by a Canon executive, so at least you can be sure that it will be featured on some future EOS R camera. Now it’s to see how far in the future this EOS R camera is.

One thing is sure: if the EOS R5 comes with 8K, then Sony might be in serious troubles.

Stay tuned.

Canon Announces Company’s First 8K Capable Broadcast Lenses

Broadcast Lenses

Why do these professional broadcasting lenses have to have such weird monikers? Canon just announced two 8K capable broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7×10.7 KAS S 8K lenses.

Canon press release:

Canon U.S.A. Introduces Its First Two 8K Broadcast Lenses

UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7×10.7 KAS S Lenses Provide Cutting Edge Imagery Solutions for Sports and Event Production

MELVILLE, NY, November 6, 2019 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the launch of its first two 8K Broadcast lenses: the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 (SP51x15.5B), a long-zoom field lens, and the 7×10.7 KAS S, a portable zoom lens. These two new zoom lenses are compatible with 8K broadcast cameras equipped with 1.25-inch sensors.

“8K broadcasting equipment is the newest frontier for covering sporting events and documentary productions around the globe,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Through the addition of our first 8K broadcast lenses, Canon is cementing our position on the cutting edge of the latest ultra-high resolution digital imaging solutions.”

broadcast lenses

UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K Lens

The UHD-DIGISUPER 51 8K field zoom lens provides high-quality optical performance for 8K broadcast cameras from the center to the periphery of the screen. The lens is built with the world’s highest1 51x zoom, as well as the world’s longest1 focal range from the wide-angle end of 15.5mm to the telephoto end of 790mm. In addition, the lens also features a built-in 1.5x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 1185mm. With the ability to realize high magnification, this lens provides users the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K field zoom lens, allowing them to switch to 8K video shooting and production without changing the shooting style.

7×10.7 KAS S 8K Lens

Featuring a 7x zoom that covers a focal range of 10.7-75mm, the new 7×10.7 KAS S is ideal for a variety of broadcasting applications. From the center of the screen to the corners of the periphery, this lens has the resolution and contrast compatible with 8K broadcast cameras, while also having the same operability as a conventional 2/3-inch HDTV or 4K portable zoom lens. The 7×10.7 KAS S is equipped with key features designed to provide customers with a high-quality, user-friendly experience, including the mobility required for on-the-move shooting.

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Apple Used An Unreleased Canon 8K Cinema Camera During WWDC 2019

Canon 8k Cinema Camera

Something Canon related happened yesterday at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2019, and it appears to be a Canon 8K Cinema camera.

YouTuber Jonathan Morrison live streamed from WWDC 2019 and at a certain point (around min 10:55 in the video below) he talks to an Apple rep who says “there is an unreleased 8K Canon camera over there”.

The unreleased 8K Canon camera was used to capture 8K resolution footage to showcase the performance of the new Pro Display XDR. In the video you can see the Canon 8K mounted on a robotic arm while sending 4:4:4 ProRes 8K raw video via an Atoms Shogun to the Apple display.

The Canon 8K camera in the video is most likely the upcoming Canon EOS C300 Mark III, expected to be announced in 2019.