Canon is rumored to be experimenting with the addition of multiple Raw image resolutions for the Canon R5 MK II still image mode.
If true, the addition could be the first step towards using the entire full-frame sensor data information for improved video. But it’ll take some additional support to make it happen.
The intel comes from Canon Rumors, of course, and comes with a warning that there’s a lot of conflicting information about what’s going on.
But it certainly could be an exciting development to expand Raw image support for a camera that is just dying to use more of the full-frame sensor in its Raw image modes.
Currently, it is expected that the upcoming Canon EOS R5 Mk. II will support two flavors of Raw, including standard Raw with a resolution of 47.5 MP, and Canon’s own C-Raw with a resolution of 22.5 MP. The Raw codecs, however, aren’t believed to be using the entire full-frame real estate of the sensor.
If the rumors are accurate, the R5 Mk. II will receive support for multiple raw image resolutions with 60 MP, 36 MP, and 18 MP modes in still image mode.
For this feature addition to have any weight, it would have to introduce some sort of pixel binning into the mix, otherwise, the added resolution boost won’t add much to the R5II’s 8K output unless Pixel Binning is added.
But it could be a good next step towards achieving the goal of giving the R5 expanded 8K Raw video support that would harness the entire sensor data coming from the sensor. Magic Lantern has already fiddled with adding pixel binning to some Canon models, and it wouldn’t be the first time that Canon saw where those evil geniuses were going and decided to add a feature to the overall official recipe.
This is all speculation and rumor on the part of CR, and even they are forced to admit that this piece of intel doesn’t even rise to a high enough level to be considered a serious leak. But it’s certainly worth keeping an eye on for users who would like to see Canon use the entire R5 Mk. II sensor for improved image quality.
Even then, this added feature could stop short of video and only provide an improvement to still image performance. It’s simply too early to tell where this will go. But with an expected release date of later this Fall, we won’t have long to wait.
[source: Canon Rumors]
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