8K is coming, but do you need it now?
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8K is coming, but do you need it now?

The Canon EOS R5 is likely the first of many cameras we'll see with 8K video. At a technical level, we should at least recognize that this is a pretty impressive accomplishment for any manufacturer. However, whether you truly need 8K video in the near future is debatable.

If you're the type of person who mostly shoots video to capture your own life adventures, share movies with friends on social media, or does fairly minimal editing on the video you shoot then there's little incentive to adopt 8K today. Chances are good that you won't notice much difference.

If you're the type of person who mostly shoots video to capture your own life adventures... chances are good that you won't notice much difference.

On the other hand, if you're serious about video and produce 4K content, 8K has the potential to benefit your workflow: cropping to 4K in post, digital pans and zooms, and downsampling to create better 4K video being just a few examples. 8K will appeal to some stills photographers as well. Do you enjoy using 4K and 6K photo modes on your camera to nail the perfect frame? If so, you'll probably love 8K photos.

Not sure if 8K is in your future? You can watch this 8K video on YouTube while you decide. Of course, you'll need an 8K monitor to properly watch it, which you can find here. We'll wait while you try it out.