What Will the Canon EOS R5 Mark II Offer?

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Canon might be releasing a brand new Mark II version of the best-selling R5 full-frame mirrorless camera for the second half of 2023. Here’s a look at what to expect.

Canon’s existing EOS R5 camera landed with a major splash in the mirrorless photography world. It went on to become one of the brand’s most popular camera models after being announced on July 9th 2020.

The R5 was packed with a range of superb specs that included a 44.8-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, 8K30fps raw video recording, 4K recording at 120fps and a whopping 5,940 AF points along its 100% sensor coverage area.

It could also handle low light shooting very well and was internally well stabilized. These were just a few of the R5’s major specs and are part of what continues to justify its popularity and high price today.

Now it seems possible that for the second quarter of 2023, after already having released an R6 Mark II camera, Canon will release a Mark II successor to the R5 and there has been quite a bit of speculation on what it will feature.

The ever-handy website Canon Rumors has done exactly this and is claiming that new information leaks about the R5 Mark II indicate some of the following for the reputed (but very likely) upgrade to the original 2.5-year-old R5:

  • A new 61-megapixel sensor with an additional high-resolution mode
  • Dual DIGIC X processor
  • 30fps burst shooting with an electronic shutter (and 12fps with manual shutter movement)
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 8K shooting at 60fps and 4K at the same 120fps of its predecessor
  • FHD video at 240fps
  • Two CFexpress type B card slots (vs. the CFexpress and UHS-II SD memory cards of the Canon R5 original model)

The upgraded R5 variant will also supposedly include focus breathing correction for video recording and will come with overheat prevention technology like that found in Canon’s EOS R6 Mark II.

For now, it’s definitely worth remembering that all of the above is purely speculative and doesn’t come from any formal indication or announcement by Canon. With that said, these are also very plausible specs.

What’s more, Canon Rumors has nailed things before with rumors about upcoming camera releases turning out to be close to what really ends up emerging.

The Canon Rumors post is also worth a look for a few additional specs that are being rumored for this camera.

If you can’t wait for a new Canon EOS R5 Mark II release to get your hands on high-quality photographic capacity, Canon’s existing R5 model is a superb piece of shooting equipment that’s worth some serious consideration.

Or, for a more budget-conscious alternative, Canon’s R6 Mark II also offers full-frame sensor quality and many superb specs but with 24.5MP and only 4K shooting at a lower price.

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