Canon EOS R5 Review

Canon EOS R5 Body Only

As Nasim noted in his review of the Canon EOS R6 , Canon’s entry into the mirrorless market three years ago was not the most thrilling moment for Canon photographers. By comparison, Canon made a large splash when they released the R5 and R6 in 2020.

The particular R5 in particular grabbed the attention of the photography world due to its high resolution and fast framework rate of up to 20 FRAMES PER SECOND. While Canon did place a lot of emphasis on the video popular features of the R5, I am the stills-only person and will hence review the camera from the standpoint of a photographer. I would like to note that I have been a Canon only shooter for all of my photographic profession and owned a few various 5-series cameras, so I is going to be comparing the camera to its DSLR siblings primarily.

Below are the key specs of the camera:

Canon EOS R5 Specs

  • Sensor: forty five MP CMOS Sensor, four. 4µm pixel size
  • Sensor Size: 36 x 24mm
  • Resolution: 8192 x 5464
  • Native ISO Sensitivity: 100- 51, 200
  • In-Body Image Stabilization: Yes, 5-Axis
  • Image Processor: DIGIC X
  • Body Create: Polycarbonate Resin, Magnesium Combination Internal Structure
  • Shutter: 1/8000 to 30 seconds
  • Shutter Durability: 500, 000 actuations
  • Storage: 1x CFexpress, 1x SD / SDHC / SDXC (UHS-II)
  • Viewfinder: 5. 76 Million Dot OLED EVF
  • Viewfinder Coverage: totally
  • Viewfinder Magnification: 0. 76x
  • Speed: 12 FPS (Mechanical Shutter), 20 FPS (Electronic Shutter)
  • Built-in Flash: Simply no
  • Autofocus System: Dual Pixel CMOS AF II, 1053 Selectable Focus Points Areas
  • AF Sensitivity Range: -6 to 20 EV
  • LCD Screen: Touch-enabled 3. 2″ Fully Articulating LCD with 2 . 1 Million Dots
  • Maximum Movie Resolution: 8K DCI @ 30 FRAMES PER SECOND
  • 4K Video Crop: one 0x
  • HDMI Output: 10-bit 4: 2: 2
  • GPS: No
  • WiFi: Yes, 802. 11b/g/n / 2 . 4 GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes, four. 2
  • Battery Type: Canon LP-E6NH/LP-E6N/LP-E6
  • Battery Life: 320 shots (CIPA)
  • USB Standard: Type-C 3. 1 Gen 2
  • Weather Sealing: Yes
  • Weight: 650g (Body Only)
  • Dimension: 138. 5 x ninety-seven. 5 x 88mm
  • Cost (MSRP): $3899

To see the full specifications of the Canon EOS R, please see this page on Canon. com.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #1
Canon EOS R5 + EF24-105mm F4 T IS II USM @ 70mm, ISO 100, 60s, f/11. 0

Before delving into the review, let’s have a look at the specifications of the R5 and exactly how they stack up against both the EOS R and R6.

Canon EOS R vs EOS R5 vs EOS R6

There are a few differentiators among these cameras, the most obvious being resolution, IBIS, 8K video clip recording, build quality and dual-card slots. If you’d just like a more in-depth comparison of the three cameras, please head over to Nasim’s comprehensive review of the Canon EOS R6 , where he identifies the key differences between the cameras in more detail. Here is a quick summary of the key differences between the two cameras:

Camera Feature Canon EOS R Canon EOS R5 Canon EOS R6
Messfühler Resolution thirty. 4 MP 45. 0 MP 20. 1 MEGAPIXEL
Sensor Type and Dimension CMOS (36. 0 x 24. 0mm) CMOS (36. 0 x 24. 0mm) CMOS (36. 0 x 24. 0mm)
Low-Pass Filter Yes Indeed, High-Res Yes
Sensor Pixel Size 5. 36µ 4. 40µ 6. 58µ
Indigenous ISO Sensitivity 100-40, 000 100-51, 200 100-102, 400
Image Dimension 6, 720 x 4, 480 8, 192 by 5, 464 5, 472 x three or more, 648
Image Processor DIGIC 8 DIGIC X DIGIC X
In-Body Picture Stabilization No Yes, 5-axis Yes, 5-axis
Viewfinder Type EVF / OLED EVF / OLED EVF and OLED
EVF Resolution 3. 69 Million Dots 5. 76 Million Dots 3. 69 Mil Dots
EVF Coverage and Magn. fully,   0. 76x 100%,   0. 76x 100%, 0. 76x
Built-in Flash No No No
Storage Media 1x SD UHS-II 1x CFe, 1x SD UHS-II 2x SD UHS-II
Continuous Shooting Speed 8 FPS (AF Locked), 5 FPS (Full AF) 12 FRAMES PER SECOND (Mechanical), 20 FPS (Electronic) 12 FRAMES PER SECOND (Mechanical), 20 FPS (Electronic)
Buffer Capacity (RAW) 47 (SD UHS-II) 180 (CFexpress) 240 (SD UHS-II)
Max Shutter Quickness 1/8000 in order to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 securities and exchange commission’s 1/8000 to 30 sec
Shutter Toughness 150, 000 cycles five hundred, 000 cycles 300, 000 cycles
Autofocus (AF) System Dual-Pixel AF Dual-Pixel AF II Dual-Pixel AF II
AF Detection Range -6 to 18 ELECTRONIC VEHICLES -6 in order to 20 EV -6. 5 to 20 EV
Video Max Resolution 4K UHD @ 30p 8K DCI @ 30p 4K UHD @ 60p
HDMI Output 4: 2: 2, 10-bit 4: 2: 2, 10-bit 4: two: 2, 10-bit
4K Video clip Crop Factor 1 . 74x 1 . 0x 1 . 07x
LCD Dimension and Type 3. 15″ Tilting Touch-LCD 3. 2″ Titing Touch-LCD 3. 0″ Titing Touch-LCD
LCD Resolution 2, 100, 000 dots 2, a hundred, 000 dots 1, 620, 000 dots
GPS Simply no No No
Wi-Fi or Bluetooth Indeed Yes Yes
Battery Life (CIPA) 350 320 360
Weather Sealed Entire body Yes Yes Yes
USB Type Type-C 3. one Gen1 Type-C 3. 1 Gen2 Type-C 3. one Gen2
Weight (Body Only) 580g 650g 598g
Dimensions 135. 8 x 98. 3 x 67. 7mm 138. 0 x 97. 5 by 88. 0mm 138. 0 x 97. 5 x 88. 4mm
MSRP (As Introduced) $2, 299 ( check price ) $3, 899 ( examine price ) $2, 499 ( check price )
Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #2
Canon EOS R5 + EF100-400mm F4. 5-5. 6 L IS II USM @ 164mm, ISO 100, 1/60, f/8. 0

Build Quality, Ergonomics and Dealing with

Very much like Cannon DSLRs, this camera seems great in the hands and the build quality of the R5 is certainly on par with that of the previous 5 series cameras. The chassis is made of magnesium alloy and polycarbonate with glass fiber. However , in contrast to the DSLRs, this mirrorless camera does not feature an entire body that is made from one part of metal, which is evident by edges that can be seen throughout the EVF and across the top of the camera. Even though I’m convinced that Canon made sure that this camera can withstand harsh environments, I can’t assist but feel that this reduces the physical sturdiness from the camera somewhat. With that said, I’ve used the camera in wet and cold conditions (down to -20 °C) a few times and I’ve never had any kind of issues with it, even with water freezing onto the back from the camera.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #3
Canon EOS R5 + RF15-35mm F2. 8 L CAN BE USM @ 164mm, ISO 100, 1/60, f/8. 0

Whilst smaller and more lightweight cameras are generally a plus, especially for people who carry their cameras around a lot, downsizing also has its drawbacks. Namely the minimal amount of space to fit the varying controls alongside reduced space for the hand grip, which make it harder to properly hold the camera. When I first hog the R5 I thought it had been no exception to this rule. Evaluating it to my trusty 5Ds R, I found it ever so slightly harder to grasp. However , after using the camera for a while I in fact grew to become happier with the R5 compared to 5Ds R. This is primarily due to the deep grip, that is actually slightly more pronounced compared to on the 5Ds R. Because of both the grip and the decreased weight, the R5 is easier to carry in your hands for any longer period of time – on a walk through the woods for instance – than the 5Ds Ur was. I used the digital camera to film golden eagles for a science project where I had to hold the camera for more than an hour during a period and I had no issue in doing so.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #4
Canon EOS R5 + EF100-400mm F4. 5-5. 6 L IS II USM + 1 . 4x 3 @ 560mm, ISO 10000, 1/2000, f/9. 0

The other problem with smaller cameras are smaller sized dials and buttons. This kind of downsized controls can be an issue when using the camera with hand protection, which I frequently do during winter. While the 5Ds R has rounded buttons with a relatively good travel, the R5 has flat-top buttons with equally limited travel and I discovered these slightly harder to make use of when wearing gloves for instance. However , I’ve now used camera in cold conditions on a few occasions and even whenever wearing thick mittens I can control the camera very well, especially when considering the much reduced size of the camera.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #5
Canon EOS R5 + EF100-400mm F4. 5-5. 6 L IS II USM @ 200mm, INTERNATIONALE ORGANISATION FÜR STANDARDISIERUNG 100, 1/640, f/8. 0

As expected, it is easy to switch from a Cannon DSLR to its mirrorless sibling. The menu is definitely structured in well-known Canon style, with the same colour codes as previous digital cameras. Finding and using the basic functions takes hardly any adaption time. However , as this camera provides quite a few more functions plus options, the menu may feel slightly overwhelming and certain functions are hard to find. If rumors are true, Canon knows this and it is working on overhauling their menus system. The fully articulating screen of the R5 is simple to handle and feels quite robust. However , there is a weird issue with flipping the image, which I wish could be controlled from the user in some way. More on this particular later on.

Mode Button and Top Settings

The top from the R5 is still very similar to what we’re used to from Cannon cameras. There is the M-Fn button, top dial, display lighting button and an LCD screen. The on/off switch is on the left, as the “PASM” dial has been exchanged for a mode button plus dial on the top right. Additionally , there is a movie recording key and the lock switch that used to be on the back from the camera was converted to a button and moved to the very best of the camera.

Mode Button and Call

To switch between modes, you first push the MODE button on top of the camera. You can then use the dial around that same button to switch between settings. Pressing the info button on the back of the camera allows to switch between photography and videography modes.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #6
Canon EOS R5 + EF24-105mm F4 L IS CERTAINLY II USM @ 105mm, ISO 250, 1/160, f/8. 0

While it took me a while in order to adapt to the new mode selection method, I like this alter. While it used to be simpler to switch between modes using the “PASM” dial the new mode call is more versatile. For instance, you are able to restrict the modes offered while switching, if you know that you will be not going to use some of them. For instance, I turned off A+, Fv and P, as I never use them anyway. Actually, I mostly use M nowadays (thanks to on-screen histograms) and therefore hardly ever switch among modes anymore, so the slightly more cumbersome way of changing between modes doesn’t affect me in real life.

Additionally , the mode dial is available for adjusting configurations other than the mode whenever actively using the camera. For example, I can now change almost all three basic settings (shutter time, aperture and ISO) with the flick of a finger, which was not possible on the 5Ds R. At the same time, one could argue that the control ring on the new RF lens could also take that features and Canon should’ve tied to the “PASM” dial intended for convenience. However , none of the 1-series cameras from Cannon has ever had a sticking out top dial and I have experienced torn-off “PASM” dials prior to. Therefore , I expect this particular to be an improvement in terms of strength. In conclusion, I find the inclusion of a customizable dial more valuable than a slightly more difficult way of switching between settings and therefore welcome the change.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #7
Canon EOS R5 + EF24-105mm F4 L IS II USM @ 105mm, ISO one hundred, 1/200, f/11. 0

As I virtually only shoot stills, We haven’t used the movie documenting button much. In fact , I believe it is placed rather odd, too far away to comfortably reach with your index ring finger. But I’m sure merely used it a lot, I’d take it for granted. I share Nasim’s problem about the on/off switch becoming on the left. While it by no means bothered me when I has been still using a DSLR, We now feel like having the chance to quickly switch the camera on and off again would certainly help.

Along with DSLRs I could simply contain the camera up to my eyes without having to turn it on to figure out if I liked the way a scene looked through the lens. I need the camera to be turned on to do the same thing. Of course , I could simply leave the camera on, but the decreased battery life of mirrorless digital cameras makes that a suboptimal selection, especially when on longer travels.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #8
Canon EOS R5 + EF16-35 F2. 8 L II USM @ 18mm, ISO a hundred, 1 . 6s, f/11. 0

Best LCD Screen

The top screen is something we’ve become used to upon modern cameras and the R5 features one as well. The illumination button next to it is either used to illuminate the particular LCD screen for better visibility at night, or to toggle between the two available designs. The basic layout shows the existing mode, shutter speed, aperture, ISO, battery charge, publicity compensation and additional information like WiFi and Bluetooth position. Pressing the illumination button just shortly brings up the secondary layout that displays a lot of additional information like AF mode, drive mode, whitened balance, AF tracking mode, metering mode, picture style, single or dual card recording and video settings. When changing to video mode, the screen shows information tailored to video recording.

While I am content Canon included an LCD screen and think it is excellent to be able to switch between different layouts, I don’t particularly such as either of them and believe Canon should have included the same information that their DSLRs did on the basic display as well. In particular, I would’ve preferred to know about drive mode and white balance without needing to switch to the second layout, which usually feels rather cramped anyhow.

Rear Layout and Controls

The rear layout of the R5 is quite similar to what Cannon shooters are used to. However , some buttons have had to move due to the fully articulating LCD display. The magnification, info and Q buttons are now all to the right of the display and quite near to one another. I find it a bit tougher to operate these three buttons while looking through the viewfinder, but I will eventually get used to it. The dial on the back again of the camera is substantially smaller than on Canon DSLRs but still big enough to use when using gloves.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #9
Canon EOS R5 + EF24-105mm F4 L WILL BE II USM @ 40mm, ISO 100, 1/4, f/8. 0


EVFs have long been a point associated with discussion among photographers coming from DSLRs. In the past, lagging and low-res EVFs have been a single reason to stay away from mirrorless cameras for me, too. However , the newest generations of EVFs are very good and while I nevertheless prefer looking into a prism instead of yet another LCD, the additional features that an EVF provides are hard to dismiss. Actually it has made me a good always-M-shooter, as I outlined earlier. The information displayed in the EVF can be customized. For instance, you can choose between different sized histograms (big and small) or different grid overlays to aid composing. Especially the histogram is a game changer for me. Gone are the days of having to take a slew of images to reach at the perfectly ETTR exposure .

You can even display RGB instead of brightness histograms, which is a welcome improvement. The one thing I dislike about the R5’s viewfinder is its eyepiece. It is considerably worse than those of Canon DSLRs in two ways. First, it is smaller and not as good a fit to the eye, so sunlight may penetrate more easily. This can be an irritation in some situations but a real problem in others. For example, in the snow on a bluebird day my right attention (the one on the viewfinder) started watering after just a short while of capturing. Second, the material used is much harder than that of the earlier eyepieces, making it much less comfortable to press your eye against the camera for longer periods of time. Unfortunately, there do not seem to be any aftermarket eyecups yet.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #10
Cannon EOS R5 + RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM @ 45mm, ISO 100, 1/400, f/11. 0

Rear LCD Screen

The particular fully articulating rear LCD screen is big plus sufficiently bright to properly notice images even in bright situations. While articulating screens get their pros and cons, I like having the choice to look at my composition cautiously even when the camera is placed in an odd position. Of course , you must be careful not to snap it off when using the articulating function, but when flat on the back of the camera, I don’t actually see a durability concern. The particular touch functionality of the display works surprisingly well, even when it’s quite wet. (Something smartphones, for instance, are infamously bad at. ) There are various things that a touch LCD display allows you to do.

The one feature I’d like to highlight is the option to shift the autofocus point by moving your finger throughout the screen while looking with the viewfinder. This method of selecting a focus point is quite user-friendly, considerably faster and in many cases more convenient compared to using the joystick. In situations where you often need to shift your autofocus area more than big parts of the image, this particular feature comes in very useful.

However , if you need to be quick, it’s not advisable to utilize this in conjunction with back switch auto focus, as it requires your thumb considerably longer going from the screen to the AF button than between might the joystick. Also, when using thick gloves you’ll have to fall back to the joystick. I’ve found an issue when using the articulating screen: When flicking the screen, the camera displays the image upside-down until the screen is almost back in the top to bottom position. If you rotate the particular screen 90° outwards and after that want to look at it from the best or even slightly from the left-hand side, the image is still in the original orientation, i. e. upside-down from your point of view. This might be mitigated by giving the user the option to force flipping from the image, for example by a good on-screen button.

Canon EOS R5 Image Sample #11
Canon EOS R5 + RF24-105mm F4 L IS CERTAINLY USM @ 35mm, ISO 100, 1/125, f/16. 0

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