We first broke the story earlier this month that Canon was planning a major firmware update for the Canon EOS R5 this year. One of the likely features coming to the Canon EOS R5 is “pixel-shift”.

What is Pixel-Shift?

Pixel shift is a method in digital cameras for producing a super resolution image. The method works by taking several images, after each such capture moving (“shifting”) the sensor to a new position. In digital colour cameras that employ pixel shift, this avoids a major limitation inherent in using Bayer pattern for obtaining colour, and instead produces an image with increased colour resolution and, assuming a static subject or additional computational steps, an image free of colour moiré. Taking this idea further, sub-pixel shifting may increase the resolution of the final image beyond that suggested by the specified resolution of the image sensor.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_shift

It looks like Canon is going to be bringing this to the EOS R5 this year. It looks like Canon is calling this feature “IBIS HIGH Resolution”. This feature will combine 9 shots to make a 400mp image.

The IBIS High Resolution image will measure 24576 x 16384 pixels!

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From a cached Canon EU page

Beyond the new pixel-shift feature, we do expect further advancements to come in the new Canon EOS R5 firmware. We expect to see this announced in the next 30 days.

More to come…

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  1. Not sure this is that interesting to me, but time will tell...

    Any word on the fps being given options with elec shutter?

    Also does that mean these are still expected to happen?;
    • Lens breathing correction
    • Pre-shooting buffer
    • Removal of 30 minutes record limit
    • Vehicle tracking AF mode (bikes, trains & planes)
    • Additional tracking for more animals​
  2. I guess the feature of added resolution is nice, but I hope there will also be an option that is keeping the original 45MP but with better color accuracy and noise performance.

    And what I would be really happy to see is (finally) the addition of C-Log 2, at least in the R5 C, but it would be a welcomed addition on the R5 too (or all cameras if we are at it).
  3. So, all these are about R5. What happens to R5C?
    I’d assume this wouldn’t be coming to the R5C since it doesn’t have ibis and this would rely on it unfortunately
  4. I’d assume this wouldn’t be coming to the R5C since it doesn’t have ibis and this would rely on it unfortunately.
    Years ago, one of the so-called super-resolution techniques was based on natural hand movement.
    So, in principle, the information from the lens' IS circuit can be re-used for a 'hand-made pixel-shift".
  5. So just a scanner camera. Well someone will be happy about it and find some use.
    I would find that more useful than how many fps it does, since I usually take a shot every ten minutes....
  6. I will continue to hope Canon releases a star tracking update. Dreaming more, they could package that with a 30x digital zoom, plus a program option where I could preselect a low ISO, long shutter, fixed sensor shot with a tracked star shot using separate settings and focus. The audience for this is a bit narrow but they could definitely charge for it on all cameras now and moving forward.
  7. What would this feature be used for? Is it for printing large billboards of static subjects? I wonder how many Mega Bytes the RAW files will be. Since Canon are adding new features the R5 II must be quite some time away yet.
  8. Not the number of MP I'd like to have...

    But great for all those (thinking they're) needing it ;)
    Go shoot an object like lightning where you don't know if it will be a mile away or 10 miles away and tell me the extra MP isn't needed ;) Being able to crop in is extremely useful.
  9. I will continue to hope Canon releases a star tracking update. Dreaming more, they could package that with a 30x digital zoom, plus a program option where I could preselect a low ISO, long shutter, fixed sensor shot with a tracked star shot using separate settings and focus. The audience for this is a bit narrow but they could definitely charge for it on all cameras now and moving forward.
    Pentax has had that for years, with the bodies that had both gps and ibis.

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