Canon announced the EOS R5 C full-frame mirrorless camera, which it describes as a “true hybrid”. It combines its Cinema EOS technology and EOS technology to create a robust, active-cooled, super-thick body.
The EOS R5 C, a fully functional R5, was launched in July 2020. It retains almost all of its original capabilities but adds unlimited video recording and Canon Cinema EOS menu options. This is due to an active cooling system attached to the rear portion of the original R5 chassis. It still has dual card slots (CFexpress and SD), a 3.2 inch variable-angle LCD monitor and a high definition 5.76 million dot viewfinder.
Massive Active Cooling System Allows Unlimited 8K Raw Recording
Let’s start with the elephant in the room. The EOS R5 is a thicker camera due to the addition of an enormous active cooling system that eliminates overheating issues (which plagued the original R5) that was absent on the original R5. The inclusion of this cooling system means that the R5C can record continuous, non-stop clips at 8K resolution at 60 frames per second RAW video. The R5C can also shoot without limits in all its video formats. Contrary to the suggestion that the R5 used 8K to market its products, the R5C seems to take 8K very seriously.
The EOS R5C can shoot 8K HDR with Hybrid Log Gamma and Perceptual Quantization formats. The EOS R5 C can also be used in Canon Log 3. It has a Timecode terminal to allow multi-camera shooting, and the company’s latest multi-function shoe. This allows compatibility with first- and third-party accessories (the TASCAMCA-XLR2d -C XLR microphone) and 13 marked and assignable buttons that can be customized.
RAW video claims are subject to a caveat. 8K at 60 frames per seconds is recorded in Canon’s “RAW Light” format. This is also found in other Canon Cinema EOS cameras, such as the C300 Mark III or the C500 Mark II. Canon claims RAW Light captures all the dynamic range of the sensor. It also provides video data with a “cinematic” look that can be optimized to achieve advanced grading and HDR.
Cinema RAW Light also now offers three new modes: RAWHQ (high quality), RAWST (standard quality) and RAWLT (light recording). It is now possible to record Canon Cinema Raw Light High Quality, despite the confusion. The EOS R5C can record all three modes at 12-bit regardless the frame rate. It also records 8K video in MP4 format. Additionally, it can be wrapped in.MXF to make it compatible with existing workflows and non-linear editing software (NLEs). It also features USB Video Class (UVC), which allows for streaming from the camera outside of the box.
The camera supports RAW output via HDMI to ProRes RAW recording using a compatible external recorder. This allows it to shoot in Apple ProRes RAW up to 8K 30P. Proxy data can be simultaneously recorded to an SD Card in-camera.
The R5C can capture 120 frames per second at 4K resolution in 4:2 to2 10-bit. There is no cropping of the sensor and the excellent Dual Pixel autofocus works well even at high framerates. EOS R5 C can record.WAV audio separately from video. This, according to the company, virtually eliminates the need to separate audio recordings.
AC power can be used with the R5 C. However, it requires an AC adapter and a DC coupler. Canon has now launched the DC Coupler DR–E6C. The USB Power Adapter PD-E1 does not work with the EOS R5C. It also requires an AC adapter plus a DC coupler (Canon has launched the new DC Coupler DR-E6C). Additionally, the camera cannot operate at its maximum capacity when armed either with external power (either via a wall outlet or a compatible battery pack) or the LP-E6NH. The LP-E6N and LP–E6N are both compatible, but users will not get the same recording time and frame rate in still mode.
No In-Body Image Stabilization
The R5 C doesn’t have any in-body imaging stabilization (IBIS) and this is a major change. Canon didn’t say why, but Panasonic may have left it out for the same reasons that Panasonic didn’t include it in the GH5S. Cinematographers prefer cameras without stabilization.
Canon notes that the R5 C has coordinated image stabilization that works with Canon lenses equipped with optical image stabilizer (as expected), and electronic stabilization that requires a crop to work.
The Dual Functions Photo and Video Camera
The Canon R5 C has a prominent photo/video switch at the top of its camera. This is in addition to other toggles found on Canon cameras. The camera behaves almost identically to the original R5 except for the exclusion IBIS. The Cinema EOS menu is activated and the camera behaves like a Cinema EOS. This separation is more than Canon’s norm. Leica has experimented with similar features in its SL series but not to this extent. It could make the camera feel like two separate cameras all packed together.
Canon’s 45-megapixel high resolution sensor is still present in the R5 C. It is paired with DIGIC X, an image processor that offers an ISO range from 100 to 51,2000 and expandable to 102.400. Dual Pixel autofocus, which is 1,053 points in size, is still available. Continuous shooting speeds of up to 12 frames per minute in mechanical shutter mode or 20 frames per minute in silent electronic shutter mode are also available.
EOS R5C also supports Bluetooth connectivity and WiFi at 2.4GHz or 5GHz for image file transfer.
Pricing and availability
The EOS R5 C will be available March 2022 at $4,499. This is $600 more than the original R5’s price of $3,899.