Canon EOS R5 C Review

Canon EOS R5 C
In-Depth Review

As reflected in its moniker, the Canon EOS R5 C is primarily the same as the Canon EOS R5, with a few significant exceptions.

The "C" references "Cinema", and "The EOS R5 C is a complete package that offers filmmakers, multimedia journalists, and advanced amateurs a cost-effective 8K, 4K, and FHD video camera to help unlock their creative potential." [Canon]

Remember the Canon EOS 5D Mark II? That 5-series camera brought video capabilities normally requiring a great expense to a reasonably priced DSLR camera. A similar concept is again introduced by the EOS R5 C, having features otherwise found in cinema cameras costing twice as much.

"Ready for Anything: The Canon EOS R5 C True Hybrid, Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Bridges Cinema EOS and EOS Technology" [Canon]

While the letter "C" is a big deal, the EOS R5 and EOS R5 C are, primarily, the same camera. The Canon EOS R5 C review will focus on the differences between those cameras vs. a full hands-on technical review.

Canon EOS R5 C Body

What are the Differences Between the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R5 C?

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  • 3-position main switch separates stills and video modes. The video position presents a separate Cinema EOS interface, including high-level video features such as waveform monitors, video codec options, and extensive audio control.
  • Up to 8K/60P (vs. 30p), 5.9K RAW in Super 35mm mode, and 2.9K in Super 16mm mode, all supporting internal recording to CFexpress cards.
  • An active cooling system switched to on or auto (turns off during recording) enables continuous and virtually limitless shooting, even at 8K/60P.
  • No IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), but coordinated digital stabilization is available for Canon lenses equipped with optical IS (with a small crop).
  • 12-bit Cinema RAW Light (as in Cinema EOS cameras, smaller file sizes) features three newly-developed 12-bit modes, RAW HQ (high quality), RAW ST (standard quality), and RAW LT (light recording).
  • MXF-based XF-AVC (robust 10-bit 4:2:2 files in a .MXF wrapper for simple compatibility with non-linear editing systems — NLEs, broadcasting standards), with its high efficiency mode enabling internal card recording without an external recorder, and highly versatile MP4 Codecs for 10-bit 4:2:2 Video.
  • HDMI 8K RAW output to compatible recorders.
  • Capable of simultaneously recording two independent video files.
  • Simultaneous, separate .WAV audio file audio capture enabled during high frame rate recording.
  • Supports 8K HDR recording in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG) in addition to Perceptual Quantization (PQ) format.
  • Canon Log 3, a gamma designed for simple grading, such as tightening dark areas and adjusting tones.
  • Timecode terminal for synchronization of multiple cameras and other interfaces.
  • USB Video Class (UVC) connectivity, enabling out-of-the-box use as a streaming video camera.
  • The Canon DC Coupler DR-E6C provides the continuous power requirements of Cinema RAW Light at high framerates.
  • 13 marked, assignable buttons allow for customized operation.
  • Multi-Function Shoe with digital audio interface.
  • Tally lamp
  • Additional button labeling, focusing on numbers.
  • Sporty red shutter release button and "C" name badge.
  • Larger in size, with slightly heavier weight.
  • Modestly more expensive.

Should I get the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R5 C?

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Those focusing on videography should choose the EOS R5 C, and those focusing on still photography should opt for the R5. However, that answer is greatly simplified, as the R5 C remains a highly competent stills camera, and the EOS R5 is a highly competent video camera. Still, those not requiring the ultimate video capabilities need not spend the extra money for a camera that is larger, and lacks IBIS. As always, use the information provided to make the right decision for you.

More Canon EOS R5 C Information

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Starting on top of the camera, we see several physical differences.

Canon EOS R5 C Top

Some of the R5 C's buttons have numbers and additional labeling. One button is red, and the power switch is redesigned, with separate photo and video modes. The significant space required by the fan is obvious under the stretched viewfinder.

Despite being straightforward with the R5's movie high bitrate recording durations before high temperature shutdown, Canon took a lot of heat for this issue. The fan resolves this problem.

Canon EOS R5 C Back

The back view hides the fan design change, with button label changes being the primary R5 C vs. R5 differences visible in this view.

Canon EOS R5 C LCD Open

The rear LCD remains the vari-angle type.

Canon EOS R5 C Left Side

I know, you look at this side view and think, "Roger can't wait to remove those screws."

The major design change visible from the left side of the camera is the fan, with the exhaust ports and extended viewfinder being obvious.

The Timecode port is accessed from this side.

Canon EOS R5 C Timecode Port

The new Timecode terminal enables precise time synchronization of multiple cameras, audio recording, and other interfaces.

Canon EOS R5 C Right Side

Aside from the fan intake and extended viewfinder, the right side of the R5 C looks like the R5, and the two cameras feature the same memory card slots.

Canon EOS R5 C Memory Card Door Open

An R5 C limitation derived from sharing the R5 design's combination CFexpress and SD card interface is the up to V90 SD slot's inability to support the higher bit rate recording options.

Canon EOS R5 C Simultaneous Recording

Simultaneous movie recording is available, but the options for writing to the SD slot are limited.

Canon EOS R5 C Bottom

Like the R5, the R5 C uses the 2130mAh Canon LP-E6NH Li-ion Battery Pack.

Canon EOS R5 C Front with Grip

Optional for the R5 is the Canon BG-R10 Battery Grip (B&H). The battery grip accepts up to two batteries, effectively doubling the battery life in terms of shots per charge.

Canon EOS R5 C with Grip

At least as important for many is the vertical grip provided by the BG-R10. Including controls, this accessory provides a substantial ergonomic advantage, making vertical shooting much more comfortable. The downside to the battery grip is the additional size and weight. However, the grip is easily removed, and the best option can be chosen for the current situation.

Canon EOS R5 C with PD-E1

The R5 supports in-camera LP-E6NH battery charging with the Canon USB Power Adapter PD-E1.

Canon EOS R5 C with DC Coupler

For full lens auto feature support, including AF and electronic aperture control, the LP-E6NH's 7.4v is not adequate for recording in Cinema RAW Light at high framerates (greater than 30p, greater than 60p for Super 16mm). The Canon DC Coupler DR-E6C or PD-E1 resolves that issue.

Canon EOS R5 C Cinema RAW Light

Canon EOS R5 C Cinema Menu

Canon EOS R5 C Recording Formats

Canon EOS R5 C Recording Format Specifications

Canon EOS R5 C Coordinated Control IS

"Enhanced image stabilization is achieved through coordinated control when Canon's RF lenses with optical IS are combined with the EOS R5 C camera's electronic IS when shooting XF-AVC or MP4 formats. With an RF lens that has optical IS and the electronic IS in the EOS R5 C camera, coordinated control helps achieve the optimum hand-shake correction effects. This helps achieve better anti-vibration performance than with conventional IS-equipped EF lenses (using optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R) and electronic IS together." [Canon]

The R5 C does not feature optical IBIS.

Canon EOS R5 C with Mic

"Canon’s next-generation Multi-Function Shoe is compatible with a variety of accessories, such as the optional TASCAM CA-XLR2d-C XLR microphone adapter (sold separately) for up to 4-channel digital audio." [Canon]

Canon EOS R5 C Angle

Here is another spin around this camera body:

Canon EOS R5 C Front Angle

Canon EOS R5 C Front Left Angle

Canon EOS R5 C Left Rear Angle

Canon EOS R5 C Rear Angle

The EOS R5 C has weather resistance equivalent to the EOS C70, with internal components isolated from the cooling system.


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As I create this page, a pair of Canon EOS R5 bodies are my primary cameras. They are outstanding performers, my choice over every other camera made to date.

For a higher cost, larger size, slightly heavier weight, and no IBIS, the Canon EOS R5 C provides significantly improved video capabilities. Those finding the R5's video features insufficient and addressed by the R5 C have an easy choice.

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Review Date: 2022-01-31
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