There’s no doubt that Canon has a sense of the right time to bring out a super-sized camera. With the 5D, they managed to capture the professional DSLR market in the 2010s, and with the R5, they’re looking to shift gears, bringing high-end technology and equipment to the wider professional market in mirrorless form.
Canon EOS R5: key details
Processor: Digik X
Sensor: 45MP full frame CMOS
Video: Maximum 8K 30P/4K 120P/1080P 60P
Stabilization: 5-axis stabilizer
ISO sensitivity: 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-102,400)
Screen: 3.5-inch fully transparent touch screen
Released to much acclaim amid the stress of the Covid pandemic, the Canon EOS R5 (Opens in a new tab) It felt like a natural progression from the previously released Canon EOS R brand, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. (Opens in a new tab) A mirrorless camera is acting as a test bed to get people used to the idea of a full-frame mirrorless setup. After a few years, some stiff competition and a few firmware updates, can the R5 still live up to expectations?
In this review, we’ll take a closer look at the Canon EOS R5, testing it in a variety of situations and subject styles, as well as looking at its video capabilities and asking if this is the best mirrorless package for professional photographers. Available.
Canon EOS R5: design
- Excellent ergonomics in the room
- Heavier, sturdier design than other mirrorless cameras
- Customizable buttons and controls play for pro photographers
It’s immediately clear, right out of the box, that Canon is serious with the R5. It has a relatively bulky look and a heavy feel in the hand, but compared to older DSLRs like the 5D, it’s a breeze to handle and makes the latter feel like old technology. It’s lighter than mirrorless cameras, but feels a little more delicate and shock-proof than the old setup.
5D users, who will be many buyers of the R5, will enjoy the good balance between design and ergonomics and the modern EOS R. There’s a screen and a fully tilting touchscreen on top, but a right-hand thumbstick and rotary dial to adjust autofocus appear on the back, and older versions of Canon’s professional camera setup are welcome.
Canon EOS R5: performance
- One of the best autofocus systems out there
- Superior quality and image quality
- Body image stabilization works well for professionals
The Canon EOS R5’s numbers are exemplary, and the fast processor and professional storage options can keep up with large file sizes and high-quality results. A CFexpress slot is available as a backup to the SD card slot. In our tests, we didn’t find any problems using high-end SanDisk Extreme PRO cards, but if you don’t have one, we recommend that you research this element and buy a higher-speed card to meet the R5’s file sizes.
The R5 has been raved about since it uses a new processor unit and has the first built-in body stabilizer. It works very well, stabilizing dark scenes and low-light situations to allow detail in shadows and blacks to be recovered in Lightroom. It’s also a great option for astrophotography when paired with the right wide-angle lens.
It’s also worth special mention of the autofocus system, which, when combined with image stabilization, is one of the fastest systems we’ve used. Tracking is probably the best in the class, with accurate face, eye and head detection making portrait, sports or action photography a breeze. Continuous focus mode has no problem keeping objects or people in focus even in changing situations.
Although the R5 isn’t designed with filmmakers in mind as you might imagine, if you want to shoot high-end video. But it still boasts incredibly great detail, giving it the chance to record uncropped 8K in RAW. That being said, overheating and battery problems aren’t uncommon, and while it’s surprising that Canon has managed to pack so much technology into what is essentially a small consumer camera, it’s probably too much for most people to want. Standard HD at 120fps is still smooth and beautiful to shoot.
Canon EOS R5: Functionality
- Easy to use Canon architecture
- Battery life is slightly affected.
- The headline features offer the best performance across the board
Speaking of batteries, being a mirrorless camera, day-to-day use took its toll on the power sources, making it difficult to monitor the camera’s specs. That’s not to say it was entirely disappointing, though, and Canon managed to pack 2,130mAh into their new battery, which is surprisingly and delightfully compatible with a camera that accepts the LP-E6.
Title figures will come as you complete the tasks and settings. Even the burst shots stand out compared to the 1D X Mark III (Opens in a new tab)A camera that was previously considered the benchmark for sports and wildlife photographers. In everyday use of the camera, it’s pure Canon using the same logic that users are familiar with.
Should I buy a Canon EOS R5 camera?
Recommending the Canon R5 is a tougher question than you might first think. On the face of it, absolutely. For semi-pro photographers looking to upgrade to a camera for life, or professional photographers looking to keep up with the pace of change, we think this is a very worthwhile camera to own. It may be the most complete camera Canon has ever produced. But that doesn’t mean everyone should be in a rush to buy.
If you’re a filmmaker, overheating and storage concerns may mean you look elsewhere, such as rival Sony options, and if you’re a beginner or amateur photographer looking to break into the industry, there are plenty of cheaper options. It creates great images. The price means that the camera is probably only owned by people who make money from their photography, and in many ways that’s what it’s made for. The Canon R5 is a fantastic piece of kit.
If the Canon EOS R5 is not for you
We’re well aware of the R5’s price, but whether you want more or less the same performance, there are options that fit the bill. The obvious alternative is the Canon EOS R6, which offers similar results without the high specifications but at a more affordable price. For most professional photographers, this option will be enough.
With a 61-megapixel sensor, the Sony A7R IV 35 (Opens in a new tab) A full-frame camera is another obvious choice, it can match up to the R5 on the spec sheet, but again, expect to pay for it. For those with slightly smaller wallets and not ready to take the plunge, you won’t be disappointed with a used Canon 5D Mk IV or Nikon D850.