Here's why you probably don't need 8K right now (and why you might)
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Here's why you probably don't need 8K right now (and why you might)

Canon's recent announcement of the new EOS R5 wasn't completely unexpected, but one of the camera's key specifications, 8K video, did catch us a bit by surprise. 8K video has been in development for several years, but to date it's mostly been limited to Hollywood-level cinema production and tech demos by Japanese broadcaster NHK.

With the R5 it looks like that may be about to change. In fact, we now know that the R5 will be able to capture 8K/30p using the full width of the sensor. Of course, there's a lot more to video quality than just resolution, and we don't expect the R5 to challenge a camera like the RED Helium 8K, but the fact that 8K is making its way into any consumer mirrorless camera suggests that this could be the tip of the iceberg.

With that in mind, let's look at some reasons why you probably don't need 8K video anytime soon – as well as a few reasons why you might.