The first RAW images of the Canon EOS R5 are there and show us exactly how good the image quality and the noise behavior of the new DSLM are.

A completely newly developed full-screen sensor with a resolution of 45 megapixels – that doesn’t sound bad on paper. But how does the sensor of the new Canon EOS R5 work in practice? Can the image quality of the new Canon flagship compete with the Sony A7r IV, the Sony A7r III and the Nikon Z7 and possibly outperform the competition?

This question can now be answered at least in part on the basis of the DPReview studio test results. The men recently brought in the Canon EOS R5 studio test scene, which allows you to compare the RAW image quality of different cameras with different ISO values.

DSC R5 ISO 6.400 mil

Of course, you can compare the noise behavior of different cameras very well in the tool. First we decided on ISO 6.400 and let the Canon EOS R5 compete with the Sony A7r III, the Sony A7r IV and the Nikon Z7:

In our opinion, the Canon EOS R5 makes a good impression here. The A7r III has a little less noise, but the picture on the R5 looks much sharper. Theoretically, it could also be that the focus of the A7r III was not 100 percent in the right place.

DSC R5 mil ISO 12800

Let’s continue with ISO 12800:

In terms of noise behavior, the Sony A7r III (top right) is the clear winner here. In our opinion, the Canon EOS R5 follows in second place, followed by the Nikon Z7. As in the previous photo, the Sony A7r IV is in last place, but you also have to take into account that the A7r IV, unlike the other three cameras, works with a significantly higher resolution (61 megapixels) and thus causes poorer sound behavior.

DSC R5 sentences with the ISO 25600

Let’s go one step further, namely according to ISO 25600. Again, the Canon EOS R5 runs quite well and leaves the Nikon Z7 and even more the Sony A7r IV behind:

We can hardly recommend you to play with the DPReview tool and compare the image quality of the Canon EOS R5 with other cameras. Our three sample images here in the article ultimately only give a first impression.


At first glance, the noise behavior of the Canon EOS R5 is attractive. The Sony A7r IV lags significantly behind, although the comparison, as already mentioned, is also not entirely fair, since the A7r IV offers a higher resolution and sets the focus differently than the Canon EOS R5.

However, the Canon EOS R5 cannot be called the clear winner of this small comparison, since the image quality of the Sony A7r III will still look quite good in 2020.

How do you rate the test photos? Which camera do you see in front?