I Got to Test the New Canon EOS R5 for a Full Week Ahead of Release

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I am a Canon Ambassador and I had the chance to test the new Canon EOS R5 (pre-production model) that we have all been anticipating for such a long time. This is not a review of the camera, but I wanted to share some of the most important settings and show you some real-life samples I was able to shoot that week.

As an action and sports photographer, my testing was mainly focussed on the capability of the EOS R5 as a photography camera to shoot fast action sports. I will review the video options at the end of the video.

Coming from the EOS 1D X Mark II, then later the 5D Mark IV, I made the switch to the mirrorless world two years ago when the EOS R was released. Mainly due to its size, weight and the RF mount, I quickly fell in love with the upsides of using a mirrorless system. Now, with the release of the R5, I have the performance of a 1D X Mark III (and then some) in a super compact body. For me and the work I do, the EOS R5 is simply the best camera ever built.

You can watch my detailed test above, or scroll down to see some sample images:

R5 with RF 15-35mm. 1/640s – f/3.5 – ISO 100. Skateboarder: Silas Meyer
R5 with RF 28-70mm. 1/3200s – f/2.0 – ISO 100. Skateboarder: Silas Meyer
R5 with RF 15-35mm. 1/640s – f/8.0 – ISO 100. Skateboarder: Silas Meyer
R5 with RF 70-200mm. 1/1000s – f/2.8 – ISO 250. Biker: Chris Raeber
R5 with RF 28-70mm. 1/3200s – f/4.0 – ISO 400. Biker: Chris Raeber
R5 with RF 28-70mm. 1/800s – f/5.6 – ISO 400. Biker: Lucas Huppert
R5 with RF 70-200mm. 1/800s – f/7.1 – ISO 200. Biker: Chris Raeber
R5 with RF 15-35mm. 1/4s – f/16 – ISO 100
R5 with RF 15-35mm. 1/800s – f/4.5 – ISO 100
R5 with RF 28-70mm. 1/320s – f/4.5 – ISO 100
R5 with RF 70-200mm. 1/8000s – f/2.8 – ISO 200. Motocrosser: Mat Rebeaud
R5 with RF 28-70mm. 1/3200s – f/4.0 – ISO 125. Motocrosser: Mat Rebeaud

About the author: Martin Bissig is a professional photographer and Canon Europe Ambassador based in Switzerland. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Bissig’s work on his website and Instagram.

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