Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

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5.00 star(s) 9 ratings
89% are recommending this product.

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EOS R5_ a whole new experience
Pros
  • Size
  • High pixel count
  • Lovely articulated screen
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Battery life is a bit shorter
  • Low light focusing
  • Makes people jealous ;-)
  • Higher ISO's looses quality when compared to 1dx mkII, for example
I'm principaly a bird photographer, and the eye focusing system is such a novelty, even if sometimes it takes time to focus if there's an uneven background.
The battery life is shorter, but adding a grip sort of balances the combination with the 500 usm is II and adds some battery time.
I find the tripod is not useful anymore, as the ISIS does the job.
Great piece of machinery, the price is the limiting factor!
Would recommend this product?
Yes
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Steinr98
I agree with your comments- It is a great camera tho!
EOS R5 - A pleasure to shoot!
Pros
  • Lots of external controls that are customizable
  • Articulating LCD Screen
  • high pixel count allows extreme cropping
  • Canons RF lens selection
Cons
  • Battery life, Bulky compared to FF mirrorless competition
  • Placement of on/off switch
  • Cost!
Let me start by saying I'm an amateur hobbiest but have performed some paid work including shooting bicycle races, running races, soccer games, as well as a small amount of portraiture work and selling of landscape images. As such, I'm a generalist, but tend to focus on landscapes, travel, and adventure mostly. I also love to make my own prints with the Epson P800.

I just sold all my Nkon gear (d810 and various glass) to get the R5. I was not shooting the Nikon, having picked up an Olympus body and lenses a couple years ago for travel and backpacking. I was waiting for the right full frame mirrorless. The Canon R5 was a partial impulse after many months considering it.

I have only owned it two weeks now, and I had to buy the 24-105 f4-7.1 because the f4 version and a couple other lenses I want are out of stock. I'm waiting, patiently.

I have grown to love this body. I was torn between the Z7-II and R5. The Nikon would have avoided a complete system change. I liked the smaller form factor of the Z7, but I really wanted the articulating screen too. It's a feature I love about the Olympus. Mostly to protect it during times of carry and banging around. And I was also considering all the lens options available for Canon compared to Nikon. And I was not going to go the Sony path.

I found the resolution of the LCD and viewfinder amazing. I have also found the menu system easy to adapt to. I do miss having the on/off switch able to be controlled with my right hand. Something the Nikon has, and I was able to swap controls on the Olympus.

I'm most impressed with the layout of the external buttons and dials. There is so much I can do without going into the menu. While, I've yet to put to some of the bigger tests with great glass Iwhen I get some), I'm extremely pleased with the images it produces. And the little that I've tested focus tracking, love it.

I've already had to buy a couple extra batteries. And the CF Express. Ouch! That was a bit spendy. And I still need a card reader, but the ability to transfer raw files wirelessly to my computer with the Canon Utility, is a breeze. Not for transferring a few hundred or a couple thousand, but I can go out, shoot 100 frames and chose my imports. Bam! Done!

Loving this tool. Can't wait to get a couple high end Canon RF lenses.
Would recommend this product?
Yes

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Canon EOS R5
Pros
  • The adaptor permitting the use of non-mirrorless lenses is a great transition piece since most of us can not afford to replace all our lenses at once.
  • The high pixel capture permits cropping of images wihtout impact to print quality.
Cons
  • The instruction manual lacks depth in how to use many functions of the R5.
I am an advanced amateur photographer upgrading from the 5D Mark IV. I like wildlife, astro photography, and flowers as subjects. That translates into telephoto, wide-angle, and macro work. This camera works great on all facets of the photography spectrum. I have included three hand held macro photos as examples of the quality of photos from this camera. All are cropped.

I use a Rokinon manual lens for Milky Way photography. The menu system and instruction manual does not cover which settings are used with a manual lens is in use. I downloaded the Advanced User Manual and could not find any reference to using manual lenses. I did find reference online to the Release shutter w/o Lens. This function is in the fourth tab of the Customization section of menus. If this is on you can use a manual lens. However, you must turn this off if you want to use any AF lens.

In my view, the camera is great while the manual needs work.
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Would recommend this product?
No
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Dave Williams
Dave Williams
You can download a fuller more comprehensive version of the manual from the Canon website.
R5
Pros
  • frame rates, autofocus, ISO performance, image quality
Cons
  • battery life, Price
first let me say that I am not a professional. I am upgrading from the 5DmkIII.
I mainly shot nature photography with an emphasis on bird photography and with that being said the r5 is the best camera I have ever used.
Quick acquisition of subjects using animal eye detect. Fast frame rates insure getting usable images.
Image quality is top notch. The high megapixel count gives me the ability to crop in on on a far off subject with great results.
The R5 is also top for landscapes as well as most other types of photography.
The only real negative is battery life with is still ok but do carry extra batteries with you. And the price is kind of high from what I normally use but cheaper than the 1DXmk III which I was also considering.
Would recommend this product?
Yes

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R5 for Wildlife
Pros
  • Record Video through the viewfinder
  • Quick switch between stills and video
  • Focus tracking in slow motion
  • Animal Eye focus tracking
Cons
  • Large file sizes
  • Slight delay in startup
Having recently swopped my 5D IV for the R5 there is now no going back. As a YouTube creator of wildlife vlogs it was really important for me to be able to switch between stills and video really quickly. In addition the ability to record video through the viewfinder is a game changer when trying to track moving subjects. The R5 is a top class camera with excellent build quality and amazing performance. The animal eye tracking is superb in the right conditions. I have set the camera up for double back button focus with both standard focus and animal eye to cover all scenarios. If your interested check out my YouTube channel "KGsPhotography" to see more of what I do with the R5. I love this camera!!

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Would recommend this product?
Yes
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Hybrid Indie Film and Photographer
Pros
  • Great B-Cam for Canon Cinema
  • Wicked Fast AF
  • Canon EF and RF Lenses Equally Sharp
  • Subject Tracking is Exceptional
Cons
  • Overheating Issues
  • Battery Life isn't Great
  • Expensive
I shoot primarily video with a Canon C200. Once the R5 firmware update enabled CLOG3, it made it a perfect B-Cam for my indie work. Super sharp images and the AF with subject tracking is world class. I look forward to adding a few RF Primes but, for now, loving the images I am getting with Canon EF Primes.

I also shoot photos with the RF 24-240 and, while I'm still learning the mirrorless world after transitioning from DSLRs, my initial images are promising.
Would recommend this product?
Yes
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R5 Review After 6 Months
Pros
  • Auto focus and eye tracking.
  • Focus stacking
  • Time lapse movies
  • Great video with many options
Cons
  • Only 3 custom functions. Could use more.
I purchased the R5 in November and have now used it for 6 months. I have used it mainly for wildlife and landscapes. This camera has made it possible to take my photography to the next level. I have gotten 8-10 times more "in focus" bird shots than I did in the past. It has become a joy to use. I did, however, watch many online videos and tutorials on how to set it up for the applications I need. They were very helpful in reducing the learning curve. Then practice, practice, practice.
Would recommend this product?
Yes
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Upgrade from 5D4
Having been a very happy 5D Mkiv and previously, a 7D Mkii user, I have upgraded to an R5. My main interest is natural history photography, and was concerned about this being a good move. Having used it for only a week now, I can see my 5D4 getting left behind, the AF especially is awesome. Its going to take a good time to adapt to the new camera, but I feel its going to be worth it. Initially, doing birds in flight is different. On the 5D4 it was necessary to keep the AF point on the bird all the time to obtain focus, but now, the camera does that for you and you need to concentrate on framing the bird in the EVF. This I am finding difficult to adapt to, but all being well it will be resolved with practice.
Would recommend this product?
Yes
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Love this camera❣️
Pros
  • Low learning curve, great in low light conditions, size, works well with camera connect
I own and love the 5D Mark IV, so when the R5 came out , I thought it would be a great backup camera. Well, almost 6 months later, it’s my go to camera. I love the feel of it and the functionality. It’s fun to shoot with and much lighter than my 5D Mark IV, which has become my backup camera (I still have love for it😄).
Would recommend this product?
Yes
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Bedgar
Bedgar
I'm in the same position...I loved my 5D4...it's been around the world with me. Six months after buying my R5, my poor 5D4 sits and looks sad that I don't take it anywhere anymore...crazy. I even sold my 5DS R because I couldn't see any substantive difference that the extra 5MP gave me over the R5.
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