The new EOS R5 C is Canon’s other mirrorless camera. In fact, the EOS R5 C is hybridization (C70 & R5) on hybridization (C70 = R5 & C300 Mark III). With so many hybridizations, there is a high chance of product cannibalization and confused consumers. Why choose the R5 C rather than the R5? Here are our two cents.
Although the EOS R5C has impressive internal raw options, when Apple ProRes RAW is desired there is no difference to the EOS R5. Indeed, the R5 C is armed with three flavors of raw (high-quality HQ RAW, standard-quality RAW ST, and light recording RAW LT), while the R5 has only one shooting mode option. raw 8K. But, Atomos breaks that even. With the recent Atomos update, R5 and R5 C can shoot 8K ProRes RAW at 30 FPS. The Ninja V+ records 8Kp30 and 5Kp60 ProRes RAW from the Canon EOS R5 via a standard HDMI connection. The EOS R5 C also records Apple ProRes RAW 8K at 30 fps with the NINJA V+. In addition to 8K at 30 fps, the NINJA V+ supports 6K at 50 fps and 60 fps. Therefore, R5 and R5 C have the same ProRes RAW capabilities (with the help of Ninja V+). When it comes to “normal” raw (HQ, ST, and LT), the R5 C breaks even with the EOS Cinema C70 with its recent firmware update. However, the C70 cannot record in 8K. It has its own strengths though, like higher dynamic range thanks to its dual-gain output sensor (over 16 stops in total).
The EOS R5 is the first EOS camera to feature 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization that compensates for up to eight stops of camera shake for truly effective camera shake compensation to accommodate handheld shooting with slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system also works in concert with lens-based optical image stabilization for native RF lenses and adapted EF lenses. However, R5 C does not have this. The R5 C has the same stabilization as the C70, which is called EIS (Enhanced/Electronic Image Stabilization). EIS is achieved through coordinated control when Canon’s RF lenses with optical IS are combined with the EOS R5 C camera’s electronic IS when shooting in XF-AVC or MP4 formats. With an RF lens with Optical Image Stabilizer and Electronic Image Stabilizer in the EOS R5 C camera, coordinated control achieves optimal hand-shake correction effects. This achieves better anti-shake performance than with EF lenses equipped with conventional Image Stabilizer (using the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R) and Electronic Image Stabilizer. It’s not IBIS though, and it’s only returning for XF-AVC and MP4 codecs, however, it’s less efficient than IBIS. But on the other hand, IBIS can cause problems in mechanical stabilizers. To sum up, this may not be a deciding factor when using stabilization rigs.
In order to enable uninterrupted 8K raw recording, the EOS RC is equipped with fans as part of the heat dissipation apparatus. Thus, the EOS R5 C is not waterproof like the R5. Its durability is very similar to the C70. However, the R5 body is super durable, waterproof, and built to endure harsh working conditions and inclement weather. The EOS R5 C (like the C70) offers much less durability.
The EOS R5 C was designed for photo and video professionals. However, when switching between still mode and video mode, there is a significant lag of around 10 seconds, as the interface is transferred to a completely different GUI. Those 10 seconds are like an eternity for hybrid shooters who need a lightning-fast transition between video and stills, and back again.
Canon has created the ultimate mirrorless camera based on two models which are the C70 and the R5. However, on many parameters, the R5 still wins. For example, speed, durability, and price (although the price delta isn’t that big (~$600)). Atomos pretty much even breaks the equation, since the filmmakers who bought the R5 and the Ninja V+, have no decent excuse to buy the EOS R5 C, since the ProRes RAW capabilities for 8K recording are the same . In fact, the Ninja V+ enables the most suitable interface for filmmakers and thus pretty much eliminates one of the main advantages of the EOS R5 C (three raw flavors). Additionally, this transition between stills and video mode is so slow that it’s impractical for hybrid shooters who choose Canon EOS for its speed. This feature may be the Achilles heel of the EOS R5 C. Also, what is the reason filmmakers buy the C70 instead of the R5 C? Although the C70 has a higher dynamic range, it “only” has a Super 35 sensor, lower resolution and a higher price ($5,500). So why buy it when you can get the EOS R5 C? And why buy the EOS R5 C when you can get the R5 (in case you own the Ninja V+)? That’s the problem with mirrorless products, and the EOS R5 C is that in itself.
So what did you choose? C70, R5 C, or the most logical option (R5)?
Here are the products mentioned in the article and the links to buy them from authorized retailers.
- Canon EOS R5 C Mirrorless Cinema Camera
- Canon EOS R5 mirrorless camera
- Canon EOS C70 Cinema Camera (RF Mount)
- Atomos Ninja V+ 5.2″ 8K Raw Recorder