Canon EOS C300 III Hands on and More info on the 8K EOS R5 Canon is breaking new grounds in video technology

Yesterday Canon announced the third iteration of its high-end crop sensor cinema camera – the EOS C300 III and dropped a few more very interesting details on its upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless video-oriented camera with its 8K capabilities.

Let’s start with what we know about the future EOS R5. This model will be a higher-end version of the existing EOS R but with unprecedented video capabilities, including some features that are present at cameras with 10X+ its (expected) price range, at the very top end of the market.

The EOS R5 – it’s all about the video baby

There is very little that this camera isn’t offering when it comes to video features, at least on paper (and that is a crucial point that we all need to remember – there are no actual reviews of hands-on of this camera at this time and the specs are not even fully disclosed at the moment).

Here are some of the specs announced by Canon for the upcoming R5:

  • New FF 45MP~ CMOS sensor (the exact resolution is still unknown but for 8K DCI it should be around 45MP).
  • 8K/30p (no crop) RAW video recording internally @ up to 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR
  • 4K/120p (no crop) recording in 4:2:2 10-bit C-Log and HDR PQ internally (it is unclear if there is 4K RAW but there is 4K/60p video recording over HDMI).
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF in all recording modes and resolutions.
  • Dual-card slots: CFexpress & SD UHS-II.
  • In-body image stabilization (IBIS) with the option for combining lens stabilization with sensor stabilization.
  • Up to 12 fps shooting with mechanical shutter and up to 20 with an electronic shutter.
  • 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz WIFI with support for Canon’s automatic transfer of image from the camera to the cloud.

Again we still have no idea about record time limitations, overheating and of course release date, pricing etc. but it is safe to say that this camera will be available in the second half of 2020 and its price will be closer to the EOS 5D IV than the newly announced EOS C300 II (how much closer is anybody’s guess).

In the video above our friend and colleague Jordan Drake from DPR talks about his thoughts about the R5. Below you can find several other videos of photographers and YouTubers and their opinions and reactions about the new specs of the R5 published yesterday.

Tony Northrup on the R5 specs and the C300 III

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Ed Gregory with an extensive guide to the R5 and what we know about it

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The EOS C300 III is the new high-end crop sensor cinema camera from Canon and it comes 5 years after the second version of this camera and brings a large number of improvements, some of which come directly from the new C500 II that was announced several months ago.

EOS C300 II – a modular crop pro video camera with high end specs

Some specs for the Canon EOS C300 II

  • Sensor: a new super 35mm sensor.
  • AF: Dual Pixel for all resolutions/framer rates.
  • DGO (Dual Gain Output) with a native ISO of 800 providing 16+ stops of dynamic range.
  • Up to 4K 120fps in RAW Light format in  10-bit or 12-bit
  • 2K in up to 180fps.
  • User changeable mount (EF, PL or EF Cinema Lock).
  • XF-AVC (MXF) recording, 4:2:2 10-bit ALL-I or LongGOP
  • Price tag of $11K starting in the second half of 2020.

cinema5D look at the C300 III and a talk with Canon UK

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ProAV TV hands on the C300 III

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Final bonus – Canon also announced a new Cine lens – the Canon 25-250mm 10x CINE-SERVO

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Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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