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Canon R5 Comparison Review

The Canon EOS R5 is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that was revealed to the public in July 2020 and is equipped with a full frame sensor. It offers a resolution of 44.8 megapixel.

Is the Canon R5 a good camera? The Canon R5 has a Camera Elo of 2991. This rating puts the Canon R5 among the top 10 percent of all mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. In terms of its sensor size category (full frame cameras), the Canon R5 also ranks among the top 10 percent.

Headline Specifications
Canon R5
Mirrorless system camera
Canon RF mount lenses
44.8 MP, Full Frame Sensor
8k/30p Video
ISO 100 - 51 200 (50 - 102 400)
Electronic viewfinder (5760k dots)
3.2 LCD, 2100k dots
Swivel touchscreen
20 shutter flaps per second
In-body stabilization
Weathersealed body
320 shots per battery charge
138 x 98 x 88 mm, 738 g



Read on to find out more about the camera's size, sensor, features, reception by expert reviewers, and how it compares to other digital cameras.

Body comparison with a credit card

The physical dimensions of the Canon R5 relative to a credit card are illustrated in the side-by-side display below. Three successive views from the front, the top, and the rear are shown. All width, height and depth measures are rounded to the nearest millimeter.

Canon R5 vs credit card front
Canon R5 versus credit card top view
Canon R5 and credit card rear side

The table below summarizes the key physical specs of the Canon R5 alongside a set of comparators. If you want to review a camera pair side-by-side, just select a right-side comparator from among the camera models in the table. Alternatively, you can also move across to the CAM-parator tool and choose from the broad selection of possible comparisons there.

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Body Specifications
  Camera
Model
Camera
Width
Camera
Height
Camera
Depth
Camera
Weight
Battery
Life 1
Weather
Sealing
Camera
Launch 2
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Canon R5 138 mm 98 mm 88 mm 738 g 320 Y Jul 2020 3,899 i
 
Canon R6 138 mm 98 mm 88 mm 680 g 360 Y Jul 2020 2,499 i
 
Nikon Z7 II 134 mm 101 mm 70 mm 705 g 420 Y Oct 2020 2,999 i
 
Nikon Z7 134 mm 101 mm 67 mm 675 g 330 Y Aug 2018 3,399i
 
Panasonic S1R 149 mm 110 mm 97 mm 1016 g 380 Y Feb 2019 3,699 i
 
Sony A7S III 127 mm 97 mm 81 mm 699 g 600 Y Jul 2020 3,499 i
 
Sony A9 II 129 mm 96 mm 76 mm 678 g 690 Y Oct 2019 4,499 i
 
Sony A7R IV 129 mm 96 mm 78 mm 665 g 670 Y Jul 2019 3,499 i
 
Sony A7R III 127 mm 96 mm 74 mm 650 g 650 Y Oct 2017 3,199i
 
Sony A99 II 143 mm 104 mm 76 mm 849 g 490 Y Sep 2016 3,199 i
 
Sony A7R II 127 mm 96 mm 60 mm 625 g 290 Y Jun 2015 3,199i
Notes: Measurements and pricing do not include easily detachable parts, such as add-on or interchangeable lenses or optional viewfinders.
(1) Number of images that can be taken on a full battery charge according to the CIPA-standard; (2) Official announcement.

The listed prices provide an indication of the market segment that the manufacturer of the cameras have been targeting. The Canon R5 was launched in the US market at a price of $3,899. Usually, retail prices stay at first close to the launch price, but after several months, discounts become available. Later in the product cycle and, in particular, when the replacement model is about to appear, further discounting and stock clearance sales often push the camera price considerably down. Then, after the new model is out, very good deals can frequently be found on the pre-owned market.

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Sensor comparison with a 35mm slide

The size of the sensor inside a digital camera is one of the key determinants of image quality. A large sensor will generally have larger individual pixels that offer better low-light sensitivity, provide wider dynamic range, and have richer color-depth than smaller pixels in a sensor of the same technological generation. Further, a large sensor camera will give the photographer additional creative options when using shallow depth-of-field to isolate a subject from its background. On the downside, larger sensors are more costly to manufacture and tent to lead to bigger and heavier cameras and lenses.

The Canon R5 features a full frame sensor and has a format factor (sometimes also referred to as "crop factor") of 1.0. Within the spectrum of camera sensors, this places the Canon R5 among the large-sensor cameras that aim for top notch image quality.

Canon R5 sensor measures

Consistent information on actual sensor performance is available from DXO Mark for most cameras. This service is based on lab testing and assigns an overall score to each camera sensor, as well as ratings for dynamic range ("DXO Landscape"), color depth ("DXO Portrait"), and low-light sensitivity ("DXO Sports"). The adjacent table reports on the physical sensor characteristics and the outcomes of the DXO sensor quality tests for a sample of comparator-cameras.

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Sensor Characteristics
  Camera
Model
Sensor
Class
Resolution
(MP)
Horiz.
Pixels
Vert.
Pixels
Video
Format
DXO
Portrait
DXO
Landscape
DXO
Sports
DXO
Overall
 
Canon R5 Full Frame 44.8 8192 54648k/30p........
 
Canon R6 Full Frame 20.0 5472 36484k/60p........
 
Nikon Z7 II Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/60p........
 
Nikon Z7 Full Frame 45.4 8256 55044K/30p26.314.6266899
 
Panasonic S1R Full Frame 46.7 8368 55844K/60p26.414.13525100
 
Sony A7S III Full Frame 12.0 4240 28324K/120p........
 
Sony A9 II Full Frame 24.0 6000 40004K/30p25.014.0343493
 
Sony A7R IV Full Frame 60.2 9504 63364K/30p........
 
Sony A7R III Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p26.014.73523100
 
Sony A99 II Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p25.413.4231792
 
Sony A7R II Full Frame 42.2 7952 53044K/30p26.013.9343498

Many modern cameras cannot only take still pictures, but also record videos. The Canon R5 indeed provides movie recording capabilities. The highest resolution format that the Canon R5 can use is 8k/30p.

Feature comparison

Beyond body and sensor, cameras can and do differ across a range of features. For example, the Canon R5 has an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 5760k dots. The viewfinder offers a field of view of 100% and a magnification of 0.76x. The tables below summarize some of the other core capabilities of the Canon R5 in connection with corresponding information for a sample of similar cameras.

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Core Features
  Camera
Model
Viewfinder
(Type or
000 dots)
Control
Panel
(yes/no)
LCD
Size
(inch)
LCD
Resolution
(000 dots)
LCD
Attach-
ment
Touch
Screen
(yes/no)
Mech
Shutter
Speed
Shutter
Flaps
(1/sec)
Built-in
Flash
(yes/no)
Built-in
Image
Stab
 
Canon R55760 Y 3.2 2100 swivel Y 1/8000s 20.0 n Y
 
Canon R65760 n 3.0 1620 swivel Y 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
 
Nikon Z7 II3690 Y 3.2 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Nikon Z73690 Y 3.2 2100 tilting Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
 
Panasonic S1R5760 Y 3.2 2100 full-flex Y 1/8000s 9.0 n Y
 
Sony A7S III9440 n 3.0 1440 swivel Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Sony A9 II3686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Sony A7R IV5760 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Sony A7R III3686 n 3.0 1440 tilting Y 1/8000s 10.0 n Y
 
Sony A99 II2400 Y 3.0 1229 full-flex n 1/8000s 12.0 n Y
 
Sony A7R II2400 n 3.0 1229 tilting n 1/8000s 5.0 n Y

One useful feature of the Canon R5 is a presence of a top-level LCD. While being, of course, smaller than the rear screen, the control panel conveys some of the essential shooting information and can be convenient for quick and easy settings verification.

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Connection comparison

For some imaging applications, the extent to which a camera can communicate with its environment can be an important aspect in the camera decision process. The table below provides an overview of the connectivity of the Canon EOS R5 and, in particular, the interfaces the cameras (and selected comparators) provide for accessory control and data transfer.

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Input-Output Connections
  Camera
Model
Hotshoe
Port
Internal
Microphone
Internal
Speaker
Microphone
Port
Headphone
Port
HDMI
Port
USB
Port
WiFi
Support
NFC
Support
Bluetooth
Support
 
Canon R5YmonomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
 
Canon R6YmonomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
 
Nikon Z7 IIYstereomonoYYmicro3.2Y-Y
 
Nikon Z7YstereomonoYYmicro3.1Y-Y
 
Panasonic S1RYstereomonoYYfull3.1Y-Y
 
Sony A7S IIIYstereomonoYYfull3.2Y-Y
 
Sony A9 IIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYY
 
Sony A7R IVYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYY
 
Sony A7R IIIYstereomonoYYmicro3.1YYY
 
Sony A99 IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YYY
 
Sony A7R IIYstereomonoYYmicro2.0YY-

It is notable that the Canon R5 has a microphone port. Such an external microphone input can help to substantially improve the quality of audio recordings when a good external microphone is used.

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Expert reviews

While the comparison of the spec-sheets of cameras can offer a general idea of their imaging potential, it remains partial and cannot reveal, for example, the handling experience and imaging performance when actually working with the Canon R5. User reviews, such as those found at amazon, can sometimes inform about these issues, but such feedback is often incomplete, inconsistent, and biased. This is why hands-on reviews by experts are important. The table below summarizes the assessments of some of the best known camera review sites (cameralabs, dpreview, ephotozine, imaging-resource, photographyblog).

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Review Scores
  Camera
Model
camera
  labs  
dp
review  
ephoto
  zine  
imaging
resource
photography
  blog  
Camera
Launch
Launch
Price (USD)
Street
Price
 
Canon R5..91/1004.5/5..4.5/5 Jul 2020 3,899 i
 
Canon R6+ +90/1004.5/5..5/5 Jul 2020 2,499 i
 
Nikon Z7 II.......... Oct 2020 2,999 i
 
Nikon Z7+89/1004.5/54.5/55/5 Aug 2018 3,399i
 
Panasonic S1R..89/1004.5/55/54.5/5 Feb 2019 3,699 i
 
Sony A7S III+ +..4.5/5..5/5 Jul 2020 3,499 i
 
Sony A9 II..90/1005/5..5/5 Oct 2019 4,499 i
 
Sony A7R IV+91/1004.5/55/55/5 Jul 2019 3,499 i
 
Sony A7R III+ +90/1004.5/55/55/5 Oct 2017 3,199i
 
Sony A99 II..85/1004.5/54.5/54.5/5 Sep 2016 3,199 i
 
Sony A7R II+ +90/1005/54.5/55/5 Jun 2015 3,199i
Notes: (+ +) highly recommended; (+) recommended; (o) reviewed; (..) not available.

Care should be taken when interpreting the review scores above, though. The assessments were made in relation to similar cameras of the same technological generation. Thus, a score needs to be put into the context of the launch date and the launch price of the camera, and comparisons of ratings among very different cameras or across long time periods have little meaning. Also, kindly note that some of the listed sites have over time developped their review approaches and their reporting style.

Canon R5 FAQ

Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the Canon R5.

What type of imaging sensor is used in the Canon R5?

The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.

Which image processing chip is used to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?

Canon equipped the Canon R5 with the DIGIC X image processor.

What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Canon R5?

The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 51200, which can be extended to ISO 50-102400.

Does the camera have a selfie-friendly screen?

Yes, the LCD-screen of the Canon R5 is flexible and can be turned to be front-facing for capturing selfies.

What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS R5?

Canon mentions a shutter rating of 300 000 actuations for the Canon R5. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the Canon R5 over, say, three years, one would have to take about 300 pictures each and every day.

Is completely silent shooting possible with the Canon R5?

The camera has an electronic shutter option, so that it is indeed feasible to capture images without any shutter noise.

Do I need to purchase an external camera trigger to shoot time-lapse sequences?

No, the Canon EOS R5 has an intervalometer built-in, so that low frequency shooting (for example, flower blooming, sunset, moon rise) can be undertaken without the need to purchase a separate external intervalometer and related software.

Is it difficult to use manual focus lenses with the Canon R5?

The Canon R5 offers focus peaking as a manual focus aid. This feature works by placing a colored highlight on in-focus zones within the image.

Does the Canon R5 feature an autofocus assist light?

Yes, the camera has a lamp built-in that can illuminate the subject and improve autofocus in low-light settings.

What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with flash?

The Canon R5's flash sync speed is 1/200 sec.

Does the Canon R5 support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?

Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-II cards (data transfer speed of up to 312 MB/s).

Which battery does the Canon R5 use?

The camera gets its power from the LP-E6NH, which is a rechargeable Lithium-Ion power pack.

Is there a vertical grip available for the Canon R5?

Yes, Canon offers the BG-R10 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.

Camera to camera comparisons

In case you would like to check on the differences and similarities with other camera models, just make a corresponding selection in the search boxes below. An an alternative, you can also directly jump to any one of the listed comparisons that were previously generated by the CAM-parator tool.

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    Specifications Summary
    Camera Model Canon R5
    Camera Type Mirrorless system camera
    Camera Lens Canon RF mount lenses
    Launch Date July 2020
    Launch Price USD 3 899
    Sensor Specs
    Sensor Technology CMOS
    Sensor Format Full Frame Sensor
    Sensor Size 36.0 x 24.0 mm
    Sensor Area 864 mm2
    Sensor Diagonal 43.3 mm
    Crop Factor 1.0x
    Sensor Resolution 44.8 Megapixels
    Image Resolution 8 192 x 5 464 pixels
    Pixel Pitch 4.39 μm
    Pixel Density 5.18 MP/cm2
    Moiré control Anti-Alias filter
    Movie Capability 8k/30p Video
    ISO Setting 100 - 51 200 ISO
    ISO Boost 50 - 102 400 ISO
    Image Processor DIGIC X
    Screen Specs
    Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder
    Viewfinder Field of View 100%
    Viewfinder Magnification 0.76x
    Viewfinder Resolution 5760k dots
    Top-Level Screen Control Panel
    LCD Framing Live View
    LCD Size 2100k dots
    LCD Attachment Swivel screen
    Touch Input Touchscreen
    Shooting Specs
    Focus System On-Sensor Phase-detect
    Manual Focusing AidFocus Peaking
    Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000s
    Continuous Shooting 20 shutter flaps/s
    Shutter Life Expectancy300 000 actuations
    Silent ShootingElectronic Shutter
    Time Lapse PhotographyIntervalometer Built-in
    Image StabilizationIn-body stabilization
    Fill Flash no On-Board Flash
    Storage Medium CFexpress or SDXC cards
    Second Storage Option Dual card slots
    UHS card support UHS-II
    Connectivity Specs
    External Flash Hotshoe
    USB Connector USB 3.2
    HDMI Port micro HDMI
    Microphone Port External MIC port
    Headphone Socket Headphone port
    Wifi Support Wifi built-in
    Bluetooth Support Bluetooth built-in
    Body Specs
    Environmental SealingWeathersealed body
    Battery Type LP-E6NH power pack
    Battery Life (CIPA)320 shots per charge
    In-Camera Charging USB charging
    Body Dimensions 138 x 98 x 88 mm
    (5.4 x 3.9 x 3.5 in)
    Camera Weight 738 g (26.0 oz)

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