Canon EOS R5 Real World Review (outdoors in Winter)

Canon Eos R5 Specifications Digital Camera

Here is a Canon EOS R5 on the field. See how the EOS R5 holds up in real world and outside a testing lab. In Winter conditions, indeed.

At a glance:

  • 45MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC X Image Processor
  • 8K30 Raw and 4K120 10-Bit Internal Video
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 12 fps Mech. Shutter, 20 fps E. Shutter
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 1053 Points
  • 0.5″ 5.76m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3.2″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Subject Tracking with Deep Learning
  • CFexpress & SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots

Coming from First Man Photography, the Canon EOS R5 review below shows the R5 used outside in winter conditions:

We head out into challenging winter conditions to review the Canon R5 in what turns out to be a beautiful day of landscape photography. FYI – my camera reviews feature very little tech spec discussion. They are about how the camera feels and performs on a given day in the real world.

More Canon EOS R5 reviews are listed here, for EOS R6 reviews see here. The EOS R5 is highly regarded as a stills camera. In particular, the EOS R5 autofocus system seems to be huge leap forwards. User manual are available for download for the EOS R5 and the EOS R6.

Canon EOS R5:

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Here Is What Next Firmware Updates For Canon EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X III Will Deliver

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Some pretty interesting firmware updates coming for the Canon EOS R5, Canon EOS R6 and Canon EOS-1D X Mark III. Downloads should be available soon. Courtesy of Canon New Zealand.

A lot of the interesting stuff is related to autofocus, as improved head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports, or vehicle AF. It’s all listed below.

EOS R5 Firmware Update Version 1.5.0

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

2. Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.

 *Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.

3. Improves detection performance for eye detection when:
 - there are shadows on the face.
 - hair is hanging over the eyes.

4. Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.

5. Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.

6. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.

7. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.

8. Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.

9. Adds support for the RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye lens.

10. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].

11. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.

12. Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.

13. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

EOS R6 Firmware Update Version 1.5.0

Firmware Version 1.5.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

2. Adds [Vehicles] selection to [Subject to detect] selection in the [AF] tab to support the detection of automobiles and motorcycles in motorsports. Adds [Spot detection] when [Vehicles] is selected as the helmet of the driver or rider*.

 *Detection may not be possible for ordinary passenger cars or bicycles, or for motorcyclists performing stunts or kicking up dirt and dust.

3. Improves detection performance for eye detection when:
 - there are shadows on the face.
 - hair is hanging over the eyes.

4. Adds support for torso detection of a person. If the eyes, face or head are hidden or cannot be detected, a person’s torso will be detected and tracked continuously.

5. Adds the ability to import manual white balance (MWB) data from the Quick Control screen when capturing still images.

6. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.

7. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.

8. Adds [Suppress lower frame rate] to [Smooth] in [Disp. performance], enabling the shooting screen to be displayed with less drop frame rate even in dark locations.

9. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].

10. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.

11. Optimizes controls of In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS) when using specific EF lenses not equipped with the image stabilization function.

12. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

EOS-1D X Mark III Firmware Update, Version 1.6.0

Firmware Version 1.6.0 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements:

1. Improves head detection performance to support helmets or goggles in winter sports.

2. Eliminates the center press operation of the multi-controller to prevent accidentally transferring images during FTP transfer.

3. Adds the ability, when the Rating function is assigned to the Protect/Voice memo button, for voice memos to now be recorded by pressing and holding the button.

4. Adds the ability, when using EOS Utility or Browser Remote for remote shooting with two cards inserted, to set the recording method and to select which card to be recorded to.

5. Changes the default value of [Connection option settings], [FTP transfer settings], and [Power saving] to [Disable].

6. Changes the default value of [FTP server] → [Passive mode] to [Enable].

7. Improves operation stability during FTP transfer.

8. Fixes an issue, in which noise occurs along the edges of bright subjects when using Canon Log for movie recording.

Vehicle AF Coming To Canon EOS R5 and R6 With Next Firmware Update

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It seems that Canon might add a new autofocus mode to the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 through a firmware update.

Canon latest press release tells the company will release a firmware update for the EOS R5 and EOS R6. Besides receiving updates to eye and face detection AF, both cameras will also get “vehicle AF”. Both cameras will also get “SMOOTH EVF”, a special mode for when you are shooting in dark settings. The firmware update is expected for the end of November or the beginning of December. All new features coming with the firmware update are described below.

Canon press release:

Canon brings the precision and simplicity of the EOS R3 to its range of professional cameras

London, United Kingdom, 16ᵗʰ November 2021 – Canon Europe today announces firmware updates for the EOS R5 (firmware v1.50), EOS R6 (firmware v1.50) and EOS-1D X Mark III (firmware v1.60). Following the recent launch of the EOS R3, a powerhouse for sport and reportage photography, Canon bolsters its professional range of cameras with enhanced detection, seamless file transfer and optimized support for lenses.

Unrivalled detection for subject tracking

Across both the EOS R5 and EOS R6, this update delivers enhanced recognition of subjects. Users of these cameras are now able to select “vehicles” as the main subject. Inheriting this abilty from the  EOS R3, the cameras can track racing cars and bikes. The update also enhances the overall AF tracking of people, with improved eye and face detection even when the subject is wearing a mask, as well as adding body detection. Strengthening detection within the EOS-1D X Mark III for winter sports, the firmware provides improved head detection for subjects wearing goggles and helmets.

Simplified operation for streamlined workflows

For professional photographers, their camera needs to operate as an extension of them, with seamless and intuitive functionality to help them capture the shot. This upgrade gives EOS R5 and EOS R6 owners the ability to set a custom white balance in Live View, streamlining manual white balance control. Across all models, the firmware ensures that photographers aren’t able to mistakenly transfer files by pressing the multi-controller when “Transfer with SET” is set for FTP transfer. Previously, the EOS-1D X Mark III employed separate buttons for voice memo and image rating, but with newly added settings users can use one button to do both functions simultaneously.

Enhanced support for lenses

As the RF lens range continues to grow, photographers are able to unlock new possibilities with their cameras. Thanks to this latest update, the EOS R5 is now compatible with Canon’s EOS VR SYSTEM and the RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens, enabling content creators to easily capture immersive footage for virtual reality. The update also offers full-time manual support for the RF 70-200mm F4L IS USM¹, even if AF is selected.

Firmware update summary:

No.UpdateEOS R5EOS R6EOS-1D X Mark III
1Change the settings for “simultaneous recording” and “current drive” during remote operationXXX
2Disable the multi-controller for FTP transferXXX
3Change the default from Active to Passive with the FTP Server Passive Mode SettingXXX
4Enhanced recognition of subjects, including vehicle and body detectionXX 
5Improved Face/ Eye Detection with masksXX 
6Added White Capture Mode in Live View (Manual White Balance)XX 
7Added EVF Smooth to suppress lower frame rates in low lightXX 
8Full-time manual focus support for RF 70-200 mm F4L IS USMXX 
9RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE supportX  
10Added settings to enable image rating and voice memo to be set at the same time  X
11Change the Default Power Saving Settings for FTP Transfers from “use” to “not use”  X
12Enhanced Head Detection for winter sports athletes wearing goggles  X

New Canon EOS R5 Firmware Coming Soon?

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It seems Canon might soon release a new Canon EOS R5 firmware update.

Rumor has it Canon might release a new Canon EOS R5 firmware around November 26, the day the EOS R3 should start shipping.

Don’t expect anything earthshaking. Most likely the firmware update will bring support for the new Canon RF 5.2mm f/2.8L dual fisheye lens and the usual bug fixes.

Stay tuned…

Canon EOS R3 vs EOS R5 – Which One Better For Wedding Photography?

Eos R3 Vs Eos R5

Canon EOS R3 vs EOS R5, which Canon powerhouse is better suited for wedding photography? Let’s find out.

Coming from Canon Explorer of Light Vanessa Joy, the video below compares the Canon EOS R3 vs EOS R5. She says:

Ever since the Canon EOS R3 came out the question has been which is better for wedding photography – the Canon R3 or the Canon R5? In this seriously detailed, hands-on review of Canon R3 vs Canon R5 I give you my answer, along with a crazy amount of side by side photos of the Canon R5 vs R3. I hope you enjoy this Canon R3 Review compared to the Canon EOS R5!

A technical brochure about the EOS R3 is available. You can watch the Canon EOS R3 live-stream again here. All EOS R3 coverage is listed here. We put together some interesting videos about the Canon EOS R3, listed here. Be sure to check Gordon Laing’s in-depth review of the Canon EOS R3, part 1 and part 2. Oh, and don’t forget to listen how the R3’s 30fps sound. Canon EOS R3 product description after the break.

Preorder in the USA ($5,999):
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