A Photography Review of the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera

The Canon EOS R5 has been making lots of waves for its video features, but beyond those, it is also a highly capable stills camera. If you are interested in the R5 for your photography work, check out this great video review for a look at the kind of performance you can expect. 

Coming to you from Samuel Elkins, this helpful video review takes a look at the Canon EOS R5 for stills photography work. Most of the hype around the EOS R5 has centered around the camera's 8K raw video feature, but it also contains some highly impressive specs for stills shooters as well, including:

  • 45-megapixel sensor 
  • 12 fps continuous shooting when using the mechanical shutter (20 fps when using the electronic shutter)
  • Canon's most powerful autofocus system ever (which uses Deep Learning technology for improved tracking performance and offers 1,053 AF points with full frame coverage)
  • 5-axis in-body image stabilization with up to eight stops of compensation
  • 5.76m-dot electronic viewfinder with 120 fps refresh rate
  • Vari-angle rear LCD touchscreen
  • ISO range of 100-51,200 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Weather-sealing

Altogether, the EOS R5 looks like quite a capable camera for pretty much any photographer; check out the video above for Elkins' full thoughts. 

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Just me's picture

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canon5d squared's picture

Although the shutter on the EOS-R5 is just about noiseless, until mirrorless catches up in terms of battery life, I think I'll be shooting weddings with my 5D Mark IV instead of jumping ship to a different system (EF to RF). And don't get me wrong, I can't wait for the day when there's a mirrorless camera for me.

Halvor Evensen's picture

Yep totally agree.
What shocks me the most this year is how Canon dropped the ball when it comes to reliability, yes I know everyone talks about video, but it also counts for photography.
To produce a mirrorless body that is much bigger and beefier than the A7riv and only get 60% battery life of what that camera can do is really outstanding. It should have been the other way around. I would have expected this camera to at least compete with the A7 iii in terms of battery juice. But so far behind.. It`s like Samuel Elkins "fantastic camera but poor battery life". Canon you can do so much better than this...

David Cannon's picture

An extra battery is $60, right?

Just me's picture

If you have the choice between 2 similar camera: one is doing 1,000 pictures with one battery or 500 pictures with one battery.
Which one do you prefer?

David Cannon's picture

It makes no difference. Which camera has the feature set, available lenses, menu system, and ergonomics that best suit me? That’s the camera I’m picking. Now, if it’s 1,000 vs 100 shots per battery, that’s a deal breaker. But I average about 1,000 shots per day on a full-day shoot. So 500 per battery is not significant.

Just me's picture

Canon 5D IV at room temperature is 900 shots with viewfinder
Canon R5 is 220 With viewfinder.
All numbers according to Canon.

It's 4 time more batteries per day.

I usually do not wait the complete end of the battery to change it. Just to make sure I to not run out if some event occur. So it would be safe to says that you need 4*90$ = 360 $ extra for similar shooting safety.

You may want to get extra charger as well when you are back home/hotel if your shooting is more than a day. Extra cost + extra weight.

Nothing to kill the entire photo feature of the R5, but something to be aware of.

David Cannon's picture

I don’t shoot using the viewfinder. It kills the batteries like you said, but it also is a lot more pleasing shooting through the EVF (and reviewing photos through it, too, which I love).

Just me's picture

Sure, just using this as a comparison,
Whatever mode you like,
The point is you will need 5 time more batteries using the R5 than using the 5DMk4, viewfinder, EVF...

Chancellor Calgher's picture

Just get the battery grip and call it a day both of you.

canon5d squared's picture

I'll wait until they build a camera like the 1D series with a built in battery grip and dedicated large capacity battery.

Ronald Tyler's picture

Pls tell me he did not dump a $3000 lens face down in his bag without a lens cap on?

Urban Rump's picture

I recently used the Canon R5 for a high volume dance photo session and I can definitely tell you that the R5 is NOT a replacement for the 5D4. The shutter lag is awful it absolutely can't be used for fast-moving subjects regardless of the shutter mode.

Additionally, the battery life is extremely poor even with using the new Canon LPE6NH batteries. I used 6 batteries for an eight-hour shoot. And my 5D4 would normally use only two.

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 a high volume studio situation.

I was hoping the R5 would replace the 5D4 but no such luck. Mirrorless technology still can't compete with a good old mechanical shutter. I'll be sticking with my 5D4 until at least a R5 Mark 2 or Mark 3 is released.

Just me's picture

Thanks for this fair input; so far from Youtube reviews who parised Canon so much.
I'm also trying to think how I can upgrade from the Canon 5D series.
Did you have any possible comparaison with some Sony equivalent (Like A7R4)
Is there also such a lag?

Urban Rump's picture

I've never used a Sony so I can't make a comparison, but the R5 shutter lag makes it very difficult to create images that require precision timing.

I'm also a little puzzled by all glowing "definitive" reviews that totally overlook the issues I've cited here. But to be fair most "reviewers" probably don't use a camera the way I do. I've used the 1D and 5D series for more than ten years and they have always been very solid and dependable, but the R5 just isn't suitable for high volume work. The R5 is sort of like a high-performance sports car, very finicky and not suitable for everyday use.