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Canon EOS R5 Review - Verdict

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Canon EOS R5 (15)

Value For Money

The Canon EOS R5 is available for £4199 body only and for a 45mp full-frame mirrorless camera, this will seem quite expensive, when compared to the closest competitors the 45mp Nikon Z7 (£2699), and 61mp Sony A7R IV (£3179) but when you factor in the ability to record 8K video, and 4K video at 120fps, it looks like much better value. The Sony A7S III is another option for the video focused, with this offering 4K at 120fps, and FullHD video at 240fps with a price of £3800 body only.


Have a look at more Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera options. You'll also need to buy a LARGE memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Canon EOS R5 Verdict

The Canon EOS R5 is Canon's flagship full-frame mirrorless camera, with class-leading video specifications, as well as impressive stills performance. For stills photography, it does not offer the highest resolution (that goes to the A7R IV) but does offer plenty of resolution. 45mp is going to be enough for 99% of the population. You can also shoot at up to 12/20fps at the full 45mp resolution. Impressive!

These things aren't just cameras with one main aim anymore, they can do it all, high-resolution, high-speed video, high-speed continuous shooting (at 20fps with an electronic shutter). The camera is suitable for all types of photography, although perhaps sports photographers will want a camera with longer battery life, or a lower resolution sensor.

Canon's headline feature "8K video" is the thing that got everyone "hyped" about the camera, but it's also the Achilles heel of the camera, with the camera's ability to record 8K video without "overheating" and then needing a cooldown period, most likely going to be one of the most frustrating things about the camera. If you buy this camera for 8K video, then you will be frustrated if you use this feature. After the dust settled, and Canon released an updated firmware, the camera is more usable, but it's likely there will still be those that still run into video recording time limits.

For everyone else, the camera offers a great full-frame mirrorless camera, with a high-resolution sensor, excellent electronic viewfinder, rapid focus and fast continuous shooting. For stills photographers, the Canon EOS R5 would make a great upgrade from an earlier Canon, whether that's the Canon EOS R, or the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. However, the price does seem a little expensive, especially if you're not interested in the 8K video features, and if you don't need 8K, then you may want to look at the Canon EOS R6.


Canon EOS R5 Pros

  • Excellent image quality
  • High-resolution electronic viewfinder
  • Great vari-angle touch-screen
  • In-body image stabilisation (IBIS)
  • 8K 30fps / 4K 120fps video
  • Dual slots, CFexpress / SD
  • Very good handling and controls

Canon EOS R5 Cons

  • Noticeably shorter battery life with EVF
  • Video recording limits and "cooldown" periods
  • Limited compact lenses available

Overall Verdict

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