Just How Good Is Animal AF on the New Canon EOS R5 and R6 Cameras?

The Canon EOS R5 and R6 cameras have generated a lot of buzz in the past few weeks, but one feature that has not gotten as much attention is their Animal AF capabilities. This great video takes a look at their performance and what you can expect from them in practice. 

Coming to you from Tony and Chelsea Northrup, this great video takes a look at the Animal AF on the new Canon EOS R5 and R6 cameras. Eye AF has been a real boon for lots of photographers in recent years, and the next step has been Animal AF, which can be huge for people like wildlife and pet photographers. It is especially impressive to see how well Canon's implementation does, often picking out the eye of an animal that is fairly well camouflaged by its surroundings before it can even be noticed in the viewfinder. It is not perfect yet, though; as you will see in the video, there are still sometimes issues with tracking and precision. Nonetheless, it is very impressive technology that is sure to please lots of users, and it will only improve as time goes on. Check out the video above for the Northrups' full thoughts. 

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SPEE DING's picture

I’d like to see keeper rate at 20fps with native RF lens like the 100-500 before passing judgement. The A9’s are 90+% hit rate at those speeds. If it can get close to that with 45MP, that will be a game changer.

Martin Smith's picture

That couch shot in the middle, with the IBIS wobble.... so bad. I pre-ordered an R5 but that wobble is brutal in video.

Black Z Eddie .'s picture

It'd be interesting to see these pitted up against the a9II.

Leopold Bloom's picture

I stopped reading after the word Northrup.