Canon introduces the EOS R5 C, its first Cinema EOS mirrorless camera

The new Canon EOS R5 C is the first mirrorless camera to combine the professional filmmaking features of the Cinema EOS line with the photo capabilities of the EOS R System.


Angled view of the EOS R5 C with the RF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM lens. (Source: Canon.)

With a weatherproof body measuring 141.5 x 97.5 x 111mm and based on the popular EOS R5, the EOS R5 C offers professionals a familiar and versatile tool for filmmaking as well as still photography. The lightweight magnesium alloy chassis results in a body weight of just 680 grams.

Rear view of the EOS R5 C with the articulating monitor extended. (Source: Canon.)

Key features of the new camera include:

  • Full-frame sensor with 8K/30p 12-bit RAW or 8K/60p recording when using an external power source6
  • 45 megapixel images up to 20 fps
  • Precise Eye AF via Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Intelligent Face/Head Tracking via EOS iTR AF X
  • A multitude of professional recording formats, including three new flavors of Cinema RAW Light
  • Active cooling for longer recording times
  • Time code terminal
  • RF mount with advanced combined IS
  • Advanced connectivity and multi-function accessory shoe

The combination of the 45-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC X processor gives users access to high-fidelity 8K recording and 45-megapixel still image capture at burst speeds of up to 20 fps without need to switch to another camera body. The DIGIC X processor supports sensitivity settings up to ISO 51200 with noise processing innovations to deliver usable shots in low-light environments like indoor sporting events. As an alternative to JPEGs, 10-bit HEIF images can be captured with extended dynamic range and color gamut. Time-lapse recording is also available via the built-in interval timer.

Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system enables the EOS R5 C to support advanced Eye AF and EOS iTR AF X autofocus technologies. Capable of tracking people’s eyes in real time, the system can even follow their head when looking away from the camera. Integrated Electronic Stabilization with Coordinated Control works in combination with Optical IS in compatible lenses to ensure sharp images and smooth footage when shooting handheld,

This diagram shows the coordinated drive transmitting IS information between the camera body and an attached optically stabilized lens. (Source: Canon.)

On the video front, for the first time in the Cinema EOS system, the EOS R5 C is capable of recording 8K 30p RAW internally and up to 60p when using an external power source (via DR-E6C DC Coupler plus CA-946 Power Supply PD-E1 USB AC Adapter or PD-E1 USB AC Adapter, both optional accessories). In another “first”, audio recording is possible when shooting 4K 120p.


This diagram shows the airflow created by the camera’s active cooling system.
(Source: Canon.)

The EOS R5 C’s internal active cooling system supports extended 8K recording times, depending on battery and memory card capacities. Video capabilities include HDR support via PQ and HLG, as well as Canon’s acclaimed Canon Log 3 gamma, while the use of Cinema RAW Light enables internal recording of 12-bit footage with dynamic range and extended color gamut, all in a manageable file. Cut. Three new RAW settings are available – RAW HQ (high quality), RAW ST (standard quality) and RAW LT (light quality) – so users can select the one that best suits their shooting needs and their production process. Dual CFexpress 2.0 Type B and UHS-II SD card slots support simultaneous recording with different formats, resolutions and bit depths for workflow flexibility.


Angled rear view showing dual CFexpress 2.0 Type B and UHS-II SD card slots. (Source: Canon.)

The EOS R5 C supports Canon’s popular 10-bit XF-AVC format, which enables MP4 recording at up to 810 Mbps. Internal full-frame-width upsampling enables 4K and Full HD recording, as well as High Frame Rate (HFR) recording at 4K 120p resolution without cropping the angle of view. Additionally, 4:2:2 10-bit sampling and autofocus are supported when shooting in HFR, and audio is recorded to a separate file from the video.

Separate menus are provided for stills and video, the former based on the EOS R system and the latter using the Cinema EOS interface. The 3-position power dial allows users to seamlessly switch between them to access relevant settings. Thirteen assignable buttons are available for user-specific customization of selected functions. The camera also features a 0.5-inch OLED viewfinder with 5.76 million dots and a 3.2-inch articulating HD LCD monitor as well as a top-panel dot-matrix display for checking. camera settings quick.

Side view showing EOS R5 C in use with XLR adapter and DM-E1D stereo microphone. (Source: Canon.)

The EOS R5 C can be used with lenses from across Canon’s full range of EF, RF and Cinema lenses, including the new 5.2mm F2.8L Dual RF Fisheye Lens for immersive VR recording. It features the same multi-function accessory shoe as the EOS R3 and XF605 for connecting and powering accessories such as Canon’s DM-E1D stereo microphone and TASCAM’s CA-XLR2d XLR audio adapter. It also includes a dedicated Timecode In/Out terminal for integration into professional multi-camera workflows. iPhone owners can use the Apple Content Transfer Mobile3 app for FTP transfers and ML-G2 metadata editing.

This diagram shows the locations of the main terminals for professional video input and output. (Source: Canon.)

The EOS R5 C will be available in Australia in March at an MSRP of AU$7,499. It is backed by Canon Australia’s 5 year warranty when purchased from an authorized Canon Australia dealer. Click on here for more information.

Jack C. Nugent