Despite being a 45 MP stills and 8K raw video monster, is there a reason why you shouldn't buy the new Canon EOS R5 mirrorless when compared to the rest of Canon's mirrorless lineup?
Aimed at hybrid shooters (those that work in both stills and video), the EOS R5 has some insane specs in such a small form factor, but the EOS R5 behemoth may have some hidden flaws. Speculation is out surrounding how hot the camera might get when shooting at full resolution, and I'm sure there are some out there that would argue the 8K video shooting is pointless because viewing devices aren't ready for it. Until we've been shooting with the camera for a long period of time, it seems that those issues won't be addressed just yet.
It’ll Leave a Hole in Your Wallet
Yes, that's right. At $3,899 (£4,199 or nearly $7,585 Australian Dollars) it’s $1,400 more expensive than its little brother, the EOS R6. It's also a good $1,000 more expensive than Nikon's Z 7 (also a 45MP monster, but only shoots 4K video) and about $400 more than the Sony a7R IV (which shoots at 61MP). But other than that, it's worthy of every penny, from what I can see.
Does It Overheat?
Pros have been shooting with both cameras for a while now (as we know, they were originally teased back in February 2020, so they've had plenty of time to test them), and there have been rumors going around that both the EOS R6 and EOS R5 overheat when filming. But surely, if that were the case, then the pros would've already fed that information back to Canon? Would they really release a camera worth $3,899 with a known fault? Probably not, but we'll have to see.
8K Video Isn't That Important
If you're not sure about 8K movie recording or why you need it and arguing that you don't have an 8K screen, you're missing the point. Sure, you could record at 8K and display it as such, and that's great for cinema productions. But you can also crop in and pan/track within the frame and still output to full 4K resolution. So, if video isn't really a big part of why you're buying this camera, it's either not the right one for you or you don't want to crop in.
This camera is designed for hybrid shooting and does both (at least on paper) extremely well. Overall, price is the only determining factor as to whether you get the Canon EOS R5 or not, at least in my opinion.