With a huge 45-megapixel sensor that can churn out raw files at 20 frames per second, the Canon EOS R5 sounds like it could be the perfect camera for capturing wildlife. This in-depth review looks at how it performs out in the field shooting birds.
Photographer Jan Wegener was immediately grabbed by the specifications of the R5 when it was announced and has now shot thousands of images, testing various features and setting up his camera’s autofocus and customizable buttons to get it to perform exactly how he wants. It’s probably not a spoiler to say that Wegener is impressed. This camera is “simply mind-blowing,” he writes, adding that it will “make anyone a better bird photographer.” A bold claim, but the combination of burst rate, megapixels, autofocus speed, bird eye autofocus, and usability truly make this a contender for the best bird photography camera ever created.
Of course, gear won’t automatically make you a better photographer, but when the hit rate of in-focus images of a bird in flight jumps from 30% (DLSR) to 90% (R5), your odds of getting a killer photo are dramatically improved.
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