Canon EOS R5 Review: All the information about this mirrorless powerhouse.

Canon EOS R5 Review: All the information about this mirrorless powerhouse.
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Canon EOS R5 Review-Update 11/07/2020

After enough media speculation to rival a general election, the Canon EOS R5 has finally been unveiled. The R5 has long promised to be the ultimate performance machine and the specs sheet has not disappointed. Canon users who stuck to the system are feeling vindicated while Sony users are placing all their bets on the upcoming Sony event hoping that Sony can pull a R5 killer from the hat. 

So let’s take a look at the specifications first,

  • 45MP full-frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 8K video, with an option for Raw or 10-bit 4:2:2 C-log or HDR PQ
  • Up to 4K/120p, or oversampled 4K up to 30p
  • 100% coverage Dual Pixel II AF system with human and animal detection tuned by machine learning
  • 12 fps / 20 fps bursts (mech/elec. shutter)
  • 5.76M-dot OLED EVF with a 120fps max refresh rate
  • 3.2″ 2.1M-dot fully articulating touchscreen
  • 10-bit HDR photos in HEIF format
  • 1x CFExpress slot, 1x UHS-II SD slot
  • Claimed weather-sealing to EOS 5D Mark IV levels
  • 2.4/5Ghz Wi-FI with Bluetooth and FTP connectivity
  • CIPA rated to around 320 shots (using EVF)

The Canon EOS R5 boasts a brand new 45MP image sensor. The new sensor paired with the super-fast Digic X processor bestows the EOS R5 with some serious capabilities. This includes a zippy 12fps burst using the mechanical shutter and 20fps using the electronic one. As far as the dynamic range goes, Canon says it is a one-stop better than the sensor in the EOS R. Also the sensor readout speed has been greatly increased to reduce rolling shutter.

The cameras buffer rate is considerable (180 RAW captures using a CFExpress card & 87 RAW on UHS-II SD at 12 fps). The storage format by default is CR3. 

Canon EOS R5 8K Performance

The Canon EOS R5 boasts impressive 8K performance for a consumer-level camera. It manages to capture 8K in RAW,  All-I or IPB compression, at 30fps. The record limit is 29 minutes and 59 seconds. This is particularly impressive as the Canon EOS R5 does not have any cooling fans integrated into the body. So external conditions will play a big role when recording 8K as camera cool-down time will have to be taken into consideration.

Frame rateCompression typeBitrate (8-bit 4:2:0 mode)Bitrate (10-bit 4:2:2 modes)Bitrate Raw
  • 29.97p
  • 24.00p
  • 23.98p
Raw2600 Mbps
All-I1300 Mbps1300 Mbps
IPB470 Mbps680 Mbps
  • 29.97p
  • 23.98p
All-I1300 Mbps1300 Mbps
IPB470 Mbps680 Mbps
4K DCI /
  • 119.88
All-I1880 Mbps1800 Mbps
  • 59.98p
All-I940 Mbps1000 Mbps
IPB230 Mbps340 Mbps
  • 29.97p
  • 24.00p*
  • 23.98p
All-I470 Mbps470 Mbps
IPB120 Mbps170 Mbps
Full HD
  • 59.98p
All-I180 Mbps230 Mbps
IPB60 Mbps90 Mbps
  • 29.97p
  • 23.98p
All-I90 Mbps135 Mbps
IPB30 Mbps45 Mbps
  • 29.97p
IPB Light12 Mbps28 Mbps

* 24.00p is only available for DCI 4K in both full-sensor and APS-C modes
• Green box indicates the option of oversampled footage:
In addition to full-frame capture, the R5 can shoot DCI or UHD 4K from 5.1K and 4.8K (approx) APS-C regions.
At 29.97/24.00/23.98p the camera has an ‘HQ’ option that provides 2:1 oversampling from full-frame 8K capture.

Canon EOS R5 Latest Update

Canon released more, seriously mindblowing, details about the video capabilities of the upcoming Canon EOS R5. The EOS R5 manages to capture 8K/30p RAW from the full width of its sensor. even more impressive however and something which videographers will actually find useful is the 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log. Now, this indicates some serious power under the hood. Canon has promised that this is not everything and there are more updates to come. And guess what, we are waiting eagerly.

Newly Announced Details of The Canon EOS R5 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera include:

  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
  • No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.*
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
  • A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.


Canon EOS R5 Review

Canon EOS R5: The Design

The image released by Canon externally resembles the EOS R greatly. However, Canon Rumours stated that the multi-function touch bar has been removed and replaced by a scroll wheel at the back.

Canon EOS R5: Sensor, Processor and other specs


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Canon EOS R5: IBIS

Another first for Canon will be the in-body image stabilization. Canon has always relied on in-lens stabilization before and avoided any form of IBIS. However, with the EOS R5, Canon has joined the IBIS bandwagon. Although details are still pending, however, Canon Rumours has reported that the R5’s IBIS would lend around 5 stops of stabilization which would increase to around 7–8 stops of stability when used with the in-lens stabilization.

Canon EOS R5: Pricing and Availability

Rumours indicate availability by July 2020 with no details about pricing. However, since the R5 is designed to take on the Nikon Z7 and the Sony A7R 4, pricing should be in the neighbourhood of $3500.

Canon EOS R5: Conclusion

If the rumours are true, then Canon has a Monster waiting to be released. The EOS R5 (if True to Rumours) will be a game-changing entry from Canon and is guaranteed to make things really exciting in the world of Cameras. With Canon’s reputation and market share, the R5 can make a huge dent in their competitor’s sales potential and make many non-Canon users switch systems. It is going to be an exciting 2020.

Canon EOS R5: Update

Following an official statement by Canon, we now have an updated and most importantly a confirmed specs list for what is the most awaited Camera ever,

  1. The EOS R5 will be able to shoot 8K 30p without crop.

  2. All 8K modes the EOS R5 will support Dual Pixel AF.

  3. The EOS R5 will feature advanced animal AF  that will be able to recognize animal eyes, but also the face and body when the eyes are not visible.

  4. In-body image stabilization (this will be Canon’s first camera with IBIS)

  5.  twin memory card slots

  6. 20fps burst shooting with an electronic shutter

  7. 12fps burst shooting with a mechanical shutter

  8. Fold-out LCD screen

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