Canon R5 C Review
|Full model name:
|Canon EOS R5 C
(36.0mm x 24.0mm)
|EVF / LCD
|100 - 51,200
|50 - 102,400
|1/8000 - 30 sec
|4.0 (kit lens)
5.6 x 4.0 x 4.4 in.
(142 x 102 x 112 mm)
|Canon R5 C specifications
Canon EOS R5 C Preview
Canon introduces a 'true hybrid' EOS R-series camera with 8K/60p, 4K/120p and the same 45MP sensor as the R5
by Jeremy Gray | Posted 01/19/2022
The Canon EOS R5 camera does a lot very well. The camera has a 45-megapixel sensor, shoots full-resolution RAW images at up to 20 frames per second, uses an impressive Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and records 8K/30p video, among many other fantastic features for both stills and video. However, despite its video chops, the EOS R5 could reasonably be considered a stills camera that records high-quality video. Enter the Canon EOS R5 C.
The Canon EOS R5 C is a 'true hybrid' camera, according to Canon, and its impressive features back up the claim. Blending the excellent stills performance of the R5 and video technology of Canon's impressive Cinema series, the EOS R5 C offers the same photography features and performance as the R5, but significant improvements in terms of video features and performance.
|From the front, the Canon R5 C looks a lot like the Canon R5. There is more red branding on the R5 C, but they're otherwise similar-looking cameras.
Canon EOS R5 C key features and specs
- Canon EOS R5-style body
- Active cooling fan system on the back
- 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen
- Digital image stabilization only, no in-body image stabilization
- 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor
- ISO 100-51,200 (expandable to 50-102,400)
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye Detection
- Photo/Video Switch changes menus and mode
- Dual memory card slots
- 8K video at up to 60p
- Unlimited record time
- Canon RAW Light video format
- HDR (HLG) video recording
- Timecode DIN Port
- Multi-Function Shoe
- 13 reassignable buttons
Design and handling: Similar to the EOS R5 with some key differences
From some angles, the EOS R5 C looks a lot like the EOS R5. However, as you move toward the back of the camera, you see that the R5 C is a thicker camera, thanks to its cooling fan. You may recall that the EOS R5 has some issues with cooling when recording strenuous 8K video. Well, the EOS R5 C hopes to address that with active cooling. The EOS R5 C is 142mm (5.6") wide, 101mm (4") tall and has a max depth of 111mm (4.4"). The R5's dimensions, on the other hand, are 139mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.5" x 3.8" x 3.5"). The EOS R5 C weighs 770 grams (1.7 lbs), and the R5 weighs 738g (1.63 lbs).
In a top-down view, you not only see the fan sticking out from behind the camera, but you can see that the EVF has been extended to allow for comfortable shooting. There's a new power switch to the left of the EVF that lets the user instantly power the camera into 'Photo' or 'Video' mode. The function buttons are also labeled on the EOS R5 C, whereas many are blank on the EOS R5. Plus, the shutter release is red on the new EOS R5 C, which beyond serving a purpose, looks sharp.
|Viewing the R5 C from above, you can very clearly see the fan protruding from the rear of the camera.
The rear of the EOS R5 C looks similar to the EOS R5, complete with the same 3.2" vari-angle display with 2.1M dots. The EVF is the same, too. The OLED EVF has 5.76M dots and offers 0.76x magnification.
The Canon EOS R5 C uses the same Canon LP-E6N battery as the R5. There are some limitations to video modes when using battery power. While we could put this in the video section, it seems relevant here, as it's related to the battery. When using the battery and recording 8K Cinema RAW Light (full frame), 5.9K Cinema RAW Light (Super 35) and 2.9K Cinema RAW Light (Super 16) at faster than 30p, 30p and 60p frame rates, respectively, the EOS R5 C cannot record video and send power to the lens mount. This means that you can't use autofocus or control the lens iris. This issue can be resolved by using an external power source, like a PD-E1 USB power supply or Canon's new DR-E6C DC battery. This issue is not solved by using the battery grip, by the way, either.
|This view shows the fan even better.
Regarding the memory card slots, the EOS R5 C offers a CFexpress slot and a UHS-II SD card slot, like the EOS R5. The camera has a Micro HDMI (Type D) port (a full-size HDMI port would have been a welcome inclusion), mic and headphone ports, two USB Type-C ports and a Timecode terminal socket. The camera has Canon's Multi-Function Shoe on top, which is compatible with many accessories, including an optional TASCAM CA-XLR2d-C XLR microphone adapter, which allows for four-channel digital audio.
In terms of imaging features, there's nothing to discuss that we haven't already covered in our Canon EOS R5 Review. However, as a basic recap, the EOS R5 C includes the same 45-megapixel full-frame backside-illuminated CMOS image sensor as is found in the R5. That means it offers a native ISO range of 100-51,200, which is expandable to 50-102,400.
The image sensor is paired with a Canon DIGIC X processor, which allows for continuous shooting at up to 20 frames per second. The autofocus system in the EOS R5 C is identical, too. It uses a Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system, which offers nearly 100% coverage of the image frame and includes 1,053 total autofocus areas. And like the EOS R5, the EOS R5 C includes animal-detection, bird-detection and vehicle-detection autofocus features, plus face/eye/head detection AF.
|In certain video modes, the R5 C doesn't supply power to the lens mount, preventing autofocus and iris control via the camera.
Video features: 8K/60p, 4K/120p, ProRes, HDR (HLG) and much more
When it comes to video, the EOS R5 C is much different than the EOS R5. Sure, the Canon EOS R5 records 8K video, but the video is capped at 30p, and the camera has recording time limits. The EOS R5 C instead ups the frame rate for 8K video to 60p, like the new Nikon Z9 camera, and offers non-stop 8K/60p recording thanks to the internal cooling fan.
The Canon R5 C also records video using the Canon RAW Light format. The included high-efficiency mode is ideal for those recording to an internal card, rather than an external recorder. You can record in MP4 as well. Cinema Light RAW comes in three newly-developed flavors, high quality, standard quality and light quality. HQ isn't an option for internal 8K Cinema RAW Light recording, and standard quality is capped at 30p. For Super 35, which is 5.9K, you must use standard quality for the 60p frame rate. For Super 16, which is 2.9K, there aren't restrictions. You can also record in XF-AVC format.
The Canon R5 includes HDR recording, although only in Perceptual Quantization (PQ) formats. The R5 C also adds Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The camera records 8-bit, 10-bit and 12-bit video. Visit this Canon page to see the full breakdown of all video modes, formats, and codecs.
A neat video-oriented feature is the ability to record two independent video files simultaneously. This is useful when working with proxy files, as you can record a high-quality file to the CFexpress slot and a lighter file to the SD card slot. There's also HDMI RAW output.
For slow motion, you can record up to 4K/120p in 4:2:2 10-bit. The camera is also compatible with the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L Dual Fisheye Lens for VR workflows. Plus, the R5 C has digital image stabilization (no IBIS), which has a 1.1x crop.
Canon EOS R5 C versus Canon EOS R5
- Same 45-megapixel image sensor
- Continuous shooting up to 20 frames per second
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system with 1,053 automatic AF zones and face/eye/head detection and Animal Detection AF
- Same display and EVF
- 2.4/5GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
- Identical function button layout, although with new markings
- Each camera includes a CFexpress slot and UHS-II SD card slot
- Both include a Type D 'Micro' HDMI port
- The cameras use the same battery
- The EOS R5 C includes active cooling via a fan on the back
- The EOS R5 C loses the in-body image stabilization found on the EOS R5
- The cameras are similar in design, but the EOS R5 C is larger and weighs more
- 8K video: The R5 C records 8K/60p in more formats and higher quality than the R5's 8K/30p
- Nonstop video: The R5 C doesn't have recording limits for 8K recording
The Canon EOS R5 C will be available in March for a suggested retail price of $4,499.
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