A Comprehensive Review of the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

The EOS R5 has been making waves as one of the most exciting products to be released by Canon or pretty much any company in quite a while, as it pushes the limits on both video and stills. If you have been reading specs sheets and wondering if it is the camera for you, this fantastic comprehensive review should help you make a decision. 

Coming to you from Dustin Abbott, this excellent video review takes a look at the Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera. The EOS R5 packs quite an impressive array of features, including:

  • 45-megapixel CMOS sensor
  • Native ISO range of 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-102,400)
  • 8K raw video at 30 fps
  • 4K 10-bit video as high as 120 fps
  • Continuous burst rate of 12 fps when using the mechanical shutter 
  • Continuous burst rate of 20 fps when using the electronic shutter 
  • Deep Learning technology autofocus system with a total of 1,053 autofocus points with full coverage across the frame
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization with eight stops of compensation
  • Electronic viewfinder with 5.76-million-dot resolution and 120 fps refresh rate
  • Vari-angle rear LCD touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi (5 GHz and 2.4 GHz) and GPS
  • Weather-sealing

No doubt, the EOS R5 is a fantastic camera that is sure to be able to tackle just about any situation you can throw at it. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Abbott. 

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M M's picture

I don't have the money for an R5 but in my view Dustin Abbott is one of the few serious camera reviewers. He always has a written review AND a video and really seems to test the cameras and not just repeat marketing talking points. We need more like him.

Deleted Account's picture

I strongly agree with you. Dustin is a class act with first rate reviews. A good photographer too. I miss talking to him on Flickr.

R S's picture

Agree, compare him to the ‘influencers’ with millions of followers who always seem to have an agenda and overblow everything with their click bait headlines, he is very balanced and honest.

The R5 looks great, but is very expensive with only very expensive and heavy glass available.

David Illig's picture

“...very expensive with only very expensive and heavy glass available.”
The problem with absolutist pronouncements like “very expensive” is that they’re simply not true for everyone.

g coll's picture

Well you could say that about any product ever produced. However in the Photography/Videography world where income is no where near the top end; the R5 is indeed an expensive camera. But, it's an investment so you just need to do the cost/benefit analysis first.

David Illig's picture

It’s worth adding that a high percentage of buyers are hobbyists who don’t depend on cameras to pay for themselves. Many of those people are relatively wealthy. As for a camera being an investment, I don’t think that any camera that will not become a rare collector’s item is an investment.

g coll's picture

An investment into your company. It's a tool. The return is the profits from the work you do with that tool.

eric smith's picture

Couldn't agree more. Expensive is extremely subjective. $6000 on a new body and glass may be beyond reach for some, or a tiny drop in an ocean for some. Complaining that the R5 and Canon RF lenses are expensive is like seeing a private jet taxi by and complaining because you don't have the budget to buy it. Extreme example yes, but you get the idea.

Obviously there's a margin of profit, but I really don't think it's an outrageous percentage (in relation to industry standards) as *some* people seem to make it out to be.

David Illig's picture

Interesting he pronounces it as the E-O-S. He may think that’s just a designator like XRG or PVW. In fact, the series is named for Eos, Greek goddess of the dawn.

g coll's picture

I noticed this too but not limited to him I have heard the same from many others. Maybe an American/Canadian thing...?

Aleksi Lausti's picture

EOS is an acronym and stands for Electro-Optical System.

g coll's picture

But to enunciate each individual letter is just bizarre.

g coll's picture

Such a great camera but the R6 also is. From a photography standpoint it is ideal for the majority of paid pro work out there. 20MP being sufficient unless you really need to worry about cropping.

Urban Rump's picture

I shoot high-volume dance studio photography and I used the Canon R5 for a studio session recently. And I can definitely tell you that the R5 is NOT a studio camera and it absolutely can't be used for fast-moving subjects due to the EVF lag.

Additionally, the battery life is extremely poor even though I was using the Canon LPE6NH. I was using the battery grip and two batteries lasted 3 hours.

And I'm also very concerned about the overheating issue since the temperature warning indicator appeared after an hour of shooting photos (not video). The camera never shut down but it was very warm to the touch the entire time I used it. This camera might be a great location camera for wedding and portrait shooters, but it totally fails in the studio.

I will be using my 5D4 in the studio from now on.

g coll's picture

The 5D4 is indeed superb but also the 5DS is a great studio camera. Having the 50MP is nice for the detail when shooting still life. It's going for about $1300 right now which is a great price. I used it extensively for product shots but also for portraits both in the studio and on location. Highly recommended for those photographers not needing a high fps.

David Illig's picture

“...absolutely can't be used...”

It is humbling to be in the presence of those who profess to proclaim absolute, universal truths.