Photography enthusiast / individual photographer
What exactly should I pay attention to when choosing a camera? I believe that this problem has troubled many photography enthusiasts who value the quality of the picture. At this time, someone will stand up and tell you that what is expensive is the right thing for you. We don’t agree with this statement, we believe that what meets your needs is the right fit for you.
What needs should an all-round machine meet?
So, what kind of camera exactly meets our needs? In fact, as long as we master these essentials, we can choose a product that meets our requirements.
In fact, our needs for cameras actually have several basic needs, good picture, easy to control, moderate price, long battery life, not easy to fail. With the rise of short videos in recent years, we have further shooting needs for cameras, which can shoot good short videos.
In addition, considering the need to improve the level of photography and expand equipment in the future, the post-production space and accessory group of the photo will also be used as secondary considerations. For girls, or users who want to take more travel photos, the appearance, body size, and body weight must also be taken into account.
We often say, “the bottom level crushes people”, which means that the larger the frame, the better. Considering that the price of medium format and large format camera bodies is basically more than 67,000, the total price with lenses is a bit too high, and full-frame that can take into account both performance and price factors has become our first choice.
At present, there are many manufacturers of full-frame cameras, in addition to Canon, Nikon, Sony, and the traditional “Royal Sanjia”, which occupy the current mainstream market in the mainland, niche brands include Leica and Panasonic, which has newly entered the full-frame field. Among these brands, Canon has always been the frontrunner in sales of full-frame cameras.
As early as the DSLR era, Canon cameras relied on excellent portrait effects, JPEG that can be directly out, RAW with a large degree of freedom of post-adjustment, and stable performance in various scenes, which have been affirmed and loved by professional photographers, professional photographers, and even photographers. In the mirrorless era, Canon’s R series cameras have also gained many fans due to their solid hardware, smaller size and lighter weight, excellent image quality of RF lenses, and a large user base accumulated in the DSLR era.
Combined with TVs, computer hardware, and handheld devices, 8K TVs have long been nothing new; 4K displays and graphics cards have been popularized to the mid- and low-end markets; More new phones support 4K video playback… In the era of rapid development of high-quality short video, all-round cameras with stronger 4K video shooting performance, such as Canon R3, R5, and R6, will become the new darlings of the market in the future.
Three reasons why Canon is preferred?
For photography enthusiasts who pay attention to picture quality, they will first encounter the problem of which brand to choose for mirrorless camera. In terms of performance, Canon and Nikon actually have their own strengths. But if you ask whose mirrorless is more suitable to get started, it is Canon. We’ve compiled three reasons.
First, the menu system is easy to use. The Canon R5 has a touch-to-operate menu interface and a categorized button layout. For novices, especially those who are accustomed to the touch screen operation mode of mobile phones, the new mode that can get rid of button operation can bring convenience to use. Some people say that after reading the manual, you can know how to operate. But how many people will seriously read a thick instruction manual from beginning to end? But even if you haven’t read the instructions in detail, you can still get started shooting with a clear, logical menu. If you’re a DSLR user, the transition is seamless.
Second, getting started faster. A large number of senior photographers are using Canon’s products, and you can quickly find Canon user groups to communicate and discuss; Moreover, many online and offline training courses revolve around Canon equipment, so Canon’s products are easier to get started with than products from other brands.
Third, it is lighter. The Canon R5 is 138.5×97.5×88 mm wide and 97.5 mm thick, respectively, and has a net weight of about 650 grams. Compared with the SLR 5D4, the volume is significantly reduced, and the weight is also reduced by nearly 20%. In addition, compared with the recently released Nikon Z9, which also supports 8K 30p and 4K 120p video shooting, the volume and weight are reduced or reduced by more than 40%, which is more convenient for carrying.
No need to look at the parameters! A few graphs give you an idea of the R5’s true performance
So how should we correctly judge how to choose Canon R3 or R5? First of all, we take the more affordable R5 as the main line, and take you into the photo effect of Canon R series products from the dimensions of image quality, focus, and stabilization.
As we can see from the sample shots, the Canon R5 has excellent auto white balance and auto exposure compensation control. Coupled with a high degree of color reproduction, it faithfully restores the colors presented in the shooting scene. At the same time, the brilliant colors make the straight JPEG can bring a strong visual impact.
We enlarged the sample and found that the details of the bright, gray and dark parts of the photo were clear, the color dots in the color block were fine, the color edges were sharp, and the transition between the dots and dots and between colors in the block was soft, and there were no traces of obvious sharpening edges, which brought a rich sense of layering to the sample. For photographers who like to shoot landscapes and architecture, these hard powers allow the Canon R5 to ensure the realism of the picture while having richer picture colors.
At the same time, the Canon R5’s portrait photography is stronger than previous products. Compared with previous products, in addition to retaining the high transparency of the character’s skin in the output screen, the “in-camera RAW development with adjustable face lighting” function can effectively improve the brightness of the face in a low-light environment and shorten the time for post-editing.
In addition, in terms of photo post-processing, the built-in 9 different style filters can bring more post-processing space and bring convenience to direct out.
In addition to the picture, fast and accurate focus is another part of the performance that photographers look for very much. The Canon R5 supports autofocus algorithms for the eyes, faces, and body parts of people and animals, and supports follow-up when the subject is moving irregularly.
For those who want to take baby, pet and life photos, the Canon R5 is already a product with excellent focus performance and can be hit. Although many products have begun to follow the trend to add eye focus function, from the overall feedback of the market, the R5 is still the most capable of all cameras at present, including the just-released Z9.
In special scenarios, the R5 also prepares quite a few secret weapons for different shooting needs. We know that there are actually three data that affect the brightness and darkness of the picture, aperture, shutter, and ISO. The Canon R5 supports a sensitivity range of ISO 100-51200, even exceeding ISO 25600 higher than the Nikon Z9, and R3’s standard ISO of 102400. Both the R5 and the R3 adapt to a low-light shooting environment than the Nikon Z9, which brings convenience to shooting street sweeps and exhibitions at night. At the same time, the 8-level collaborative stabilization that is much higher than the same industry level brings better body stability to the R5, and it is also much higher than the Z9’s level 6 stabilization.
In addition, the Canon R5 can support high-speed continuous shooting at 20 frames per second. Although the Nikon Z9 can support higher speed continuous shooting, it sacrifices a lot in pixels and format (120 fps continuous shooting only supports 11 million pixels, RAW continuous shooting is the same as R5 at 20 fps), and the Z9 shooting frequency after canceling the mechanical shutter is not as stable as Canon R5, so when actually shooting, R3 or even R5 is more practical, more suitable for concerts, birds and other scenes that require continuous shooting.
We know that photographers often need to use a viewfinder, especially when shooting in bright light. Both the Canon R5 and R3 are equipped with an ultra-high pixel viewfinder of approximately 5.75 million points, which surpasses the Nikon by about 3.69 million points in terms of image accuracy, which can help the photographer better observe the details of the subject.
Short videos or straight out? 4K slow motion brings more creative space
As we mentioned earlier, with the popularity of 4K video, 4K quality video live streaming and video sampling re-creation have become the focus of video shooting performance.
In addition to excellent white balance and exposure compensation performance just like photos, the Canon R5 has rich 4K video picture gradation, vivid and sharp colors.
At this time, I believe that someone has to ask, I am not familiar with the video post, can the video shot by the Canon R5 come straight out? The answer is yes. Canon R5 brings a total of 3 big killers to small partners who will not be late.
First, let’s talk about the 4K clip generated by 8.2K supersampling. By compressing 8K video to produce 4K movies, the R5 can effectively reduce moiré, pseudo-color, aliasing and noise in the video, thereby improving the visual effect, which is very useful in shooting scenes with dense line distribution.
Secondly, we will talk about HDR PQ short films with high dynamic range. With higher brightness, wider color gamut, and color levels, the R5 can produce a 4:2:2 10-bit in-camera video with rich color detail, which has a strong advantage when recording subjects with high dynamic range or high color saturation.
Finally, there is the frame capture function. By capturing a single frame in a video, photographers can easily select and get the cover of a short video. This series of applications can shoot and produce films, which brings great convenience.
Video screen upgrades There is more space for post-production
In terms of post-processing, the RAW format brings more freedom to photo and video production. In particular, accurate color temperature, high color reproduction and excellent noise reduction ability make every high-definition photo and every 4KK video have a blockbuster visual feeling.
In addition, the Canon R5 brings a diverse video post-production space. 8K 60p video capture for easy recomposition, 4K 120p video capture for slow-motion, Cannon Log for more space for stylization, and time-lapse for post-compositing … These functions effectively reduce the time cost of post-commissioning and production, improve the efficiency of 4K video shooting and production, and bring more possibilities for video shooting.
In terms of transmission, Canon has upgraded Wifi transmission on the basis of the original data cable transmission and Bluetooth transmission. Through the 5GHz band, the mobile phone is connected to the camera through the Canon Camera Connect software to achieve stable, long-term high-speed wireless connection and control.
Focus by staring at the object! R3 is actually good in these places
In addition to the upgrade of conventional parameters, as well as the stronger performance in capturing pictures and processing speed, the biggest feature of Canon R3 is that it supports eye-controlled focusing.
The Canon R3 is also designed with a new eye-controlled focusing system, which allows photographers to focus on the frame by gazing at the focal point of the frame in the visual viewfinder, and the viewfinder’s sensor will automatically capture the focus and complete a high-speed focus of 0.03 seconds, allowing the photographer to focus on the frame itself.
Currently, the Canon R3 can achieve 30 frames per second without slowing down, and shutter speed can reach 1/64,000th of a second. The new back-illuminated stacked CMOS image sensor brings faster processing to the camera. These upgrades help photographers capture the moments more accurately when shooting animals, insects and even high-speed photography.
At the same time, the shooting mode of 3 HDR PQ composite HDR photos in 0.02 seconds can greatly improve the shooting efficiency of HDR photos and bring convenience to landscape photography.
In terms of video, although the R3 does not bring 8K 30p HD video, 6K 60p video brings new shooting possibilities. While bringing room for reframing, it provides space for accelerating and decelerating video playback, reducing the burden on the graphics card during post-processing.
The price is more affordable Canon R mount products also have many accessories
Through the above analysis, it is not difficult to find that Canon has excellent performance in terms of ease of use and performance, and the R5 can meet the shooting needs of most scenes; The R3 can meet the needs of high-speed photography without shortcomings. So in terms of price, how exactly does Canon’s R series perform?
In fact, it is not difficult to find out through comparison that the price of Canon R5 has been stable at 25999 yuan for more than 1 year after its release. Obviously more attractive for individual consumers.
Moreover, both Canon R5 and R3 support EF mount lenses through the adapter ring, and also support SD card storage, which is undoubtedly more friendly to SLR users who hold coins to be exchanged, and can save a lot of money.
In contrast, the Nikon Z9 only supports CFexpress (Type B), XQD memory cards, and relies entirely on expensive Z-mount lenses, which is not the best choice compared to R3 or R5.
For individual photographers and photography enthusiasts, taking into account photos and videos has become an important demand for buying cameras. How to balance direct output and post, shooting efficiency, output efficiency, carrying attributes, and adaptability to diverse scenes in a limited budget. Canon R5 obviously gives an excellent solution to the above problems, solving the contradiction between price and performance while taking into account the dilemma of replacing old users; It is undoubtedly a better choice for users who want an all-around camera. And if you want to pursue more extreme shooting scenes, more shooting possibilities, the Canon R3 is obviously a better choice.