In an interview with Techradar, Canon's product marketing specialist David Perry talks about the Canon EOS R5 and where it fits.

On the ergonomic decisions for the Canon EOS R5

“We've got the joystick on here, instead of the Multi-function bar. Everybody knows the multi-function bar on the EOS R got a mixed response – some people really got on with it, some people really couldn't get on with it at all,” he said. “So maybe going with this is a safer bet – more people are used to the multi-controller.”

“Because this is a 5-series, more people at that kind of level will expect functions similar to what you get on a 5D.” he added.

Does the name “EOS R5” mean this is a 5D level product

“It's aimed at that level of the market. This isn't a replacement for the 5D Mark IV or anything like that. But this is a mirrorless 5-series, it's aimed at that segment of the market,” he said.

“Which makes sense because in film days we had the EOS 5, then with digital DSLRs we had the 5D, and now we've got the R5 now. So it's all the same sort of level.” he added.

How is Canon solving the heat issues of shooting 8K in such a small body

“We've been doing this for a while now and we've learnt a lot of techniques to dissipate heat on other products that we have in our lineup. For example, being able to move components around, and being able to have them further away from each other,” he said.

“And being able to dissipate heat using different materials has been something we've been pretty proud of on other products. This is something we've learnt using both our camera and our video Cinema EOS series with that technology as well,” he added.

“So there's a lot of technology that we know is now coming together and giving us the ability to really step up these specifications,” he said.

I expect an official announcement for the Canon EOS R5 in April or May.

An obvious question a lot of you will have is whether or not Canon will make an EOS 5D Mark V DSLR. While I cannot confirm anything, I do believe it is coming.

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