No, the Canon EOS R5 Isn’t Overheating When Shooting It in Stills Mode

We’re clearing up some misinformation we’re seeing in Facebook groups, comments, on Instagram, etc. about the Canon EOS R5.

We’ve been seeing a lot of really stupid and wrong comments about the Canon EOS R5 across various platforms. All of it is in regard to overheating. Lots of YouTubers have been discovering the heating issues when shooting video across various formats. Admittedly, we haven’t tested it in video. First and foremost, we’re a photography website. Even when advertisers say that they want to promote video-based products on our website, I tell them that the audience is mostly a photo audience that probably barely, if ever, shoots video. But folks online have been saying things like, “Oh good luck with those overheating issues,” when we’re specifically talking about photography. And I think it’s promoting a bit too much misinformation.

Editor’s Note: This is NOT A SPONSORED POST. And if you accuse us of it, you should probably read up on our policies about being transparent with our audience. This post is motivated by everyone that thinks they’re an expert when they haven’t even touched the camera. 

Okay, let me get this out of the way; the Canon EOS R5 does not overheat when shooting in stills mode. Let me repeat that: it does not overheat when shooting in stills mode. I’ve been using it for a long time and I haven’t encountered a single issue even in 96-degree weather. When you’re shooting stills the camera is fine. If you’re spreading misinformation like this, you’re either purposely trolling or lacking confidence in your camera platform of choice.

To be clear about this, we’ve been trying it in every single autofocus mode, with first party and third party lenses (Samyang’s 85mm f1.4 RF is SUPER fast to focus on it), and we’ve also left it on for long periods of time. I didn’t find a single overheating issue. But again, I’m a photographer. I’m using a camera primarily designed for stills that has awesome video capabilities. We can say the same thing for Canon cameras for a long time though. When the Canon 5D Mk II came out, the industry changed. Suddenly everyone was using a stills camera for video, but it was primarily designed for stills. The opposite never quite happened despite RED trying their hardest, even with shooting a magazine cover with their camera. So, if you’re a photographer, and most of you are, then you can rest assured that the overheating issues won’t affect you.

Is the camera pricey? Yes. But photography is an expensive hobby. Wait for them to be available used, refurbished, or for a rebate to happen. Photography in and of itself needs to become more expensive for it to survive unless camera manufacturers change a lot. I’ve likened it in many ways to the watch world. Modern watches are either cheap and not often bought, very functional tech pieces, or wonderful pieces of jewelry. Cameras will more or less be the same. In the Canon EOS R5 you’re paying for a ton of functionality. Should Canon fix the overheating issues that occur in video? Heck yes. But don’t spread misinformation that it happens in stills too. That’s just ugly of you.