Canon 5D MII vs Canon R

Portability
56
Imaging
67
Features
70
Overall
68
Canon EOS 5D Mark II front
 
Canon EOS R front
Portability
62
Imaging
81
Features
88
Overall
83

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Key Specs

Canon 5D MII
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  • 21MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 850g - 152 x 114 x 75mm
  • Introduced February 2009
  • Succeeded the Canon 5D
  • Refreshed by Canon 5D MIII
Canon R
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  • 30MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 40000 (Push to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 660g - 136 x 98 x 84mm
  • Released September 2018
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Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Overview

In this write-up, we are analyzing the Canon 5D MII and Canon R, former is a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Pro Mirrorless and both are sold by Canon. There exists a considerable gap between the sensor resolutions of the 5D MII (21MP) and R (30MP) but they use the same exact sensor dimensions (Full frame).

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The 5D MII was released 10 years before the R which is quite a large difference as far as technology is concerned. Both the cameras offer different body type with the Canon 5D MII being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Canon R being a SLR-style mirrorless camera.

Before delving straight into a complete comparison, below is a concise synopsis of how the 5D MII scores versus the R with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Canon 5D MII over the Canon R

 5D MII R 

Reasons to pick Canon R over the Canon 5D MII

 R 5D MII 
ReleasedSeptember 2018February 2009More modern by 116 months
Display typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating display
Display sizing3.2"3"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution2100k920kSharper display (+1180k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Canon 5D MII and Canon R

 5D MII R 
Manually focus Dial accurate focusing

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera regularly, you're going to have to consider its weight and size. The Canon 5D MII offers outer measurements of 152mm x 114mm x 75mm (6.0" x 4.5" x 3.0") having a weight of 850 grams (1.87 lbs) and the Canon R has specifications of 136mm x 98mm x 84mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.3") having a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you are utilizing during that time. Here is the front view overall size comparison of the 5D MII against the R.

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the 5D MII and R is 56 and 62 respectively.

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R top view buttons comparison

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is difficult to envision the contrast between sensor sizes merely by reading through technical specs. The pic below may provide you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the 5D MII and R.

As you have seen, both of these cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Canon R to give more detail as a result of its extra 9 Megapixels. Greater resolution will enable you to crop photos a little more aggressively. The more aged 5D MII is going to be behind in sensor innovation.

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R sensor size comparison

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 5D MII as a Portrait photography camera
Canon R as a Portrait photography camera
80
you can focus manually
MP count good (21MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides face detect focus
saves RAW files
88
manual focus
amazing MP (30 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Canon 5D MII as a Street photography camera
Canon R as a Street photography camera
59
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
screen is fixed
does not have image stabilization
74
screen can move to multiple angles
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
comes with touch focus
environment proof
great high ISO (40,000)
does not have image stabilization
400 Megapixel mode coming to Fujifilm GFX 100

Sports Comparison

Canon 5D MII Sports photography features
Canon R Sports photography features
71
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
MP count good (21 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
provides tracking focus
environment sealing
supports phase detect auto focus
slow continuous shooting (4.0 frames per second)
does not have image stabilization
78
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
amazing MP (30MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
environment proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
does not have image stabilization
bad battery pack (370 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Canon 5D MII Travel photography highlights
Canon R Travel photography highlights
55
environment sealing
MP count good (21 megapixels)
does not have Time Lapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
74
environment proof
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch focus
amazing MP (30MP)
selfie friendly display
bad battery pack (370 CIPA)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon 5D MII
Landscape photography with Canon R
71
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen size is good (3")
MP count good (21 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
saves RAW files
environment sealing
does not have image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse mode
78
manual focus
switch lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen size is good (3.2 inch)
amazing MP (30MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
great high ISO (40,000)
supports RAW formats
environment proof
does not have image stabilization
bad battery pack (370 shots)
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 5D MII Vlogging details
Canon R Vlogging details
29
provides face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with mic support
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
74
selfie friendly display
touchscreen capability
includes face detection focus
high quality video (3840 x 2160 resolution)
does have external mic support
does not have image stabilization
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Canon 5D MII vs Canon R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 5D MII and Canon R
 Canon EOS 5D Mark IICanon EOS R
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model type Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS R
Class Advanced DSLR Pro Mirrorless
Introduced 2009-02-13 2018-09-05
Physical type Mid-size SLR SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by Digic 4 -
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 21 megapixels 30 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 5616 x 3744 6720 x 4480
Highest native ISO 6400 40000
Highest enhanced ISO 25600 102400
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Lowest enhanced ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Total focus points 9 5655
Lens
Lens support Canon EF Canon RF
Number of lenses 250 17
Focal length multiplier 1 1
Screen
Display type Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3 inches 3.2 inches
Resolution of display 920k dots 2,100k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Display technology TFT liquid-crystal color LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 3,690k dots
Viewfinder coverage 98 percent 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x 0.76x
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter rate 4.0 frames per second 8.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash options no built-in flash no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/200 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 3840x2160
Video data format H.264 MPEG-4, H.264
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) Yes (with LP-E6N only)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 850 gr (1.87 lb) 660 gr (1.46 lb)
Dimensions 152 x 114 x 75mm (6.0" x 4.5" x 3.0") 136 x 98 x 84mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 79 89
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 24.5
DXO Dynamic range rating 11.9 13.5
DXO Low light rating 1815 2742
Other
Battery life 850 images 370 images
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID LP-E6 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 secs)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage Compact Flash (Type I or II), UDMA, Microdrive SD card (UHS-II supported)
Card slots Single Single
Retail cost $1,190 $2,299