This is a Canon EOS R5 review for photographers… JUST photographers

Aug 4, 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.

This is a Canon EOS R5 review for photographers… JUST photographers

Aug 4, 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 all the talk of the Canon EOS R5’s overheating and shortcomings for filmmakers lately, it can be difficult to remember that this camera was primarily designed for shooting stills. And stills is what still primarily interests a lot of would-be Canon EOS R5 owners. In fact, there are many photographers out there who are only interested in stills and don’t care about video one bot.

So, how does the EOS R5 hold up as a photography camera? You know, it’s primary purpose? Well, Gordon Laign at Camera Labs has posted an extremely in-depth review of the EOS R5, and it should answer just about every question you might have about the camera and how well it works for photography.

One of the things to point out about Gordon’s review is that he’s actually using a retail production version of the camera, and not a pre-production model, as has been the case with many reviewers testing its video properties. Aside from a sentence or two, though, Gordon doesn’t talk about the video features at all.

Instead, he spends his time focusing on the EOS R5’s still capabilities, including everything from autofocus to dynamic range, from ISO performance to stabilisation and from battery life to shooting speed. Gordon also takes a look at some of the features specific to just the very latest cameras, like the HEIF compression vs the regular JPG many of us have become used to.

Overall, if you’re just interested in a still camera and the video features don’t really mean anything to you, then Gordon’s review paints a very impressive picture of the EOS R5 if you can stomach the purchase price.

And if you’re only shooting stills, it never overheats.

[via Canon Rumors]

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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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6 responses to “This is a Canon EOS R5 review for photographers… JUST photographers”

  1. Michael Bray Avatar
    Michael Bray

    Funny thing is, I can get equal to or more megapixels (45.7) from my Nikon Z7 with better dynamic range, better colours, fantastic auto focus, plus do 4K 24 and 30 frames per second, plus 1080P UHD in 8 bit video internal or 10 bit 4.2.2 and 12 bit ProRes uncompressed raw with no crop and unlimited recording time with the Atomos Ninja V, plus time lapse video and 120 frames per second slow motion in full frame. Plus 5 stops of stabilization, 9 frames per second in stills in 14 bit RAW. ISO 64-25600 (plus Auto, 32, 51200 and 102400 boosts).

    1. Jalan Lee Avatar
      Jalan Lee

      So glad you are happy with your Z7. Not sure why you share that in a Canon R5 review… Currently the R5 is the #1 best selling Camera on B&H and most other retailers – current sold out everywhere and on a waiting list. But good news, the Nikon Z7 is #99 on B&H’s best selling list. It is in stock and has a $200 discount. You also pick up a wide range of enthusiast level f/1.8 – f/4 lenses; sorry no f/1.2’s. You can drop $8000 for the f/0.95 Noct so there is that!

    2. Jolyon Ralph Avatar
      Jolyon Ralph

      With a massive 8 frames per second (compared to 12/20 on the R5) and a tiny image buffer compared to the R5.

  2. Ramin Abrahim Avatar
    Ramin Abrahim

    Thanks Gordon for this review. As a primarily stills photographer, I valued the separate and in detail assessment of the R5’s photography features separate from the video performance.

  3. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    I saw this review over on petapixel as well and I think Gordon did a great job talking to us photographers that intend to use this camera to shoot weddings and events. I am a wedding photographer and carry two camera bodies on wedding days and if I’m doing video as well I bring my video camera. Being a Canon user I know there is not one camera they make that is a jack of all trades type camera, the closest they’ve gotten so far in my opinion is the EOS-1D C but it lacked the dual-pixel AF found in the 5D Mark IV and C100. I hope the rumored RF Cinema camera becomes the perfect partner to the R5 but for now it’s not enough to jump systems (EF to RF).

  4. Brianna Jackson Avatar
    Brianna Jackson

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