In an email sent to us (thank you), we received an email that Canon Australia has sent out stating that Canon Inc has asked them to halt sales of the Canon EOS R5C.
The email alludes that this is happening because of some issue with the camera. They mention in the email “I'd like to reassure you that there are no health and safety issues with the camera however, we want to ensure that the product is of the highest standard from a quality perspective.”
We are not aware of any current issues with the R5C, but it could be something that Canon has caught during the initial manufacturing run of the camera, and perhaps some serious manufacturing defect was discovered. Alternatively, this could be simply an email suspending sales because of supply chain issues, but Canon would normally state this in the email because that actually shows there is a positive demand for the camera. The R5C was due to start shipping in April, and this will most likely delay the camera.
On Canon Japan, they are identifying that the R5C has about a 6 month waiting period, but that could be them just signaling the backorder and supply chain woes and not any manufacturing problems.
We haven't heard anything else but we hope to have some clarity about this soon.