Canon EOS R5C

Canon EOS R5 C

45MP Dual Pixel AF CMOS Sensor | 8K Raw capture up to 60p | Fan-assisted unlimited recording

What we like:

  • Very detailed 8K with decent rolling shutter
  • Cinema RAW Lite capture
  • Fan delivers extended durability
  • Video displays including waveforms

What we don't:

  • Power limitations at fastest Raw capture modes
  • SD second slot not great for video
  • Fragile Micro HDMI output
The Canon EOS R5C is a video-centric variant of the EOS R5: an 8K video camera that gains a fan but loses in-body stabilization.
The controls are a match for the EOS R5: comfortable and well-considered but designed with viewfinder shooting in mind. The interface and menus switch between (photo) EOS and Cinema EOS depending on which mode you're in. All buttons are dual-customizable for stills and video, and uniquely, most are labelled with both functions.
The autofocus is very good, with the camera doing particularly well at focusing on people. It's not quite as sure-footed in video mode as it is for stills shooting, but it's quite usable if you keep an eye on its behavior. The fan helps overcome the standard R5's thermal limitations, making for a more dependable video tool.
The R5C feels like a logical successor to the EOS 5D Mk II that helped kickstart the hybrid camera revolution.
The R5C delivers the same highly detailed 8K footage as the R5, or the more detailed 'HQ' 4K at up to 120p. It adds Cinema RAW Lite, allowing 8K/60 or 4K/120 capture, along with waveform displays and punch-in focus. Additional external power is required to maintain lens AF and iris control at the most ambitious video settings, and a micro HMDI socket is an odd carry-over from the standard R5.
The R5C can essentially be used as a slightly bulkier EOS R5 if you switch over to stills mode, with a full mechanical shutter ensuring it can match the image quality of its photo twin. The lack of in-body stabilization makes it a little less suited to this, though.
The EOS R5C is a more capable and dependable video camera than the standard EOS R5 and feels like a logical successor to the hybrid camera revolution Canon helped begin with the EOS 5D Mk II. Some odd limitations and that micro HDMI socket make it feel like an over-clocked R5, rather than a through-and-through cinema camera, though.

Richard Butler