Canon EOS R5 C review: the ultimate hybrid?

The EOS R5 is a brilliant stills camera that happens to have impressive video skills and is more than a little handy at capturing stills

Canon EOS R5 C video camera on a white background
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Digital Camera World Verdict

You could argue that if Canon had got the Canon EOS R5 right in the first place, there would have been no need for the EOS R5 C. After all, the EOS R5 is a truly excellent stills machine and while it has an impressive array of video features, its appeal was compromised by overheating issues, although a firmware update helped. But no, Canon has gone much, much further with the EOS R5 C and the result is a potent and serious video camera that’s essentially an entry-level Cinema EOS with the bonus of great stills capture. In other words, the EOS R5 C is two first-class cameras for the price of one.


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    Great value

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    Internal Raw recording

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    Cooling fan

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    Overall handling

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    AF system is impressive


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    Off/video/photo switch could be more positive

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    Battery capacity nothing special

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    Micro HDMI where a full-size HDMI would be better

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    No IBIS

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    No integral ND filters

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The Canon EOS R5 is a hugely popular and successful mirrorless full-frame that excels in both stills and video shooting. That said, excellent though the EOS R5 is, it’s fair to say that it is arguably better at still capturing than video where its tendency to over-heat compromised its appeal.

Using the Canon EOS R5 as a starting point, Canon has packed it with video features without compromising its stills skills, although it has lost its very effective five-axis in-body image stabilizer. The most obvious physical change is the body’s left side is much deeper to allow the space to install permanent cooling fan and vents which, in theory, means the camera has the ability to shoot 8K video until the battery dies or the media is full without any overheating issues.

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Sensor36x24mm CMOS full-frame
Effective resolution45 megapixels
Image processorDIGIC X
AutofocusVideo: Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with Eye EF and EOS iTR AF X | Photo: Dual Pixel CMOS AF II 1053 phase-detection points
Face detectAF Face priority, face only, eye AF
ISOVideo: IS O100-25,600, 102,400 expanded | Photo: 100-51,200, 102,400 expanded
ShutterVideo: off, speed, angle, clear scan, slow | Photo: mechanical, elect 1st curtain, electronic
Video recording formatsCinema RAW Light: 12 bit RAW XF-AVC 4:2:2 10bit HEVC (MP4): 4:2:2 10-bit/ 4:2:0 10-bit H.264 (MP4): 4:2:0 8-bit
Internal recording modesCinema RAW Light/Raw 12-bit 8192x4320 at 23.98/24/25/29.97/50/59.94fps 5952x314023.98/24/29.97/50/59.94fps
Internal recording modesAVC-Intra/AVC-LongG/XF-AVC 4:2:2 DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/59.94/100/120 fps 
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps
Internal recording modesAVC-LongG/MP4 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 8K (8192 x 4320) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97 fps 
UHD 8K (7680 x 4320) at 23.98/25/29.97 fps 
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) at 23.98/24.00/25/29.97/50/59.94/100/120 fps 
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) at 23.98/25/29.97
External recording modes4:2:2 10-bit via HDMI, DCI 4K (4096x2160) up to 59.94fps UHD 4K (3840x2160) up to 59.94fps
Image stabilisationDigital
ScreenArticulating 3.2in touch panel 2,100K dot
EVF0.5in OLED, 5.79K dot
Storage1xCFexpress Type B, 1x SD/SDHC/SDXC UHS-II
Size142 x 101 x 111 mm (5.6 x 4 x 4.4 in)
Weight770g (1.7 lb) with battery and cards
Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX

In our test, the Panasonic Lumix S5 IIX proved itself a very skilled hybrid that comes in at an attractive price too, and key video features include HDMI Raw output, SSD recording, Apple ProRes, and streaming functionality. Add to that a compact design, Phase Hybrid AF, impressive image stabilization, and compatibility with the growing band of L-Mount lenses, and the Lumix S5 IIX is a serious hybrid

Sony A1

Let’s kick-off with the Sony A1’s major negative: it’s frighteningly expensive. That said, there is no doubt that the Sony flagship is an incredibly capable and well-endowed camera for stills and video. For video, it can capture 8K/30p video and 4K video up to 120fps, and raw can be saved to an external recorder via HDMI. What it lacks though is an active cooling solution so its video capacity is compromised.

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Will Cheung FRPS
Photography expert

Will is a freelance photographer and imaging journalist based in Cambridgeshire, UK. Over the years, he’s edited Practical Photography, Digital Photo, Photography Monthly, Advanced Photographer and, most recently, Photography News. He is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society and sits on its Travel distinctions panel.