Canon EOS R5 and R6

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Get to know R5, R6 and four essential RF lenses

 

EOS R5 and R6 mark a turning point in Canon’s legendary line of digital cameras. Each proves that mirrorless can meet—and exceed—the expectations of photographers and filmmakers in a world once dominated by DSLRs.

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Canon EOS R5 Top Features

45MP Full-Frame CMOS

High-Resolution Imaging

8K 30p RAW/4K 120p

With Log and HDR function

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II

100% Coverage for Fast, Accurate Autofocus

8-Stop In-Body IS

Superior Image Stabilization

High-Res EVF

Crystal-Clear, Lifelike Viewing

Fast Continuous Shooting

Up to 20 fps with Electronic Shutter

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R5: Designed for Professionals

Although previous mirrorless releases were designed for the everyday shooter, EOS R5 was designed for the professional photographer, with vastly improved image quality. But what really sets R5 and EOS R6 apart is their ergonomics. Additional dials and controls, including a joystick and an extra dial on the flagship R5, make operating these mirrorless cameras intuitive, while advanced high-resolution electronic viewfinders—perhaps the closest thing to an optical finder yet—unlock possibilities unavailable to DSLRs.

The Latest Imaging Tech for Superior Quality

At the heart of every digital camera is its image sensor. It simply can’t make images without one. The R5 and R6 boast new full-frame sensors with 45MP and 20MP resolutions, respectively. Aiding this sensor is the DIGIC X Image Processor, unlocking continuous shooting up to 20 fps and expanded sensitivities of ISO 102400 for the R5 and ISO 204800 for the R6. This imaging pipeline will deliver sharp, rich imagery in nearly any situation. Wedding, landscape, event, sports, studio, and many other types of photographers will enjoy the improvements brought by these cameras.

Blazing-Fast Autofocus

Rapid-fire photography and excellent video quality mean nothing if your image is out of focus. Canon has made its already impressive on-sensor autofocus system even better, with the release of Dual Pixel CMOS AF II on the R5 and R6. Stepping far above the capabilities of DSLRs and many mirrorless cameras is the ability to select from one of 1,053 points anywhere in the frame. Literally anywhere. Look through the EVF and navigate with the joystick from corner to corner and enjoy rapid, accurate focusing. Canon also added advanced subject detection, including people, eyes, faces, and animals, which uses deep learning to track all your favorite targets accurately. 

Class-Leading In-Body Stabilization

Not only is in-body image stabilization a brand-new feature for EOS cameras, it is arguably one of the best around. Canon claims 8 stops of stabilization, which puts it at the top of its class. Stabilization gets better if you pair the in-body stabilizers with a compatible RF- or EF-mount lens. This level of stabilization makes it easy to shoot handheld video, as well as work with long, telephoto lenses while still capturing crisp footage. When combined with the just-announced RF 600mm and 800mm lenses, you can even realize the dream of handheld super telephoto photography.

Create Cinematic Masterpieces

While stills are the mainstay of the Canon EOS R5 and R6, they also boast class-leading video specifications. The R5 takes the crown with the ability to record internally in up to DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) resolution at 30p in a raw video format. Tack on DCI 4K in 10-bit 4:2:2 with frame rates up to 120p, as well as options for C-Log and HDR gamma profiles, and you have an impressive video camera that can challenge some of the best camcorders and even some cinema offerings when it comes to pure image quality. Even the R6 is no slouch, offering recording modes up to DCI 4K at 60p. All of this is possible without any crop, with full AF, and more.

EOS R5 and EOS R6, Compared

Let’s take a closer look at the differences between the R5 and R6.

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RESOLUTION

ISO 100-51200
(Expanded up to ISO 102400)

SENSITIVITY

ISO 100-102400
(Expanded up to ISO 204800)

 

VIDEO RESOLUTION

C-Log, HLG & PQ HDR

LOG/HDR

C-Log, HLG & PQ HDR

0.5” 5.76m-dot OLED

ELECTRONIC VIEWFINDER

0.5” 3.69m-dot OLED

3.2" 2.1m-dot Vari-Angle

TOUCHSCREEN

3.0" 1.6m-dot Vari-Angle

Yes

TOP STATUS LCD

No

2.4/5 GHz Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY

2.4GHz Wi-Fi & Bluetooth

1 x CFexpress, 1 x SD (UHS-II)

CARD SLOTS

2 x SD (UHS-II)

Yes

WFT-R10A WIRELESS SUPPORT

No

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Cat
Shot with: Canon EOS R5, 85mm, f/2.0, 1/800 second, ISO 400
Dogs
Shot with: Canon EOS R5, 200mm, f/2.8, 1/5300 second, ISO 400
Snowboarder
Shot With: Canon EOS R5, 100mm, f/8, 1/3200 second, ISO 200
Baseball
Shot With: Canon EOS R5, 393mm, f/7.1, 1/2000 second, ISO 400
Shot with: Canon EOS R6, 85mm, f/11, 1/1000 second, ISO 400
A Step Up for 5D Users

With the R5’s spectacular image and video quality, impressive specs and a professional body that has dual card slots, you might mistake it for a 5D. But this is no 5D. It’s better.

Here’s where the EOS R5 and EOS R6 prove that they deserve your attention, even over the 5D Mark IV

Revamped sensor with more resolution (R5) or greater sensitivity (R6)

Class-leading 8K and 4K video options, with C-Log and HDR capture

Incredible speeds of up to 20 fps, matching or exceeding top-of-the-line DSLRs

A sharp EVF with high refresh rate that is the closest thing to an optical viewfinder yet

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 100% coverage and advanced subject detection

Dual card slots, including one CFexpress on the R5 in addition to SD (UHS-II)

If you are a 5D owner looking for an upgrade (or a replacement), the R5 should be at the top of your list. It is completely deserving of the 5-series moniker. Also, the new RF mount is designed to work with your library of existing EF-mount glass. Through the use of Canon’s own adapters, you can enjoy a near-seamless transition to the latest Canon has to offer. 

A World of Lenses and Adapters

The RF mount offers two opportunities: the ability to develop brand-new RF system lenses that take full advantage of the short flange distance and being able to use a plethora of existing lenses—say, EF mount—via adapters. Some adapters even offer unique capabilities. Canon has three to help photographers with an existing collection of EF glass use their lenses with a near guarantee that the experience will match that of a DSLR. 

Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Control Ring Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Drop-In Filter Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

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The Latest, Greatest RF Lenses

Four lenses and two teleconverters are available alongside the EOS R5 and R6, each showcasing unique, boundary-pushing optical designs.

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RF 85mm f/2 Macro IS STM

Enjoy a double-purpose lens that is just as well suited to capturing portraits with smooth bokeh as it is to close-up imaging. A fast f/2 aperture helps create images with shallow depth of field while a minimum focus distance of less than 14" enables half-life-size macro imaging.

  • Bright, f/2 mid-telephoto lens with smooth bokeh
  • Half life-size macro capabilities with minimum focus of 1.15'
  • Optical Image Stabilization with 5 stops of correction

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RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

Extra versatility and range are now available for super telephoto shooting with RF-mount cameras. It boasts a longer range than most zooms of this caliber—up to 500mm—while its variable aperture helps maintain L-series image quality at a reasonable size. Perfect for sports, action, and wildlife.

  • High performance L-series super telephoto zoom
  • OIS with 5 stops of correction and three selectable modes
  • Dual Nano USM AF motors for fast, quiet focusing
  • Compatible with RF Extenders

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RF 600mm & 800mm f/11 IS STM

By using a retracting/extendable design, as well as Diffractive Optics, the RF 600mm and 800mm lenses deliver extreme focal lengths at a minimal size. Combined with a fixed f/11 aperture and built-in optical image stabilization, both of these super-telephoto primes can now offer adventurers and travelers super-telephoto reach in a compact, lightweight package that doesn’t skimp on quality.

  • Extending/retracting design creates compact & lightweight super-tele lenses
  • Gapless double-layer Diffractive Optics combat aberrations
  • Fixed f/11 aperture for maximum quality
  • OIS with 5 stops of correction and Lead Screw-type STM AF motor
  • Compatible with RF Extenders

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RF Extenders 1.4x & 2x

Compatible with the RF 100-500mm, 600mm, and 800mm lenses, the 1.4x and 2x RF Extenders enable even greater reach with minimal impact on image quality. Taking up minimal space in your bag, these teleconverters can effectively give you multiple lenses without weighing you down.

  • Compatible with RF 100-500mm, 600mm, and 800mm lenses
  • Magnifies image to effectively increase focal length by 1.4x or 2x
  • Minimal impact to image quality and lens performance

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Standout Accessories

One thing to keep in mind: the EOS R lineup is part of an ever-growing system. This means new accessories, tools, and capabilities that get even better when select optional devices are used in tandem with the cameras. With the R5 and R6, there is a brand-new battery to guarantee performance, an optional Wireless File Transmitter, and a standard battery grip. That is far from all you can choose. Here are some recommended options.

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How Canon EOS R5 Stacks Up

Of course, it isn’t just the 5D series that you want to compare to the R5. How about the EOS-1D X Mark III? Or even some competitors? Find out where the R5 fits into the larger photo world.

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Canon’s full-frame EOS R mirrorless system is looking incredibly strong. With the EOS R5 and R6 cameras, as well as a beautiful bundle of unique and versatile lens optics, it’s sure to offer photographers and filmmakers of all types stellar imaging options.

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I am in the same boat as Anthony. Are they shipping today. Do you have enough stock to cover all of the pre-orders?

Hello,

I preordered the EOS R5 kit and was told it would be shipping today. Now, the website just says Backordered and I have not received any shipping information. I was planning a trip around this going out. Any ideas? 

Hello Anthony,

We're sorry to hear this. In this case, it is best to contact our Customer Service Department. They can be reached via phone at 1-800-221-5743 / 1-212-239-7765 or via Live Chat on our website until 2PM ET today. 

Kirk, Thank you for at least getting back to us but if you could provide an answer of some sort it would be helpful. Your chat function is unavailable and I am currently on hold with an hour and 44 minute wait time so it’s a little frustrating

When is B&H going to get the camera in-store 

As of today, the Canon EOS R5 expected to ship by July 30, 2020. Any pending orders on it will be fulfilled first before we list it as "In-Stock" on the website. 

 

i need answers, same here

Another lame answer that means nothing. Tell us via email that you are either shipping our order or that we missed the release date. You got 4 grand from each of us, so tell us what the actual situation is. Here... I’ll help. Copy this then send it to us.

”we’re sorry that we led you to believe, with words like “pre-order” and “expected ship date July 30th”... that we would actually have, and be able to ship the R5 on release date. The truth of the matter is, that we sold out of our “pre-orders” in the first half of the day on July 9th, but continued to take orders anyway, under the pre-tense that they would ship on the 30th. We know you’re professionals and trusted us, but we just wanted to rack up as many orders as we could, regardless of whether we could fill them on release date. Oh... and one last thing, we will be closed on the 30th, so you won’t know the actual status of your order (which is - you missed the boat) until at least Monday next week. Thank you for spending $10’s of thousands of dollars with us.

ugh!!!

Can the r5 take photos/video while simultaneously being charged with a power bank through the USB-C port?

You can't charge the camera through USB-C. Only transfer photos. 

Isn't charging through the USB-C a feature of the R? I would have thought that feature would make it to the r5 as well.

I may have been wrong about charging after a little research. Good question, can’t wait to find out myself. About that and charging capabilities. 

yes it can be charged and used at the same time but only if you have the battery grip and the special charging unit. you wont be able to use a power bank or anything like that. 

The USB-C port will allow charging from a USB C power bank while shooting. 

For the r5 do both cfexpress and sd card have to be the same capacity?  Cf cost more but I would like to setup the sd as my primary that makes copies over to the cf. I plan on getting a smaller cf card for now. 
 

if I’m using ef lens with is how does that work with the ibis?  I heard rf lens is add to the 8 stops. Does ef lens handle the yaw then while the body handles the x and y?  I wish I understood what 8 stop translates into. 

If the files you're shooting are larger in the case of 8K video, 4K video or RAW stills, then having the same capacity for each card would be more practical, particular if the CFExpress card is going to be the full back up to the SD card.   With regards to the IBIS, 8 stops translates into how steady you would be able to hold the camera in a low light situation at a slower shutter or when shooting a moving subject hand held at a faster shutter speed. With RF lenses, you can take advantage of the 8 stops of IBIS as well as with adapted EF lenses that lack IS built into them. EF lenses that have IS built in would basically give you the use of its own system along with the IBIS, but the main switch on the lens controls both. 

Can I take an 8K raw video, sift through each frame on the camera, and take frame grabs to be saved separately as pics, and the proceed to delete the movie file?

While you can take a screen grab from the 8K video, that cannot be done in camera nor will it delete the file on the memory card. 

I am primarily a wildlife shooter and am often shooting in the ISO3200-6400 range, sometimes higher. Does the R5 handle the noise at those levels better than the 5D4? I also have concerns w/ the battery life on this body. If I am spending a day working with birds in flight, it sounds like I could crush the battery pretty quickly? 

As the canon EOS R5 is still a relatively new camera and as of the date/time of this reply, I have not seen any sensor performance tests or comparisons between the above cameras, so I cannot accurately state how the EOS R5 ISO performance would compare to the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera.  If we receive more updated information in the future, I will update this reply.  In terms of battery life, according to CIPA testing, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera is estimated to obtain approximately 900 images per full battery charge, while the Canon EOS R5 is estimated to obtain 320 images per charge.  As such, yes, I would recommend additional batteries when shooting with the Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Digital Camera.  (Do note that, depending on your particular camera settings and LCD/viewfinder usage, you may be able to obtain more images than the approximate CIPA battery life, but the above is a good starting point using similar settings and usage on both cameras).

Any word on the r5 dynamic range? More than pixels, this is important. Will they add log 2 and 3 to this in the future to improve the dynamic range?

Unfortunately, Canon doesn't publish an exact number in stops for the dynamic range on the R5 nor have they mentioned adding Log2 or Log3 in a firmware update in the future. 

Canon has stated that the EOS R5 will have 1 stop better of dynamic range than the EOS R, which is significant!

canon has stated they will be adding c-log3 via a firmware update around the time of release. and it should have roughly about 14 stops of DR

The lack of ALL-I in the R6 is such a shame....all those options and yet no ALL-I!!??? I won't be buying until there's a firmware update. Do you folk think that's a chance?

I think Canon announced July 13 the R6 would be getting it in a firmware update.

Do both the R5 and R6 have the multiple exposure mode like the EOS-R and %D Mark IV?

Yes both the EOS R5 and R6 offer a multiple exposure mode. 

Quick overheating question. I typically shoot video in 4k/24fps on my current EOS R in 30 min segments, but one right clip right after the other. Record for 30 min, stop, and immediately start another 30 min clip, generally for 90 min or 2hrs. No problems with overheating on my current EOS R. Do you think I'll run into overheating issues on the R5 if I do the same thing at 4k/24fps? I'm shooting indoors with A/C. Thanks very much!

Based on the tests we performed, the camera was used outside in bright sun and on a very hot day with no overheating issue that came up. That being said, you should be just fine shooting indoors in cooler conditions.  

is there an article link to the testing you did?

Most of our testing can be found in the video above (click here). We had a very limited period of time to test pre-production models. In the future we plan on doing a full hands-on review for both cameras that will have more rigorous and in-depth testing and images.

Does the new battery pack LP-E6NH will work on old models, like EOS 5DMK4/90D etc.? And in other hand, does the olds LP-E6 and LP-E6N will works on new EOS R5??? 

Yes, the LP-E6NH will work on older Canon cameras which uses the LP-E6 and LP-E6N. However, you only get the added capacity with the EOS R5 and R6.  You can also use the older LP-E6/LP-E6N with the EOS R5 or R6. 

Does the R5 have a APS-C mode?

Yes it does! The R5’s APS-C mode will shoot with a 1.6x crop for 17MP images.

you mean this full-frame has an APS-C mode? even R6? 

Which body would be best for iso performance in low light but retain cropping abilities? R5 or R6? 

Will the R5 and R6 have focus stacking options built in like the RP

Yes! They have Focus Bracketing like the RP.

I would personally go for the R5, since downsampling your normal shots can help minimize the appearance of noise when needed and yet you still have good cropping capabilities on a normal day.

Have a deposit on the R5 but have growing concerns about the reported overheating. Really need to know how this camera would perform doing longer form work like documentaries. Understand the challenges of new tech but a 20mn limit followed by a 20 minute wait to cool down seems like a show-stopping issue. Will I be forced to use the lower quality 4K most of the time? If so, what's the point of 8K RAW?

My thought is that the point of 8k raw is not for long form doc work. Not this camera. 4k in 24fps would be fine for long form docs. Using 8k would be for a specific shot - something you want to post crop later, or maybe green screen, or product work. If you're looking to shoot long form at all - this is not the camera. I'd suggest getting a cinema camera that is designed for long for capture. Cheers 

I think Steve answered this very well. 8K Raw is not for most things or most people. It is a highly specialized tool for when the need arises (say a scene with extreme dynamic range or for elaborate VFX work where the extra data is helpful). Otherwise you will be filling up tons of memory and risking overheating for longer shoots. 4K is still the norm for most today, and it is a high-quality version of 4K in the R5/R6 with 10-bit 4:2:2 recording. However, there is always going to be a 30 minute recording limit for each take. You would need an external recording (Atomos Ninja V for example) for long recording.

Thanks Steve, Shawn for the insights. I'm still excited about this camera (and still have the deposit on it). Would love to hear more if you've used it for video. Specifically, the type of clips shot over what period of time. Start and stop recording. E.g. shooting multiple 2mn broll clips over an hour with a minute or so in between. Or a 15mn interview followed by some cutaways and broll. Trying to gain some perspective.

I'm a scuba diver and part of my doc work is underwater where lighting and white balance are difficult. The RAW codec, added resolution, high frame rates, and small size were big selling points of this camera. But the unpredictable temperature issue is a huge downside. My dives are 40-50 minutes in tropical water. I'm not shooting continuous but there are long periods I have to roll with the action. Yes, could do a cinema camera but in a dive-housing, that would be incredibly bulky. 

I don't think Canon set expectations very well...for example, in their videos, they're promoting how you can use 8K during a wedding or interview to punch-in, or, use RAW to get better dynamic range. Both good uses...but with the heat issue, would be too risky since you run the risk of the camera quitting at the wrong moment. Lets face it, weddings or interviews are often longer than 20mn.

And RAW isn't available in 4K (not sure why). The 4K HQ and 120fps modes also have restrictions. Standard 4K works fine but defeats the purpose of R5. These are the questions/issues I'm sorting through. I just don't want to feel like I'm about to invest in a Ferrari only to be stuck driving it in the parking lot.

although the R5 will have over heating issues. I have found that tilta is going to be releasing an r5 cooling system very soon. they have released images of it that loos pretty promising. 

I shoot wildlife and often shoot in low light and sometimes have to crop. With 45mp the r5 could be cropped, the r6 will have better iso performance most likely but with ibis will this keep iso levels low as well as the noise? What good is 45mp if the iso performance  isn't amazing and I don't see much crop headroom with 20mp. I'm not sure which one is for me? I know I can't have it all but I can't  buy both. Any suggestions?  

Thanks,

Gary

This is tough. However, if you think you’ll need to use cropping often then you should lean towards the R5. The R6 has an approximate improvement of about one stop when it comes to ISO, but in most shooting situations this may not play a huge part. Meaning most of the time this difference likely won’t impact your images. If you expect to always be pushing the top of the ISO range, then maybe think R6, but I think the R5 is a better bet. The R5 also has plenty of other advantages over the R6.

Can I use a SD UHS 1 card in this camera? 

Yes.  The detailed specs even includebuffer capacity based on UHS I and UHS II cards.

Yup. Practically any SD card will work, including UHS-I. However best speeds will be found with UHS-II cards.

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