Severe Canon financials – profits drop 94% – And EOS R5 recall would be the ETHICAL thing to do

Profits at Canon’s camera division were down 93.8% year on year in Q2 2020 in part due to COVID-19. The 3 months ending June saw lockdowns and a global pandemic take hold across the world. The loss of life and livelihood is the important and most sad aspect of 2020, indeed the saddest time in my lifetime. My heart goes out to anyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one or suffering from a lack of work and derailed plans. In this article though I’d like to focus on Canon’s dire financial results from Q2 and the impact of coronavirus on the camera industry, and how it can respond. This proud industry, as well as the photography, video and filmmaking sector has been particularly badly hit by COVID-19.

I would also like to address Canon’s two most important camera releases of the decade, the EOS R5 and R6. After a faltering launch, with my sources saying that new shipments are delayed until November, only a very small number of cameras are currently with distributors and retailers. This first batch was shipped before the full furore over overheating, which revealed the EOS R5 and R6 to be basically defective products that don’t do as claimed by Canon’s advertising. Now, businesses and viruses are one thing but we need to talk about ethics and morality too. Can Canon executives look in the mirror this weekend and honestly be satisfied to put these two defective cameras out into the world without any adjustments or hardware changes?

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Will Canon recall the EOS R5? I asked retailers today, and the picture is grim

Is the lemon a goner?! As a journalist and filmmaker I like to find out the stories behind the scenes, and when it comes to a big camera launch like the Canon EOS R5, it is interesting to get an idea of how popular it is by speaking to retailers, how many pre-orders there are and how many units are in the first shipments. I have done this a lot over the past few years and now have a wide spread of sources for my information in the UK and Europe.

Here’s what they told me today about the Canon EOS R5 release.

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Panasonic S1H to Atomos Ninja V 6K ProRes RAW update now available to download

Panasonic S1H owners today can start recording in high-end cinema camera standard 6K 12bit ProRes RAW via HDMI to the Atomos Ninja V.

Unlike many ProRes RAW HDMI outputs this one is a full pixel readout from a native 6K sensor, with dual gain circuitry and incredible low light performance.

Most cameras have to pixel bin to achieve 12 bit colour depth in their 4K RAW outputs from a higher resolution sensor, but not the Panasonic S1H. This should result in the cleanest and best ProRes RAW output on the market.

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As a Fuji GFX 100 owner I say “NOPE” to both the Sony A7S III and Canon EOS R5

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Canon and Sony seem ready in the middle of a severe pandemic to want thousands of bucks from me. If I review the Canon EOS R5 and Sony A7S III they will be returned to Amazon afterwards. Because fundamentally, I can’t align myself with the values of either corporation and as a medium format 10bit 4K user, I am unwilling to sacrifice the larger sensor and more cinematic look of the Fuji GFX 100 for an overheating pocket hand-warmer and a 3-year late Sony mirrorless camera.

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Sony A7S III is here – Sensible update but not as revolutionary as hoped, plus tough competition from Panasonic S1H

5 years after the previous A7S, the new model sees Sony playing catch up in some ways, having made users wait many years for 10bit recording on a mirrorless camera. The Panasonic GH5 has had 10bit since 2017 – 3 years ago. We have waited even longer for Sony to reorganise their menus! With the A7S III, they have finally implemented a Panasonic / Fujifilm style menu but the results don’t look aesthetic.

The Sony A7S III was promised to be “revolutionary”, an “everything is new” camera. I’d say it is more like an “everything is tweaked” camera, but I do like the new 4K/120p continuous recording (not limited to S&Q but up to 30 minutes in 10bit) and a seemingly efficient modern processor to handle the heat, although as we saw with the EOS R5 early quick-tests cannot be relied on for the full story. As for the tweaks – better EVF, faster BSI sensor, improved controls, new media, bigger full sized HDMI, 10bit 4:2:2 codec, H.265 option and of course those new menus. But it’s not the space-age camera some were anticipating from the rumours. Sony’s advanced Quad Bayer sensor did not make it. Stills remain at just 12 megapixel. There is no 8K recording. There is no internal RAW codec. There is no internal e-ND filter. There is a small crop in 4K/120fps. The ergonomics follow the A7R IV to a tee, so there’s not really a revolution here as far as hybrid usage goes and it is very much a stills camera design rather than anything more adventurous. At least the camera now has a GH5 / S1H style fully articulated screen!

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Canon EOS R5 overheating warning occurs after 0 minutes, following 1 hour photo shoot of 30 photos says Gerald Undone

This light usage in summer weather by Gerald Undone (one of the very few to properly test the camera, including Canon themselves?) further demonstrates the seriousness of the EOS R5’s overheating defect and could be grounds for a product recall.

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Opinion: Canon EOS R6 and R5 heat problems risk full product recall, class action lawsuit

Canon are marketing the EOS R5 and R6 as reliable filmmaking tools that professionals can depend on during a shoot.

As we have seen from field-tests of both cameras, overheating nightmares demonstrate this just isn’t the case even on short shoots in high quality 4K 24p. The reliability issues are so serious that paid professional work is a complete gamble in 4K on both models.

Even the EOS R6 with the lower 20 megapixel sensor at the lowest frame rate (4K 24p) suffers repeated shut downs on a short shoot. In my opinion, this is a problem for Canon so severe it may even result in a full product recall and a class action lawsuit.

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