The Canon EOS R5 is a CHEAT CODE for wildlife and landscape photography.

Animal Auto Focus on the Canon EOS R5 is so awesome that skill is no longer required for wildlife photos – just point and shoot!

The Canon EOS R5 is close to put professional wildlife photographers out of business. That’s our verdict, after extensively testing the Animal AF function on the new camera, which is nothing in need of witchcraft.

Much has already been said about the Canon EOS R5, and we’ll be saying plenty more in our full review (which we’re currently putting the finishing touches on). However, something that simply cannot be said enough is simply how awesome the new animal autofocus is.

We were expecting to be impressed, but we weren’t prepared to be gobsmacked. The Animal AF is so good, then accurate, that it’s actually unfair. Wildlife photographers have spent years wrestling with twitchy autofocus, learning the way to perfect their timing, sucking their teeth in the least the shots that were focused on the feet or the tail or the wing rather than the eyes.

With the Canon EOS R5, you do not need any of that. it’s literally a cheat code for wildlife photography.

We’re not exaggerating. Just select ‘Subject: Animals’ within the AF menu and set continuous autofocus, then just point your camera at an animal and therefore the R5 will find it. No got to move your focus points or maybe touch the joystick – just aim within the direction of the creature and therefore the camera does the remainder for you.

It automatically finds the face and eyes, and it does so fast. Faster than you’ll possibly roll in the hay yourself. And it reacts quicker, too, when animals make their herky-jerky movements that you simply didn’t anticipate and couldn’t put your focus points within the right place for – the R5 does it without hesitation.

Canon only certifies its Animal AF for dogs, cats and birds (including birds on the wing – and yes, it does work and yes, it’s equally amazing), but we found that it works with almost any species. Gorillas? Check. Gibbons? Check. Lions? Check. Turtles, iguanas, fish, lemurs, seals? Check, check, check, check and check.

The whole 4K and 8K overheating thing may be a very public sore point for the Canon EOS R5, and we’ll offer you our verdict thereon in our full review. However, if you were expecting an identical quite sting within the tail for the Animal AF… there’s not one. It simply works, and it’s simply awesome.

And, a bit like that, Sony is not any longer the king of autofocus – Canon now sits proudly on the AF throne, because of the R5.

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