Canon EOS R5 review

Is the Canon EOS R5 the best Canon camera you can buy?

Canon EOS R5 review
(Image: © Future / Joseph Foley)

Our Verdict

The Canon EOS R5 remains the best Canon camera for most uses, and one of the best stills cameras full stop. Two years after release, it's proved to be everything the professional workhorse we'd hoped for thanks to superb autofocus, super rapid burst shooting and the added bonus of up to 8K video. If you’re looking for a camera for video specifically, this isn’t it, due to the recording limits at higher resolutions, but it’s one of the best for stills and hybrid shooters who want occasional video, and particularly for sports and wildlife photographers.

For

  • Stunning image quality
  • Best-in-class autofocus and IBIS
  • Super-fast burst shots
  • 8K video at 30fps and 4K at up to 120fps

Against

  • Recording limitations with higher res video

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In this Canon EOS R5 review, I take a closer look at what was one of the most highly anticipated cameras in recent years. The R5, which was released in July 2020, wasn't Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera; that was the EOS R, released in 2018. But the EOS R was almost a teaser for the EOS R5, which was the first mirrorless aimed at professionals and a clear descendant of the popular workhorse DSLR, the EOS 5D Mark IV.

The EOS R5 takes the excellent functionality of the EOS 5D Mark IV and adapts it to the mirrorless format, but does it offer enough extra to be worth upgrading to? And is it worth paying an extra $1,200 / £1,300 if you’re other option is the 5D? 

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The Verdict
4.5

out of 10

Canon EOS R5

The Canon EOS R5 remains the best Canon camera for most uses, and one of the best stills cameras full stop. Two years after release, it's proved to be everything the professional workhorse we'd hoped for thanks to superb autofocus, super rapid burst shooting and the added bonus of up to 8K video. If you’re looking for a camera for video specifically, this isn’t it, due to the recording limits at higher resolutions, but it’s one of the best for stills and hybrid shooters who want occasional video, and particularly for sports and wildlife photographers.

Joe Foley

Joe is a regular freelance journalist and editor at Creative Bloq. He writes news, features and buying guides and keeps track of the best equipment and software for creatives, from video editing programs to monitors and accessories. A veteran news writer and photographer, he now works as a project manager at the London and Buenos Aires-based design, production and branding agency Hermana Creatives. There he manages a team of designers, photographers and video editors who specialise in producing visual content and design assets for the hospitality sector. He also dances Argentine tango.