On July 9, 2020, Canon released EOS R5, its flagship micro-camera. This camera not only has 45 million high pixels and 8K video shooting performance, but also extremely powerful in focusing system and continuous shooting. EOS R5 is equipped with the second-generation full-pixel dual-core focusing technology, with 5940 AF points with 100% area coverage. Increased the ability to focus and recognize the eyes and faces of cats, dogs, birds and other animals. Whether it is taking photos or recording videos, the focus ability has excellent performance. In terms of continuous shooting, the EOS R5’s continuous shooting speed can reach up to 20fps. When using a high-speed CFexpress card, the continuous shooting life is almost unlimited.
high-speed continuous shooting + powerful focusing system, EOS R5 with a telephoto lens, a proper ecological photography tool, can quickly and accurately capture the moment of animal movement. When you see this, there will definitely be friends who have such questions: Sony Mirrorless A9 II also has 20fps continuous shooting performance and a powerful focusing system, so who is more suitable for ecological photography? Let’s briefly compare the performance of the two cameras in bird shooting.
Both cameras are equipped with their own 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 anti-shake lens
Focus: EOS R5, which supports facial and eye recognition of birds, is even better
We know that shooting birds, especially flying birds, The camera needs to have a powerful focusing system. Canon EOS R5 is the industry’s first camera that supports bird face and eye detection and focus functions. It can capture birds in flight more accurately, greatly improving the shooting success rate.
EOS R5’s bird face and eye recognition function
Sony A9 II’s 693 phase pairs Although the focus focusing system is also very powerful, it does not have a bird’s face and eye detection focusing function, so in actual shooting, the focus will not keep up.
The focus of Sony A9 II sometimes fails to keep up
From the two GIFs above, we can See the focusing performance of the two cameras. The focus of EOS R5 is always on the face of the bird, no matter if it looks up or sinks its head, the focus is not affected, and the sensitivity is extremely high.
A9 II’s tracking focus performance is also very good, but we can still see the focus loss situation, which means that we use A9 II for high-speed connection When shooting “Birds”, some photos may be out of focus.
EOS R5 high-speed continuous shooting takes more than 70 photos
high-speed continuous shooting white swan
merged more than 70 photos into a GIF animation, we can see that the subject of each frame of the white swan is very clear, especially its head position.
EOS R5 has no problem with the focus of every photo
aperture F5 .6, shutter 1/800 second, focal length 400mm, sensitivity ISO 400
Sony A9 II will have this focus failure situation
When shooting white swans with high contrast on the target, EOS R5 performs well, so what if the target is a bird with small contrast and less obvious contrast? What if the bird is still flying at high speed? Let’s use EOS R5 to capture a night heron in flight.
capture a night heron flying at high speed
There is no problem with every photo
aperture F5.6, shutter 1/800 second, focal length 400mm, sensitivity ISO 400
We can see that the EOS R5’s focus is still strong when shooting night herons with small contrast and high-speed flight. All the user needs to do is to hold down the shutter and move the camera following the bird’s trajectory, and leave the rest to EOS R5. The emergence of EOS R5 makes it easy to “shoot birds”, a highly technical photography subject.
duck in the lake
aperture F5.6, shutter 1/1000 Seconds, focal length 300mm, sensitivity ISO 200
EOS R5 can accurately focus on wild ducks during continuous shooting without being disturbed by the lotus leaves in the foreground. The shooting is successful The rate is very high.
For bird lovers and eco photographers, it is important to record wonderful moments, but sometimes it is necessary to record the daily activities of birds through video And habits. EOS R5 can not only record 8K ultra-high-definition video, but also has a short-film servo autofocus function, with high coverage and accurate accuracy.
EOS R5 video shooting
EOS R5 during the entire video recording process, no matter how the swan moves The focus frame is always locked on the head. With 8K Ultra HD and excellent focusing performance, there is no problem with EOS R5 to shoot some bird documentaries.
EOS R5 has a bird face and eye recognition function, so whether it is taking photos or recording videos, it can provide very fast and accurate focusing performance, in use There are few mistakes and the success rate is extremely high. Even novice photographers can shoot high-quality works.
picture quality: high pixels can provide a solid foundation for the later stage
is actually in the bird In ecological photography, the 400mm lens can only be said to have just crossed the threshold, and the 600mm cannon with teleconverter is the daily life of experienced bird hunting users. The use of EOS R5 can avoid the embarrassment of not being able to shoot because the focal length is not enough. The 45 million high pixels of this camera can not only bring exquisite picture quality, but also provide conditions for post-photo processing and cropping for secondary creation. Even if the lens focal length is out of reach, it can be compensated by high pixels.
Full size photo
Aperture F5.6, shutter 1/600sec , Focal length 300mm, sensitivity ISO 100
post cropped photo
The first photo above, The two wild ducks at the back of the photo enter and leave the country randomly, which is superfluous for the theme. Therefore, the author cut them off, and you can see that although the photo is cropped by nearly 1/2, the cropped photo still has a delicate image, even the fluff on the duck’s beak is clearly visible, which is exactly 45 million high. Pixel credit.
Next, let’s have another extreme challenge.
The night heron flying in the sky, the 400mm end can only be photographed like this.
aperture F5.6, shutter 1/800 second, focal length 400mm, sensitivity ISO 400
cut, there is no problem with clarity.
The effective pixels of the Sony A9 II are only 24 million. In such extreme magnification, the fineness of the cropped picture is obviously not enough.
A9 II does not have high pixels, so the sharpness is severely reduced after zooming in
Both cameras have inherited their own The brand’s consistent color performance, in fact, has no obvious distinction between good and bad. But from the point of view of the direct output of JPEG format photos, I prefer Canon’s brighter and brighter style, and there is no problem in using it directly.
Black swan taken by Canon EOS R5
aperture F5.6, shutter 1/200 second, focal length 312mm, sensitivity ISO 100
Black swan photographed by Sony A9 II
aperture F5.6, shutter 1/260 second, focal length 318mm, sensitivity ISO 100
The yellow-billed ibis stork taken by Canon EOS R5
aperture F5.6, shutter 1/400 second, focal length 360mm, sensitivity ISO 200
Canon EOS Wild duck shot by R5
Aperture F5.6, shutter 1/2000 second, focal length 400mm, sensitivity ISO 400
Anti-shake: Who is better for handheld shooting?
For ecological photography and other subjects that require ultra-telephoto shooting, The safest way is naturally to set up a monopod or tripod, but in many cases, in order to better shoot animals, handheld shooting is inevitable. At this time, in addition to increasing the shutter speed for anti-shake, the anti-shake system of the body and lens is also crucial.
EOS R5 anti-shake system
EOSR5 has five-axis body anti-shake technology, matched with Canon RF The IS anti-shake technology of the lens can have a better practical effect on dual anti-shake, and the anti-shake realizes the effect compensation of up to 8 stops. Compared with the Sony A9 II, the 5.5-stop anti-shake effect is undoubtedly stronger.
We used the same shooting parameters to shoot the yellow-billed ibis with EOS R5 and A9 II respectively. The anti-shake performance of both models is very good, using 1/30 second handheld shooting at the 300mm end, both can obtain clear images. Enlarging the photo 100%, we can see that the EOS R5’s anti-shake is better. The feathers of the yellow-billed ibis stork are clearly visible, while the picture of the A9 II is a bit “blurred”.
Manipulation: Professional equipment also needs to be easy to use
is undoubtedly professional in manipulation In terms of sex, EOS R5 and A9 II, which are positioned as flagships, perform very well. Multi-directional joysticks, mode dials, dual dials… These settings allow senior filmmakers to quickly and accurately adjust the camera status for better shooting.
EOS R5 and A9 II are comparable in handling expertise
But the handling of high-end models Not only the professional side, but also easier to use. In this regard, EOS R5 equipped with a multi-touch screen performs better. What can the EOS R5 touch screen do? I think the most important points are as follows: 1. You can touch the screen to select the focus area, and when you click on the subject, the focus is also completed. 2. Faced with the complicated menus of professional models, the camera can be operated like a mobile phone by touch, even if the adjustment options are in different categories, you can quickly switch. 3. When playing back photos, you can zoom in and out by pinching the two fingers together, and you can also move your fingers to browse other areas of the photo.
EOS R5’s touch screen makes the operation easier
while the A9 II screen only supports single point There are not many options for touch and operation. After selecting the focus area by touch, you still need to press the shutter halfway to achieve the focus action. During photo playback, double-click the screen photo to zoom in to full size. When you want to zoom out, you must use the buttons. The complicated menu can only be operated by joystick and buttons. If more than two options need to be adjusted and they are not in the same category, it will take a long time.
After high-speed continuous shooting, EOS R5 can easily view photos, fast speed and simple operation. After confirmation, you can enter the shooting state immediately and wait for the best time to appear . The A9 II is not very convenient when viewing photos, and even missed the best time to shoot because of the complicated operation that takes a long time.
EOS R5 is equipped with a monochrome shoulder screen
EOS R5 There is another thing I like very much, that is Equipped with a monochromatic shoulder screen that is rare on mirrorless cameras. In fact, the monochromatic shoulder screen is very useful for users to better understand the working status of the camera. The battery capacity, aperture, shutter and other parameters are clear at a glance.
The EOS R5 on the left has a larger flip screen angle
Summary: more recommended later Advantage of EOS R5
EOS R5 and A9 II
Whether it’s EOS R5 or A9 II, it’s Flagship models of their respective brands. Their powerful performance can be done with ease even in the face of extremely demanding ecological photography. In comparison, the late-comer advantage of EOS R5 is still very obvious. Whether it is in terms of image quality, focus or anti-shake performance and manipulation, it has more advantages, and the shooting success rate in ecological photography is also higher. Therefore, we recommend Canon EOS R5 for ecological photography. In addition, compared to the Sony A9 II’s price of 34,999 yuan, the Canon EOS R5 at a price of 25,999 yuan is undoubtedly more cost-effective.
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