The Canon R5 is set up not just for photographers but also for videographers and works as an incredibly advanced hybrid machine. One of the great things about these smaller mirrorless cameras is how easy they are to change up and customize for improved handling and functionality using different accessories.
This guide will walk you through some of the best accessories for the Canon R5.
Table Of Contents
- 1. Screen Protectors
- 2. Memory Cards
- 3. Batteries and Battery Grips
- 4. Body Cases
- 5. Camera Straps
- 6. Microphones
- 7. Cleaning Accessories
1. Screen Protectors
Canon has always put nice touch screens on their cameras and I never really bothered with screen protectors on my old Canon DSLRs, but now that we have flip-out screens that we are a lot more heavily reliant on, it’s good to use screen protectors.
There are a few great options today, here is recommendations that I personally use on a few of my cameras.
PCTC Canon R5 Screen Protectors
Canon R5 Screen Protector: Amazon
A brand I’m often using today is PCTC. They give you two screen protectors, for the top and the back in case you mess one up on your first attempt or in case you eventually damage the screen protector.
Since this is a glass screen protector it can be a little difficult to get off after a few months have passed. If you need to replace the screen protector after a while, apply some gentle heat with a hairdryer or space heater and it should help loosen the bond.
2. Memory Cards
Memory Cards Canon R5
I have a massive guide with benchmarks (in-camera memory card tests) that will walk you through which memory cards you need for the Canon R5.
Guide Here – Best Memory Cards Canon R5
3. Batteries and Battery Grips
The Canon R5 has a new battery, even newer than the Canon EOS R. It will still take the old batteries but the new battery does have a better capacity with a 14% improvement.
It is important to get the best batteries possible if you plan on doing a lot of bursting. Remember that the R5 will only get the rated continuous burst speeds if the battery capacity is above 60%. If you’re just casually shooting the standard batteries will work fine but if you want to charge your battery while it’s in the camera, you will need to get the E6N versions.
Official Batteries Canon LP-E6NH
These are the latest batteries for the Canon system. The E6NH. They offer a 14% improvement in battery life compared to the standard E6N batteries that were shipped with the EOS R.
You can still use your older batteries, they’re just not going to last as long.
Rating: 2130 mAh /Voltage: 7.2 volts
Best Third-Party Batteries
The new third-party batteries finally work well in the Canon R5.
If you just need some backups the BM batteries are a good option. They have a chip that is decoded so they should work the same as the official batteries. Hopefully, we won’t see any new compatibility issues with future camera firmware updates, which is something to always be careful about when buying third-party batteries.
BM Premium LP-E6NH Batteries
Available at: Amazon
The BM Power is fantastic for the Canon EOS R system. This set does not come with the charging plate so you might want to add that if you need a dual charger.
Rating: 2130 mAh /Voltage: 7.4 volts /WH: 15.8Wh
Canon BG-R10 Vertical Battery Grip
The BG-R10 is the more traditional battery grip we’re all used to. This grip is for the Canon R5 cameras and holds up to two LP-E6NH batteries.
It comes with shutter and dial controls and is fully weather-sealed like the camera bodies.
Canon WFT-R10A Vertical Battery Grip + Wired Lan
I don’t know what to say about this. $999 for a battery grip? That seems a little crazy, but this thing is loaded up with features like Wired Lan or wireless connectivity. It also holds two batteries. Maybe wait for some sales on this one unless you need it now for sports shooting.
This grip works for the R5 and R6.
4. Body Cases
SmallRig Camera Cage For Canon R5
Available At: SmallRig
SmallRig really does make the best camera cages. They also make a few nice accessories to go with their cages or even to attach monitors to the hot shoe mount. They make the highest quality attachments, grips, and cages.
I’ve linked you to their website, so you can check out everything they have. I really like the wood grip, or the top handlebar to go with the cage.
5. Camera Straps
Peak Design straps have a lot of great options for the Canon mirrorless system. I often use the Clutch hand strap with an additional strap attached.
Peak Design Clutch Camera Strap
The Peak Design Clutch hand strap comes with an arca-swiss base plate that has extra loops for an additional strap. The side of the clutch hand strap also takes a strap attachment so you can keep a sort of modular system where you can quickly put on or off your strap while leaving the handgrip.
Peak Design Slide Lite
Peak Design has a lot of different sizes of straps. These straps are nice because they have an attachment system that makes putting on or taking off the strap very easy. For a mirrorless camera like the Canon R6 or R5, you’ll likely want the medium thickness strap, but you can also go with the thin strap if you’re running a lighter setup with smaller lenses.
Rode Wireless Go Compact System
The Rode Wireless Mics are incredibly easy to use with good audio quality. Just make sure you keep them charged since they do not use interchangeable batteries.
Rode Lavalier Go Omnidirectional Microphone For Wireless Go
The above Rode Wireless System does not come with a mic. This is the mic Rode offers for the Go Compact system. It’s now available in white.
You can also order the whole system as a kit that comes with mics.
Rode NTG Hybrid Mic
The Rode NTG Hybrid mic has an impedance of 10 Ohms and works very well with Canon cameras.
This is probably the best bang for the buck mic that actually works well for the Canon system.
7. Cleaning Accessories
I have a whole article on cleaning accessories and there are a few that you absolutely should have no matter what. If you want to see more accessories for wet sensor cleaning, check out this guide to cleaning accessories here.
Micro-Fiber Cleaning Cloths 6-Pack
Available At: Amazon
These are essential cleaning products. This is the best way to clean UV filters or lenses since they won’t leave behind any lint or dust.
I buy these in 6-packs so that I always have a few on hand.
Rocket Air Blaster
Available At: Amazon
There are many air blasters out there. I like the Rocket Air blasters because you can stand them up on their fins and they won’t roll around on your desk as your working.
They come in a few different sizes, I’ve found medium to be the most useful size.
Available At: Amazon
Seriously, these sensor brushes are the best way to clean your sensor. If you’re just cleaning up dust and dirt that won’t come off with the air blaster, the sensor brush is unbeatable.
Keep the brush in its bang and in the tube and it will last you forever. Just never touch the bristols and keep them as sterile as possible.
I almost never use the wet sensor swabs once I got a sensor brush five years ago.
Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3
The camera remote switch you’ll need for the Canon R5 is the RS-80N3. Not the RS-60E3.
The 60E3 only works on the R6 and the rebel cameras. Canon still uses this different connector on their big boy cameras.
Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller
For a timer remote, you will need the TC-80N3. This uses the same connection as the RS-80N3 and this works on the Canon R5 only and not the R6.
You can go with a third-party remote here, but I’ve found the Canon remotes to always be superior.
Canon RF Lenses
Be sure to check out my massive list of all the lenses that are available for the RF mount.
Best Accessories Canon R5 Conclusions
This list covers all the basic top 7 accessories for the Canon R5.
This list is of just the essentials and doesn’t yet scratch the surface when compared to all the accessories that are available, but I consider these some of the essentials to get you started and to get the camera set up for professional use.
If there is something essential that you can’t live without, let us know in the comments!