5 key differences of the Canon EOS R5 C

After months of leaks and rumours, the Canon EOS R5 C has been officially launched by the world’s biggest camera maker.

While the original Canon EOS R5 was a first stills product that also shot 8K video, the Canon EOS R5 C is a Cinema EOS mirrorless camera – a first video product that also shoots stills.

At their core, these are very similar cameras; they have the same 45MP full-frame sensor, 20fps continuous burst shooting, RF lens mount, dual CFexpress Type B memory / SD card configuration… but there are some very significant changes with the R5 C.

So here are the five main differences between the new Canon EOS R5 C and the existing EOS R5.

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Dual Base ISO

The R5 C is the very first product from Canon to feature Dual Base ISO, a technology that allows the camera to shoot natively with two sensitivity settings instead of just one.

This works differently to the double gain output featured in cameras like the Canon EOS C70, which feature fixed ISO sensitivities (base ISO800 and double gain of ISO160-25600); the R5 C offers different base ISOs depending on the chosen gamma settings (although Dual Base ISO is not available for stills):

Canon EOS R5 C Dual Base ISO (video mode only)
Gamma Settings Double base ISO values
C-Log 3 / Gross ISO800 • ISO3200
BT.709 Large / PQ / HLG ISO400 • ISO1600
BT.709 Standard/Normal ISO160 • ISO640

8K 60p, 4K 120p with audio, “no limitations”

The Canon EOS R5 C has an integrated cooling system – which, above all, increases the size and weight of the camera (to 142 x 101 x 111 mm and 680 g (770 g with battery and cards), 138.5 x 97.5 x 88mm and 650g (738g) of the R5).

But crucially, the new fan means Canon has solved the heat buildup issue that throttled the original R5’s 4K HQ and 8K video recording (and, crucially, still retains dust and water resistance). base camera water).

According to Canon, there are “no limits to shooting. Obviously with the R5, because it’s a photo product first, you have that limitation on video shooting capability; with this one, it’s your battery and your memory card. It’s not about the buildup of heat inside the product.”

That said, recording times are still governed by the format and settings at which you capture your footage, ranging from half an hour to 30.5 hours. Click here to see the full breakdown of how this affects video length.

No in-body image stabilization

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Unlike the EOS R5 (and the Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS R3), the Canon EOS R5 C doesn’t have built-in image stabilization (IBIS) as the sensor is in a fixed position, which has a lot to do with the heat. dispersion inside the camera body. However, the R5 C offers electronic and combined image stabilization.

This might seem like a curious omission, but the fact is that videographers (and this is a first video product) generally don’t like IBIS – mainly because the compensation can cause Jell-O-like “distortion” at the edges of the frame (especially on wide-angle fields of view). Additionally, video shooters almost universally use gimbals, which completely eliminates the need for IBIS.

No animal AF/vehicle AF for video

In photo mode, the R5 C works just like the standard EOS R5 – and it has the same Dual Pixel CMOS AF II technology, with Animal AF and Vehicle AF.

However, when started in movie mode, the R5 C uses the original Dual Pixel CMOS AF, which is present in all Cinema EOS products. This means that while it still offers head, face and eye tracking in video mode (thanks to EOS iTR AFX technology, featured on the flagship Canon EOS-1D X Mark III), in video mode , it can’t detect animals or vehicles – something that the basic EOS R5 can To do.

Multifunction shoe

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Like the Canon EOS R3, the R5 C features the manufacturer’s new Multi-Function Accessory Shoe – a 21-pin hot-shot that enables power and communication with accessories such as the Canon DM-E1D shotgun microphone and Canon ST-E1 speedlite transmitter.

Additionally, as the R5 C is weather sealed, the Multi-Function Shoe provides complete weather sealing when used with products such as the Canon Speedlite EL-1.

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