Ready for Stills and Video with the Canon EOS R5 C Camera


Canon has announced the new EOS R5 C, a compact, hybrid camera that is ideal for journalists, event photographers, and drone users who routinely capture stills and video over the course of their workday. This RF-mount mirrorless camera combines the full-frame 45 MP resolution and speed of EOS R5 stills capture with up to 8K60, 12-bit Cinema RAW Light internal video capture, HDMI raw output, Canon Log 3, HLG and PQ HDR, unlimited recording length, and multiple video features of the EOS Cinema line. Canon C70 users will also be glad to explore some new firmware updates for that Cinema line camera.

Canon EOS R5 C
Canon EOS R5 C

Ready for Anything: Melding Canon C70 and R5 Features

The full-frame R5 C camera features discrete menu options for still and video capture that are selected with the twist of a dial, enabling you to access the abilities of both types of capture with the use (and weight) of just one body.

In addition to providing a “ready for anything” melding of existing Canon C70 and Canon EOS R5 features, the R5 C adds features like raw output via HDMI, up to 8K60 Cinema RAW Light and 4K120 full -frame recording, support for Canon Log 3 and HLG/PQ HDR, a recording time that is limited only by your media and power, a timecode port, waveform monitors, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with eye detection, active cooling, a higher-power LP-E6NH battery, and a multi-function shoe for XLR audio adapters. The total of 13 user-assignable buttons allows for customizing the controls just the way you like.

Functions carried over from the C70 and R5 include Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, an electronic RF lens mount, both CFexpress and SD card slots, a familiar button layout, and DaVinci Resolve and Canon app compatibility for a smooth post-production workflow.

EOS Comparison

SENSOR 45MP Full-Frame 45MP Full-Frame 9.6MP DDGO Super35


Canon RF

Canon EF via Adapter 


Canon RF 

Canon EF via Adapter


Canon RF

Canon EF via Adapter 

SENSITIVITY ISO 100-102400 ISO 100-102400 ISO 100-102400
DYNAMIC RANGE 12+ Stops N/A 16+ Stops
DCIUHD 4K up to 120p
FHD up to 120p 
DCI/UHD 8K up to 60p
DCI/UHD 4K up to 120p 
DCI 2K/FHD 4K up to 180p
HD up to 60p 
DCI/UHD 4K up to 120p 
DCI 2K/FHD 4K up to 180p
HD up to 60p 
COLOR DEPTH 10-bit 4:2:2


12-bit 4:2:2, 10-bit 4:2:2

DCI 8K Cinema Raw Light: 12-bit

10-bit 4:2:2



DCI 8K: 12-bit 

DCI 8K Cinema RAW Light: 12-bit None


8K: 20 min
4K60: 25 min
All Others: 30 min

None None
Canon Log 3
Canon Log 2/3
STABILIZATION 5-Axis Sensor-Shift (8 Stops) Optical Still Stab./Digital Video Stab. 5-Axis Electronic w/Combination IS
ND FILTER None None Built-In 2/4/6/8/10-Stop
AUDIO 1 x 3.5mm mic input 
1 x 3.5mm headphone out 
1 x 3.5mm mic input 
1 x 3.5mm headphone out 
Multi-Interface Shoe
2 x Mini-XLR inputs
1 x 3.5mm mic input 
1 x 3.5mm headphone out
VIDEO OUTPUT Micro-HDMI (Type-D) Micro-HDMI (Type-D) HDMI Type-A
TIMECODE N/A Yes, DIN 1.0/2.3 (Input/Output) Yes, BNC (Input/Output)
MONITOR 3.2" 2.1m-dot vari-angle  
LCD touchscreen
3.2" 2.1m-dot vari-angle  
LCD touchscreen
3.5" 2.76m-dot vari-angle  
LCD touchscreen
EVF 0.5" 5.76m-dot OLED EVF 0.5" 5.76m-dot OLED EVF None
REMOTE IR, Bluetooth, Canon 3-Pin Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB Type-C, App LANC, Wi-Fi/LAN Adapter
TOP HANDLE None None Yes, Removable
MEDIA 1 x CFexpress Type-B
1 x SD
1 x CFexpress Type-B
1 x SD
2 x SD


BP-A Series
BP-A30 (3100 mAh)
BP-A60 (62100 mAh)



5.4 x 3.8 x 3.5"

1.6 lb

5.6 x 4.4 x 4"

1.5 lb

5.1 x 6.3 x 4.6" (body only)

2.6 lb (body only)

Still Photo Capture

The R5 C offers richly detailed still imaging with continuous capture at speeds of up to 20 fps using the 45MP full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC X processor. The R5 C works with R5 accessories such as the battery and WFT (wireless file transfer) grips, so, if you upgrade, you can continue to use those existing items, and it incorporates a multi-function shoe for compatible accessories. Use the R5 C’s dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for image file transfers while you work.

Improved Autofocus Functions

Autofocus options are available to suit just about any type of action and include Dual-Pixel CMOS AF II for freezing split-second movements, 1,053 AF zones used for Eye, Face, and Head Detection AF, Animal Detection AF for grabbing wildlife or furry friends, and Vehicle Detection for nailing those automobile product shots. You can select the size of the active AF area ranging from a single point to the whole AF area. You can even adjust the user-selected area using the 8-way controller located on the back of the camera. Basically, the R5 C offers the same still-image AF method choices as the EOS R5 model.

ISO Range of 100-51200

An ISO range of 100-51200 that expands to 50-102400 ensures that you have the sensitivity to capture optimal still photos in any kind of lighting.

High-Speed Continuous Capture

Whether you’re documenting the latest fashions, wildlife movements, or emotional moments, you can capture the most detailed action with continuous photo shooting rates of up to 12 fps using the R5 C’s mechanical shutter and up to 20 fps with the silent electronic shutter.

Compact, Lightweight Body

Compact and lightweight like the EOS R5, the R5 C is designed for comfortable handheld use. It also sports an optically extended EVF for eye-level viewing, and it shares the R5’s ergonomic grip design. An articulated, 3.2" LCD touchscreen makes it easy to keep an eye on your frame whether you’re shooting stills or video.

Freeze the fastest action
Freeze the fastest action

Cinema Line Video Imaging

Cine camera users will see the familiar Cinema EOS menu and overlays when using the R5 C in video mode, making it easier to switch between a Cinema EOS camera like the C70, C300 Mk II, or C700 and an R5 C being used as a “B” camera.

Resolution and Frame Rates

This is the first Cinema EOS camera with the ability to record 8K video internally at rates up to 8K60 using Canon‘s Cinema RAW Light codec or in 8K30 in MP4 for quicker uploading. The incredibly detailed 8K (8192 x 4320) resolution can be used natively or used for 4K cropping from within the frame. The R5 C’s ability to record two resolutions simultaneously means you can capture in Cinema RAW Light for your final version while capturing 4K, HD, or a proxy file for speedier, less storage-intensive editing. Note that one quirk of the R5 C is that some of the top frame rates require the use of a power supply and are not attainable under battery power.





SUPER 35 Cinema RAW Light

Cinema RAW Light




Cinema RAW Standard is available in a variety of modes at rates of up to Full Frame 8K30, Super 35 6K60, and Super 16 at 3K60. Cinema RAW HQ is not available in Full Frame but can be captured at rates of up to Super 35 6K30 and Super 16 3K60.

8K Cinema RAW Light External Output

Experienced video shooters will appreciate the R5 C’s ability to output lengthy recordings to pro monitor/recorders like the Atomos NINJA V+ at rates up to 8K Cinema RAW Light or in Apple ProRes RAW up to 8K 30p while simultaneously capturing proxy files via the camera’s SD card slots.

HDR Imaging

The R5 C offers HDR (High Dynamic Range) in HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) in PQ (Perceptual Quantization)―producing richly detailed, lifelike footage even in 8K. Canon Log 3 compatibility streamlines simple grading when pairing the R5 C with other Cinema EOS models on multicamera shoots.

Sensor Modes

Content is produced for a wide variety of cinema-style forms, and the R5 C has you covered with the ability to select from full-frame, Super35, and Super16 modes. High-frame-rate options include up to DCI 4K120 in 4:2:2 10-bit without sensor cropping and the ability to use autofocus and record audio files even at high frame rates.

Enhanced Image Stabilization

Run-and-gunners will want to take advantage of the R5 C’s Enhanced Image Stabilization, especially to control for hand shaking movement. Available when using Canon RF lenses with optical IS, this function enhances the R5’s electronic IS when shooting in XF-AVC or MP4 formats, offering better anti-vibration performance than that obtained with conventional IS-equipped EF lenses (using the optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R) and electronic IS together.


A fan system keeps the R5 C cool, enabling uninterrupted, internal video recording, and pro touches such as a timecode port, durable housing, and a built-in cable clamp make the R5 C easy to integrate into your all-day, multicamera events.

Timecode Port
Timecode Port


The versatile R5 C comes with a shoulder strap, a USB Type-B to USB Type-C cable, a cable clamp, an LP-E6NH battery, and a battery charger. Besides the battery, it can also be powered using the existing CA-946 adapter, the omnicharge Omni Mobile 25600 mAh power bank, the new DR-E6C DC coupler, or the PD-E1 USB power adapter.

Advanced Audio

For advanced audio options, add the Tascam CA-XLR2d-C XLR Microphone Adapter with two XLR inputs, which connects to the R5 C’s multi-interface shoe and offers 4-channel, 24-bit audio.

Canon C70 Firmware Updates

Thanks to a new firmware update, the following features are now available for the popular Canon C70 Cinema Camera:

  • 12-bit internal Cinema RAW Light recording at rates of up to 60 fps in DCI 4K Super 35 and in 2K Super 16. HQ, ST, and LT options are available, depending on the resolution and frame rate.
  • A Frame Recording mode that enables you to capture a set number of frames with a touch of the Record button.
  • Interval recording and time-lapse effects, with the ability to select interval lengths and the number of frames captured.

Do you foresee the versatile Canon EOS R5 C replacing one or more of your still or video cameras? Let us know your impressions in the Comments section, below.

Canon EOS R5 C Mirrorless Cinema Camera: Panel Discussion with Keith Ladzinski




Is there any way to quickly change customized settings? There is no dial with custom setting options such as C1...C2...C3. Are customized settings able to be saved into memory and recalled through menu options?

Hi Alan - 

Up to 6 frequently used menu settings may be registered under a "My Menu" page for easy access.  Up to 5 separate "My Menu" pages with 6 options may be created and saved. An assignable button may also be be set ,so a registered menu setting can be accessed even faster and more easily. 
See the manual pages 24 and 121:


I look forward to upgrading to the 5RC from another camera in the near future. It'll be a game-changer for me, in that I've never shot video, and my current photo camera is only 16GB.

What CFexpress card can record 8K60 fps in Canon Raw light mode ?

Hi Greg -   
Designed for capturing raw 8K, 6K, and 4K video, the ProGrade Digital 325GB CFexpress 2.0 Type B Cobalt Memory Card (B&H # PRGCFX325GCJ) provides read speeds of up to 1700 MB/s, which helps to quickly offload content to your computer, and write speeds of up to 1500 MB/s. Additionally, the Cobalt's minimum write speed is guaranteed not to drop below 1400 MB/s. In addition to raw video, this card can also capture 8K, 6K, and 4K ProRes 4444 video, PreRes 422 HQ video, and more. This card is resistant to temperature extremes, shock, vibration, and X-rays, and is also backward compatible with select XQD cameras that adopt firmware to enable CFexpress. These cards take advantage of an NVMe host controller interface and backward compatibility with CFexpress 1.0.

I recommend that serious people who can't waste time with competing promotional vids for very complex & expensive tech in the vid camera area look to Youtube channel vid maestro "Gerald Undone."

While his 5R C review is not yet posted, his piece on other current Canon & other cameras will assure you this is the man to listen to. He is perfectly fair, completely knowledgeable, concise, and never misses an important point of function in a video/stills camera. I won't post a URL here, just look him up. A+ quality analysis.

Supplemental power requirement for full spec + no IBIS = DEALBREAKER. Nice try.

Under the "EOS Comparison" you list the video resolution as "4K up to 180p" but then in the table below that under "Resolution and Frame Rates" the highest frame rate listed is 120p. So which is it? Is that a typo?

Hi Anthony, 120p is correct; we're working on fixing that typo, thanks for bringing it to our attention.

I think it's VERY important for you to highlight the fact that the R5c does NOT have the same AF in video mode as PHOTO mode.   The comparison chart above is misleading and seems to show the R5c having Dual Pixel CMOS AF II.  While it does, in PHOTO mode, the AF in video mode is Dual Pixel CMOS AF with iTR AF X...the same as the C70, which is FAR inferior to the current R5's Dual Pixel CMOS AF II in video mode.  This is a MASSIVE difference as many users like myself were obviously assuming the R5c had the same amazing AF in video mode as the R5.  

I have an R5 and my biggest issue is not being able to dictate the HDMI out resolution/frame rate.  Is this different with the R5c or is it the same auto detection based on the in-camera frame rate/resolution? 

Hi Joshua - 

HDMI micro OUT terminal Type D (Resolution switches automatically) / CEC not compatible
• Images can be displayed through the HDMI output and on screen at the same time.
• Images will not be displayed unless [NTSC] or [PAL] is properly set according to the video system of the TV set.

External Video Capture:

External Recording Modes
4:2:2 10-Bit via HDMI
DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) up to 59.94p
UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) up to 59.94p

Hi, just FYI: I have an EOS R5 and it also has Canon Cinema as well as Clog3 gammas.

How is the low light capability? Wondering what the highest ISO setting would be before noise gets too distracting. For example, I think ISO 1600 is unusable on the C200. How does the R5c compare? Thanks!

Hi Eric - 

All indications point to very good, useable low-light footage with the R5C.

I've seen you can't shoot video at all in stills mode. Can you take stills in video mode? 

That is a very good question. I'd also like to know that

Will there a "replay" of this panel discussion?


Yes! It is actually already available just above this comments section. Just refresh the page if you aren't seeing the YouTube video and play button.

1/8" audio input is surprising limitation for such a camera.

There simply isn't the space for XLR inputs. However, there is the Tascam CA-XLR2d-C XLR Adapter which mounts directly to the R5 C's hot shoe and has two XLR inputs and controls along with a shotgun mic mount.

Why does Canon continue to fit their new pro cameras one CFexpress Type B card reader/writer and one SDXC card reader/writer, instead of two CFexpress Type B card reader/writers? I would much rather have two CFexpress B card reader/writers?

Don't have official information on this, but on a personal note I would guess there are a few reasons. First, there isn't that much space on a mirrorless body and CFexpress Type B is a bigger media. Second, a lot of previous users (coming from older Canon models) are likely invested in good, fast SD cards and you don't want to abandon expensive media. Third is just a bunch of miscellaneous thoughts regarding potential of the board, internal room for connectors, speed limits with the processor, cost reduction, etc. There are a lot of potential reasons in production. With that said, I do agree that two uniform slots is usually ideal.

Thank you. I wish there was an option for that. Nikon did that with the old Compact Flash or XQD cards.

I remember that! It was a great move on Nikon's part to offer the two models for people who either wanted to stick with what they had or upgrade to the latest (and faster) cards.

Is the Canon EOS EF to R .71X adapter compatible with the R5c?

The RF to R 0.71x Adapter is compatible, however you will only be able to use it in the camera's crop modes (Super 35, Super 16, or APS-C for stills). This means you will be limited to 4K resolution or lower.

Can you record 8K outside of the raw format?  If so at what data rates.

Yup! You can record in DCI or UHD 8K in HEVC 10-bit Long GOP compression with MP4 container at data rates of approx. 540 Mb/s.

Please explain the reference to DaVinci Resolve compatibility I think was the phrase. I use the Studio version.

Doug used DaVinci Resolve with the sample we used to create the B&H video at the top of this page without issues. If you are using the Studio version of Resolve you should also be able to use it in your workflow just fine.

Can a single lens i.e. Canon 28-70 f/2L USM do good duty as both photo and video? Do I need a cine lens?


Yes, you will do just fine with a single lens. Ideally you should use a native Canon RF lens as these are optimized to be used for both stills and video. Older or adapted lenses can still work, but they may not perform as well in video.

will the 180 VR lens work with this ?


Yes! The Canon R5 C is actually highly recommended for VR workflows with their new 180-degree VR lens.

I ask this question all the time. I have an EOS R3 with another one on backorder. I have a few RF lenses but the one I really need is not offered. I recently came over from Nikon — after 50 years. My favorite and most-used lens by far for my photojournalism needs was the Nikkor 28-300mm. Yes, it was a slow lens, by my Nikon D5 and D4s were so good in low light that they made up for the slowness of this lens. Canon's EF 28-300 is a very old (2004), unloved lens. For the RF, Canon brought out the 24-240mm lens. That is okay but I really need more zoom range, easy manual focus capability (occasionally) and L-series weather sealing. Is a 280300mm RF L-Series lens on Canon's radar? Thank you. 

The lens roadmap is not public (or even known to us at B&H), so I couldn't guess. With RF being the future of Canon's imaging system I can't image there isn't an extensive list of lenses on Canon's list to be made. When or what exactly it'll be your guess is as good as ours.

Tamron offers an EF-mount 18-400 zoom (which only has APS coverage).  It's relatively inexpensive, small and light  and if you use it in conjunction with the EF->RF adaptor, it might be able to fill in for those situations where the 24-105mm zoom wouldn't have enough reach while you wait for a more suitable lens to be released.

Actually you do not need more zoom range if your concern is "photojournalism needs," as you can just crop in. No photoJourno need requires 45 megs of data.

Is the 4K 120fps super sampled and not line skipping?

The 4K 120 fps mode uses pixel binning.

why is there no more in body stabilisation? 

Generally cinema cameras do not have in-body stabilization since it is expected they will be used on rigs or gimbals. On a personal note I think it could be beneficial with cinema, however there are likely other aspects in regards to design, including simply having space inside the camera body, the processing, or the power to support it. It also does keep price down. All or some of these features likely led to the R5 C not have IBIS.

Yeah, this was sad that they removed. Their OIS is the best. Seriously didn't needed any external stabilizer on R6 and R5.

Canon hasn't mentioned anything about the SDK just yet but more information may be released in the future.

Hi Greg - 

The Canon EOS R5c does not feature pre-roll recording.

Why should I move from my beloved S1H to the R5C?

Well, if you can't abide the level of autofocus you get with the S1H, or you absolutely need 8K instead of 6K, or need full frame (not-cropped) 4K60 or you feel that the optical low-pass filter of the S1H softens the image too much.  I'm also an S1H owner, and I'm tempted, (since most of my lenses are adapted EF-mount), but I'm going to wait a while.  The lack of IBIS on the R5C might also be a disincentive for you.

I definitely am not dissatisfied with the performance of the S1H. I was just curious if someone could give me a reason and it doesn’t look like that is likely. Thanks for responding. 

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