The world has been expecting this camera for a long time and now it’s finally here. Canon has today announced the new Canon EOS R5c, a video-centric version of the Canon EOS R5 with active cooling (so you can actually shoot 8K for more than a few minutes) and a more streamlined UI aimed at video shooters.
Canon says that it combines the “best of both worlds” melding the EOS R5 and EOS C70 cameras into one – which you can see as soon as you turn the camera around to see how beefy it is compared to the EOS R5. The active cooling has meant that the camera is quite a bit thicker and from behind, more closely resembles the EOS C70 than its EOS R5 namesake.
The Canon EOS R5C takes a lot of pointers from both the EOS R5 and the EOS C70 to bring what Canon describes as a “true hybrid camera”, offering many of the best features of both. It shoots up to 8K 60fps and can record 12-Bit Cinema RAW Light internally. It offers HDMI RAW output as well as unlimited recording time, a timecode port, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection and active cooling to prevent overheating (which is why it’s so thick).
If you picked up the EOS R5 primarily for its video features but felt a little underwhelmed after dealing with overheating issues (even after the firmware updates), the Canon EOS R5c is here to answer your prayers. Of course, that doesn’t help you if you’ve already spent the money to get an EOS R5, but for those who’d been debating it, it sounds like the EOS R5C is going to be the better option.
That being said, and while the EOS R5C appears to be just as capable as the EOS R5 when it comes to stills with 20fps continuous shooting at 45-megapixels and the area around the grip looks quite easy to handhold, if stills is your primary need and the video is just a happy bonus, then the EOS R5 may still be the one to go for. If you really need something that’s good at both, then probably get both – if those needs justify the cost – and then each can act as a backup to the other in an emergency while maintaining their primary function.
|EOS R5c||EOS R5||EOS C70|
|Sensor||45-megapixel full-frame CMOS||45-megapixel full-frame CMOS||8.85-megapixel Super 35mm CMOS|
|Lens Mount||Canon RF||Canon RF||Canon RF|
|Max resolution||8192 x 5464||8192 x 5464||4096 x 2160|
|Stills File format||RAW, JPG, HEIF||RAW, JPG||JPG|
|Stills Bit-depth||10-Bit||14-Bit||12-Bit (brought down to 8-Bit due to JPG format)|
|ISO/Gain||ISO 100 to 51,200 in Manual Mode (Extended: 50 to 102,400)
ISO 100 to 25,600 in Auto Mode (Extended: 200 to 51,200)
|Photo: ISO 100 to 51,200 in Manual Mode (Extended: 50 to 102,400)
Photo: ISO 100 to 51,200 in Auto Mode
Video: ISO 100 to 25,600 (Extended: 51,200)
|ISO 160 to 25,600 (Extended: 100 to 102,400)
Gain -6 to 54 dB (Native) / -2 to 54 dB (Expanded)
|Stabilisation||Sensor-Shift (Video Only)||5-axis in-body image stabilisation works with IS lenses||Yes. Function depending on lens used, Digital 5-Axis IS for non IS lenses. Combination of Optical IS and Digital IS to give combined 5-Axis IS. IS performance depends on lens used|
|Continuous shooting||12fps (mechanical) / 20fps (electronic)||12fps (mechanical)||Unspecified|
|8K Video||8K DCI (8192 x 4320) at up to 59.95fps Cinema RAW Light / 29.97fps Raw 12-bit / 29.97fps 4:2:2: 10Bit||8K DCI (8192 x 4320) & 8K UHD (7680 x 4320) at up to 29.97fps RAW / 4:2:2 10-Bit||N/A|
|4K Video||4K DCI (4096 x 2160) & 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 119.88fps 4:2:2 10-Bit||4K DCI (4096 x 2160) & 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 119.88fps 4:2:2 10-Bit||4K DCI (4096 x 2160) & 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 119.88fps 4:2:2 10-Bit|
|HD Video||Full HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 59.94p||Full HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 59.94p||Full HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 179.82fps 4:2:2 8-Bit|
|Focus type||Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Eye Detection||Dual Pixel CMOS AF (also available in 8K and 4K video modes)||Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Face Detection|
|AF Points||1053 phase detection||1053 phase detection||N/A|
|Viewfinder||5.79m-dot EVF||5.76m-dot EVF||N/A|
|LCD||3.2″ 2.1m-dot Articulating Touchscreen LCD||3.0″ 1.04m-dot Articulating Touchscreen LCD||3.5 inch LCD 2.76 million dots (1280 x 720 x RGB) Touchscreen LCD|
|Card slots||Dual CFexpress Type B and UHS-II SD||Dual CFexpress Type B and UHS-II SD||Dual UHS-II SD|
|Connectivity||WiFi, Bluetooth||WiFi, Bluetooth||N/A|
|Dimensions||142.2 x 101.6 x 111.8 mm||138 x 97.5 x 88 mm||130.2 x 160 x 115.9 mm|
|Weight||1.7 lb / 770 g (With Battery, Recording Media)||738 g (Body with Battery and Memory)||1.34 kg (With Battery)|
So, it’s not quite as good as the EOS R5 in some respects (like only getting sensor-shift stabilisation in video mode) and it’s not quite as good as the EOS C70 in others (lower 1080p frame rates and a lower resolution LCD), but it’s better than both in many respects and looks to be a fantastic compromise between the two – especially if high resolution 8K video is your priority.
The Canon EOS R5c is available to pre-order now for $4,499 as a body-only package or $5,599 for the EOS R5c and RF 24-105mm f/4L lens kit. Shipping is expected to begin in May. There’s also a new Canon DR-E6C DC coupler ($159.99) allowing you to power your EOS R5c from an external power supply like the Canon CA-946 ($299) or V-Mount batteries using the appropriate P-Tap adapter.
You can find out more about the Canon EOS R5C on the Canon website.