Canon’s new EOS R5 C records unlimited 8K video

Canon announced the new EOS R5C, a full-frame camera that bridges the gap between the brand’s standard EOS line of mirrorless cameras and the more cinema-focused EOS Cinema range.

From a still photography perspective, the Canon EOS R5 C and the Canon EOS R5 are essentially identical in their capabilities. But from a video perspective, the EOS R5 C performs much better thanks to a large cooling fan on the rear, which helps unlock unlimited 8K capture. The EOS R5 C also inherits an interface from the EOS Cinema range (in video mode), as well as several other cinema-centric features and shooting modes. Let’s take a closer look.

Unlimited 8K video capture

Aside from the large rear protrusion, the basic design and button layout of the EOS R5 C is essentially identical to that of its sibling. cannon

Unlimited 8K video is clearly the main feature of this new camera. While the EOS R5 can technically shoot in 8K, the camera tends to overheat while doing so. It requires long periods of inactivity to cool down. Needless to say, the EOS R5’s 8K mode is far from usable.

With the EOS R5 C, 8K RAW footage can be captured in 12-bit mode, up to 60 fps, with no recording limits (using Canon’s “Cinema RAW Light” format). The camera can also shoot unlimited 4K/120p video without cropping, in 10-bit mode, with full autofocus.

The new rear fan, which makes all of the above possible, adds about 1 inch of depth to the camera body and 1.1 ounces of additional weight, compared to the standard EOS R5. But aside from the big rear bump (and a big red shutter), the two cameras look very similar. The grip is also unchanged, so they probably behave the same.

Other New Video Features

The new Canon EOS R5C
A timecode terminal on the R5 C makes it easy to synchronize footage when shooting with multiple cameras. cannon

The EOS R5 C benefits from many features of its EOS Cinema siblings. These include 8K HDR capture in Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG), the ability to shoot Canon Log 3 gamma, ProRes video output up to 8K/30p, and the ability to save proxy files to an SD card when outputting video to a separate device. capture device.

It also gains Canon’s multi-function shoe, allowing the R5 C to play nicely with various microphones and multi-channel audio solutions. Plus, it includes a timecode terminal, to sync footage when shooting with multiple cameras. And users now have the ability to assign button functions separately for photos and video capture.

Video specific interface

The new Canon EOS R5C
A 3-way switch (top left) allows users to choose between a stills- or video-focused interface. cannon

Speaking of customization, another small design change on the EOS R5 C is the addition of a three-way mode switch (Photo/Off/Video). When using the camera in photo mode, users will encounter the standard Canon EOS menus and interface. But in video mode, the camera displays the EOS Cinema interface.

No in-body image stabilization

While the EOS R5 C has a lot to offer, one thing it lacks compared to its sibling is in-body image stabilization. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck if you want to shoot handheld. An electronic image stabilization mode works with Canon’s stabilized lenses, to help keep things smooth. But using this feature comes with a 1.1x crop.

The new Canon EOS R5C
There’s no in-body IS in the EOS R5 C, but it does offer an electronic IS mode (with a 1.1x crop factor). cannon

What is the same as the EOS R5

We have covered the main differences between these two siblings. Here’s what’s unchanged: Both cameras feature identical 45-megapixel CMOS sensors with Canon’s unique Dual Pixel autofocus. And they both offer the same 5.76 million-dot electronic viewfinder and 2.1 million-dot fully articulating rear screen.

The button layout and handle design are also nearly identical. And both cameras use the same LP-E6NH battery. You’ll also find matching SD/CFexpress card slots on each, as well as equal burst shooting capabilities: 12fps using the mechanical shutter and 20fps using the electronics.

Who is it for ?

In many ways, the EOS R5 C is the camera Canon promised when it launched the EOS R5. It is really an 8K-capable cinema camera, which is also good for capturing stills, whether it’s fast action, portraiture, or anything in between.

Price and availability

The Canon EOS R5 C will be available in March for $4,499.

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