Canon EOS R5: Hands on Reviews

Small body, ridiculous power

Canon EOS R5


The Canon EOS R5 is shaping as much as to be the game-changing mirrorless digicam we hoped it will be. A real hybrid that’s simply as highly effective for video as for stills, it will likely be a severely tempting possibility for everybody from panorama shooters to professional videographers. If the picture high quality and IBIS efficiency match its early promise, it’s going to be a flagship digicam with few compromises – aside from that price tag.


  • Tried and examined kind issue
  • A robust set of video options
  • Improved battery life
  • Promising IBIS system


  • Not low-cost
  • Twin reminiscence playing cards would require funding

The Canon EOS R5 is a supercomputer buried within the physique of a full-frame mirrorless digicam that’s the dimensions of last year’s Canon EOS R – you may just about shut your eyes and stab your finger on the EOS R5’s spec sheet for its most spectacular potential. At 45 megapixels, it’s the highest-resolution camera on Canon’s books aside from the EOS 5DS from 2015. It shoots full-resolution stills at as much as 20fps utilizing the digital shutter, or 12fps utilizing the mechanical shutter, for as much as 350 JPEGs or 180 raw files.

Canon EOS R5

Together with its extra reasonably priced Canon EOS R6 sibling, it’s additionally the primary Canon digicam to supply in-body picture stabilization, throughout all 5 axes. Use it with suitable, stabilized lenses – and even ones with no built-in IS, just like the RF 28-70mm f/2 – and Canon claims you may get a frankly foolish eight stops of stabilization. Couple that to its most ISO of 102,400, and it’s a camera that guarantees nice issues in just about any lighting state of affairs.

We may run by means of the landmark specs for hours, however what is the Canon EOS R5 really like to carry and use? We had been handled to a fast play with a pre-production mannequin to seek out out.

Canon EOS R5 release date and price

The Canon EOS R5 will likely be in the stores from July 30 for $3,899 / £4,199 / AU$6,899.

That is some severe money, notably throughout a world pandemic, however keep in mind that it is solely a shade greater than the lower-resolution, 4K-only, older Sony A9 Mark II. It is also very a lot within the ballpark of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV’s authentic pricing, which began at $3,499 / £3,599 / AU$5,060 when it launched in 2016.

Is the Canon EOS R5 costly? Sure. Unjustifiably so? In all probability not…

Canon EOS R5

Design and dealing with

Design-wise, we’re not a game-changer with the Canon EOS R5. However given the usability of the Canon EOS R, which it is closely primarily based on, that’s no dangerous factor.

When it comes to width and top, the EOS R5 is all-but equivalent to that latter camera; three mysterious millimeters have been added to its depth, and 70g has been added to its weight.

Considerably, the EOS R’s touch bar – the touch-sensitive strip on the top-right of the digicam – is gone, maybe stament to its lukewarm reception. As a replacement is a chunky, knurled joystick for navigating autofocus factors and menus, alongside the traces of the management on Canon’s different high-end cameras.

Canon EOS R5

The superb, touch-sensitive autofocus level controller on the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III is, sadly, absent. However, as on the EOS R, you get a small, high-contrast sq. show on the highest of the digicam which exhibits present shooting data.

The monitor on the again of the EOS R5 shares its specs with the unit on the EOS R – it’s a 3.15-inch, 2.1MP vari-angle touchscreen – however the digital viewfinder will get a considerable improve.

It’s the identical measurement, at 0.5 inches, and it is nonetheless an OLED, however the place the EOS R’s glorious viewfinder had a decision of 1280 x 960, the EOS R5’s is far more refined, at 1600 x 1200, or 5.69MP. That makes it simpler on the attention, and simpler to evaluate whether or not you’ve caught focus or not with out having to resort to the time-consuming follow of utilizing both focus peaking or picture magnification to double verify.

Canon EOS R5

All this efficiency means the EOS R5 represents a tough process for Canon’s battery technicians, and to that end the R5 has an improved cell in comparison with the EOS R’s, the LP-E6NH.

The brand new unit gives 2,130mAh in opposition to the outdated one’s 1,865mAh, and claimed efficiency – per CIPA’s famously conservative testing – is as much as 490 stills in case you body up utilizing the big touchscreen monitor, or as much as 320 pictures utilizing the EVF.

You’ll be able to just about financial institution on extra, though the mantra of all mirrorless photographers (“carry a spare battery, maybe two”) is unlikely to develop into redundant anytime quickly. Like all mirrorless cameras, the EOS R5 can’t hope to compete with the claimed battery lives of DSLRs such because the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, with its up-to-900 frames from a cost.

On the plus side, you’ll be capable of go for the BG-R10 battery grip, which accommodates a pair of batteries and a set of vertical-orientation controls – and the actually monied can go for the WFT-R10B, which provides a pair of batteries in addition to the power to file images by way of SFTP, plus a full-size gigabit Ethernet port.

Specs and options

The Canon EOS R5’s headline specs are eye-popping: 45MP stills… burst shooting as much as 20fps… 8K video. It’s the first R range camera (together with the R6) to incorporate in-body stabilization; use it with the appropriate stabilized lenses and it’ll supply as much as eight stops of compensation.

As talked about above, you are additionally getting a brand new battery, and it is an enchancment over the facility pack in Canon EOS R and Canon EOS RP, with the brand new mannequin providing 17% more capability than the battery that got here with earlier RF-mount cameras.

Canon EOS R5

Flick the mode selector to video and also you’re greeted with but extra out-of-this-world efficiency. 4K, naturally, however as much as 120fps, and with the choice of taking pictures uncooked.

Or, the headliner: 8K video. Once more, the choice of taking pictures uncooked is there, at 30, 25, 24 or 23.98fps, and at a galactic bitrate of roughly 2,600Mbps. Opting to shoot H.265 recordsdata, on the identical settings, lowers the bitrate to about 1,300Mbps, whereas H.264 lowers it additional to 300Mbps.

Because of some intelligent inside design – retaining heat-generating elements away from one another, for instance – the expectation is that you’ll be capable of movie 8K in impressively lengthy chunks, maybe 20 minutes or extra. Assuming that you’ve obtained the playing cards and storage to accommodate such gigantic recordsdata, 8K footage will likely be a possible godsend for individuals who grasp in 4K however need to crop, trim and rotate their footage with out dropping helpful pixels.

Canon EOS R5

Talking of autofocus, the R5 offers autofocus factors throughout the complete width and height of its full-frame sensor, in case you shoot with automated choice turned on. For those who go for single-point autofocus, you get your alternative of 5,940 factors in stills mode or 4,500 points in movie mode.

The EOS R5 uses an upgraded model of Canon’s tried, examined and terrific Dual Pixel autofocus system, and though we’re ready for the prospect to check the digicam for an extended interval, we’re anticipating this to be a digicam that will swimsuit sports activities photographers in addition to it does portrait artists. You additionally get face detection, in addition to animal recognition for canine, cats and birds – once more, additional testing is wanted, however it will be stunning if the system was blind to different species.

Canon EOS R5

Flip open the reminiscence card door and there’s one other nod to professionals: a pair of slots, one SD slot and one new-fangled CFexpress slot. Professionals who merely can’t abide the considered taking pictures to a single card might want to brace themselves, although, as a result of including a CFexpress card to your inventory of storage is at the moment very costly, per gigabyte.

You additionally get inside 802.11a/b/g/n/AC wireless at Bluetooth 4.2, together with the power to add to an FTP website via Wi-Fi – helpful for information shooters. These with actually demanding purchasers can go for the WFT-R10 wi-fi transmitter, which features a pair of battery slots in addition to the power to transmit via SFTP or via the gigabit Ethernet port.

Canon EOS R5

Early verdict

Coloration us very excited. In fact, colour us excited in 8K, as a result of the EOS R5 may be essentially the most highly effective, succesful and thrilling digicam for the reason that daybreak of mirrorless.

Its pure energy – whether or not in its Dual Pixel autofocus system, its straight-line pace of as much as 20fps, or its best-in-class video decision – all in a small, light-weight bundle, make it a dream for novice photographers, albeit an especially costly one.

Maybe a more probably state of affairs is seeing the EOS R5 adopted by professionals. Battery life is more likely to stay a stumbling block, however the mixture of efficiency and measurement will pose a major conundrum to those that beforehand thought-about themselves Sony stalwarts.

All that efficiency in a physique weighing simply 738g with a battery and card put in. Picture high quality is but to be seen – we’ve solely dealt with was a pre-release pattern that we weren’t allowed to shoot with – nevertheless it hardly looks like an enormous threat to enterprise that Canon’s spectacular legacy with regards to full-frame, pro-grade DSLRs bodes fairly nicely.

After years of Sony dominance, the Canon EOS R5 has the potential to blow the market wide open.