Canon R5

Canon EOS R5 front
  • 45MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Display
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Raise to 102400)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 8192 x 4320 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 738g - 138 x 98 x 88mm
  • Revealed July 2020
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon R5 overview

Canon R5 is Canon's Pro Mirrorless camera first launched on July of 2020. The camera includes a 45MP, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a peak resolution of 8192 x 5464.

The R5 stands at #15 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & all around #15 out of 1465 for cameras in our database. You can look at our Smart camera finder to see camera rankings based on your personal criteria.

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Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon R5 family

The Canon R5 is part of a family of digital cameras. You can see the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-R8 front thumbnailCanon R8
R5 vs R8
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2023
Canon-EOS-R6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon R6 II
R5 vs R6 II
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
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Canon-EOS-R5-C front thumbnailCanon R5 C
R5 vs R5 C
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
R5 vs R3
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2021
Canon-EOS-R5 front thumbnailCanon R545MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-R6 front thumbnailCanon R6
R5 vs R6
20MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
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Canon-EOS-RP front thumbnailCanon RP
R5 vs RP
26MPFull frame5.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-R front thumbnailCanon R
R5 vs R
30MPFull frame8.0 fps2018

Canon R5 Pros and Cons

Below is a checklist of pros and cons of the Canon R5 based on criterias which are typically seen as crucial in a camera.

2 card slots
comes with phase detect auto focus
does have HDMI out
does have headphone support
does have mic support
exports RAW files
good sized screen (3.2 inch)
great high ISO (51,200)
great min ISO (100)
great MP (45 megapixels)
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes Top LCD display
manual focus
provides focus via touch
quiet shooting (1/8,000 seconds)
screen articulates
selfie friendly display
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports bluetooth
supports face detect focus
supports tracking focus
switch lenses (Canon RF mount)
touch screen
very good screen resolution (2,100 thousand dots)
video res high (8192 x 4320 pxls)
weather proofing
low battery power (320 CIPA)
no Time Lapse mode
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Canon R5 Sensor info

The Canon R5 features the Digic X processor. The measurement of the sensor in the Canon R5 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can resolve 8192 x 5464 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera comes with Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). Optical stabilization is better than digital stabilization as the latter might lead to cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 45 megapixels and features a native ISO range of 100 - 51200. This ISO can be widened electronically to 50 - 102400. RAW files are saved therefore you have wider margin for error.

The image underneath displays the R5's sensor dimensions in comparison to other common sizes. The R5 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is shown in green.

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To get an understanding of different aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon R5 dimensions

Canon R5 weighs around 1.63 lb (738 gr / 26.03 oz) & the over all size of the camera is 138mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5"). The weight of general Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr so the Canon R5 is very similar when compared with its rivals.

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Here is a image of the Canon R5 with a softdrink to help you to get a feel for its scale.

Canon EOS R5 dimensions scale

The top view underneath will show you the button layout on the R5.

Canon EOS R5 topview buttons dials

Canon R5 Lens info

The R5 works with the Canon RF mount and has 30 lenses currently available. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our database which will fit the R5.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-RF-35mm-F1.8-IS-STM-Macro lensCanon RF 35mm F1.8 IS STM Macro35mmf/1.8 305g
Samyang-MF-14mm-F2.8-RF lensSamyang MF 14mm F2.8 RF14mmf/2.8810g
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Samyang-MF-85mm-F1.4-RF lensSamyang MF 85mm F1.4 RF85mmf/1.4730g
Samyang-AF-85mm-F1.4-RF--Rokinon-AF-85mm-F1.4-RF-Canon-RF lensSamyang AF 85mm F1.4 RF85mmf/1.4584g
Canon-RF-1200mm-F8L-IS-USM lensCanon RF 1200mm F8L IS USM1200mmf/8 3340g
Canon-RF-85mm-F1.2L-USM lensCanon RF 85mm F1.2L USM85mmf/1.21195g
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Laowa-85mm-f5.6-2x-Ultra-Macro-APO-RF-Mount lensLaowa 85mm f5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO85mmf/5.6 310g
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Canon R5 Connectivity

The R5 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Cameras that incorporate NFC and / or Bluetooth support are able to be controlled wirelessly by smartphones. You can send photos and at times alter camera settings without the hassle of connecting physically to the camera.

Several applications even provide a Liveview and press the shutter whenever you aren't close to the camera. If the camera features a HDMI port, it can easily be attached to an external screen. Nearly all cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon R5 Video info

The highest video quality in the Canon R5 is 8192 x 4320 and you can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 format. 4320p can provide an excellent quality for video recording. You are able to crop to Full HD in order to get cleaner results. Be wary of the massive file sizes and make sure you get good SD cards that have fast write speed. The camera does have both headphone and mic support making it incredibly useful while capturing audio.

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Canon R5 Weather Sealing

Canon R5 provides weather sealing making it a excellent choice for use in tricky places. This is especially handy whenever you are unsure about the conditions you might face in outdoor photography.

Canon R5 Display and Viewfinder

The Canon R5 includes a 3.2 inch fully articulated display screen boasting a resolution of 2,100 thousand dots.

It has got a selfie friendly display for self portraits and even group photos when needed. Moreover the display screen is touch friendly which means you are able to change focus points as well as adjust settings using your finger. The R5 also comes with a Top LCD display so its possible to quickly see your settings.

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The ViewFinder specifications for Canon R5 are the following:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 5,760 thousand dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100%
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

For sunny outdoor conditions which make the camera screens washed out and difficult to see, viewfinders can be very valuable.

Canon R5 Shutter info

Canon R5 continuous shooting rate is 12.0 frames/s. The highest shutter speed is 1/8000 seconds. The camera also offers silent electronic shutter of 1/8000 seconds. Keep in mind that the electronic shutter might cause "rolling shutter" in certain situations.

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Canon R5 Flash and Hot shoe info

Canon R5 comes with external flash ability but is without in-built flash.

Canon R5 Autofocus info

Canon R5 comes with both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more faster & exact compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera includes Face detect which makes it useful for portraits.

The Sensor includes 1053 focus points to pick from. Canon R5 has tap to focus. You can use your fingers in order to shift focus points. It also comes with Tracking AF for things that move. Canon R5 includes manual focus in case it is required in low light or you want to have more exact control on focus.

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Canon R5 Battery life

The battery power (LP-E6NH) for the Canon R5 is designed to last for 320 shots based on the CIPA standards which is lower as compared with it's competition. The typical Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X has got the highest (870) battery life in this kind of cameras.

Listed below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras that have the strongest battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
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Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
R5 vs R3
760 yesnoyes
Nikon-Z9 front thumbnailNikon Z9
R5 vs Z9
740 yesnoyes
Leica-M11 front thumbnailLeica M11
R5 vs M11
700 yesnono

Canon R5 for different types of photography

The following chart displays a analysis of the Canon R5 for different types of photography. To read more, have a look at the specific section underneath.

Canon R5 Portrait photography details

The Canon R5 has a points total of 88 which is great, and means the camera is a awesome pick for portrait photography. Photographing portraits favors greatly towards sensor resolution, RAW support together with the capability to use off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
sensor resolution is excellent (45 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detect autofocus
supports RAW files

Canon R5 Street photography factors

Coming in at a very high rating of 78, the Canon R5 is a terrific pick for street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates fully
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
includes focus via touch
environment sealing
good high ISO (51,200)

Canon R5 as a Sports photography camera

A very high sports photography points total of 84 indicates the Canon R5 is a superb choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera really should have fantastic tracking and fast shutter speeds for sports photography.

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maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
silent shutter (1/8,000 seconds)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
megapixel count fantastic (45 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proofing
sensor has phase detect auto focus
bad battery pack (320 per charge)

Canon R5 Travel photography details

Weight is super crucial in picking a travel camera. Overall, the Canon R5 gets a above average 68 for a travel camera which makes it a fine choice to take on your holidays.

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environment sealing
has bluetooth
features touch focus
high MP (45MP)
selfie friendly display
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
bad battery pack (320 per charge)

Canon R5 as a Landscape photography camera

If you're looking to purchase a digital camera for landscape pictures, the biggest factor will be image quality. The Canon R5 at it's awesome score of 79 as a landscape camera is a awesome pick in the current marketplace.

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focusing manually
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen is a decent size (3.2 inch)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor resolution is fantastic (45 megapixels)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
great ISO range (51,200)
delivers RAW files
weather proofing
2 card slots
terrible battery life (320 shots)
does not have Timelapse recording

Canon R5 Vlogging highlights

A vlogging camera really should have a moving display screen, mic port and if possible IBIS. Considering everything, the Canon R5 is a fantastic choice as a vlog camera as it receives a superb rating of 79.

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screen is selfie friendly
touch screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
supports face detection focus
video res high (8192 x 4320 pixels)
includes external mic port

Canon R5 Alternatives

If you are trying to find replacements to the R5, here is a list of the highest ranked cameras that fall into the class of Pro Mirrorless.

The graph down below provides you a bird's eye view of the R5 versus it's highest ranking competitors shown above.

There are more cameras you may take a look at as alternate options. To go through a full comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS R5
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic X
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
45 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution
8192 x 5464
RAW files
Maximum native ISO
Maximum boosted ISO
Min native ISO
Min boosted ISO
Manual focus
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points
Lens mount
Canon RF
Available lenses
Crop factor
Type of display
Fully Articulated
Display diagonal
3.2 inch
Display resolution
2,100 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
5,760 thousand dots
Viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Lowest shutter speed
Highest shutter speed
Highest quiet shutter speed
Continuous shooting rate
12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
8192x4320 (30p/​24/​23.98p) 7680x4320 (30p/​23.98p) |4096x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​24p/​23.98p) |3840x2160 (120p/​60p/​30p/​23.98p) |1920x1080 (60p/​30p/​23.98p)
Maximum video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic support
Headphone support
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
738 grams (1.63 pounds)
Physical dimensions
138 x 98 x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5")
Battery life
320 photos
Style of battery
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse shooting
Storage type
CFexpress and SD (UHS-II) slots
Card slots
Retail price