Canon EOS R5 Review

Canon EOS R5 Review

The Canon EOS R5 is an excellent camera for pros and anybody seeking a camera capable of handling practically any kind of photography, from studio portraits and landscapes to sports and action photography.

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It is a 45-megapixel full-frame mirrorless camera that can record video in 8K resolution, has an incredible Dual Pixel focusing system, and has outstanding ergonomics. It is the spiritual (and mirrorless) successor to Canon’s 5D-series DSLR cameras and can shoot 10-bit HDR stills and video for HDR presentation.

Even if it is not a flawless camera, we believe it is an outstanding and very competitive addition to a market saturated with capable high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Key Features

  • 45MP full-frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 8K video, with the choice of Raw, 10-bit 4:2:2, C-log, or HDR PQ compression.
  • Up to 4K/120p, or oversampled 4K up to 30p, whichever comes first.
  • 100 percent coverage Dual Pixel II autofocus technology with the ability to recognize both humans and animals, educated by machine learning.
  • bursts at 12 or 20 frames per second (mechanical or electronic shutter)
  • 5.76 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder with a maximum refresh rate of 120 fps
  • articulating touchscreen measuring 3.2 inches and 2.1 million dots
  • photographs with a 10-bit HDR depth in the HEIF format
  • 1x CFexpress slot, 1x UHS-II SD slot
  • Claimed to have weather-sealing on par with the EOS 5D Mark IV
  • 2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi, in addition to communication through Bluetooth and FTP
  • CIPA-rated for around 320 shots total (using EVF)

What’s New

This article has a lot to go over because this camera has a new sensor, a new autofocus system, new video functions, a new in-body stabilizer, and a whole lot more. So stay with us as we go into some of the specifics of the latest technology in the EOS R5.

Key takeaways

  • The brand-new 45-megapixel sensor has a wide dynamic range, excellent resolution, and faster readout speeds than some of Canon’s earlier sensors.
  • Hybrid stills/video shooters will find that 8K video recording and a multitude of additional modes are appealing features.
  • When used in conjunction with the appropriate lenses, the built-in image stabilizer is said to deliver an industry-leading 8 stops of stabilization.
  • The new focusing technology with full coverage appears to be really amazing.
  • Controls that have been thoughtfully designed and a decent amount of personalization should please the majority of users.

The sensor included in the EOS R5 is ultimately brand new, and it comes combined with a Digic X CPU linked to the technology found in the EOS-1D X Mark III. The resolution provided by the sensor is an impressive 45 million pixels, and in addition, the dynamic range has been increased.

Readout times and rolling shutter have also been reduced, which will be especially helpful for those who wish to take advantage of the quiet, electronic shutter the camera offers.

The combination of the sensor and the CPU enables burst speeds of up to 12 frames per second when using the mechanical shutter and up to 20 frames per second when utilizing the electronic shutter, all while maintaining full autoexposure and focusing capabilities.

Whether you choose to utilize the CFexpress card port or the UHS-II SD card slot, the camera is equipped with a sufficiently deep buffer for practical use. According to Canon, if you use the former, you can shoot 180 Raw shots before the camera begins to slow down; however, if you use the latter, you will still be able to capture 87 Raw photographs at a 12 fps rate. In addition, the camera saves images in the CR3 file format, which results in file sizes ranging from 35 to 42 megabytes; however, switching to the C-Raw format will cut file sizes to about half of that.

The Dual Pixel Raw function, which was first introduced on the EOS 5D Mark IV, has been improved with this new camera. In addition, you can alter the backdrop clarity using the Dual Pixel sensor design (more on which we are waiting to learn). There is also a function called “portrait relighting,” comparable to some of the available relighting choices on smartphones. It uses data from the face recognition system and some information on depth from the AF system. Once we have a complete production unit, we will investigate it in further detail.

8K video capture

On the EOS R5, the only video format that supports shooting in Raw is DCI 8K video. This is a crucial point to keep in mind. All other resolutions have the option to use All-I or IPB compression, and the 4K/120p mode is a specialized high frame-rate shooting mode.

You also have the option to shoot perfectly oversampled 4K footage with a Canon camera (instead of pixel-binning or line-skipping), which produces highly detailed results because of the 8K output. However, the frame rate is limited to 30 frames per second. Additionally, the camera can record in HDR PQ or Canon Log 10-bit 4:2:2 with any available video modes (more on this further down the page).

In addition, the camera can shoot oversampled DCI 4K from an APS-C portion of the sensor that is 5.1K in resolution or UHD 4K from a subset of this that is 4.8K in key.

The Canon EOS R5 comes equipped with zebra warnings for exposure, focus peaking, and Canon’s focus guide tool, all of which are video-related capabilities. In addition, the EOS R5 has all of these features. A tiny HDMI output and full 3.5mm ports for headphones and microphones are also included. If you have SD cards available, you may record anything at any resolution up to and including 4K as long as the card is fast enough. If you want to encode at 8K resolution, you will want a CFexpress card for anything other than the most fundamental level of IPB encoding.

Internal stabilizers of the body

The Canon EOS R5 introduces the company’s first-ever in-body image stabilization technology. With the ability to compensate for up to eight stops of motion, it appears to be a winner. Additionally, it makes some of the bigger lenses in the RF portfolio that do not have image stabilization seem immediately more enticing.

The Digic X processor in the camera collaborates with gyro sensors and processors in each lens to achieve the highest level of performance possible from the IBIS system. This is one of the primary reasons the IBIS system is so successful. Similarly, the information collected by the sensors on the camera body is sent to the lens IS system, where it is processed. Compared to the throughput that the DSLR EF mount is capable of, the RF mount’s capacity for quicker throughput makes all of this feasible.


We’ve tested a variety of Canon cameras, and the focusing mechanism on the EOS R5 is the most cutting-edge we’ve seen on any of them. It is known as Dual Pixel AF II and provides phase-detection coverage that is completely 100 percent over the sensor (albeit this does depend on lenses to some degree). Additionally, it offers the same range of autofocus ‘cases’ as were available on the EOS-1D X Mark III.

In addition, it uses a technique known as deep learning to provide eye, head, and face tracking for people, as well as eye, head, and body hunting for animals such as dogs, cats, and birds.

Read on to find out how well a production model of the EOS R5 performed in our testing of its focusing capabilities, even though our previous experience with a pre-production camera model revealed that its autofocus tracking was rather good.

The camera could accurately follow an animal’s and human eyes (even when the human wore glasses), making it a very reliable tool. However, it is rather remarkable that the camera can detect and follow a human head even when the face of the person being photographed is entirely hidden. Canon’s EOS-1D X Mark III can also do this in live view.

When it comes to taking control of the autofocus mechanism on the EOS R5, a few additional conveniences also come into play. We now have an AF joystick that allows us to change the sensitivity and a conveniently located (if somewhat small) AF-ON button.

Even though we don’t have the touchpad-like AF Smart Controller that the 1D X III had, you may move the AF point around using the touchscreen as if it were a touchpad if you’d instead use it, then the joystick. Although, for some reason, Canon continues to believe it is preferable to deactivate the joystick out of the box entirely, you will have to enable it yourself in the settings to use it.

HDR stills and video

The 1D X Mark III passed down to the EOS R5 the capability to produce 10-bit High Dynamic Range (HDR) files for both still images and video. These make use of the capabilities of the most recent high dynamic range (HDR) displays and TVs to show a depiction of the actual world that is more accurate.

In other words, these 10-bit files give a more extensive tonal range than standard JPEGs on some monitors, which may show you brighter brights and darker shadow tones.

In the evaluation sections devoted to picture quality and dynamic range, we focus more on these aspects.

Body, controls, and handling

The EOS R5 from Canon integrates the most user-friendly aspects of the company’s mirrorless and DSLR cameras into a single, streamlined control layout. We believe that it will work well for the majority of users overall; nevertheless, there is a possibility that some users may be left longing for even more powerful customization choices.

Key takeaways

  • Outstanding ergonomics throughout the board, with three dials and direct AF controls
  • Supposedly weather-sealed to the same specifications as the Canon EOS 5D IV
  • A high-resolution viewfinder and LCD are both capable of operating at high refresh rates, which results in amazing display quality; nevertheless, these high refresh rates significantly decrease battery life.
  • The new battery has a larger capacity while maintaining the same size and shape as the older Canon batteries.
  • The CFexpress and UHS-II SD card ports provide a balance of speed and compatibility, although some users may be frustrated by the fact that they are not compatible with one another.

Those used to Canon cameras will find the EOS R5 to have a familiar ergonomic design. In contrast, those more accustomed to other camera systems should find it quite comfortable and fully adjustable. It is a combination of the EOS R and the high-end DSLR cameras that the firm produces, and the resulting product functions rather admirably.

An AF joystick, an AF-On button that is conveniently located, and the ability to utilize the touchscreen as a touchpad to shift your AF point while keeping your eye on the finder are some of the features that make the EOS R5 appealing to a variety of users.

Because of this, the R5 and R6 are the two RF-mount cameras that are the simplest to take control of in terms of focusing. However, in our testing, we discovered that the joystick worked well enough and quickly enough that we did not consider it necessary to use the touchpad’s automatic aiming feature at any point.

When you move between shooting stills and videos, the EOS R5 will remember each video and still photography preset chosen.

There are visible gaskets surrounding suspected moisture or dust ingress sites in the EOS R5, which is consistent with Canon’s assertion that the camera is sealed to the same degree as an EOS 5D Mark IV. However, no official numbers are provided.

We found the grip comfortable, and although keeping the same number of control points as a typical high-end DSLR, the camera is noticeably smaller and lighter than that type of camera.

The mode button on the top of the EOS R has also been moved to the top of this camera. Pressing this button lets, you access the camera’s modes for shooting still images. Likewise, if you press the ‘INFO’ button, you will have access to all of the camera’s modes for shooting moving images (and the camera remembers each set of settings if you find yourself switching back and forth).

When a control-dial-equipped RF lens is mounted, the EOS R5 transforms into a four-dial camera. This gives users direct control over the aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and exposure compensation settings. Because of this, adjusting the settings and the new circumstances in front of you may be done extremely quickly.

“Flexible Priority” mode, abbreviated as Fv

The ‘Flexible Priority’ (Fv) exposure setting debuted on the first-generation EOS R has been included in the R5. It functions similarly to the Program mode but allows you to manually set the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO values by moving the appropriate dials. The manually set value will then be used. You may also tell the camera to take care of the ISO while focusing on other factors, such as the aperture and the shutter speed.

A single hit of the delete button will reset the currently operational parameter to its default value of auto, and holding it down will reset all of the parameters to their default values. Although it may take some time to get used to, it may eliminate the need to move between different exposure modes most of the time.

In Fv mode, the camera is locked into 1/focal length shutter speeds unless you manually change your shutter speed or ISO. If you like to bias your Auto ISO shutter speeds faster or slower, unfortunately, the camera will only honor that if you are in one of the other PASM modes; if you are in Fv mode, the camera will not keep your preference unless you are in one of the different PASM modes.

Viewfinder and LCD

To remain competitive, Canon equipped the EOS R5 with big and high-resolution screens. A 0.76x magnification may be seen through the viewfinder’s OLED display, which has 5.76 million dots. Even while the magnification is slightly lower than other choices, it is still sufficiently large that Canon can significantly reduce the image size if you discover that its 23mm eyepoint does not precisely allow you to see to the corners of the frame.

The LCD on the back of the device is a fully articulating 3.2-inch panel with 2.1 million dots. It is a beautiful technique to frame your photographs; however, you may need to increase the brightness if you are attempting to utilize it during the daytime.

Those accustomed to using optical viewfinders will notice an improvement in the appearance of the electronic viewfinder if they set it to 120 frames per second.

The R5 has an option in the settings that allows you to run both screens at lower FPS to preserve battery life or at more excellent FPS to get a more fluid perspective of the environment. This equates to either 60 or 120 frames per second for the electronic viewfinder (EVF); we discovered that 60 fps appears excellent to our eyes, but 120 fps will seem prettier to people still accustomed to the optical viewfinders of DSLRs.

In a brilliant move, Canon has also included choices in the menu for determining how the eye sensor will behave below the viewfinder. For example, you can configure the eye sensor to deactivate if the screen is folded out. This ensures that the sensor will not accidentally engage when you shoot from the hip.

On the other hand, if you regularly check critical focus when recording video, you may ensure it is always activated on your camera. While shooting still images, you also have the option to configure image review to utilize the back display solely. This will prevent it from interfering with your viewfinder shooting.

Menus and personalized settings

The menus of the EOS R5 adhere to the same organizational standard that Canon has refined over many years. Although they have naturally become more crowded as more complex cameras have been introduced, Canon has made an effort to keep them a bit simpler by restricting access to video settings only when the camera is being used to shoot video and limiting access to stills settings only when the camera is being used to shoot stills.

Utilizing the dials is by far and away the quickest way to browse the menus (rear dial does tabs, front dial pages within accounts, rear jog dial up and down options on that page). However, if you would rather, the entire menu is touch-sensitive and highly responsive to your presses. In addition, if there is an item that you regularly use but that is buried, you always have the option to add it to the editable tab labeled “My Menu.”

A Q menu is also displayed on the screen, allowing you access to settings while taking stills or videos. However, the options it shows are dependent on the exposure mode. Therefore, we are disappointed that it is not entirely configurable like the products offered by certain other vendors.

Even though Canon has expanded the amount of user-assignable functions that may be associated with customized buttons, which is a step in the right direction, the feature set is still not as complete as we would like it to be. And even though you can personalize several different banks of focusing settings with a few buttons, competing for camera options from Sony and Nikon provides you with more versatility. However, Canon may be banking that the focusing mechanism will be reliable enough that users won’t need to switch AF settings frequently.

Auto ISO

How Canon’s Auto ISO operates is just what we hope to see on a camera of this era. You can set higher and lower limitations for the ISO value, as well as a minimum shutter speed before the ISO value is increased, or you may pick ‘Auto’ to have it tied to the focal length you’re shooting at. It also has upper and lower limits for the shutter speed (convenient for zooms).

You may change the default Auto setting, which uses a shutter speed of 1/Focal Length, to maintain shutter speeds that are either faster or slower (for example, 1/100 of a secondLength25 of a second at 50mm).

Even when shooting in manual exposure mode, you can still use auto ISO if you want to tell the camera what shutter speed and aperture you want to use and then letLengthcide how much the ISO should be increased or decreased to achieve the desired level of overall brightness (although, in a way, this is similar to the Flexible Priority shooting mode). While shooting videos, you cannot set a threshold for the shutter speed, but you can still place an upper and lower limit for the ISO.

Energy storage and batteries

The R5 and R6 cameras take advantage of an innovative new battery, the LP-E6NH. Although it has the same form factor as the earlier LP-E6N, it has a capacity that is increased to 16Wh from 14Wh, which is a slight improvement.

The camera comes with its charger, but it can also be charged over USB using a high-current charger like Canon’s PD-E1 or a USB-C laptop charger (although we’ve found that most standard phone chargers won’t work). The camera is also capable of being powered by a connected USB device.

If you currently use Canon products, the EOS R5 is compatible with Canon’s older LP-E6N and even older LP-E6 batteries; however, using these batteries may result in shorter battery life for the camera, and the older of those types will not support USB charging.

If you retain the LCD and EVF refresh rates at their default settings, the camera is rated to take 490 or 320 photos according to CIPA, depending on which mode you choose. The increased refresh rates are stunning to look at. Still, the battery life is drastically reduced at 320 CIPA-rated pictures for the LCD and 220 CIPA-rated images for the electronic viewfinder (EVF).

For the sake of perspective, we do not anticipate any problems with you being able to go through an entire day of committed shooting if you choose the lower refresh rates. Still, we recommend carrying an extra battery if you prefer the higher ones. In addition, if you only use the camera seldom, it is not uncommon to find values here that are twice as high as those provided by CIPA.

The Canon EOS R5 is designed to work with a pair of vertical battery grips, the BG-R10 being one of the options. This will remove the existing battery from the camera, but it accommodates two LP-E6NH batteries, which will quadruple the total battery life of the camera.

In addition, there is the WFT-R10a, which was developed especially for the R5 and provides ethernet connectivity to facilitate the quick transfer of photographs even as they are being captured.

The Canon EOS R5 includes a CFExpress card port and a UHS-II SD card slot as standard equipment. If you wish to record raw or All-I encoded 8K video footage, your only choice is to use a CFExpress card, which is also significantly quicker. If you’re using an SD card that’s fast enough, you probably won’t notice much delay unless you’re writing extended bursts of Raw and JPEG files solely to the card. In that case, you might.

Image quality

The most important lessons are that a high-resolution sensor produces a great deal of detail in Raw format and has comparable noise performance at higher ISO levels.

Default JPEG settings give good detail at low ISO levels

JPEGs with a higher ISO display fewer points than their competitors but also have lower noise levels.


The EOS R5 has a resolution of 45 megapixels, making it the highest-resolution Canon camera we’ve seen in quite some time. This places it directly in competition with several other pretty good cameras. Everywhere you turn, there are reams of information to take in. There is an AA filter built into the EOS R5, and while it still exhibits a significant amount of moiré in this area, it does so somewhat less than the competition in other areas.

As ISO values increase, it appears that the EOS R5 can continue to perform admirably up to ISO 12800. When you go up to ISO 25600, it starts to fall behind the Nikon, but it’s still a hair ahead of the Panasonic. So it is pretty unlikely that we will even bother getting any higher than that.


Moving on to JPEG, the default sharpening parameters of the EOS R5 look like they do an excellent job, and the resulting files have a lot of fine detail while still being pretty crisp. It appears to employ a finer radius sharpening than any other options available, and it remarkably retains even the most minute of details.

It is difficult to find issues with the color response, but this is also mainly true of the other rivals. When set to higher ISO numbers, the Canon reduces grain more effectively than the other alternatives, even those features becoming inc.

However, not much differentiates this specific throng from the others, with the Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic appear to have a touch more apparent detail than the others, likely just owing to the increased grain. At higher ISO numbers, the Canon also does a fantastic job of minimizing color dispersion while maintaining the image’s saturation.

Shutter modes

On the following page, we will discuss the quality differences that exist between the mechanical and fully electronic shutter modes. First, however, it is essential to note that a third mode, the electronic front curtain shutter (EFCS), can help ensure sharp results when shooting at slower shutter speeds.

Unfortunately, there is no automatic option to switch to full mechanical shutter mode at faster shutter speeds when EFCS doesn’t provide you with any benefit; however, what matters is that EFCS can make your bokeh look downright unpleasant at those higher shutter speeds, so remember to switch to the entire mechanical shutter yourself if you plan on shooting with a fast aperture lens in bright light.

Autofocus performance

The most recent autofocus system that comes standard with the Canon EOS R5 is the firm’s most recent one. This indicates that autofocus points cover one hundred percent of the frame and provide body, face, eye, and animal tracks informed by machine learning.

It could have been expected that the 45-megapixel sensor would be instead punishing of focus failures, but it turns out that you probably won’t have many problems.

Key takeaways

  • The focusing mechanism on the EOS R5 is easily one of the best we’ve used.
  • It is remarkable that you are able to recognize human heads, faces, and eyes.
  • The ability to recognize and track animals is quite strong.

Subject tracking and eye recognition are so perfectly integrated that you will barely ever need to switch to any other modes on this Canon. However, if you haven’t tried subject tracking on a Canon before, you should try it on this model.

System Overview

Users who have followed the development of Canon’s Dual Pixel Autofocus over the years on the company’s mirrorless and DSLR models will find the most recent iteration of the system to be generally familiar despite including a few novels focusing choices within it. Your options include varying widths of the autofocus area or a mode that combines face detection and tracking.

If you discover that you only utilize a few of these sections, you can turn some on or off. For example, you may change them in the Q menu, assign a button to bring them up or switch to a “registered AF mode,” which will alter the mode while holding down that button. Alternatively, you can post a button to bring up the menu of available lenses.

It is a convenient method to operate if, for example, you wish to go from tracking to Spot AF, giving you exact results on subjects that are not moving.

Detection of the face, the eye, and the animal

The R5’s subject recognition has also been developed using machine learning, just as that of the EOS R6. This denotes that it possesses algorithms that can create patterns in a scene to the faces and eyes of humans and some animals.

It is possible to instruct the camera to prioritize humans or animals. Still, our testing found that setting the camera to “no priority” provided the best results when photographing any subject.

There are also various autofocus (AF) “cases,” which have been borrowed from Canon’s other high-end cameras, that you may modify to inform the camera how it should expect the subject to move towards the camera, as well as around the frame. These AF “cases” are available in the EOS-1D X Mark II.

We often kept the camera in Case 1, as this setting performed admirably over an extensive subject matter. However, if you want to fine-tune how quickly the camera refocuses on a new subject (for example, if another player comes between you and the player you’ve been focusing on during a sporting event), Case 4 may get you better results. This is especially true if you want to fine-tune how quickly the camera refocuses on a new subject.

The ability to fire in rapid succession and responsiveness

The EOS R5 is highly snappy, which is apt given its status as the current top mirrorless camera for Canon. This responsiveness extends into quick burst speeds, which may reach up to 12 frames per second (fps) with the mechanical shutter and up to 20 frames per second (fps) with the electronic shutter.

The electronic shutter scans at a measured readout rate of 16.2 milliseconds, which is fast enough that you rarely have to worry about rolling shutter artifacts or slanted verticals. The only exceptions to this rule are when panning or photographing a subject moving extremely fast.

Your absolute dynamic range will be restricted since the electronic shutter forces the camera into 12-bit readout mode to achieve this speed. This can be seen on the page devoted to the dynamic range of this review.

The electronic shutter scans at a recorded readout rate of 16.2 milliseconds, which is quick enough that you rarely need to be concerned about rolling the shutter.

It is important to note, however, that while shooting at 20 frames per second makes it simple to track moving subjects, shooting at 12 frames per second using the mechanical shutter only displays a slideshow of the most recent image captured in the viewfinder, which makes tracking moving subjects somewhat more complex.

You can obtain a live view between frames by lowering the frame rate to 8 fps (using the ‘H’ burst mode rather than the ‘H+’ mode) and turning on the option in the options that says ‘[Cont. H] High-Speed Display.’

Autofocus performance

When testing the performance of the autofocus system, we begin by using a single, center AF point with a subject approaching a line. This evaluates how well the camera can determine the distance between itself and the target coming closer and adjust its focus accordingly.

Throughout our testing, we put this through its paces by employing both the mechanical and electrical shutters on the RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS lens. As a result, the EOS R5 achieved what is equivalent to a hit rate of one hundred percent when shooting a subject moving toward the camera.

The following exam is going to be significantly more difficult. First, we set the camera to its “Face + Tracking” mode to test its ability to recognize and track a chosen subject even while it moved unpredictably. In addition, we made sure that we kept the focus on the issue at all times. Finally, we used the ‘Case 1’ behavior usually employed.

Even at 20 frames per second, the EOS R5 delivers an excellent performance, as seen below. Of course, there could be one or two photographs that are very little blurry here, but there is nothing that we would characterize as being useless.

It looked as though the camera performed somewhat better while utilizing the electronic shutter than the mechanical one; nonetheless, there were no photographs that we would consider unusably out of focus. That’s quite a fantastic accomplishment, thinking it was done at 45 mph.

Video performance

There has been a lot of digital ink spilled on both praise and scorn for the EOS R5 and one of its most prominent features, specifically the capability to shoot 8K/30p video and its propensity to overheat while doing so. This is one of the headlining aspects of the camera.

However, even though heat dissipation will always be a concern restricting your overall record durations, the EOS R5 might be an excellent choice for hybrid stills and video photographers as long as you know the camera’s limits.

Check out the results of our comprehensive testing of these restrictions here. The fundamentals will still be discussed further down.

Key takeaways

  • 8K video has an incredible amount of information, but recording times are restricted due to a number of different variables.
  • The choices that have non-oversampled 4K/24p or 4K/30p will not readily get too hot.
  • Powerful feature set, including recording in HDR PQ, C-Log, and 10-bit 4:2:2 in all modes
  • Excellent Dual Pixel AF in all modes
  • The DCI 8K option is the only one that supports raw video capture.
  • For 8K and 4K/120p, you’ll need a CFexpress card, although fast SD cards will do the trick for the other 4K settings.

Let’s look at 8K first, just for kicks, and you’ll see right away that… well, it simply looks like a high-megapixel still image. There is an excessive amount of detail in every single aspect of the setting. However, given that 8K files are as large as they are, what would happen if you switched to the ‘High Quality 4K settings? This would cause the camera to take the 8K footage you currently view and automatically downsample it for you.

The Canon EOS R5 efficiently produces the most visually impressive footage of its high-megapixel peers while operating in the HQ 4K mode. This is because the 4K is derived from flawlessly oversampled 8K videos. As a result, you virtually receive the utmost amount of detail that 4K can convey.

Compared to the Canon, all of the other alternatives appear a little pixelated or a tiny bit blurry. However, high-quality 4K comes with its challenges, such as the fact that it continues to cause the camera to produce a significant amount of heat because it is still essentially shooting 8K.

So, let’s return to the traditional 4K settings, and you’ll notice that the playing field quickly becomes more even. The footage is not inferior to its competitors, yet, it is no longer remarkable.

You will not incur additional quality costs while working with high-frame-rate 4K/120p footage. However, we feel compelled to acknowledge that Canon’s Full HD output has left quite an impression on us.

Suppose you are primarily interested in still photography and do not require recording at 4K or 8K resolutions. In that case, the EOS R5 will provide you with the finest detail capture in 1080p out of all these cameras.

When put to use – heat

This is the point when the proverbial rubber hits the road. Naturally, therefore, the camera is capable of producing stunning footage with an extraordinary level of detail. Is this the camera you use if you’re a hybrid shooter—for example, if you take both stills and videos at weddings? But hold on a second there.

Our very own Jordan Drake from DPR TV has put forth significant effort to evaluate the capabilities of the EOS R5 in various settings. There is a lot of good, but there is also a lot of not-so-good, which isn’t helped by the fact that Canon excited the camera’s 8K capability in the months preceding the camera’s introduction. So there is a lot of good but also a lot of not-so-good.

Regardless of how you use the camera, you will reduce the time available to record either 8K, 4K/120p, or 4K HQ video. Again, this will happen regardless of which setting you use. For example, if you start the camera from cold, you might be able to acquire a 20-minute film in 8K resolution, but if it becomes too hot, it has to cool down.

Even after 20 minutes of the camera being allowed to cool down, it could only record five more minutes at 8K resolution. However, you may anticipate a similar performance because the 4K HQ footage is captured at an effective resolution of 8K.

Because of this lack of dependability, it is difficult to recommend the EOS R5 to hybrid photographers who are serious about their craft.

The most important thing to remember is that even taking still photographs or leaving the camera turned on while it is not being used will eat away at your record times. Furthermore, predicting what will happen when you switch to movie shooting is extremely difficult. Because of this camera’s unpredictability, it is tough to suggest it to hybrid shooters who are committed to their craft and want the highest possible video quality.

If you do not require the very finest video quality, the lower quality settings for both 4K and Full HD will let you continue recording for as long as the battery or memory card allows. At the very least, in videos that are exactly 29 minutes and 59 seconds in length. Yes, the lower-quality settings all still have that arbitrary cap on the amount of time you may play for.

Finally, suppose you use an external recorder like an Atomos Ninja V in that case. In that case, you can circumvepreciselyually all of the overheating issues that are associated with the camera ever, doing soLengthdiminish the canal as an otherwise excellent run-and-gun video camera, and the resolution of the output is “limited” to 4K.

Autofocus, image stabilization, and rolling shutter are now being utilized.

In other words, the autofocus o R5 is just as remarkable when shooting video as it is when shooting stills. The camera has outstanding face and eye detection capabilities, and the tap-to-track AF feature works well. Switching the focus between different subjects is straightforward, and you may adjust the focus speed to suit your needs.

Suppose you would instead not use a tripod for your movie. In that case, you may get adorable and smooth hand-held footage by using the in-camera stabilizer, which also works with stabilized lenses that are compatible with the camera. If you’re walking, for instance, you’ll still see some jarring motions. Still, you also have the option to set two different degrees of digital stabilization, each of which adds a little cut and significantly degrades the clarity of the video.

The EOS R5 has practically no rolling shutter to speak of, and interestingly, the 8K/30p readout rate is theoretically fast enough to take 8K/60p video. However, given the heat concerns that are currently present, it is not unexpected that this option is not available to users.

This is an outstanding result, but for the sensor to achieve this, it must flip to a 12-bit readout, just like the electronic shutter used in still images. However, you won’t necessarily lose anything from the 12-bit readout because the essential files you’ll be taking on the EOS R5 (other than Raw 8K) are C-Log files that encode about 11 stops of dynamic range. This means that you can capture more detail in your images.

Other characteristics

The option to shoot in 8K Raw is a standout feature since it maintains the full dynamic range that the camera can capture. On the other hand, the file sizes are enormous, making them far more challenging to manipulate.

To put this into perspective, a newly formatted 128GB CFexpress card will let you record little less than six minutes’ worth of Raw 8K footage. Creating a Raw video at a lesser resolution than 8K would need line skipping, harming the movie’s quality. Furthermore, you cannot record any other explanation of Raw video because the sensor can register at that resolution.

There are also helpful manual focus assists and zebra warnings on the EOS R5, both of which are features that we adore and that, as a result, make us feel even more disappointed about the camera’s heat concerns.

Additionally, it is possible to record in internal 10-bit 4:2:2 format, with either the HDR PQ setting for viewing on HDR televisions or the Canon Log setting for grading in post-production. Both of these options are available. Specifically, the Canon Log footage is stunning and relatively straightforward in Adobe Premiere Pro or Final Cut Pro X.

Canon EOS R5 Specs

Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution8192 x 5464
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels45 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors47 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOYes, 100-51200 (expands to 102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesWorks with lens-based IS systems for maximum shake reduction
CIPA image stabilization rating8 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3)HEIF (10-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points1053
Lens mountCanon RF
Focal length multiplier
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,100,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.76×
Viewfinder resolution5,760,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/8000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speed ContinuousLow-speed Continuous
Continuous drive20.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
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)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Modes8192 x 4320 @ 30p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 24p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 30p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 120p / 1,880 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 940 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 1,880 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 940 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
Storage typesCFexpress and SD (UHS-II) slots
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E6NH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)738 g (1.63 lb / 26.03 oz)
Dimensions138 x 98 x 88 mm (5.43 x 3.84 x 3.46″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes

Final Verdict

If you have the money and want this level of image quality and performance, the Canon EOS R5 is one of the most remarkable cameras you can buy now. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most expensive. However, it is quick, has a superb focusing system, and provides high resolution, outstanding video quality, and sufficient video functions. In addition, it has ergonomics that have been carefully refined so that you can control it.

Who, therefore, wouldn’t want to have one? Well, hybrid photographers who rely on a single camera to conduct a lot of photos and video shooting for their profession will need to measure the exceptional video quality against the truth that there may be worries about overheating.

Even though software upgrades released by Canon have partially remedied this issue, the amount of time you have left to shoot video in the camera’s highest-quality 8K and 4K modes will continue to decrease whenever you use the camera in any capacity, regardless of how little you use it.

Suppose you switch to a lower-quality (but competitive) version of 4K or Full HD. In that case, you won’t have to worry as much about the heat (or the device shutting down), but you won’t get much of an advantage in terms of video quality over other products on the market.

You should also be aware that even though the silent electronic shutter is one of the fastest we’ve seen and enables bursts of 20 frames per second, there is a possibility of exposure “banding” when shooting in certain artificial lighting conditions. As a result, you will lose some dynamic range.

On the other side, sports photographers may be using exposure settings that are so high that the reduction in dynamic range is irrelevant anyhow. You should be aware that the top 12fps rate only shows you a slideshow of the most recent image captured; you may want to drop the rate to 8fps to get a live feed between shots to make it easier to follow the action. If you use the mechanical shutter for sports and motion, you should know that the top 12fps rate only shows you a slideshow of the most recently captured image.

The Canon EOS R5 stays out of the way and allows you to get the job done without any obstructions.

But other than that, there isn’t much else to gripe about. The Canon EOS R5 is designed to be a genuine workhorse for photographers, allowing you to do what you need to get done without getting in the way.

This might involve capturing sports, action, portraits in the studio, ephemeral family moments, and so on, and the photographs you capture will most likely be precisely focused at 45 megapixels.

The question of the reward will now be addressed. As a team, we were a little bit conflicted over this one; however, regardless of what we decide, the camera’s capabilities won’t be affected in any way. But I think we can all agree that, quite frankly, Canon put itself in the wrong position with the teaser images it released early on for this camera.

No buyer wants to buy a product on the promise of a headline feature (8K) only to find out after the purchase that they are restricted in some way due to that feature (overheating).

But let’s imagine that 8K recording and, thus, perfectly oversampled 4K recording was left out of this camera; I believe that we would still find it the most well-rounded high-resolution mirrorless camera available, although by a narrower margin.

The fact that you do have access to extra tools like Raw 8K capture may be viewed as a positive, provided that you are aware of the limits that have been well-documented and can work around them as your photographic and videographic circumstances allow.

Is the Canon EOS R5 the genuine mirrorless successor to the Canon EOS 5D family of digital single-lens reflex cameras? Yes. Absolutely. Although it is not always the decision that is made by default in today’s high-end mirrorless market, this camera is well worth a serious study if you find yourself in that market.

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Canon EOS R5 FAQs

Is Canon EOS R5 professional?

The Canon EOS R5 has indeed been designated a professional camera by its manufacturers.

Is Canon R5 good for still photography?

The Canon R5 is capable of taking still photographs and capturing videos.

How old is Canon R5?

The Canon R5 was made available to consumers in July 2020.

How bad is the R5 overheating?

When it was first introduced, the R5 had some overheating problems, but subsequent software upgrades have solved the problem and significantly reduced its severity.

Is R5 a cinema camera?

Even though it has some functions that are more typical of a cinema camera, the R5 is predominantly a still photography device.

Is Canon R5 heavy?

The base-only weight of the Canon R5 is approximately 738 grams, which is a weight that is considered to be average for a full-frame camera.

Does Photoshop support Canon R5?

Lightroom and Photoshop from Adobe are both compatible with the Canon R5.

What is Canon R5 best used for?

The Canon R5 is at its finest when used for photography and videography jobs in a professional setting.

Is the Canon R5 good in low light?

The R5’s high ISO range and sophisticated autofocus technology allow it to perform well even in dim lighting conditions.

Is EOS R5 a DSLR camera?

The Canon R5 is not a DSLR but a rangefinder camera type.

Is Canon R5 good for street photography?

Because of its small size, quick autofocus, and silent recording option, the Canon R5 is an ideal camera for taking photos in urban environments.

Is the R5 waterproof?

The Canon R5 is protected from the elements by weather-sealing to withstand grime and dampness.

How long does the Canon R5 battery last?

The maximum number of photographs that can be taken with the Canon R5 before the battery needs to be replaced is approximately 320 when using the viewfinder and 490 when using the LCD.



Joseph is a talented photographer and videographer based in the USA, with a thriving career as a freelance creative. Over the past several years, he has had the privilege of working with renowned brands, capturing captivating images and videos. His portfolio encompasses a diverse range of subjects, specializing in fashion, portrait, and lifestyle content creation. From editorial shoots to engaging social media videos, Joseph's versatile skills ensure exceptional visual storytelling in every project. Beyond his professional endeavors, he nurtures a personal passion for travel and nature photography, channeling his deep appreciation for the environment into a commitment to sustainability and environmental causes.

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