Canon unveils ‘true hybrid’ full-frame camera for stills and video


The new Canon EOS R5 C keeps the R5's still-photo chops but adds unlimited video recording.
The new Canon EOS R5 C keeps the R5's still-photo chops but adds unlimited video recording.
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On Tuesday Canon rolled out its new EOS R5 C camera. It called the device a “true hybrid” full-frame mirrorless camera for still photography as well as unlimited video recording. The camera combines the company’s stills-focused EOS technology with Cinema EOS into one thick, actively-cooled camera body.

Meant to be equally good at stills and video

Most cameras these days still excel at either still shots or video. The idea behind hybrid cameras like this one is to offer a device equally capable in both areas.

“Imaging professionals are living in a multimedia world. Gone are the days of only needing to be sufficiently equipped and skilled at video or stills,” said Tatsuro “Tony” Kane, a Canon executive vice president. “The EOS R5 C squarely takes aim at providing end-users with a solution that can tackle all facets of the ever-demanding multimedia and content production landscape. Canon is confident this all-in-one solution can help improve the workflow for a variety of content creators.”

Canon EOS R5 C

Essentially, the EOS R5 C is a fully-functional R5 — a camera Canon launched in summer 2020 — with virtually unlimited 8K video recording added. It features nearly all of the R5’s original photography capabilities and adds Canon’s Cinema EOS menu options. A large, active cooling system attached to the rear of the original R5 chassis makes the video capability possible.

The new camera still features dual card slots (SD and CFexpress), a 3.2-inch variable-angle LCD monitor, and a high-definition, 5.76 million-dot viewfinder.

Other major brands with fan-cooled hybrid cameras on the market include Sony and Panasonic.

Price: $4,449

Where to buy (available in March): Canon


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