Canon EOS R5 Review: A mirrorless camera that can do (almost) everything

Canon first launched its market for full-frame mirrorless cameras in the year 2018 with its EOS R. It was an outstanding camera in many ways however it wasn’t the mirrorless version of the classic 5D Mark IV camera many passionate Canon shooters desired. The moment Canon’s Canon EOS R5 debuted back in 2020 things changed. In a flash, Sony’s five-year beginning into full-frame mirrorless wasn’t as impossible and, at the very least, on paper the R5 was an impressive machine that could provide everything to the majority of people. It was a huge leap.

ProsCons
Excellent image quality thanks to Canon’s 45-megapixel full frame sensor– 8K video isn’t practical
– Excellent focus tracking– Memory card slots are mismatched
– Sturdy buildLarge file sizes add to long shoots

A brief overview of the best and bad

Today, the Canon EOS R5 has been available for a good year which is why I’ve used it frequently since its launch. While it’s not the perfect camera, it’s certainly the most impressive camera Canon has ever produced and is certainly among the top all-around cameras available that are available in the present.

Hardware Canon EOS R5

The top should look familiar. It’s a solid layout. Stan Horaczek

The R5’s most powerful Flex is found in the shape of its brand-new 45-megapixel sensor. The chip is paired with an Digic X image processor similar to that found in the flagship $6,500 1D Mark III DSLR. In spite of its rather large number of megapixels however, the Canon EOS R5 boasts burst speeds of up to 12 fps in the case of the mechanical shutter and up to 20 fps when using its electronic shutter. The camera is able to move lots of data via its pipe.

The electronic viewfinder features an impressive 5.76-million dots OLED display that refreshes at 60 frames per second (to reduce battery consumption) or 120 FPS (to ensure the smoothest motion on screen). If you’re switching from the world of DSLR and want to speed up the refresh rate might be worth turning on to ease the transition to EVF from the traditional optical viewfinder.

The screen of the R5’s 3.2-inch, 2.1-million dot touchscreen fully articulates, and can be very useful for shooting in unusual angles or when recording video.

If it’s about weather sealing The Canon EOS R5 promises the same ruggedness that similar to the 5D Mark IV. The camera was built to be an armored vehicle and the R5-despite its smaller size-has so far appeared to be holding up well to the demands of professional shooting.

The R5 has two memory card slots. This is something experts were apprehensive to have in the first EOS R, as it didn’t permit the creation of instant backups in the event in the event of a card failing. The R5 comes with a standard SD slot, as well as a more sophisticated CFExpress slot, which can hold faster cards that allow the speedy bursts as well as high-res video, which I’ll speak about in a future post.

Design and ergonomics

Praise the return of the multi-controller. Stan Horaczek

If you’re familiar with Canon DSLRs such as you’ll find that the Canon EOS R5 should feel familiar to your fingers. It features the familiar rotating dial, and a lot of the controls are in the exact same places. You will notice one huge upgrade over the EOS R, however: Canon has replaced the nifty-but-frustrating touch bar with a tried-and-true multi-controller joystick. It reduces the learning curve for changing from an earlier Canon model and is more efficient in every way. The joystick’s feel makes it much more comfortable to use without having to look at it, and it’s much more precise. It’s also more flexible. When you’re looking to select an autofocus point using the camera held in front of your eyes, there’s no better method than using the joystick.

There’s a lock button at right-hand side of camera that will stop your settings from changing when you’re carrying your camera about or getting it out of your bag.

It’s essentially an Canon camera. I think that’s a good thing however, it’s not applicable to all. If you’ve used an Canon DSLR for any extended period of time It shouldn’t be too difficult to get an R5 quickly.

Autofocus

A look at the connections on the side of the camera. Stan Horaczek

Straight out of the box The R5’s AF tracking system does an impressive job at keeping your subject clear. It relies on a staggering 6000 AF points within the DualPixel CMOS sensor. It will identify an eye of the subject, and stay fixed on it while you take pictures. It can be used for animals, as well. Its AF system covers all of the sensor’s area, therefore, it performs equally well on the corners as in the middle. It’s a great system. It’s not going to blow away the Sony and Nikon AF systems out of the water, but it’s more effective and, sometimes, even better than.The autofocus system is able to work with amazing speed and accuracy. It was flawless with several fitness shoots. Stan Horaczek

If you’re looking to have more control over AF quality, Canon offers it, however this EOS R5 gets in its own way by providing an daunting array of choices. There are five menu pages that are solely dedicated to autofocus and navigating through them could be a bit daunting. Personally, I usually depend on face tracking the majority times, however I will switch to single-point autofocus mode when the camera becomes confused, or when it is trying to focus on the wrong person, or an entirely different object in the frame.

Make sure to alter the AF menus without knowing the basics of the process, and you’re at risk of making things worse. This is a good thing for certain shooters, but not for those who aren’t interested in studying manuals or instructional videos.

Canon EOS R5’s image quality

I shot this with a vintage Pentax lens, but the Canon’s internal image stabilization system still adds some level of IS, which is handy. Stan Horaczek

Take a look at tests on sensor (like the ones from DXO) in terms of metrics such as dynamic range and digital noise and you could have a different view of sensors like the R5 or Canon sensors generally. According to DXO’s list of full frame medium format cameras, it appears that the Canon EOS R5 shows up at 16th (at the date of writing) with regard to overall sensor performance under the controlled laboratory environment. In the real world however, things are significantly more complicated.

Based on the DXO test DXO test, the Canon EOS R5 sensor boasts 14.6 stops of dynamic range. This is the highest score of the Canon EOS R5 in the end and puts it in direct competition with other cameras in the same class.Stan Horaczek

In good lighting it can provide outstanding clarity and good color reproduction. The brightest reds are somewhat challenging, as they tend to become rough. But, overall, R5’s raw images look natural and stand up to editing.

The 45-megapixel resolution can be helpful in terms of image quality. Due to all the pixels, the images of the R5 are able to withstand significant noise reduction within programs such as Photoshop without losing any detail. I was also impressed by Canon’s cRaw format. It reduces the size of raw files nearly in half and with no noticeable loss of quality.The dynamic range is solid and it easily differentiates between similar tones. Stan Horaczek

In low light I was able to create usable photos up to ISO 12,800. When you go over 25,600 the noise can get somewhat out of control. It’s not often that I’m thinking of doing that, but it’s not a bad idea. If you’re always up there however, you may prefer either the Sony or Nikon choices.

Video capture

This is another area where things can get a bit difficult. When Canon initially boasted of the R5’s video capture in 8K many were skeptical. In the end, 8K is still a relatively uncommon feature, even among top-end cameras. The whole process became a nightmare after reviewers found out about that the Canon EOS R5 had issues in controlling the heat generated when recording UHD recording. The camera would stop working and take time to cool before it could work again.

I’m a true hybrid stills/motion photographer and have no particular interest in 8K footage at all I’m sure that most people who purchase the R5 are in the same position. I shot plenty of 4K footage with high bitrates and I didn’t experience any problems even in terms of overheating. I did experience warnings of high temperature and needed to give my camera a 15-minute break after shooting a large amount of video. However, this didn’t hinder my workflow.

In the end, ultimately, the Canon EOS R5 shoots solid video with a an impressive dynamic range and image quality. If you’re looking for an incredibly powerful piece of cinema equipment that is able to shoot all day in hot lighting it’s not the camera for you. If you’re filming B-roll or standard-res footage with controlled settings, you’ll be good. If you’re looking for the best camera that is specifically designed for video think about one similar to this Panasonic S1 or the Sony A7S Mark III.

Who should purchase Canon EOS R5? Canon EOS R5?

With a price tag of $3,899 The Canon EOS R5 is aimed at professional and advanced amateur shooters. It delivers on a variety of promises, and it delivers for almost every one of them. I did a lot of the professional editing, portrait and wedding photography with the 5D Mark IV, and the R5 was pretty much what I had hoped for from the body of a Canon professional mirrorless camera.

For some photographers However, for some shooters it’s possible that for some shooters, the Canon EOS R5 can be excessive. With a price tag of $2500 with a 20-megapixel sensor and compatible SD slot for cards that offer lower memory options It’s clear that the R6 is a worthy option for photographers who don’t need the body with the most powerful features. This is particularly the case if you’re storing many of the older Canon EF lenses that aren’t made for high-resolution.

If you’re at the opposite extreme of the spectrum and are performing professional work of a high standard, Canon has been teasing its forthcoming EOS R3 camera, which will be positioned just above that of the R5 on the mirrorless range. We don’t have a clear idea of what specs the R3 will feature at present but if you’re serious sports photographer looking to switch to mirrorless, this is most likely the camera you’ll need. Be prepared for an enormous price.

The bottom line is that it’s clear that the Canon EOS R5 is one of the most versatile cameras that has ever been made. If you’ve got the cash–and the space for massive raw files, it’s capable of integrating into almost any workflow.

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