Don’t Cancel Your Canon R5 Pre-Order Yet: A Hands-On Review

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Don’t Cancel Your Canon R5 Pre-Order Yet: A Hands-On Review

Preview models as well as the first round of pre-orders for the Canon R5 have shipped, and reviews are coming in droves. The rumors of possible overheating for the R5 proved true, but, as some have pointed out, it seems this camera is a victim of its own marketing. Many are canceling their Canon R5 pre-orders and swaying towards the Sony a7S III. The R5 is not a videographer’s camera. The R5 is a photography camera that just so happens to also do incredible video. So for all of the photographers out there who have been waiting to get there hands on the new Canon mirrorless camera, watch this incredibly detailed review by Gordon Laing before canceling anything.

The Specs

  • 45MP full-frame CMOS 36mm x 24mm
  • 5,940 Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • 100-51,200 ISO Range
  • 8,192 x 5,464 px Image Size
  • 8K Raw Video Up to 30 fps
  • 4K Video Up to 120 fps
  • Dual Card Slots (CF and SD)
  • 12 fps mechanical shutter, 20 fps electronic shutter
  • Weighing 650g body-only

What’s Covered in the Review

  • Body and Handling
  • Viewfinder
  • Image Quality Settings
  • What is HEIF?
  • Resolution Test
  • ISO and Noise Handling
  • Dynamic Range
  • Stabilization
  • Focusing and Eye Detection
  • Electronic vs. Mechanical Shutter
  • Pulling Stills from Video
  • GPS Tagging
  • Sample Images

It looks like the Canon R5 is a photography monster. The ISO handling and resolution test are phenomenal, and consumers will only find one or two true competitors in the mirrorless (and full-frame DSLR) format. The auto-focusing with native RF lenses also puts the R5 at the top of its class. If you are looking for more hands-on insight, check out this review from Anthony Toglife:

Finally, if you are a videographer or if you’re a photographer who also wants to be able to capture quality video, this review by Matt Haapoja is one the best video-centric reviews on the internet right now for the Canon R5:

Lance Nicoll is a wedding photographer and InFullFrame founder with a background in fine-art and editorial photography. Lance also holds a graduate degree in graphic design with a branding focus and has done brand consulting for the apparel, fashion, and wedding industries. As an educator, Lance has had the opportunity teach college courses for over a decade and holds corporate education camps and wedding industry speaking engagements.