Canon’s EOS R5 is available in a video-centric iteration known as the EOS R5 C. As a member of the Cinema EOS family, it is capable of shooting 8K footage at up to 60 frames per second in Canon’s Cinema Raw Light format.
Additionally, it has 10-bit 422 recording possibilities in the XF-AVC format. The active cooling mechanism on the rear of the camera, which enables infinite recording durations, is the primary characteristic that sets this model apart from others. There is no in-body image stabilization mechanism, however, there is a connection for synchronizing timecode, which is different from the basic model of the R5 series.
You may turn the camera on in either the Photo mode or the Video mode by using a switch that has three positions. Depending on whatever mode you select, the menus and user interface will be different. Displays of wave forms and vectorscopes are available in video mode, which is not available on the basic R5.
RF mounting apparatus
The RF lens mount, which is used by both the EOS R5 C and the EOS R5, has 12 communication pins, which is an increase of four above what is found in the EF lens mount. This enables the camera and lens to transmit information more quickly, which opens the door to enhanced autofocus, picture stabilization, and optical performance. It also provides some practical benefits, such as making it possible to adjust the aperture more smoothly.
Aron adds that the versatility that the RF mount provides to filmmakers is without a doubt the most significant benefit of using that mount. “In addition to being completely compatible with Canon cine lenses and EF mount picture lenses when used in conjunction with the Canon Mount Adapter EF-EOS R, the EOS R5 C also makes it possible for cutting-edge RF lens designs to be implemented. Even anamorphic lenses may be used with the EOS R5 C by using a mount adapter from a third-party manufacturer.”
Body and Control
There are various perspectives from which the EOS R5 C appears to be quite similar to the EOS R5. On the other hand, as you travel near the back of the camera, you’ll see that the R5 C is a thicker camera than the R5 because of the cooling fan that it has. You may remember that when shooting demanding 8K footage, the EOS R5 has some difficulty with cooling the internal components. However, the EOS R5 C employs active cooling in the hopes of mitigating this issue.
The EOS R5 C has a focal length of 142mm (5.6 “) in width, is 101mm (four inches) in height, and has a maximum depth of 111mm (4.4″). On the other hand, the R5 has dimensions of 139 millimeters, 98 millimeters, and 88 millimeters ” (5.5″ x 3.8″ x 3.5″). The EOS R5 C comes in at 770 grams (1.7 pounds), while the R5 clocks in at 738 grams (1.63 lbs).
Not only can you see the fan protruding from behind the camera when viewed from above, but you can also see that the electronic viewfinder (EVF) has been expanded in order to make shooting more comfortable. To the left of the electronic viewfinder (EVF), there is a new power switch that allows the user to rapidly power the camera into either the ‘Photo’ or ‘Video’ mode.
On the EOS R5 C, the function buttons are also labeled, however on the EOS R5, several of the function buttons are unlabeled. In addition, the shutter release button on the new EOS R5 C is red, which not only serves a purpose but also looks very sleek.
The back of the EOS R5 C appears to be quite identical to the back of the EOS R5, including the same 3.2 “display capable of rotating through 2.1 million dots. The EVF is the same as before as well. The OLED electronic viewfinder has a resolution of 5.76 million dots and a magnification of 0.76 times.
The Canon LP-E6N battery is utilized by both the Canon R5 and the Canon EOS R5 C. When utilizing a battery for power, there are a few restrictions placed on the video modes. Even though we could place this in the video area, we decided to include it here because it is pertinent to the subject of the battery. The EOS R5 C is unable to record video and deliver power to the lens mount while utilizing the battery to record 8K Cinema RAW Light (full-frame), 5.9K Cinema RAW Light (Super 35), or 2.9K Cinema RAW Light (Super 16) at frame rates faster than 30p, 30p, or 60p, respectively. Because of this, you will not be able to utilize autofocus or change the iris of the lens. This problem may be fixed by utilizing an external power source, such as a PD-E1 USB power supply or Canon’s brand-new DR-E6C DC battery, both of which are available for purchase. By the way, utilizing the battery grip does not result in a resolution to this problem either.
When it comes to the imaging characteristics, there is nothing more to talk about that we haven’t previously covered in our review of the Canon EOS R5 camera. To quickly review, the Canon EOS R5 C contains the same 45-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated CMOS picture sensor that is found in the Canon EOS R5. This indicates that it has a native ISO range of 100–51,200, with the capability of expanding that range to 50–102,400.
Continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second is made possible by the image sensor’s pairing with a Canon DIGIC X processor. The autofocus mechanism found in the EOS R5 C is also exactly the same. It makes use of a Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology, which provides coverage of almost the whole image frame (1,053 areas in total) and delivers coverage of almost 100 percent of the pixel count. In addition, just like the EOS R5, the EOS R5 C incorporates autofocus functions like as animal detection, bird detection, and vehicle recognition, in addition to the face, eye, and head detection AF.
When it comes to recording video, the EOS R5 C and the EOS R5 are very different from one another. The Canon EOS R5 can record video in 8K resolution, however, the frame rate is limited to 30 frames per second, and the camera has a maximum recording duration restriction. The EOS R5 C, on the other hand, increases the frame rate for 8K video to 60p, just like the brand new Nikon Z9 camera, and it also provides continuous shooting at 8K/60p owing to the integrated cooling fan.
In addition to still images, the Canon R5 C shoots video in the Canon RAW Light format. If you plan on recording to an internal card rather than an external recorder, the high-efficiency mode that is available is the best option for you. You also have the option to record in MP4 format. Cinema Light RAW is available in high quality, standard quality, and light quality variants, all of which are brand new developments. When recording in internal 8K Cinema RAW Light, HQ is not an option, and the regular quality can only go up to 30 frames per second. When shooting in Super 35, which is equivalent to 5.9K, you are required to utilize standard quality and a frame rate of 60 frames per second. There are no limitations on Super 16, which has a point total of 2.9K. You also have the option to record in the XF-AVC format.
The EOS R5 C and the EOS R5 have the same 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and stills characteristics, so it should come as no surprise that when it comes to shooting, they yield similar end results; nevertheless, the method of generating that final image changes somewhat between the two cameras.
When used in conjunction with an RF lens, the sensor-shift IS technology that comes standard on the EOS R5 and is also known as IBIS (In-body Image Stabilization) adjusts the sensor to counteract the effects of the camera shake and provides an unprecedented 8 stops of stability. The EOS R5 C incorporates the exact same 5-axis electronic IS a system that was used successfully in the EOS C70 and the first generation of the EOS R. This IS system is frequently favored in the professional cinema industry when utilizing manual lenses, gimbals, and other forms of stabilization equipment.
Aron says that the EOS R5 is an excellent choice for a number of reasons, particularly if “the absolute best photo performance” is your primary objective. “Not only does it include IBIS, but its body is also smaller, allowing it to be carried in a camera bag of a more manageable size. It consumes less power and has a unified user interface, which allows you to switch between capturing photos and recording videos with the push of a single button. As a result, it is more convenient.
“In the end, however, both the EOS R5 C and the EOS R5 are capable of recording high-resolution 45MP images at up to 20fps, and they share the same professional photography functions, such as the ability to save photos as 10-bit HEIFs, a RAW and C-RAW image capture mode, and an interval timer for time-lapse photography.”
Although the Canon EOS R5 C and EOS R5 have a similar profile, the design of the EOS R5 C is significantly different in a number of important respects. The most prominent of improvements is that the body has been made somewhat deeper so that it can accept a new thermal exhaust system. This was done in order to accommodate the new system. A cooling fan removes heat from the main body of the camera, which makes it feasible to record for extended periods of time at 8K resolution.
However, according to Aron, the EOS R5 C maintains an impressively low weight. The body of the EOS R5 C weighs roughly 30 grams more than the body of the EOS R5, however, the EOS R5 C does not feel like a heavier camera when you hold it. Additionally, it keeps the same level of dust and moisture resistance as the EOS R5, as well as the same high-quality build and premium feel to the buttons and dials. Therefore, despite the fact that the EOS R5 C has a fan, the fan is not connected to any of the electronic components that are housed within the body, as Aron explains.
The Canon EOS R5 C stays true to its hybrid nature by combining the groundbreaking Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system from the EOS R5 with the accurate and dependable EOS iTR AF X technology that was originally introduced in the EOS C70. Both of these technologies were developed by Canon.
The EOS iTR AF X provides continuous autofocus coverage across more than 80 percent of the sensor area when the EOS R5 C is operating in video mode. Eye AF, which was just recently launched in the Canon XF605, is also included in this model as an additional feature.
Aron explains that this enables the EOS R5 C to monitor not only eyes and faces but also the back of a person’s head even when they are turned away from the camera. “Contrary to the EOS R5, the Cinema EOS provides you with additional professional choices for fine-tuning the autofocus. These options include the Face Only mode and the ability to precisely modify the speed of reaction of the AF.
A close-up of a man’s hand and waist shows that he is carrying a Canon EOS R5C camera with a 15-35mm lens attached to it.
The capabilities of VR
Both the EOS R5 C and the EOS R5 are able to make use of Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM since they are equipped with high-resolution sensors that cover the full-frame format. Either camera, when used in conjunction with the RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye lens, the EOS VR Utility, and the EOS VR Plugin for Adobe Premiere Pro, simplifies the process of producing stereoscopic 180° VR for video makers.
Aron is ecstatic about the fact that the sensors in these cameras are 8K, since this provides the resolution that is necessary for really high-quality, high-fidelity virtual reality experiences that are truly immersive.
“The crucial point is that the sensors in these cameras are 8K,” he says. “However, when contrasted with the EOS R5, the EOS R5 C is more suited for the task at hand. Not only does it allow for long-form recording, but it also has the capability of delivering 8K video at 60 frames per second (when used in conjunction with an external power source). This is a considerable enhancement that lends the material a motion that is more organic and fluid.
The EOS R5C develops into the camera that videographers have been hoping the R5 will become. In my tests with a pre-production model, the addition of vents and a cooling fan eliminated overheating, which enabled me to record single long clips limited only by memory or power. If you connect a USB PD source, such as a charger for an Apple MacBook, the memory becomes the only limit for internal recording.
However, the R5C is more than just an R5 modified to prevent overheating. When switched to Video mode, it displays the whole Cinema EOS menu system from Canon, replete with Waveform and Vectorscope monitors. It expands the support for 8k RAW to allow frame rates of either 50 or 60p, however, 60p does require an external power source.
Additionally, it offers optional audio with 120p clips and has a dual base ISO. In addition to it, there is a tally light, a timecode port, and Canon’s accessory shoe, which supports XLR adapters.
Having said that, it is still essentially a modified R5, and while this does mean that you are getting a very respectable stills camera with a resolution of 45 megapixels and the ability to shoot at a rate of 20 frames per second, it also means that you will not be receiving all of the hardware that is standard on dedicated cinema cameras.
This includes a built-in ND filter, a full-size HDMI port, and a variety of mounting options. In addition, it does not have the built-in sensor stabilization that the R5 does, although, to be fair, the majority of the audience for this product would probably have turned it off anyway.
Because it is based on an already existing body, the R5C can’t help but look and feel more like a regular EOS body that has been tuned for video rather than a cinema camera that is specifically designed for the medium. However, this is reflected in the price, which has increased by around 300 pounds, or $600, over the previous generation. Given the capabilities, this is a relative value in terms of professional video and is still far less expensive than a Sony Alpha 1. Therefore, if you desired an R5 for its video quality but were unable to get past its constraints, the R5C is the camera that you should have.
Canon Eos R5 Specifications
|Body type||SLR-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||8192 x 5464|
|Image ratio w:h||1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9|
|Effective pixels||45 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||47 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|ISO||Yes, 100-51200 (expands to 102400)|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||102400|
|White balance presets||8|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, normal|
|Autofocus||Phase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View|
|Number of focus points||1053|
|Lens mount||Canon RF|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Articulated LCD||Fully articulated|
|Screen type||TFT LCD|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/8000 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed (electronic)||1/8000 sec|
|Manual exposure mode||Yes|
|External flash||Yes (via hot shoe)|
|Continuous drive||20.0 fps|
|Exposure compensation||±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±6 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|Format||MPEG-4, XF-AVC, H.264, H.265|
|Modes||8192 x 4320 @ 30p / 540 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 24p / 540 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 540 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 30p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 30p / 540 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 24p / 540 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 540 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 30p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 24p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 400 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 810 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 260 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 410 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 410 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 410 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 160 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 160 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 160 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 810 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 260 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 410 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 410 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 410 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 160 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 160 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 160 Mbps, XF-AVC, MXF, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 225 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 170 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 135 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 135 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 135 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 225 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 170 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 135 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 135 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 135 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 100 Mbps, MP4, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 150 Mbps, MP4, H.264, Linear PCM|
|Storage types||CFexpress B and SD (UHS-II) slots|
|USB||USB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (micro HDMI)|
|Wireless notes||802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth|
|Battery description||LP-E6NH lithium-ion battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||320|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)|
|Dimensions||142 x 101 x 111 mm (5.59 x 3.98 x 4.37″)|
Pros & Cons
- Unlimited Capabilities for Recording Videos (no 30min limit)
- Integrated wireless technology (Wi-fi)
- During video playback, active cooling prevents the device from overheating.
- The Connectivity of Bluetooth
- Screen That Can Be Moved Around
- 8 megapixels every frame at a rate of thirty frames per second, with four megapixels per frame at a rate of one hundred twenty. Video Recording
- Protection of the Natural Environment
- Timelapse Recording
- 5760kdot Viewfinder Resolution
- 0.76x magnification – Large Viewfinder
- 2 Storage Slots
- High-Speed Video at 120 frames per second