Canon R5 Tutorial & Complete Walk-Through

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Apr 28, 2021

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Canon's newest mirrorless: The R5! This Canon R5 tutorial will explore all the awesome features the camera has to offer. The Canon R5 packs a huge 1-2 punch shooting up to 8K RAW in video and 45 MP in the photo.

The Gear Focus Canon R5 Tutorial

The R5 boasts some impressive stats, but what good are they if you don't know your way around the camera? Join Dan as he goes through all the settings and features in-depth in this Canon R5 tutorial. [embed][/embed]

The Camera Body

Getting started with the Canon R5 tutorial, we look at the outside - the camera body. The body of the camera is fairly typical, with the button layout on the backside. The main LCD on the back is a touchscreen that folds out for adjustability. The top left corner is the rating button to star rate your photos for faster navigation when it comes time to edit. If you press and hold it, you can record a memo for that image. The large scroll wheel is ergonomic and can be assigned to different functions (Dan prefers assigning to ISO.) There are also two more assignable buttons on the backside of the camera toward the top right. The top of the camera on the grip side has the shutter, multi-function button, a customizable scroll wheel. (Dan uses this for controlling the shutter speed.) Here you'll also find the mode button used for switching between the still and video modes. Another customizable scroll wheel encircles the mode button. (Dan uses this scroll wheel for aperture adjustments.) These customizations are super helpful and keep you from searching through settings to make small adjustments. The small LCD screen on the top provides the exposure readouts. The on/off switch is located on the top left side of the camera, along with the sensor indicator. The sensor indicator will help with accurate distance measurements. On the very right side, from the front, is where all the inputs live. First is the 3.5 mm line input for a microphone and directly below that is the headphone output. Secondly is the USBC port that can be used for transferring images, charging the camera, or firmware updates. Lastly, below that is the HDMI output. SD cards are inserted on the grip side of the camera as usual.

Update Firmware

Next, for our Canon R5 tutorial, we take a look at the firmware. First, make sure that the firmware is updated to explore the features and optimize your experience. To successfully update your firmware, you must download the latest version from the Canon website. Beforehand you should already have the Canon EOS utility application. Cannon Support Page > Drivers and Downloads > Firmware > Download EOS Utility App > Firmware Update > Saved File > opern/next > Apply update

The Canon R5 Photography Menu Tutorial

Now let's jump into the photo settings. The first menu is the shooting menu. On the first page of that menu is image quality, which lets you choose to shoot RAW, JPEG, or a combination of the two. ALWAYS select RAW. The dual-pixel raw option takes two separate images and combines them to make the sharpest image. The cropping/aspect option allows you to set aspects to fit exactly what you are shooting for without going back in and crop. On the second page is the Exposure menu. This is where you can find the ISO speed setting to set the ISO speed, range, and minimum shutter speed. Next is the HDR PQ menu, auto Lighting optimizer, highlight tone priority, anti-flicker shoot, and external Speedlite.  The third page of this menu for our Canon R5 tutorial is the white balance, which includes various options. This menu also shows color space, picture style, clarity, and an aberration correction. On the fourth page is the Noise reduction menu, which shows long exp. Noise reduction, high ISO speed NR, and dust delete data. You can enable or disable multiple exposures, adjust HDR mode, and focus bracketing on the following page.

Even More Menus!

You can find timers, shutter mode, and release the shutter without card option on the Sixth page. What does that mean?? Basically, you can take a picture without a card in the camera.  The seventh page lets you enable or disable the touch shutter. This means that you can take a photo by touching the LCD screen on the back. Next is the image review (which Dan turns off to avoid getting distracted), high-speed display menu, metering timer, Epo. Simulation and shooting info. The shooting info option allows you to adjust the info seen on your screen. On the last page are the viewfinder display format and display performance.

AF Menu

The first page of the autofocus menu is AF operation, method, subject to detect, eye detection, continuous AF, and the touch & drag AF settings. The touch & drag option allows you to use your thumb to touch the corner of your screen to drag your focus point around. The second page of this menu is the manual focus peaking settings, focus guide, and AF-assist beam firing. On the third page, we have our servo autofocus setting that includes different mode options. The fourth menu is the Men's electronic MF, One-Shot AF release prior, switching tracked subject, Lens drive, limit AF methods, and more AF functions. The last page takes you to the initial servo AF pt, where your autofocus point will start. Next is the focus ring rotation, RF lens focus, sensitivity, and electronic full-time MF.

Playback Menu

This menu allows you to protect, erase, rotate, rate, and copy your images. The next page is print order or photobook setup. On the following page is the RAW processing, which allows you to select images and select range. After that is the DPRAW processing, resize, cropping, HEIF-Jpeg conversion. The fourth page shows you options like a slide show, set image search conditions, magnification, image jump, switch, button functions, and memo audio. If you used the button mentioned earlier, then you can access that voice memo here. On the last page is the playback information display as well as the highlight. You can also find AF point display, playback grid, movie play count, and HDMI HDR output.

Connection Menu

The next menu on our Canon R5 tutorial is the connection menu. This simple menu displays the WIFI/Bluetooth connection, airplane mode, WIFI settings, and Bluetooth settings. On the second page, you can reset all of those setting adjustments you have previously made.

Canon R5 Camera Settings Menu Tutorial

Next up is the camera settings menu. On the first page is the Record func+cardfolder, which allows you to select where your images are going. Next is the file numbering, name, format card, auto-rotate, add rotate info, and date/time/zoom. Then on the second page, we have language, video system, text size, beep, headphone volume, power settings, and Eco mode. The next page customizable display options. The following page is the HDMI resolution, touch control, multi-function lock, shutter at shutdown, and sensor cleaning. We recommend that you leave your shutter shut down so that when you turn your camera on or off, it will actually close the mechanical shutter in the camera. This will keep dust and debris from getting onto the camera's sensor when it's off. On the very next page, you can reset all of the settings you just did. After that, you can set up any custom shooting modes or save/load cam settings onto your SD card. On the last page of this menu is where you can find batter info and copyright info.

Exposure Menu

Moving on to the exposure menu, there are 6 pages of the menu to dive into. The first page allows you to adjust the exposure level increments by a third or half stop. On the first page of this menu, you can find the ISO speed setting increments, speed from metering, and bracketing setting. Page two of the exposure menu for the Canon R5 offers more options, including exposure for new aperture, AE lock, restrict shooting modes, and set the shutter speed and aperture ranges. The exposure for the new aperture setting will automatically compensate for your exposure if you change the aperture (recommended to keep this off.) Page three allows you to set dial direction rotation as well as control ring directions for RF lenses. This is also the menu page that allows you to set your custom buttons on the back of the camera. The last option on page three of the exposure menu will clear the customized settings. The last two pages of the exposure menu have settings for cropping information, audio compression settings, erase options, release the shutter without lens, retract lens, IPTC information, and the ability to clear these custom settings.

Canon R5 Video Settings

  Next up for the Canon R5 tutorial is the video settings. After putting the camera into video mode, you'll be able to access the video menu options. First is your movie recording quality menu. From here, you can select your movie recording size. Keep in mind the top row is your resolution, the second row is your frame rate, and the third row is your codec. (Note that certain options will be grayed out based on your selection as they may not be compatible with one another.) Your total record time will adjust based on your selections as well. The exposure settings are very similar to the photo exposure settings, as explained above.

Video Autofocus Menu

Again, this is essentially the same as the photo settings menu as described above. The video autofocus menu functions in much the same way as still photography: you can select the same autofocus methods and detection points/zones. You can adjust the movie servo AF speed as well as adjust your autofocus limits and method selection. You'll also find focus ring and RF lens sensitivity settings on this menu as well.

Do You Have Questions on the Canon R5?

Hopefully, this Canon R5 tutorial is helpful to you! But of course, we are happy to dive into any of these settings a bit further if you have any additional questions. Are you planning to buy the Canon R5? List your old camera on Gear Focus and get some money to put towards your next upgrade! Looking for the Canon EOS R Tutorial? See below.

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