Canon recently announced the EOS R5 C, the company’s first full frame 8K cinema EOS camera, set to be released in Australia this March.

Billed as a hybrid cinema camera with still photography capabilities for the next generation of content creators, the EOS R5 C is capable of 8K video capture and taking 45-megapixel still photos at speeds of up to 20 frames per second.

The camera can shoot at up to 8K 60p RAW when connected to an external power source, and at 8K 30p RAW internally, with the RAW format allowing for more post-production flexibility.

Through the EOS R5 C using Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, it offers the advanced auto-focus options Eye AF and EOS iTR AF X, capable of tracking subjects’ eyes in real-time and retaining focus when they look away from the camera.

Flexibility is a focus with Canon’s new camera; the EOS R5 C includes two card slots – a CFexpress 2.0 Type B and UHS-II SD card slot – so photographers can simultaneously shoot in multiple formats, resolutions and bit-depths depending on their needs, including Canon’s three new quality tiers of RAW.

When capturing still photos, the EOS R5 C can use an ISO sensitivity of up to 51,200 thanks to its DIGIC X processor, helpful for photographing dark environments such as indoor events.

From a form factor perspective, the EOS R5 C is the smallest and lightest Cinema EOS camera so far, weighing in at only 680 grams. Any lens from Canon’s EF, RF and Cinema range can be attached, including the new RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens, ideal for shooting content for VR.

Alongside the EOS R5 C announcement, Canon is releasing a firmware upgrade to the EOS C70 camera in March, adding new features including 12-bit Cinema RAW Light recording.

The Canon EOS R5 C has a recommended retail price of $7,499 when it is available from March this year.