Check out the high ISO performance of the Canon EOS R5

Dec 9, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Check out the high ISO performance of the Canon EOS R5

Dec 9, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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With a lot of the overheating controversy from the video crowd (which Canon has been working on), we have to remember that ultimately the Canon EOS R5 is primarily a stills camera. And it’s a rather good one, too. It has top-notch autofocus that even beats Sony in some aspects and plenty of speed when it comes to shooting.

But how does the ISO stand up in the real world? We’ve seen some tests in more controlled conditions, but out in the wild things can often be a little different. In this video, Lindsay Adler took her EOS R5 out for a spin on the streets of New York to do a night time fashion shoot to see just how well it handles.

Lindsay does much of her shooting in the studio, where she has complete control over the lighting and access to as much of it as she likes, so she doesn’t need to venture above ISO200. And having started out in the film days, it’s been drilled into her head that you shouldn’t go too high on the ISO because you get severe grain issues (or noise, in today’s digital world).

But digital cameras have come a long way since those days of film, where you only really went beyond about ISO800 for artistic effect rather than an actual need to shoot in low light conditions and Lindsay found herself pleasantly surprised by the capabilities of the EOS R5.

Lindsay takes the camera to some of the darkest spots she can find, shooting up to around ISO40,000 and still getting quite usable results. Of course, what’s acceptable to you will depend on your own needs, but the high ISO capabilities of cameras today (even Canon’s) are extremely impressive compared to where they were even just ten years ago.

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8 responses to “Check out the high ISO performance of the Canon EOS R5”

  1. Tai Tere Avatar
    Tai Tere

    That’s impressive. When I increase my iso from 500 to 1000 on my Canon 5d mark iii, I start to get worried. Been wanting to get one of these Canon r5, but sadly they are way too expensive.

    1. Ben Avatar
      Ben

      500 to 1000?
      With my Z6 until 6400 isos, i am not worried ! And even until 12800 iso, it is ok!

      1. Kaouthia Avatar
        Kaouthia

        Well, the 5D Mark III was released in 2012, and Canon didn’t exactly have the best reputation for high ISO performance until recently. :)

        1. Ph Avatar
          Ph

          The jump from 5D mkII to mkIII was pretty lame, but jumping from mkIII to mkIV meant a lot for ISO noise levels. They’re significantly improved on the mkIV. Haven’t tried the high ISO on my R5 enough to give an opinion on its levels tho ?

          1. Chris Rasmussen Avatar
            Chris Rasmussen

            Please do give your R5 a low light/high ISO test. As an owner of the 5D range of cameras, your input would be valuable. Thanks!

  2. Navyo Eller Avatar
    Navyo Eller

    What a crap article… “even Canon”

    1. Grey Shades Avatar
      Grey Shades

      Just because you don’t like what is said does not make it a crap article. Fact is, Canon’s relatively poor performance at high ISO and sub-par shadow detail is well documented over recent years.

  3. Grey Shades Avatar
    Grey Shades

    Where are the results? Hi-res images to view and pixel peep at 40,000 iso?