Canon's Mission: Bringing Unimaginable Imaging Possibilities to Life

Even stills grabbed from video are remarkably beautiful. 8K video is a seamless fusion of video and still images.

Kentaro Kumon
Photographer

This is a camera that is there for you. It eliminates any perplexity on the part of the photographer.

Kumon: The more I shot with the EOS R5 and R6, the more certain I was that my initial impression was spot on — that both models are “people-friendly” cameras. They are easy to use because the feel of the controls was designed with the photographer in mind. Not only has Canon improved the overall performance of the cameras, I think they have been made considerably more user-friendly too.

Tokura: Unlike SLRs, mirrorless cameras do not need an internal mirror, so they can be made smaller and lighter. But making the cameras more compact was not our sole objective, because they are tools to be held in the hand. That's why we paid careful attention to the size and placement of the control buttons and other components.

Kumon: For sure the camera feels amazing in your hand, to go along with its operability. New cameras can fuel photographers' urge to create, and their love for cameras is often a motivation. The EOS provides photographers with an inspirational thrill.

Beauty is hidden in the dark. The EOS R6 brings out that beauty at the next level.

Photo: Kentaro Kumon
[Equipment]Camera: EOS R6, Lens: RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM

Kumon: The image quality is incredible as well.

Tokura: Thank you. These models represent an evolution on all fronts, including the new in-house developed image sensor and the image-processing microcomputer and its software.

Kumon: I think photographs have two forms of persuasiveness: one that is articulated through details and one that is articulated through tones. In my case, I place more importance on tones. It's often said that “God is in the details,” but I believe the meaning of a photograph lies in its dark portions. So I was very impressed with the richness of the R6's tonal reproduction, especially in dark areas. The R6 was able to depict subtle shifts in brightness and color more fully than ever before without, for example, rendering dark shadows as solid blacks.

Tokura: Because the R6 has fewer pixels than the R5, its individual pixels are relatively larger allowing more light to be captured under the same conditions. This gives the camera more scope to capture a wide range of light and dark details, so that it can depict dark scenes with more beauty and reproduce delicate tones more seamlessly.

Kumon: I use the R5, which excels at high-definition imaging, when I want to capture people and objects with an emphasis on three-dimensionality and texture. And I turn to the R6 when light is scarce or when I want to be more particular about dark-area rendering.

Still images grabbed from 8K video have outstanding definition. A truly new concept in cameras has begun.

EOS R6

Tokura: One of the highlights of the EOS 5 series cameras was their inclusion of video functions that were ahead of their time. In this spirit, we included 8K video recording on the R5, a world first for a digital interchangeable-lens camera.

Kumon: People have been taking note of the camera's ability to take high-quality 8K video fairly effortlessly while in the flow of shooting, and I'm considering using it for video production. Besides its superb 8K image quality, the EOS R5 is packed with features that appeal to people who shoot video, such as in-body image stabilization, autofocus, and the 8K video frame grab function. The R5 is such a comprehensive camera, expanding the range of video expressions and options for photographers. In terms of working with the camera, moving between videos and still images feels seamless.

Tokura: Still images grabbed from a captured 8K movie are themselves high-resolution photos with approximately 35.4 megapixels. We believe the R5 will be the first of a new breed of cameras that melds still-image and video functions together.