Videographer Explains Why The EOS R5 Is Unsuitable For Paid Work

Forum member LuxShots over at DPReview explains why he passed on the R5.

I, up until recently had a three camera kit:

  1. The GH4
  2. The GH5S
  3. The latest addition is the S1H.

I was considering another S1H for obvious reasons, but I was intrigued by the superior autofocus in video mode from Canon and Sony. With that said, both of their new offerings were being considered.

The initial testing that has come from many reviewers, is not good. As a matter of fact, if I had two of the Canon R5s as my only camera, I would probably not be able to fulfill my duties to most of my clients 80 percent of the time.

I often have to have small, portable gear, as most all my shots have gimbal work as well as basic lighting. The gimbal work is done to capture establishing shots, B-roll, etc. Then generally I am setting up for an interview style shoot with two or three cameras and one or two and possibly three lights in standard three point lighting setup.

Generally, chairs and lights are placed then cameras are setup in a criss cross angle. Cameras are then manually white balanced and exposure is manually set. Depending on budget the third camera may catch audience reaction (if there is one) or a wider shot with both participants in frame.

My clients aren’t actors, but the question and answer session is oftentimes handled by the advertising professionals as instructed by the creative director.

My cameras may be rolling for twenty minutes before the people that will be on camera even enter the room. Everything on my end has to be ready, tested and perfect. I generally only get one take, as this may be a busy executive squeezing in 15 minutes before the next meeting. With 20 minutes on setup and adjustments, 10 minutes on the gimbal, I’m already got 30 minutes of recorded footage, if there isn’t another take, or the talent is talkative on that day, etc, etc.

I once had to video a legal deposition. That was 8 hours of recording for three days straight! The most stressful time was when I had to monitor audio just in case the wireless lav batteries died (they did once, and I had to stop the testimony and replace batteries! 😱)

In either case, I cannot, under any circumstances have a camera that will overheat.

I once was refused a contract with a client because they specifically stated they didn’t want any DSLR cameras. I contacted them to ask why, and they were concerned about the following:

  1. 30 minute time limits.
  2. Camera overheating.

As difficult as both these jobs are, weddings are by far the worst. If you botch capturing video at a wedding, chances are high you will be sued. Once in a lifetime events like weddings, graduations and birthdays should be avoided at all cost with both the newest Canon offerings. Sony, may be okay; but I’m unimpressed with its key feature (low light ability) because I light most scenes.

You simply can’t prepare enough for the unknowns of event shooting without a solid foundation that is your equipment.

With that said, neither cam is sufficient for my needs, even though I imagined the autofocus doing wonders for my gimbal tracking.

2 thoughts on “Videographer Explains Why The EOS R5 Is Unsuitable For Paid Work

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  1. I think the challenge isn’t what the Canon can’t do, but how it’s sold. Canon made a big mistake selling the 8K capability as the primary selling point because it isn’t a pro video camera. If they sold it for stills, they would have done well. It’s a case of marketing being their own worst enemy.

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