Looking for that professional touch in your photos and videos? Hold up, for we have the answer right here- the latest Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera, the solution to all your photography needs, whether big or small. Cameras have come into our lives and helped us capture moments, to etch memories and moments in time. With more development came advanced cameras, and today, we put forward a look into the latest Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless camera, its features, and specifications.
This latest addition to Canon’s family of mirrorless cameras puts forth the best of both worlds. It has incorporated the efficient design in the DSLRs, combined with compactness and far better attention to detail and resolutions. In short, this is a highly anticipated model that can be an all in one for a professional photographer working single-handedly.
Here, we shall have a detailed overlook such that even a beginner will understand all the features offered. We will see what sets this model apart from others in the market, and a detailed overview of the features.
So, What Is a Mirrorless Camera?
Before moving on to the specifications of the product, let’s look into a few of the basics.
The common type of camera that we come across is the DSLR. This is very different from the mirrorless type, also known as the DSLM (Digital Single Lens Mirrorless). The main difference is that a DSLR has an optical viewfinder or a reflex mirror. In contrast, a mirrorless camera has an electronic viewfinder that displays the visual received by the image sensor. The light passes through the lens straight into the digital sensor, and the image is displayed on your LCD screen.
There are a few benefits of mirrorless cameras over DSLR cameras, and this applies vice versa as well. While mirrorless cameras are lightweight and offer better performance for capturing videos, DSLR cameras have more options for changing lenses and better battery performance.
More About Canon and Its Flagship Mirrorless Camera
Canon started as a Precision Optical Instruments Laboratory and went on to develop cameras and other products such as scanners, printers, CCTV solutions, and medical equipment. They have been manufacturing digital cameras since 1984, the first one being the RC-701. Their EOS series consists of high-end professional DSLR cameras.
Canon announced the EOS R5 mirrorless camera on 9th June 2020 and will be in markets from August. So, before making the purchase, be sure to give this a read and know your future video host. The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera features great performance in many aspects.
With its excellent shooting speed, it is perfect for shooting sports videos. This 45MP mirrorless camera is one of the best among its kind, and we shall see the specifications that set it apart.
Features and Specifications:
Pixels and Image Stabilizers
The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera offers 45.0 Megapixel, full-frame, making this the EOS camera with the highest resolution. This is far better when it comes to the 20.1 Megapixel in the EOS R6 and 30.3 Megapixel in the EOS R models, other models announced in the group, although the pixels can’t be used for judging the resolution of the image.
Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera has a low-pass filter. This new design lets you capture images with better attention to detail and resolution than those captured by the Canon EOS 5DS and Canon 5DS R, which come with 50.6MP. The flagship for the low-pass filter design was the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III.
Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera I the first model from Canon to have in-built image stabilization. They have a five-axis in-camera image stabilizer, which allows you to get up to 8 stops when used with a compatible set of lenses. The in-body image stabilization (IBIS) is designed such that it works along with the optical image stabilization of the lens. It also has an 8EV shutter speed combination. Canon puts forward some of its best features through this camera.
Auto Focus (AF) and Detection
The autofocus technology provided by Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is powered by artificial intelligence and utilizes concepts of deep learning. The AF technology featured in the EOS R5 has many interesting features. Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera has highly developed tracking and detection features, which we shall look into in detail. This function was introduced through the EOS R and EOS RP.
The EOS R5 also features a new addition of features to the Canon family, the Dual Pixel AF II, the successor of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. Also, you can now focus anywhere in the frame due to the 100% coverage offered. What makes this latest dual pixel autofocus technology special is the CMOS sensor that can be used for capturing both stills and videos.
The availability of this option for video capture is not limited by the resolution of the video or frame rate. The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera also features low light autofocus that is sensitive to up to -6 EV.
With around 5940 positions you can manually select to focus on, the latest CMOS AF lets you detect faces, bodies, animals, and eyes. The face tracking feature is extended to let you capture animals in motion and even birds in flight, something that is not offered by their 1D X Mark III model. This is a great addition if you’re looking for some professional wildlife or nature photography.
The autofocus in the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera also gives you the option of portrait relighting, wherein you can focus on a subject and change the exposure on the subject without it affecting your background.
Continuous Shooting Speed (fps) and Videography
The shooting speed featured in the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is as good as that in the 1D X Mark III, which is 12fps with the mechanical shutter and Servo AF, and 20fps with the electronic, silent shutter.
The videography is on point, letting you shoot an 8K movie up to 30fps, $K movies up to 120fps, and even uncropped 4K movie up to 30fps. You can also capture 4K time-lapse videos. Another feature that gravitates customers towards the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is that you can utilize recording up to 120 fps in 8K and 4K with all the benefits of the autofocus technology, a great addition, and innovation from the part of Canon.
With the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, you can now capture full-width 8K videos as well at 29.97 fps in the 4:2:2 Canon Log (both UHD and DCI options are available).
Why shoot 8K is one of the questions that pop into our minds! Well, with the latest 8K videography in the EOS R5, you can even extract stills of up to 35 MP, which is not available elsewhere.
Also, with the 8K recording feature (also uncropped), you can eliminate the need for 2 or 3 cameras, as the videos can be edited out later to get the desired effect that you usually obtain from using more than one camera. Even with all the cropping and editing, you will still get a 4K video, which is another great feature.
The 8K video recording feature was tested, and it was observed that you could continuously record for 19/ 20 minutes, and then the camera would shut down due to overheating. These are a few issues that have to be looked into still.
Control Dials and Screen
The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera consists of the main dial, two quick control dials, and a top panel display. The autofocus ON button (Multi-controller) is in place of the usual M-Fn touch bar seen in other models (which has been removed). A control wheel has replaced the usual D-pad buttons (in models such as EOS R and EOS RP), and the camera also has a touchscreen to make your video recording experience easier.
The touchscreen is a 2.1 million dot LCD screen that is 3.15 inches in size. It is a vari-angle LCD monitor. The top display panel aids with quick controls.
Electronic Viewfinder (EVF)
The electronic viewfinder in the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera consists of a 0.5 inch OLED screen composed of 5.76 million dots with a magnification of 0.76x. It has a 23mm eyepoint and a refresh rate of 120fps, offering 100% coverage as well. You can increase the fps of the EVF to get a better view and decrease the fps to prolong battery life.
Supporting 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi connectivity as well as Bluetooth v5.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy support, the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera has HDMI micro ports and a 3.5mm headphone jack support. The USB connection supported is Type C. It also supports FTP and FTPS such that you can transfer your data to the FTP server directly.
An additional feature is that Canon offers you cloud storage for free for up to 30 days with no restrictions in space consumed.
Bodyweight and Design
With a magnesium alloy body that features dust and water-resistant design, the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera features an excellent ergonomic design. It weighs 650 grams, 738 with battery and SD card. The magnesium alloy design is optimized to dissipate the heat generated as the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera comes without a cooling fan.
However, the components have been designed and placed such that the parts that generate heat are placed away from each other.
According to Canon, this component was avoided to maintain the lightweight and compact design of the model. The feature is also absent in the EOS R6 version that was released along with the EOS R5. Canon has also provided a few tips that could help reduce this overheating issue, and the optimum time you can record before the heating becomes prominent, and the camera might turn off.
Switching on the Overheat Control Function will adjust the movie size and frame rate a soon as the camera is in standby mode. This prevents the rise in the temperature of internal components. They also recommend you to keep/ use the camera away from direct sunlight and to turn the camera off when not in use or between recordings. If this seems to be a hindrance to your work, you can also use an external fan to ward off the heat.
To get a better view of the design and build of The EOS R5, click here.
Memory card adaptability is important, especially when it comes to a camera that supports 8K video recording. Due to the higher storage size requirement for 8K videos, it is necessary that the camera supports storage cards that can catch up with this need.
The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera features two card slots, a UHS-II SD card slot, and one for the CFexpress, which is a more advanced storage solution with faster performance. Although the CFexpress card is more expensive, it is required for 8K shooting due to the high storage space requirements of 8K videos.
While we are on the topic of storage space, a feature that is offered by Canon that should not go unnoticed is its cloud storage option, wherein you can store your captured moments in their cloud storage for free, with no size limitations.
Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera features a new battery called the LP-E6NH with a battery life of 2130mAh. The battery can be recharged via USB cable and has a 14% greater charge capacity than the previous battery design (LP-E6N). It is versatile and lets you use the battery for previous models who use batteries in the LP-E6 family. You can also use the older battery models LP-E6 and LP-E6N with the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, but the battery life will be drastically reduced in these cases.
To get a better idea of battery life, we shall look at it from the photographer’s point of view. In the EVF power saving mode, you can capture 320. In the LCD power-saving mode, you can capture 490 shots. To save the battery, you also have the option to run the rear display and the electronic viewfinder at lower fps.
The image processor used in the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is coupled with the Digic X processor and is related to the image processor used in the 1D X Mark III. As mentioned earlier, you can set the ISO value about the shutter speed. Or, you can set it in the Auto mode and let the focal length of the shoot decide the optimum ISO value. The supported IOS range is 100 to 51,200, and it can be expanded up to ISO 102,400.
Apart from this, they also have a Flexible Priority exposure mode (Fv). With this option, you can specify your preferred aperture value, IOS value, or shutter speed, and during the shoot, the input values will be given priority. If you specify two values, such as those of shutter speed and aperture, the AI-powered Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera will set the ISO value accordingly.
The EOS R5 comes with a few other features worth mentioning, and these are as follows:
- The body of the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera comes at $ 3899, whereas when accompanied by a 240 – 150 mm F4 lens, it is priced at $ 4199.
- The maximum image size possible with the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is 8192 x 5464.
- The maximum workable shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds.
- The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera has dimensions of 138 mm x 98 mm x 88 mm.
- The available image ratios (width : height) are 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9
- Possible file saving formats with the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera are JPEG, Raw (Canon CR3), and HEIF (in 10-bit).
- The Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera offers several exposure modes such as Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and the Manual mode.
- Metering modes featured in the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera are multi metering mode, center-weighted metering, spot metering, and partial metering modes.
- The model does not come with an in-built flash but has the option for an external flash through the hot shoe.
So, What Comes in the Package?
Although not the first, one of the most important things in the package will be the user manual. This is an absolute necessity if you want to familiarize yourself with the features, options, and settings, especially important if you have just entered the world of photography.
The next component is the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera body, what you’ve been waiting forever since you heard about the release and the awesome features offered. It also comes with a cover for the camera (R-F-5) and a strap (ER-EOS R5) for easy holding and to avoid slippage. Other components include the Battery Charger (LC-E6E), the Battery Pack Cover, AC Cable, LP-E6NH(battery), and an IFC Cable along with protector. Thus, the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera comes with all that is needed within the single order package.
Compatible and Recommended Lenses
If you are a professional photographer and look forward to enhancing the performance of your new Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, these are a few of the compatible lenses that you should try out.
RF 1.4x and RF 2x
Both of these are extenders if you want to increase the length of your lenses.
RF 70-200mm F2.8L IS USM
Whether you are working with shooting sports or looking for the perfect lens for capturing your travels and journeys, this is the lens you need. It is one of the essentials among the three professional lenses for better zooming capabilities.
RF 24-70mm F2.8L IS USM
For a fast aperture and a five-stop image stabilizer, you can utilize this lens to give your photography a professional edge, and for the 24-70mm zoom.
RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
This lens comes with a compact body that makes it easy to handle and a five-stop image stabilizer. The lens is great if you are looking for sharper images, versatility, and telephoto power.
RF 50mm F1.2L USM
If you are looking for enhanced low-light performance and image capture with great quality and sharpness, these are a few of the suggested lenses. If you already own a DSLR and a couple of DSLR compatible lenses and are looking forward to expanding your collection with the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, you might not want to buy additional lenses for the R5. This is because the lenses used in your DSLR models might be compatible with the EOS R5 when used with an adapter.
What Makes the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera Special: An Overview
Being the flagship mirrorless camera from Canon, the EOS R5 offers many features that will appeal to both still photographers and videographers. It provides the additional feature of uncropped recording, whereas earlier models featured cropped 4K videos. With the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, you can record full width, uncropped 8K videos, the CFexpress card playing a great role here.
The absence of a cooling fan follows the lightweight, compact design of the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera. However, with a body designed for better heat dissipation, made of magnesium alloy, to make up for this and provide up to 20 minutes of uninterrupted shooting time in 8K, which is a new addition for Canon. The heat-generating components inside the body are placed away from each other so that they do not affect the functioning of the camera and cause any permanent damage.
Through the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, they have rectified and added lots of issues and suggestions from their customers, and went on to implement many different features that were previously unavailable. These include the AF ON button, the movable LCD screen, and the ability to capture uncropped videos. The 8K shooting also means that instead of using two or three cameras, you can now get the job done with a single Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera.
The electronic viewfinder and the touchscreen are yet another example of the excellent incorporations put into the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera, making it easier to handle the controls and adjust as per your requirements.
Thus, the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is a flagship model and has put together so many elements that make it hard to resist. Combining the ergonomics, control features, the in-body image stabilizers (IBIS), the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, and the vari-angle screen, the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera is a great one, best of both worlds, in many ways.