Canon EOS R5 review

Introduction

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Canon’s EOS R5 is an excellent camera for professionals or anyone that’s looking for a supremely capable option for almost any type of photography, from sports and action to studio portraits and landscapes.

It’s a 45MP full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot clips of 8K video, has impressive Dual Pixel autofocus and excellent ergonomics. It can also capture 10-bit HDR stills and video for HDR display and is the spiritual (and mirrorless) successor to Canon’s 5D-series DSLR cameras. It’s not a perfect camera, but we think it’s an excellent and highly competitive addition to an already crowded field of competent high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras.

Key specifications:

  • 45MP full-frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 8K video, with 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 trained by machine learning
  • 12 fps / 20 fps bursts (mech. / elec. shutter)
  • 5.76M-dot OLED EVF with 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)
Out-of-camera JPEG.
ISO 100 | 1/400 sec | F2.8 | Canon RF 28-70mm F2L @ 70mm

As you can see from the spec list, there’s a lot to cover. The EOS R5 is available now for $3899 USD body-only, or $4999 with the RF 24-105mm F4L lens.

Next page: What’s new and how it compares


Review index

What’s new and how it compares

The EOS R5 has a lot of new features inside and out. We’ll go through what they are, and why they matter, here.

Read more

Body, controls and handling

Canon has banished the EOS R’s touchbar and put a very nice AF joystick in its place. Overall, the R5 is a really pleasant camera to use.

Read more

Image quality

The EOS R5 offers strong JPEG and Raw performance; find out the details here.

Read more

Dynamic range

Canon’s EOS R5 does a great job with high-contrast scenes, like sunrises and sunsets.

Read more

Autofocus and performance

There aren’t a ton of settings you need to fiddle with on the EOS R5 to get the most of its AF system…but you should check out one or two of them right here.

Read more

Video

This might be the hottest part of the review.

(Read about EOS R5 overheating issues and its overall video quality here.)

Read more

Conclusion

The EOS R5 is absolutely the ‘mirrorless EOS 5D’ for most users. Find out why, right here.

Read more

Sample gallery

Peruse our huge sample gallery full of JPEGs, Raws and processed Raw images from a full-production EOS R5.

Read more

Introduction

All product photography by Dan Bracaglia

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Overall score

Jump to conclusion

Canon’s EOS R5 is an excellent camera for professionals or anyone that’s looking for a supremely capable option for almost any type of photography, from sports and action to studio portraits and landscapes.
It’s a 45MP full-frame mirrorless camera that can shoot clips of 8K video, has impressive Dual Pixel autofocus and excellent ergonomics. It can also capture 10-bit HDR stills and video for HDR display and is the spiritual (and mirrorless) successor to Canon’s 5D-series DSLR cameras. It’s not a perfect camera, but we think it’s an excellent and highly competitive addition to an already crowded field of competent high-resolution full-frame mirrorless cameras.
Key specifications:

45MP full-frame Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
8K video, with 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 trained by machine learning
12 fps / 20 fps bursts (mech. / elec. shutter)
5.76M-dot OLED EVF with 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)

Out-of-camera JPEG.ISO 100 | 1/400 sec | F2.8 | Canon RF 28-70mm F2L @ 70mm

As you can see from the spec list, there’s a lot to cover. The EOS R5 is available now for $3899 USD body-only, or $4999 with the RF 24-105mm F4L lens.
Next page: What’s new and how it compares

Review index
What’s new and how it compares

The EOS R5 has a lot of new features inside and out. We’ll go through what they are, and why they matter, here.
Read more

Body, controls and handling

Canon has banished the EOS R’s touchbar and put a very nice AF joystick in its place. Overall, the R5 is a really pleasant camera to use.
Read more

Image quality

The EOS R5 offers strong JPEG and Raw performance; find out the details here.
Read more

Dynamic range

Canon’s EOS R5 does a great job with high-contrast scenes, like sunrises and sunsets.
Read more

Autofocus and performance

There aren’t a ton of settings you need to fiddle with on the EOS R5 to get the most of its AF system…but you should check out one or two of them right here.
Read more

Video

This might be the hottest part of the review.
(Read about EOS R5 overheating issues and its overall video quality here.)
Read more

Conclusion

The EOS R5 is absolutely the ‘mirrorless EOS 5D’ for most users. Find out why, right here.
Read more

Sample gallery

Peruse our huge sample gallery full of JPEGs, Raws and processed Raw images from a full-production EOS R5.
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