Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5

The Canon EOS R5 is a high-resolution, high-speed camera with video capabilities designed for professional image makers that require high resolution, speed, and video capabilities.

Full-frame mirrorless camera with a newly designed 45MP CMOS sensor, which supports 8K raw video recording, 12 frames per second continuous shooting with a mechanical shutter, and is the first EOS camera to have 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, is setting a new bar for flexibility.

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In addition to providing high resolution, the sensor works in conjunction with the upgraded DIGIC X image processor to bring in a new generation of Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which provides rapid, smooth, and intelligent focusing performance by employing 1053 customizable points that cover the whole frame.

A new version of this focusing system makes use of Deep Learning technology to increase subject tracking while also detecting the precise location of the eyes, face, and head of both people and animals.

The R5 complements the imaging assets and, while having a new design, feels familiar to owners of the EOS 5-series cameras. Its 0.5-inch, 5.76-million-dot electronic viewfinder offers a realistic 120 frames per second refresh rate, while the 3.2-inch rear touchscreen LCD panel has a vari-angle design to satisfy vlogging demands as well as operate from high and low angles.

A top-mounted status LCD facilitates an easy workflow, and the camera also has twin memory card slots (one CFexpress Type B and one SD UHS-II), as well as Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless connection, for a total of four ports.

Full-frame sensor with 45MP resolution and DIGIC X processor

The EOS R5 is based on a newly built 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor and is capable of both high-resolution stills and video output. The DIGIC X image processor has been fine-tuned to provide a wealth of speed to compliment the sensor’s performance.

Working in a variety of lighting conditions, the sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, which can be increased to ISO 102400, is ideal, while quick continuous shooting up to 12 frames per second with a mechanical shutter, or silent 20 frames per second with an electronic shutter, is ideal for working with moving subjects.

8K Raw and 4K120 Video Recording are available.

In addition to still photography, the 45MP full-frame sensor is capable of internal DCI 8K 30 fps raw video recording as well as 4K recording up to 120 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit with Canon Log at astonishingly high resolution.

The camera is also capable of recording in HDR-PQ, as well as in-camera HDR generation and external recording. The HDMI connector, which provides a clean 4K output at up to 60 frames per second, is also supported. Dual Pixel CMOS AF is possible while shooting at up to 8K raw, and both All-I and IPB compression modes are available. The camera also has the ability to shoot in both RAW and JPEG formats.

Using HDMI 8K Raw Output with the Atomos Ninja V+

It is now possible to export 8K30, 10-bit video for ProRes raw recording to the Atomos Ninja V+ recorder via an extra HDMI connection, thanks to firmware update 1.4.0, which was released recently. (Please keep in mind that the recorder may grow warm.)

CMOS AF II with Dual Pixels

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF II has been improved to have 1053 selectable focusing points that cover roughly 100 percent of the image frame, ensuring wide and even coverage across the image. This focusing technology provides smooth and rapid focusing performance in a way comparable to that of a camcorder, which is similar to how a camcorder obtains focus.

Using two distinct photodiodes integrated inside each pixel, this technology creates a broad and dense network of phase-detection collecting elements across a large portion of the image sensor, reducing focus chasing and allowing for faster and more direct control of focus placement in the picture. Although it is designed for still pictures, this focusing system is equally adept at acquiring critical focus on moving things, making it particularly well suited for shooting and monitoring moving subjects to ensure that critical focus is achieved with each shot.

Using Movie Servo Autofocus when recording video, you may achieve smooth and natural focusing when switching between several objects of varying distances within a scene. You can also customize the tracking sensitivity and speed, as well as the importance is given to Face Tracking when shooting video. Rack focus is made possible thanks to the Touch AF technology, which allows you to adjust the focus by merely touching anything within the scene on the touchscreen in an easy manner.

It is also possible to achieve better subject tracking in movies, thanks to the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system’s ability to detect subjects and keep focus even while operating in rapidly changing or crowded environments.

Using Deep Learning technology, which helps to gradually develop the focusing system’s capacity to rapidly and precisely distinguish both people and animals, has also been beneficial in topic tracking. The more improved eye, face, and head identification features that are supported by this technology, for both people and animals, make it particularly well suited for portraiture applications.

Sensor-Shift Image Stabilizer is a type of image stabilization.

The R5 incorporates five-axis sensor-shift image stabilization, which can compensate for up to an impressive eight stops of camera shake. This is a first for Canon EOS cameras, and it allows for truly effective compensation of camera shake when shooting handheld with slower shutter speeds, as well as when shooting with longer lenses. For both native RF and modified EF lenses, this stabilization technology works in conjunction with lens-based optical image stabilization to provide enhanced image stabilization.

Canon EOS R5 Specifications

MSRP$3899 (body only), $4999 (w/24-105mm F4 lens)
Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Body materialMagnesium alloy
Max resolution8192 x 5464
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels45 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors47 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic X
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayPrimary color filter
ISOYes, 100-51200 (expands to 102400)
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets8
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationSensor-shift
Image stabilization notesWorks with lens-based IS systems for maximum shake reduction
CIPA image stabilization rating8 stop(s)
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, normal
File formatJPEG (Exif v2.31)Raw (Canon CR3)HEIF (10-bit)
Optics & Focus
AutofocusPhase DetectMulti-areaCenterSelective single-pointTrackingSingleContinuousTouchFace DetectionLive View
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points1053
Lens mountCanon RF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFully articulated
Screen size3.2″
Screen dots2,100,000
Touch screenYes
Screen typeTFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeElectronic
Viewfinder coverage100%
Viewfinder magnification0.76×
Viewfinder resolution5,760,000
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/8000 sec
Maximum shutter speed (electronic)1/8000 sec
Exposure modesProgramAperture priorityShutter priorityManual
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (via hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/200 sec
Drive modesSingleHigh-speed ContinuousLow-speed Continuous
Continuous drive20.0 fps
Metering modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
Exposure compensation±3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing±6 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB BracketingYes
Videography features
FormatMPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Modes8192 x 4320 @ 30p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 24p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM8192 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 30p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM7680 x 4320 @ 23.98p / 1,300 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 120p / 1,880 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 60p / 940 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 24p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM4096 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 120p / 1,880 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 940 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 24p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 470 Mbps, MOV, H.265, Linear PCM
Storage typesCFexpress and SD (UHS-II) slots
USBUSB 3.2 Gen 2 (10 GBit/sec)
USB chargingYes
HDMIYes (micro HDMI)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portYes
Wireless notes802.11ac (dual-band) + Bluetooth
Remote controlYes
Environmentally sealedYes
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLP-E6NH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)320
Weight (inc. batteries)738 g (1.63 lb / 26.03 oz)
Dimensions138 x 98 x 88 mm (5.43 x 3.84 x 3.46″)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes


The Canon EOS R5 is an excellent choice for almost any style of photographer, whether you specialize in portraiture, events, weddings, sports, family gatherings, or other types of photography.

Canon’s boasts of the camera’s full video capacity have left us feeling a little letdown, but for the majority of users, the camera remains a fantastic option for capturing high-quality video clips of practically anything you direct it at.

Power users who want the highest possible video quality all of the time may be disappointed, but otherwise, the EOS R5 is an excellent choice for practically anybody searching for a high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera with excellent image quality.

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