The recently announced EOS R5 C is Canon’s second hybrid camera. In fact, EOS R5 C is hybridization (C70 & R5) over hybridization (C70 = R5 & C300 Mark III). With so many hybridizations, there is a solid chance of product cannibalization and confused consumers. Why choose R5 C over R5? Here are our two cents.
Although the EOS R5C has impressive internal raw options to choose from when Apple ProRes RAW is desired, there is no difference on the EOS R5. In fact, the R5 C is armed with three variants of raw (high quality RAW HQ, standard quality RAW ST and light recording RAW LT), while the R5 has only one option for 8K raw shooting mode. But Atomos breaks this straight. With the latest update of Atomos, both R5 and R5 C can record 8K ProRes RAW at 30 FPS. Ninja V + records 8Kp30 and 5Kp60 ProRes RAW from Canon EOS R5 via a standard HDMI connection. The EOS R5 C also records Apple ProRes RAW 8K at 30 fps with NINJA V +. In addition to 8K at 30fps, NINJA V + provides 6K support at 50fps and 60fps. Therefore, both R5 and R5 C own the same ProRes RAW features (using Ninja V +). In terms of the ‘regular’ raw (HQ, ST and LT), the R5 C breaks up with the EOS Cinema C70 with its latest firmware update. Nevertheless, the C70 cannot record 8K. However, it has its own strengths, as a higher dynamic range due to its Dual Gain Output sensor (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 suitable for handheld shooting at slower shutter speeds. This stabilization system also works with lens-based optical image stabilization for both native RF lenses and custom EF lenses. However, R5 C does not own it. R5 C has the same stabilization as 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 electronic IS of the EOS R5 C camera when shooting XF-AVC or MP4 formats. With an RF lens that has optical IS and the electronic IS in the EOS R5 C camera, coordinated control helps to achieve the optimal hand-shake correction effects. This helps to achieve better anti-vibration performance than with conventional IS-equipped EF lenses (using optional Mount Adapter EF-EOS R) and electronic IS combined. However, it is not IBIS and it is only known for XF-AVC and MP4 codecs, but it is less efficient than IBIS. But on the other hand, IBIS can cause some problems in mechanical stabilizers. To sum it up, it may not be a deal-breaker when using stabilization rigs.
To allow uninterrupted 8K raw recording, the EOS RC is equipped with fans as part of the heat sink. Thus, the EOS R5 C is not as weatherproof as the R5. Its durability is very similar to the C70. However, the R5 body is super durable, weather sealed and built to withstand harsh working conditions and bad weather. The EOS R5 C (like the same as the C70) offers much less durability.
The EOS R5 C is designed for both still and video professionals. However, when switching between still and video modes, there is a significant delay of about 10 seconds as the interface is transferred to a completely different GUI. The 10 seconds are like an eternity for hybrid shooters that need a super-fast transition between video and still images and vice versa.
Canon has created the ultimate hybrid camera based on two models which are the C70 and R5. But on many parameters, R5 still wins. For example, speed, durability and price (although the price delta is not that significant (~ $ 600)). Atomos pretty much breaks the equation itself, as filmmakers who bought the R5 and Ninja V + have no decent excuse to buy the EOS R5 C, as the ProRes RAW capabilities to record 8K are the same. In fact, Ninja V + allows the most suitable interface for filmmakers, thus virtually eliminating one of the main advantages of the EOS R5 C (three raw flavors). Moreover, the transition between still mode and video mode is so slow, making it inconvenient for hybrid sliders choosing the Canon EOS because of its speed. This feature can be the Achilles heel of the EOS R5 C. Also, what is the reason why filmmakers are buying the C70 instead of buying the R5 C? Although the C70 has a higher dynamic range, it has ‘only’ Super 35 sensor, lower resolution and higher price ($ 5,500). So why buy it when you can get the EOS R5 C? And why buy EOS R5 C when you can get R5 (in case you own Ninja V +)? That’s the problem with hybrid products, and the EOS R5 C is that in itself.
So what did you choose? C70, R5 C or the more logical option (R5)?
Here are the products mentioned in the article and links to buy them from authorized dealers.
- 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