Canon R5 Overview

Canon EOS R5 Overview – Now Taking pictures!

by William Brawley
Preview posted: 07/09/2020

07/23/2020: First Photographs added
08/13/2020: Gallery Photos added
09/30/2020: Subject Check Half I added

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Canon EOS R5 Subject Check Half I

Glorious dealing with, design & picture high quality efficiency

by William Brawley | Posted 09/29/2020

RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS: 200mm, f/3.2, 1/400s, ISO 100

Lengthy-rumored after which formally teased earlier within the yr, Canon’s newest full-frame mirrorless digital camera, the EOS R5, is lastly right here, and it is their highest-end, most pro-oriented R-series digital camera but. Primarily based round an all-new high-resolution 45MP sensor, which places it just below the 5DS/R DSLRs as considered one of Canon’s highest-resolution cameras so far, in addition to having the identical picture processor as the brand new flagship 1D X III DSLR, the surprisingly compact Canon R5 is feature-packed for each critical photographers in addition to videographers.

I’m of the opinion that the Canon R5 leans extra in direction of a photo-centric digital camera before everything relatively than a full-on video digital camera, regardless of the hype and buzz round its albeit spectacular video specs. The R5 does certainly supply some extremely eye-catching video options, similar to 8K RAW recording and 4K as much as 120p, making it nonetheless a correct hybrid digital camera for each photographs and video.

Nonetheless, if you happen to’ve been following the information, the R5 has garnered a little bit of controversy round its reliability regarding video recording and overheating. Canon themselves have put a number of restrictions on video recording occasions, reportedly as a result of thermal limitations, notably with the higher-resolution and quicker body fee video modes. And what’s extra, even on the usual video resolutions, similar to 1080p, the EOS R5 continues to be restricted to a pesky 29 min. 59 sec. steady recording time restrict. So whereas the Canon R5 is clearly a formidable technological feat, with video capabilities not discovered elsewhere in a bundle this small, at this worth and with a sensor this massive, it nonetheless feels restricted in usefulness if the aim is to have this digital camera be your one-and-only video digital camera.

RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 31mm, f/8, 1/400s, ISO 100

Nonetheless, on the stills aspect of the equation, the Canon R5 feels packed to the gills with pleasing options and efficiency specs to make it a extremely versatile digital camera for all kinds of photographic endeavors. The brand new 45MP sensor gives tons of resolving energy, and Canon claims to have improved the dynamic vary, which ought to make the R5 a simple selection for panorama photographers. Plus, the inclusion of highly effective in-body picture stabilization, a primary for a Canon EOS digital camera, that is rated to a stunning eight stops of correction ought to make the digital camera much more versatile within the subject and permit for extra freedom of motion with out being tied right down to a tripod. On the similar time, the R5 options an upgraded Twin Pixel CMOS AF focusing system with roughly 100% AF level protection throughout the sensor and practically 6000 user-selectable AF level positions. Mix that with as much as 20fps steady capturing and face/head/eye monitoring for human and animals (and bird-detection), and the R5 looks like a super selection for sports activities, motion and wildlife photographers.

My general Subject Check right here will due to this fact focus totally on the R5 as a stills digital camera, as I think about myself a photographer first and videographer second. Nonetheless, I’ll discover the R5’s video options to a level in my second Subject Check. On this Subject Check Half I, I’ll cowl the design and dealing with traits and basic consumer expertise in addition to general picture high quality efficiency from a stills perspective.

So, does the brand new Canon R5 dwell as much as its spectacularly-sounding spec record? Let’s dive in…

RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS: 124mm, f/2.8, 1/1600s, ISO 100

Key Options

  • New 45MP Canon-built full-frame CMOS sensor
  • DIGIC X picture processor with ISO vary as much as 102400
  • Improved Twin Pixel CMOS AF with approx. 100% body protection
  • 1053 AF zones, 5940 manually-selectable AF factors
  • Face & Eye Monitoring for folks and animals
  • Chook-detection AF
  • 8-stop IBIS
  • 12fps mechanical shutter / 20fps digital shutter
  • 8K video as much as 30fps
  • 4K video as much as 120fps
  • Twin card slots
  • Excessive-res 5.76M-dot OLED EVF
  • Compact, weather-sealed design

Design & Dealing with

As talked about in our R5 product overview, the general design of the Canon R5 is not all that dissimilar to the sooner EOS R mannequin, with an unsurprisingly related design and styling in addition to a really related basic dimension and form. Nonetheless, in contrast to the EOS R, the brand new R5 does not change issues up as a lot by way of controls and as a substitute feels extra like a Canon DSLR. The digital camera incorporates a plethora of controls, regardless of its comparatively small type issue, and very like a traditional Canon DSLR, the overwhelming majority of buttons and dials are all in acquainted, easy-to-reach areas.

As somebody who’s shot with Canon DSLRs for a few years, I felt proper at dwelling with the R5 for probably the most half. That being mentioned, I miss the highest deck row of buttons as usually discovered on EOS DSLRs. Within the subject, I typically discovered myself looking for an “ISO button,” for instance. Nonetheless, by default, all three management dials regulate the first publicity settings, together with ISO, with none further button presses. For ISO, specifically, I am not used to speedy adjustability of ISO (normally, I anticipate to press an “ISO” button of kinds first earlier than adjusting), nevertheless it’s fairly helpful right here on the R5 when you get used to it. Given the moment entry to publicity settings on dials relatively than buttons+dials, this will result in unintended setting modifications extra simply. Fortunately, Canon’s considered that and has included a simple one-press “Lock” button on the highest of the digital camera; this locks the ISO dial (thumb), Publicity Comp Dial (rear), and lens management ring — however nonetheless leaves the dial that controls aperture, for instance, unlocked whereas in Aperture Precedence. Fairly intelligent!

Regardless of being the highest-end, most pro-oriented R-series mannequin up to now, with a giant 45MP full-frame sensor, in-body picture stabilization and tons of bodily controls, the R5 feels surprisingly compact and light-weight within the hand. Given its higher-end standing, high-resolution video options and IBIS, I anticipated the digital camera to really feel bigger and bulkier. However, I am pleased to say that is not the case, and actually, the digital camera feels nice to carry and use. In a approach, the R5 does not “really feel” like a full-frame digital camera relating to its dimension, and in some ways, it mirrors my expertise capturing the Nikon Z6 — these cameras are surprisingly small regardless of housing such a big sensor (and IBIS, too).

Aside from its pleasing dimension, the R5 can be very snug to carry, with glorious ergonomic contouring and a pleasant, deep handgrip. In distinction, whereas Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, for instance, are maybe barely smaller when evaluating bodily dimensions, their design feels extra chiseled or extra angular with sharper edges, whereas the R5 has a softness, a roundedness to all of its sides and edges, which I favor. The R5 simply feels nice within the hand. The digital camera suits effectively into the palm of my hand, the handgrip permits for a really safe grip, and nothing is jabbing, poking or resting awkwardly in my arms whether or not I am capturing two-handed, one-handed, or just carrying the digital camera down by my aspect.

Given Canon’s lengthy historical past of creating high quality cameras, it most likely goes with out saying that this high-end, nearly-$4000 digital camera has glorious construct high quality. The digital camera appears like a tank, however fortunately does not weigh like one. Very similar to the overwhelming majority of Canon cameras I’ve shot through the years, notably the higher-end fashions, the EOS R5 feels extremely sturdy and strong. The weather-sealed, magnesium-alloy digital camera physique feels extraordinarily strong and sturdy, and the buttons and dials all work effectively; buttons are simple to press (although they really feel barely on the small aspect), and dials rotate easily and with a satisfying resistance.

Talking of button and dials, as talked about, the Canon R5 has fairly a number of of them, permitting for quick, menu-less entry to vital capturing and publicity settings in addition to plenty of consumer customization. One button that the R5 does not have, fortunately, is the unusual Contact Bar management that made its debut on the sooner EOS R. The idea sounds attention-grabbing on paper, however in sensible utilization, that management felt oddly complicated and straightforward to activate by chance — particularly if you happen to disabled the bizarre “contact delay” setting. (Considerably telling, however subsequent R-series cameras haven’t included the Contact Bar management.) As an alternative, the R5 options my ever-favorite management: a joystick. (Nonetheless, you continue to want to enter the Customized Capabilities menu to explicitly allow “Direct AF level choice” for the joystick management with a view to have prompt AF level adjustment whereas capturing.)

Elsewhere across the digital camera, the R5 consists of the everyday array of dials and buttons that’d you normally discover on high-end or superior Canon DSLRs, together with three management dials in addition to devoted Fast Menu and “Price” buttons, the latter of which makes it simple to rapidly star or fee photographs throughout playback mode. It is maybe not probably the most helpful button, however it will probably turn out to be useful if you happen to take a ton of photographs and might do some fast pre-selects proper on the digital camera; the ranking will then carry over within the metadata when post-processing your photographs in your laptop.

One “holdover” from the unique EOS R that the R5 makes use of is the Mode button design relatively than a normal rotating PASM mode dial. I a lot favor a normal Mode dial, even a locking one, as I discover it a lot quicker to alter capturing modes. The R6, however, makes use of a normal PASM dial. Nonetheless, the R6 does not function a top-deck data display, which I do like. The smaller “Mode Button” design makes use of much less house, permitting Canon to squeeze on this data show onto this comparatively compact digital camera physique. Moreover, with a view to toggle between photograph and video modes, you should first press the Mode button, then press Data. I discover this a bit fiddly and gradual, and I’d a lot relatively have a easy bodily toggle change like on the 5D Mark IV, for instance.

Lastly, it is value mentioning the EVF and the rear LCD. The rear LCD on the R5 stays unchanged from the unique EOS R, providing a 3.2-inch LCD panel with 2.1 million dots of decision. Total, there’s not so much to say actually in regards to the LCD on the R5, because it just about gives an analogous expertise as on different Canon cameras. The display is crisp, and the contact responsiveness is implausible, simply as I’ve skilled with different latest Canon cameras. I did not discover glare to be that problematic in sunny circumstances, although you possibly can, after all, see some glare and reflection at occasions. The articulating design will help alleviate that concern additional, nevertheless.

In the meantime, the EVF does get a lovely improve over the sooner EOS R mannequin. The R5’s EVF makes use of a a lot greater decision 5.76-million-dot OLED panel, in comparison with the three.69 million dot OLED within the unique EOS R. Within the subject, the R5’s EVF is implausible, and I do not actually have any complaints. It is brilliant, tremendous sharp and really clear, and whereas the 0.76x magnification ratio is not as giant as another full-frame mirrorless cameras, I discovered it to be a lot large for my style. The R5’s EVF additionally gives a quick 120fps refresh fee, making it nice for monitoring shifting topics. Additionally, the eye-detect sensor, which acknowledges while you place the digital camera to your eye, works very effectively and is not overly delicate. In different phrases, I did not discover myself by chance triggering the attention sensor when capturing from a waist-level angle with the LCD. Additionally, if you happen to flip the LCD out to the aspect, the attention sensor is disabled fully, which is a pleasant contact.

RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 105mm, f/4, 1/125s, ISO 400

Picture High quality

Sporting an all-new, Canon-designed 45-megapixel sensor, the EOS R5 is up there as one of many highest-resolution Canon cameras so far, sitting just below the 50MP Canon 5DS and 5DSR cameras. In contrast to the extra specialised 5DS R, and several other different latest high-resolution cameras, the brand new Canon R5’s sensor nonetheless features a mounted optical low-pass filter. This helps stop ugly and difficult-to-remove moiré and aliasing artifacts from showing, however does so at the price of some fine-detail resolving energy by introducing, basically, a really slight quantity of blurring.

Should you {photograph} numerous topics with high quality repeating patterns or textures, similar to buildings or materials, the built-in OLPF will probably be a useful function right here, as these objects are sometimes vulnerable to exhibiting moiré and aliasing artifacts. For nature and panorama scenes, these artifacts are a lot rarer. Maybe Canon will introduce a further OLFP-less high-res R digital camera sooner or later aimed extra in direction of landscapers and people on the lookout for supreme sharpness and fine-detail capabilities (one can dream, proper?), however for now, the 45MP R5 feels designed for each excessive picture high quality and flexibility with quite a lot of topics.

RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 105mm, f/13, 1/200s, ISO 100

Regardless of the inclusion of an optical low-pass filter, I discover the photographs from the R5 nonetheless supply an unbelievable stage of high quality element. There’s loads of resolving energy within the 45MP photographs for many makes use of, be it landscapes, portraiture, or wildlife. Plus, the quantity of decision provided makes the R5 a superb possibility for cropping potential. Working example, I hoped to {photograph} extra wildlife, however I have never but been in a position to get my arms on longer RF-mount lenses, similar to the brand new 100-500mm or the 2 f/11 super-telephotos. The longest lens I’ve used with the R5 is the RF 70-200mm f/2.8 (and warning: the brand new RF-mount 1.4x and 2x teleconverter don’t work with the RF 70-200mm f/2.8). With 200mm being not fairly lengthy sufficient for lots of chook and wildlife pictures, I used to be pleased to not less than have 45 megapixels at my disposal for cropping in publish.

RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS: 200mm, f/3.2, 1/640s, ISO 200, -0.7EVs

Unique, uncropped picture. JPEG straight from digital camera.

Closely cropped picture from RAW in Adobe Lightroom. (Click on for the unique.)

In different areas, similar to coloration replica, excessive ISO efficiency and dynamic vary, the Canon R5 shows spectacular efficiency. Just like what I’ve seen with different Canon cameras, the colours from the R5, even on the default image fashion, are wealthy and vibrant, but not overly saturated, which is nice. Reds, particularly, look implausible, as is typical with Canon. Crimson tones come out very wealthy but not overly saturated nor too brilliant. After all, by capturing uncooked — which I think about most customers of this class of digital camera will do — you may have much more flexibility to regulate tones, coloration channels and white steadiness after the actual fact. However suffice it to say, if you happen to do wish to simply shoot and pull photographs straight of the digital camera, the R5 gives pleasing outcomes.

RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS: 200mm, f/3.2, 1/400s, ISO 100

RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 43mm, f/10, 1/250s, ISO 100

RF 35mm f/1.8 Macro IS STM: 35mm, f/3.5, 1/80s, ISO 1000, -0.3EVs

Excessive ISO Picture High quality

When it comes to excessive ISO picture high quality, the Canon R5 does a formidable job, regardless of the high-resolution sensor — very like I noticed with the Sony A7R IV. Sensor know-how and picture processing have definitely come a great distance over the previous few years, permitting high-resolution cameras to supply spectacular excessive ISO efficiency. For comparability, Canon’s 50MP 5DS R digital camera from simply 5 years in the past has a local excessive ISO of solely 6400, with an expanded excessive ISO of 12,800. In the meantime, the R5 can hit ISO 51,200 with its native most sensitivity, or ISO 102400 in prolonged excessive.

ISO 51200 JPEG: RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 105mm, f/8, 1/40s, ISO 51200

ISO 51200 JPEG Crop

ISO 51200 RAW Crop (processed through Adobe Digicam Uncooked at default settings.)

As usually, processing your individual uncooked information will assist you to retain higher high quality element at greater ISOs relatively than counting on the R5’s in-camera noise processing for JPEG photographs. That being mentioned, the JPEGs definitely do not look too unhealthy to my eye, even with the default stage of noise discount. Taking pictures at ISO 6400 is completely no sweat for this digital camera, and as you progress additional up the ISO scale, NR processing does turn out to be extra obvious, together with rising element loss. Nonetheless, it is solely up till ISO 51,200 that NR processing begins really feel a bit too sturdy for my tastes, though greater distinction element can nonetheless seem sharp — and the prolonged ISO 102400 is unquestionably finest averted if potential. All in all, although, a superb exhibiting for top ISOs from this high-res digital camera, in my e book.

ISO 51200: RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 105mm, f/8, 1/25s, ISO 51200

Dynamic Vary

Relating to dynamic vary, this has been considerably of a weak level for Canon lately, particularly in comparison with latest Sony full-frame cameras, for example. Canon states this new 45MP ought to supply improved dynamic vary efficiency, and from my non-scientific real-world testing, I am fairly happy with the dynamic vary and tonal flexibility from R5 uncooked information. I used to be in a position to simply get well numerous spotlight element, even in intentionally over-exposed photographs, and conversely, information present nice efficiency with pulling up the shadows with out displaying egregious ranges of noise, even with purposely under-exposed photographs.

For a comparability, I did some fast exams between the Canon R5 and the Sony A7R IV, with a really excessive dynamic vary scene that includes a sunny sky and a totally shaded constructing overhang. I then shot the check scenes with the very same publicity settings on each cameras. Within the first check, I metered and set the publicity for the sky, which means the shadow space was practically fully black. Within the second spherical, I set the publicity to the other, with the sky very over-exposed however the shadow space uncovered correctly.

Canon R5 vs Sony a7R IV: Dynamic Vary Exams

Canon – Check 1 (50mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 100)

Sony – Check 1 (50mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 100)

Canon – Check 2 (50mm, f/8, 1/25s, ISO 100)

Sony – Check 2 (50mm, f/8, 1/25s, ISO 100)

Trying first at unedited raws in both ACR or Lightroom of the primary check (with good sky publicity), the Canon uncooked file shows a bit extra element at nighttime shadow space than the Sony uncooked file; the corresponding space within the Sony picture is basically fully black. Nonetheless, neither cameras’ respective photographs for this check present fully crushed black ranges, and I used to be in a position to simply get well element within the shadow areas. Evaluating the 2 edited photographs side-by-side with simply the Lightroom shadow slider at +100 (default changes in any other case), the Canon uncooked file reveals barely much less noise than the Sony picture. Each cameras, although, present very finely-grain noise within the boosted shadow areas.

Canon – Check 1 Uncooked edit – Adobe Lightroom, Shadows +100

Sony – Check 1 Uncooked edit – Adobe Lightroom, Shadows +100

Canon – Check 1

Sony – Check 1

The second “reverse check” was far more difficult for each cameras. Spotlight restoration was far more troublesome, and the Sony faired a bit higher than the Canon on this scene. On this check, the sky space of the scene was extraordinarily over-exposed, however the Sony uncooked file was in a position to present a touch of cloud element after adjusting the Spotlight slider right down to -100; in the meantime, the spotlight space of the Canon picture was fully blown out and unrecoverable.

Canon – Check 2 Uncooked edit – Adobe Lightroom, Highlights -100

Sony – Check 2 Uncooked edit – Adobe Lightroom, Highlights -100

JPEGs and new 10-bit HEIF (HDR PQ)

Lastly, I wish to contact on a brand new capturing mode for in-camera processed photographs. Though, as talked about, I’d enterprise a guess that the majority potential homeowners of an EOS R5 would shoot in RAW, for those who wish to shoot JPEGs, the R5 is greater than able to produce pleasing JPEG photographs. Straight out of the digital camera, the R5 JPEGs additionally show good dynamic vary, with a very good steadiness of shadow and spotlight particulars. To my eye, the R5’s commonplace Image Fashion can appear a bit sturdy with distinction relying on the lighting circumstances, however for probably the most half, I used to be happy with the quantity of spotlight element and shadow element proven even in high-contrast scenes.

Unedited 8-bit JPEG: RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 24mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 200

Nonetheless, the R5 introduces a brand new processed picture file format, HEIF, which Canon refers to as “HDR PQ.” In contrast to commonplace JPEG photographs, HEIF (Excessive Effectivity Picture Format) data photographs in 10-bit relatively than the usual 8-bit JPEG. This new compressed picture format data extra info but nonetheless maintains an analogous, small file dimension like JPEGs. The results of this greater bitrate picture format is improved dynamic vary and higher coloration replica. The ensuing HEIF photographs do look good, though I am unable to respect the complete dynamic vary of those HDR PQ photographs, as I haven’t got an HDR monitor. Viewing the HEIF photographs in Canon’s DPP software program shows them as an “SDR” (commonplace dynamic vary) conversion. Nonetheless, even on this transformed mode, the HDR PQ photographs show higher dynamic vary than the identical scene shot with a traditional 8-bit JPEG.

10-bit HDR PQ file (HEIF) — Transformed through Digital Picture Professional. Displayed right here as non-HDR (SDR) picture.
(RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS: 24mm, f/8, 1/200s, ISO 200)

Although it is not as versatile or as user-adjustable as your typical multi-exposure/bracketed HDR capturing process, the brand new 10-bit HDR PQ mode within the R5 is a superb possibility for a simple “one-shot” picture seize mode if you need greater dynamic vary photographs. And identical to with JPEGs, you possibly can document uncooked information alongside HEIF, so you may nonetheless have a normal .CR3 uncooked file for a backup and post-processing.

One other disadvantage to the HEIF (.HIF) picture format is that it is much less cross-compatible than your typical JPEG picture. On my macOS Catalina-based iMac, the OS will acknowledge the .HIF information, and Finder’s QuickLook system can preview the photographs, however purposes similar to macOS’s and Photoshop CC can’t open them. I wanted to make use of Canon’s Digital Picture Skilled software program together with a separate Canon HEVC Activator software program set up that permits HEIF/HDR PQ assist inside Canon’s DPP software program. Along with changing HEIF to different codecs, together with JPEGs, with Canon’s DPP desktop software program, the R5 additionally gives in-camera JPEG conversions of HEIF photographs.

NOTE: The software program that handles the processing of our Picture Gallery pages will not be designed to deal with and show this new HEIF picture file format. As such, the HEIF instance photographs don’t present up on the R5 Gallery Web page. Please use the hyperlinks under to obtain them (Proper-click and Save As):

R5 Subject Check Half I Abstract

All in all, my capturing expertise to date with the brand new Canon R5 has been extraordinarily constructive. The construct high quality and ergonomics of this new full-frame mirrorless digital camera are implausible. The R5 appears and feels simply as I’d anticipate a high-end Canon digital camera to really feel. It is snug to carry, and the controls are plentiful and largely acquainted if you happen to’re accustomed to the Canon system.

RF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS: 200mm, f/3.2, 1/1600s, ISO 400, -0.3EVs
Edited from RAW in Adobe Lightroom
Click on to view the unique.

Relating to picture high quality for stills, the R5 doesn’t disappoint. The brand new 45MP full-frame sensor captures lovely photographs with glorious high quality element and dynamic vary. The sensor captures photographs with sufficient element for beautiful panorama photographs and gives glorious cropping potential for nature and wildlife topics.

Keep tuned as there’s extra to return with my Canon R5 Subject Check. In Half II, I will discover autofocus and efficiency capabilities in addition to dive into the R5’s video options.


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Canon EOS R5 Product Overview

by William Brawley

After being teased a few occasions earlier this yr with only a handful of specs and options, the Canon EOS R5 is now formally right here. In full! Lastly.

Canon has now unveiled all the main points about their upcoming high-end R5 full-frame mirrorless digital camera, and based mostly on each the beforehand introduced specs and all the extra options unveiled right this moment, the brand new EOS R5 feels like a critical beast of a digital camera. We’re undecided if Canon considers the R5 as a “flagship” mannequin in the identical approach because the EOS 1D-series, however the R5 undoubtedly takes Canon’s mirrorless R collection to all new heights. The digital camera gives options, efficiency and capabilities approach past what’s provided in present EOS R fashions, in addition to, in lots of areas, what Canon’s present lineup of EOS DSLRs are able to.

Alongside the R5, Canon has additionally introduced an analogous mannequin, the Canon R6. Sporting a virtually an identical exterior design, this digital camera relies round a distinct, lower-res sensor and sits below the R5 within the general EOS R-series lineup. However, it options lots of the similar high-performance capabilities as its “larger” brother, however at a lower cost level. For extra info on the Canon EOS R6, see our in-depth Canon R6 Preview.

Let’s dive in to be taught all about Canon’s latest, highest-end, highest-performance full-frame mirrorless digital camera so far…

Canon EOS R5 Key Options & Specs

  • All-new 45MP Canon-built full-frame CMOS sensor
  • New DIGIC X picture processor
  • Native ISO vary of 100-51200 (expandable to 102400)
  • Up to date Twin Pixel CMOS AF with approx. 100% body protection
  • 1053 AF zones, 5940 manually-selectable AF factors
  • Deep Studying-based topic detection & monitoring for folks (Face/eye) and animals (canines, cats, birds)
  • In-Physique Picture Stabilization with as much as 8 stops of rated correction
  • As much as 12fps with mechanical shutter; 20fps with silent/digital shutter
  • 8K RAW inside video recording
  • 8Kp30 DCI/UHD video
  • 4K Video as much as 120fps
  • Inside video recording in all codecs, with AF
  • Inside 10-bit 4:2:2 recording with Canon Log or HDR PQ
  • Twin Card Slots (1 CFexpress, 1 UHS-II SD)
  • 5.76-million dot OLED EVF with 120 refresh fee
  • Vari-angle LCD touchscreen
  • Twin-band 2.4/5Ghz Wi-Fi + Bluetooth connectivity
  • Climate-sealed development
  • US$3899.99 body-only; US$4999 with 24-105L Lens Equipment

Design & Product Tour: Strong construct with acquainted styling & controls

Relating to the outside design, the Canon R5 appears, in some ways, like a modernized model of a tried-and-true full-frame Canon DSLR, such because the 5D Mark IV or 6D Mark II, although the R5 is barely smaller and lighter than these cameras. Nonetheless, lots of the R5’s controls are positioned in acquainted locations, and the digital camera physique has an altogether acquainted form with a deep handgrip, giant central viewfinder, and loads of bodily controls and buttons that put main capturing features all inside simple attain.

Looking across the digital camera, we start up high the place the brand new Canon R5 intently resembles the unique EOS R. By and enormous, the structure of the controls alongside the highest of the digital camera are practically an identical to the unique EOS R. Like this earlier mannequin, the brand new EOS R5 features a small top-deck data display that shows capturing modes and publicity info. The R5 additionally borrows the R’s distinctive “Mode Button” management setup as a substitute of a extra conventional PASM mode dial. Right here, to alter capturing modes, you press the Mode button after which use the encompassing dial management to cycle via capturing modes. We have discovered this management mode takes a bit of time to get used to and is not as quick as a normal PASM dial when you should change modes rapidly. Outdoors of fixing capturing modes, the “MODE” button’s surrounding management dial features as a further sub-control dial alongside the top-facing dial behind the shutter launch button. (The R5 additionally consists of Canon’s traditional, giant rear-facing Management Dial, for a complete of three devoted dials.)

Elsewhere alongside the highest, the R5 features a customizable Multi-Perform button (M-Fn), a lock button to stop unintended button presses or dial actions, and a devoted video document button. Over on the left-hand aspect of the EVF is the small On/Off change, which now incorporates a small notch protrusion for simpler operation (the EOS R merely had a textured cylindrical On/Off knob). Just like the EOS R and lots of higher-end EOS DSLRs, the brand new R5 gives a normal hot-shoe connection for Speedlights and different equipment however doesn’t embrace a pop-up flash of any variety.

Transferring to the rear of the digital camera, the again of the EOS R5 gives a way more acquainted and expansive array of controls than the comparatively spartan EOS R and RP digital camera fashions. Not solely is there a big Management Dial seen on quite a few different EOS cameras through the years, however there’s additionally a distinguished joystick management, or multi-directional management, that enables for instantaneous AF level adjustment as effectively menu navigation. The overwhelming majority of controls and buttons on the again of the digital camera are located for simple operation together with your thumb, such because the AF-ON, AE Lock, and AF level choice buttons. You even have quick access to picture magnification, INFO and the Fast Menu with out a lot if any must readjust your maintain on the digital camera.

Relating to the 2 main shows on the digital camera, the rear LCD is basically an identical to the one on the unique R mannequin, providing the identical 3.2-inch dimension and a pair of.1 million dots of decision. The LCD touchscreen absolutely articulates, providing quite a lot of rear-facing angles and the flexibility to swing it right into a front-facing place. In the meantime, the EVF, however, is a noticeable improve over those in earlier R-series cameras with a a lot higher-res 5.76-million-dot OLED panel, up from the three.69 million dot OLED within the unique EOS R. The R5’s EVF additionally gives a quick 120fps refresh fee for glorious motion and fast-moving topic monitoring. Different specs for the EVF are fairly just like the sooner R mannequin, with a 0.76x magnification ratio, 23mm eyepoint and providing an approximate 100% subject of view.

Alongside the perimeters of the digital camera, we’ve got our regular assortment of ports and bodily connections on the left and twin reminiscence card slots over on the appropriate. In contrast to the EOS R and RP cameras, the R5 sports activities twin card slots, one ultra-fast Sort B CFexpress slot and one UHS-II-compatible SD card slot. Each card varieties are able to very quick learn and write speeds, and in most conditions the digital camera permits for photographs and movies to be saved onto both card kind, however there are some limitations. For instance, you possibly can solely document ultra-high-res 8K RAW video to the quicker CFexpress card.

On the left aspect of the digital camera, the R5 incorporates a 3.5mm microphone enter jack and a normal 3.5mm headphone jack. The digital camera additionally features a flash sync terminal. The R5 additionally offers a Sort D Micro HDMI connector that helps Clear HDMI output, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Sort C port. The USB-C port gives laptop connectivity in addition to assist for in-camera charging. Nonetheless, there are some limitations to in-camera charging. Canon recommends using a devoted PD-E1 USB Energy Adapter for in-camera USB-C-based charging, although it is a expensive accent at US$190. Nonetheless, you should use battery powerbanks or different USB-C-based charging bricks, however you may want to make use of high-power-compatible USB-C cables (such because the USB-C to USB-C cable included within the field) that may ship the required 5V/1.5 A of energy.

Relating to battery life, the brand new EOS R5 makes use of a more moderen, higher-capacity LP-E6NH battery pack, although it is nonetheless backward-compatible with Canon’s earlier LP-E6N and LP-6E batteries. The R5 is CIPA-rated for 320 photographs per cost utilizing the LCD, or 220 photographs per cost with the EVF. Utilizing the digital camera’s Energy Saving mode will improve the battery life to 490 (LCD) or 320 (EVF).

Lastly, the wi-fi connectivity choices within the R5 embrace Bluetooth low-energy and each 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi frequencies. 5GHz Wi-Fi is able to quicker switch speeds than 2.4Ghz, however you’re extra restricted in allowable distance from the digital camera. The R5 helps wi-fi distant management and picture switch utilizing the Canon Digicam Join cellular app in addition to wi-fi management through a PC utilizing EOS Utility (USB Tether through EOS Utility can be supported). Moreover, Canon has launched a brand new Wi-fi File Transmitter grip accent for the EOS R5 that won’t solely operate for wi-fi picture switch but in addition features a built-in ethernet port.

Picture High quality: New high-res 45MP sensor mixed with quick DIGIC X picture processor

Canon seems to be following an analogous technique as we have seen with different full-frame mirrorless digital camera producers in that they’re debuting a pair of high-end mirrorless cameras, each with practically an identical bodily designs and efficiency specs, however which differ in picture sensor and picture decision. One with a higher-resolution sensor (and the next worth) and a second with a extra modest quantity of megapixels (and a barely lower cost). It is a fairly good technique, in that you simply get two high-performance cameras, however you possibly can choose the mannequin finest suited to your wants, capturing fashion or price range.

When it comes to the imaging pipeline for the brand new EOS R5, that is Canon’s “high-res” mannequin among the many pair of latest R-series cameras, and it is sporting an all-new Canon-built 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor with Twin Pixel CMOS AF (extra on AF down under). Like most different Canon cameras, the 45MP sensor within the R5 incorporates a mounted optical low-pass filter with a view to suppress moiré and aliasing artifacts. Paired with the brand new sensor is Canon’s latest-generation picture processor, the DIGIC X, which we noticed makes its debut within the flagship 1D X Mark III DSLR earlier this yr. Regardless of the identical processor, the native ISO vary of the R5 is not as expansive as the brand new 1DX III; the R5 gives a local ISO vary of 100-51200 with an expandable Low ISO of fifty and a excessive ISO of 102400 for nonetheless photograph capturing.

In line with Canon, the brand new 45MP sensor is designed for each high-resolution picture high quality in addition to high-performance. Although specifics have not been launched, Canon says the brand new sensor ought to supply spectacular dynamic vary efficiency and can be designed for high-speed sensor readout. In recent times, Canon’s sensors have fallen behind these of different producers, notably Sony sensors, relating to dynamic vary efficiency, so we’re excited to see how effectively the R5 performs right here after we get it into our lab. Equally, the quick sensor readout will probably be notably essential relating to warding off rolling shutter, each with high-res video in addition to quick motion capturing when utilizing the digital camera’s digital shutter.

Along with the brand new sensor and processor, one of many hallmark new options that will probably be of explicit curiosity for each stills and video shooters is the inclusion of in-body picture stabilization. Lastly! The usage of IBIS has turn out to be more and more widespread throughout the digital camera market, with nearly all main producers providing IBIS programs in a number of digital camera fashions. Nonetheless, Canon has, till now, been a notable hold-out. They’ve lengthy excelled with glorious optical IS of their lenses, however the improvement of IBIS permits for not solely further versatility with stabilization now potential with non-IS lenses, nevertheless it additionally permits for much more powered picture stabilization when combining OIS and IBIS collectively.

In-body picture stabilization efficiency, as anticipated, can differ throughout producers, however among the best within the enterprise has been Olympus. Whereas it is typical to have optically stabilized lenses with round 3-5 stops of shake correction, Olympus’ IBIS know-how — notably within the new E-M1 III — claims as much as 7 stops of stabilization within the physique alone. Nonetheless, with the brand new EOS R5 (and R6), Canon’s taken IBIS know-how to new ranges, claiming as much as a whopping 8 stops of shake correction! Canon states that the digital camera’s new DIGIC X picture processor and the CPU contained in the lens coordinate positioning and movement knowledge from gryo sensors and accelerometers to attain this highly effective picture stabilization. And once more, whereas we have but to strive the R5 in-person, the specs for the brand new IBIS system sound downright unbelievable.

In line with Canon, the R5’s IBIS system is able to as much as 8 stops, each when used at the side of particular IS-based lenses just like the RF 24-105mm lens, and even with sure non-IS lenses. Nonetheless, the R5’s IBIS efficiency, as anticipated, will differ relying on lens and/or focal size; Canon states, for instance, that the R5 will supply as much as 7 stops of IS with the EF 35mm f/2 IS lens, the RF 50mm prime or the wide-angle RF 15-35mm lens; as much as 7.5 stops with the RF 70-200mm or 6.5 stops with the RF 24-240mm zoom.

Relating to nonetheless picture capturing options, the Canon R5 incorporates a full however extra streamlined array of enthusiast- and pro-oriented choices and settings just like Canon’s higher-end DSLR fashions. In different phrases, in contrast to the entry-level fashions, the R5 does not embrace any artistic filter modes, particular results or scene modes past the usual Image Fashion picture presets.

Along with the same old JPEG picture seize, the R5 additionally captures photographs in RAW format in both 14-bit CR3 RAW information or compressed C-RAW, in addition to the distinctive Twin Pixel RAW format. Moreover, the R5 gives 10-bit HEIF format photographs just like the 1DX III, which ought to supply a wider dynamic vary and higher coloration rendition over commonplace 8-bit JPEGs. The digital camera also can seize simultaneous RAW+JPEG or RAW+HEIF photographs. The Canon 1DX III permits for in-camera processing of HEIFs into extra cross-compatible JPEGs, and we anticipate an analogous performance within the R5. Moreover, the R5 does supply in-camera RAW processing in playback mode.

When it comes to metering, the R5 gives real-time metering on the picture sensor with a complete of 384 metering zones (24×16 array), and options evaluative metering (linked to the AF level), partial metering, spot metering and center-weighted common metering. Publicity compensation spans +/-3EVs in 1/3 or 1/2 cease increments.

As referenced earlier, the EOS R5 gives each a mechanical (and digital first curtain) shutter mode and a silent all-electronic shutter mode. The mechanical/EFCS offers a 30sec to 1/8000s shutter velocity vary in addition to Bulb mode, whereas the digital shutter ranges from 0.5s to 1/8000s. The quickest shutter velocity is 1/8000s. Flash X-sync velocity is ready to 1/200s for mechanical shutter and 1/250s EFCS shutter. Flash pictures will not be supported with the all-electronic shutter mode, neither is HDR, a number of exposures, multi-shot NR mode, auto-exposure bracketing, HDR PQ mode, anti-flicker capturing, Twin Pixel RAW or when utilizing Digital Lens Optimizer set to Excessive.

Autofocus: Twin Pixel CMOS AF now spans full sensor, Chook-detection AF & extra

One other space of serious enchancment over earlier EOS R fashions — and by extension, Dwell View capturing on most of Canon EOS DSLRs — is the autofocus system. As anticipated, the R5’s AF system is powered by Canon’s Twin Pixel CMOS AF know-how that options on-chip phase-detection pixels, and it receives a reasonably substantial improve in a number of areas in comparison with earlier Twin Pixel-based cameras.

For starters, the brand new Twin Pixel CMOS AF within the R5 now spans your complete space of the sensor; it has roughly 100% protection throughout the body. That is not solely extraordinarily useful for permitting you to put your AF level exactly the place you want it for a given shot or composition, nevertheless it additionally offers a giant usability enchancment for erratic topic monitoring because the digital camera can now repeatedly observe focus throughout the complete space of the sensor/body. In line with the specs, the R5’s AF system is rated right down to a formidable -6EV with most lenses, permitting for autofocusing performance in very dim, darkish circumstances.

Moreover, the R5 gives an extremely huge array of each AF zones in addition to individually-selectable AF factors. For photograph capturing with the AF Technique set to Automated (basically all AF areas energetic), the R5 makes use of as much as 1053 complete AF areas unfold over a 39 x 17 array. For manually-selectable AF modes, similar to Spot or Single-point, the consumer can choose from 5940 particular person AF level positions throughout the body. (Automated AF technique in film mode offers 819 AF areas in a 39 x 21 array).

Along with the sheer variety of selectable AF factors, the AF monitoring efficiency additionally will get a lovely efficiency increase, with the flexibility to not solely routinely detect and observe folks’s heads, faces and eyes, nevertheless it’s now additionally subtle sufficient to detect and observe animals, together with canines, cats and birds. It is attention-grabbing timing that the upcoming EOS R5 and R6 cameras will now have animal-detection AF, together with bird-detection. Within the final yr or two, Sony’s launched Animal Eye AF in a lot of their mirrorless cameras — although right now, it does not seem to detect birds. Equally, Nikon launched a firmware replace for the Z6 and Z7 with Animal-Detection and monitoring capabilities. Thrilling occasions for chook and wildlife photographers certainly!

Efficiency: As much as 20fps with Servo AF at full-resolution

Relating to sheer efficiency options, it maybe comes at no shock that the EOS R5 is a relatively beastly digital camera for steady capturing duties — and that is regardless of’s its high-res 45MP sensor. When utilizing the mechanical shutter, the R5 is able to as much as 12fps with Servo AF (C-AF), whereas the silent/digital shutter mode ups the burst fee to a formidable 20fps with Servo AF.

Buffer depths are additionally fairly spectacular, for each CFexpress and SD playing cards, although not one of the capturing speeds or picture high quality settings permit for an “limitless” buffer capability ranking. Given the totally different efficiency specs of the 2 media card varieties, the buffer depths can differ relying on picture high quality settings. Additional, the utmost buffer capability modifications relying on if you happen to’re capturing on the max. 12fps or 20fps. At 12fps, the buffer capability for Giant High-quality JPEGs, Giant High-quality HEIF photographs in addition to Compressed C-RAW information are the identical for both CFexpress and UHS-II SD playing cards, with as much as 350 JPEG photographs, 280 HEIF photographs or 260 C-RAW information. With full, uncompressed RAW, the R5’s buffer drops to 180 frames for CFexpress or 87 for UHS-II SD.

When choosing the quicker 20fps digital shutter burst mode, Canon solely offers a spec for buffer capability utilizing the CFexpress card, which is said as 170 JPEG frames, 83 RAW or 130 Compressed C-RAW information. Nonetheless, we’re advised which you could shoot at 20fps whereas saving photographs to the SD card slot.

Video: Groundbreaking options together with 8K RAW at 30p, 4Kp120, 4:2:2 10-bit Log & far more

Whereas stills capturing is undoubtedly a serious precedence for the EOS R5, one of many digital camera’s groundbreaking areas is video. As talked about within the R5’s earlier two improvement announcement updates, the R5 packs some critically unbelievable video specs, not simply in comparison with earlier Canon cameras but in addition your complete digital camera market. The digital camera is outfitted with some critically unbelievable, high-resolution and high-quality video modes not sometimes seen outdoors of high-end cinema cameras from the likes of RED or Sony with their F65 CineAlta.

Whereas the world may nonetheless be catching as much as 4K video, Canon’s able to take the following leap into 8K video. Sure, 8K. And never simply “any previous” 8K, however as much as 8K RAW video. And never solely that, however 8K RAW video that may be recorded internally to your reminiscence card and with full AF performance. In a digital camera physique this small, that is merely astounding.

Relating to video velocity and feeds, the choices are fairly expansive, with all kinds of combos of video resolutions in addition to totally different bit-depths, container codecs, compression and coloration sampling strategies, similar to 8-bit, 10-bit, and 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log or HDR PQ for expanded coloration grading flexibility and dynamic vary. Additional, 8K RAW video format is recorded in 12-bit format. (Word: RAW video is simply provided in 8K DCI decision.) Non-RAW 8K video makes use of the H.265/HEVC compression format, whereas 4K and Full HD modes use H.264/MPEG-4 for 4:2:0 8-bit or H.265/HEVC for 10-bit modes.

8K video might be recorded in both DCI 8192 x 4320 decision or UHD 7680 × 4320. 8K DCI is obtainable in RAW, ALL-I and IPB modes at as much as 30p, in addition to 23.98p and 24p, and 30p, whereas 8K UHD is obtainable at 30p and 23.98p. In the meantime, 4K is offered in each DCI (4096 x 2160) and UHD (3840 x 2160), and with frame-rates starting from 23.98p as much as 120p for traditional recording. Moreover, the R5 gives a 4Kp120 mode for Excessive Body Price capturing for simple slow-motion video seize in each 4K DCI and 4K UHD resolutions. Lastly, Full HD video can be included, starting from 23.98p as much as 60p. Apart from 8K DCI RAW, all commonplace video resolutions and frames might be recorded in ALL-I or IPB compression; 4K Excessive Body Price mode is simply provided in ALL-I. There may be additionally an IPB Gentle possibility for 1080p30 video.

The R5 additionally offers the flexibility to shoot 4K video at full sensor width or cropped. The digital camera additionally has totally different 4K high quality ranges with the “4K Excessive High quality” mode deriving from an oversampled 8K sensor readout. 4K HQ is obtainable at 30p.

The EOS R5 additionally helps full Twin Pixel CMOS AF performance in all video modes and resolutions, together with 8K.

In most conditions, customers can use both the CFexpress card or the UHS-II SD card slot for video recording. Nonetheless, there are some restrictions. 8K RAW and 8K ALL-I video in addition to 4Kp120 and 4Kp60 ALL-I is offered solely when recording to the CFexpress card. Additionally, built-in 8K Time-lapse video mode can be CFexpress-only. SD card write velocity can be an element to think about, with 10-bit 8K IPB video requiring a V90-class or quicker UHS-II card.

Regardless of the beastly video recording choices, the EOS R5 doesn’t supply limitless video recording in any video mode or decision. 8K film recording (RAW, DCI, UHD) is restricted to a most of 20 minutes, although environmental temperature might shorten the sustained recording time. 4K at 60p in Cropped mode is restricted to 25 minutes, whereas all different video modes are restricted to a steady recording time of 29 min. 59 sec.


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Canon EOS R5 versus the brand new EOS R6

by Jeremy Grey

Picture sensor: The Canon EOS R5 incorporates a new Canon-designed 45-megapixel full-frame picture sensor. The R6, however, incorporates a decrease megapixel sensor. The 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor of the R6 could not have the resolving energy of the brand new sensor within the R5, however the R6 does have the next native ISO ceiling: 204,800 versus 102,400.

Autofocus: Each the R5 and R6 function Canon’s newest Twin Pixel CMOS AF II. The AF system delivers one hundred pc space protection through 1,053 zones. Along with this spectacular protection space, every digital camera consists of eye, head and face monitoring for folks, canines, cat and birds.

Efficiency: Regardless of the variations in picture sensors, the R5 and R6 can each shoot at as much as 12 frames per second utilizing their mechanical shutters and 20 fps with the digital shutter through silent pictures mode. The place the R6 separates itself from the R5 by way of efficiency is with respect to buffer depths. The EOS R6 can document 1,000 or extra compressed uncooked (C-RAW) photographs, whereas the EOS R5’s buffer depths high out at 260 C-RAW photographs when recording to both a UHS-II SD card or a CFexpress card. For normal uncooked photographs, the EOS R6 can document as much as 240 photographs earlier than the buffer is full, whereas the EOS R5 slows down after 180 uncooked photographs. Each cameras are powered by a DIGIC X processor.

Picture stabilization: Each the EOS R5 and R6 promise as much as 8 stops of picture stabilization through built-in body-based picture stabilization.

Design: The Canon EOS R5 and R6 are related in general design, however there are a number of essential variations. The R5 incorporates a high LCD panel, one thing not included on the R6. The R6 additionally features a totally different dial for choosing modes. The R5 makes use of the identical mode button design because the EOS R, whereas the R6 opts for a extra conventional mode dial.

Card slots: As talked about earlier, the Canon EOS R6 has two SD card slots, each appropriate with UHS-II. Quite than two SD card slots, the EOS R5 as a substitute features a CFexpress slot and an SD card slot (UHS-II).

Video: Thanks partially to its 45-megapixel picture sensor, the EOS R5 can document 8K video at as much as 30p along with 4K video at as much as 120p. The EOS R6, however, data “simply” 4K/60p video and no 8K video (there merely aren’t sufficient pixels). Additional, the EOS R6 doesn’t document 4K video utilizing the complete width of the picture sensor, one thing the EOS R5 can do.

Value: The EOS R6 will price round $2,500 USD, whereas the EOS R5 will probably be far more costly, launching with a prompt retail worth of round $3,900.


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Canon EOS R5 Pricing & Availability

The Canon EOS R5 is scheduled to go on sale on the finish of July for an estimated retail worth of $3899 for body-only and $4999 as a equipment with RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens. Moreover, the brand new R5/R6-compatible BG-R10 battery grip accent and WFT-R10A (R5-compatible solely) are each scheduled to be out there on the finish of July for an estimated retail worth of $349.99 and $999.99, respectively.

Keep tuned to Imaging Useful resource for extra on the Canon EOS R5 as we strategy its launch later this summer season. If you would like to be taught extra in regards to the Canon EOS R6, head to our preview.

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