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I took a few test pictures with the new camera just seeing how it worked and what I needed to change in the menu settings.
So what is it about this Canon EOS R5 camera that made me put up with the difficulty of getting it? Well, let me see.
First of all, it's a different kind of camera, probably the way future DSLR cameras will all be. It's a mirrorless camera, which would take too long to explain here, but there are many benefits to not having an internal mirror like SLR cameras have had since I was a kid. So right off the bat, it made every DSLR camera that has a mirror an antique.
Probably the most important thing to me is it's new focusing system. All modern cameras have automatic focusing, which is a Godsend to those who wear glasses and have trouble manually focusing like we all had to do back in the day. But this autofocusing system is different, unlike me ... It's smart.
Along with normal autofocusing, you can make this camera focus on a human being, and it will find the human being and focus on it. Or you can make it focus on an animal, and it will find the animal, ignoring the human being and focus on the animal. You can also make it focus on the animal or human's eye, and when that human, or animal, or bird moves, this camera stays focused on the eye even while the animal or the camera is moving. It sounds like magic, and maybe it is.
As I mentioned before, it takes video up to 6K, which many people didn't even think possible. There's not much reason for 6K right now because I don't believe any screens can display 6K. But at least the cameras ready when technology catches up. None of the video stuff interests me because I don't plan on using this camera to shoot video.
The sensor in the R5 is a full-frame sensor and has 45 megapixels, and my older camera has a smaller APS-C size sensor and 20 megapixels. So my pictures can have much more detail in them now. That won't affect the images you see on my blog because I have to downsize the pictures from 42MB down to about 300KB to work on my blog, and then the Internet messes around with them even more so there's not a whole lot of detail left in my pictures.
Another really big deal is, in body stabilization, "IBS." Stabilization is what helps cut down on your hand shaking the camera when you're taking the picture. Canon has always had the stabilizers in the lens but not in all lenses only the most expensive ones. But now Canon has stabilized the sensor in the camera so it senses the camera shaking and smooths it out much better than the lens stabilizers do. Now not only do ALL of your camera lenses become stabilized, but the lenses that were already stabilized work even better because the IBS adds to the built-in lens stabilization.
A small thing but something of great importance that I never had, which is the viewing screen on the back of the camera that can be folded out and turned around as many other cameras have always been able to do. But for some reason, serious photographers never cared about having a fold out view screen, but I do so that tells you right off the bat that I'm not a serious photographer.
You may have noticed I take a lot of flower pictures, can't help it, I like to take flower pictures. Their pretty, they smell good, and they don't complain about how their pictures turn out. Often, these flowers are very close to the ground, which means me and the camera have to get very close to the ground. And even though I'm quite good at getting down there, getting back up again is a whole other matter, especially if I've been down there for a while. I can get back up... eventually, but it's not pretty, and I creak and pop like an old barn door. So having a movable viewing screen that allows me to remain standing or at least squatting while the camera gets close to the flower is a beautiful thing, which I'm sure I will appreciate even more in the future.
A blue flower. The camera read the colors of this flower just perfect.
The family cat. Another test picture, to see how well the camera would focus on an animals eye while the cat was moving.
My granddaughter. She was just running around the living room playing and I wanted to see how well the camera would focus on her eyes with her moving .
Another picture of my granddaughter. My grandson was in school so he didn't get his picture taken.
This is one of the first pictures I took with the new camera and it absolutely blew my mind. I used my 400 mm lens and then cropped in real tight on the moon. And no it's not a great picture that wasn't what impressed me. What I found unbelievable is I stuck the camera out my door and snapped the picture... Handheld!!! You just don't do that with a 400 mm lens without a whole lot of camera shake. I always use a tripod when I'm taking pictures of the moon and even some of them don't come out as clear as this one did... Handheld!!! I am absolutely amazed at what internal body stabilization can do.