Canon EOS R5 vs R5 C: What are the differences and which 8K camera is best?

Canon EOS R5 vs R5 C
(Image credit: Canon)

More than most camera comparisons, the Canon EOS R5 vs R5 C question is one of the trickiest to get your head around. 

This is because the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R5 C are, technologically, almost identical – but there are some profound differences in their operation and performance, which have a huge impact on which of these powerhouses are right for you.

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Canon EOS R5 vs R5 C
Header Cell - Column 0 Canon EOS R5Canon EOS R5 C
Sensor45MP full-frame CMOS45MP full-frame CMOS
ProcessorDigic X (2nd generation)Digic X (3rd generation)
Autofocus systemDual Pixel CMOS AF IIPhoto: Dual Pixel CMOS AF II • Video: Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye AF and EOS iTR AF X
ISO rangePhoto: 100-51,200 (exp to 50-102,400) • Video: 100-25,600 (exp to 51,200)Photo: 100-51,200 (exp to 50-102,400) • Video: 100-25,600 (exp to 102,400)
Dual Base ISON/AISO800 / ISO3200 • ISO400 / ISO1600 • ISO160 / ISO640
Dynamic range12 stops14 stops
In-body image stabilization5-axis, up to 8 stopsN/A
Electronic image stabilization5-axis5-axis
Max video res8K 30p8K 60p (with external power)
Proxy videoN/AYes
Viewfinder5,690k dots, 120fps refresh5,690k dots, 120fps refresh
LCD2,100k dots2,100k dots
Max burst12fps mechanical shutter, 20fps electronic shutter12fps mechanical shutter, 20fps electronic shutter
Size135.8 x 97.5 x 88mm142 x 101 x 111mm
Weight650g body only680g body only
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Canon EOS R5 C Dual Base ISO (video mode only)
Gamma settingsDual Base ISO values
C-Log 3 / RawISO800 • ISO3200
BT.709 Wide / PQ / HLGISO400 • ISO1600
BT.709 Standard / NormalISO160 • ISO640

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James Artaius

The editor of Digital Camera World, James has 21 years experience as a journalist and started working in the photographic industry in 2014 (as an assistant to Damian McGillicuddy, who succeeded David Bailey as Principal Photographer for Olympus). In this time he shot for clients like Aston Martin Racing, Elinchrom and L'Oréal, in addition to shooting campaigns and product testing for Olympus, and providing training for professionals. This has led him to being a go-to expert for camera and lens reviews, photo and lighting tutorials, as well as industry news, rumors and analysis for publications like Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-Photo: The Nikon MagazineDigital Photographer and Professional Imagemaker, as well as hosting workshops and talks at The Photography Show. He also serves as a judge for the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest. An Olympus and Canon shooter, he has a wealth of knowledge on cameras of all makes – and a fondness for vintage lenses and instant cameras.