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 to 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
- Best Accessories Canon R5 / R6
- Body Accessories
- Remote Shutters
- Best Mics For Canon R6 / R5
- Canon EOS R6 & R5 Cleaning Accessories
Best Accessories Canon R5 / R6
Best Screen Protectors
Canon has always put nice tough 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, I like to use screen protectors.
There are a few great options, my personal favorite is Expert Shield, and be sure to take advantage of their lifetime warranty as your screen protector gets beat up over the years.
Expert Shield Canon R5 Screen Protectors
R5 Screen Protector: Amazon
R6 Screen Protector: Amazon
Expert Shield is offering their screen protectors right now for the Canon R5 and R6, the Anti-Glare, the Glass and the Cyrstal Clear.
These screen protectors offer a lifetime warranty and they come with a top display protector as well. It’s what I always use and they work great and will usually last a few years.
Best 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.
Be sure to check that out before purchasing memory cards.
Best Batteries Canon R6 / R5
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 and the R6 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.
Best Third-Party Batteries
Third-party batteries will work in the Canon R5 and R6. If you just need some backups this is a good option. I’ll update this list if we get new technology in the third-party batteries that match the E6NH.
Occasionally, I’ll get a warning on my EOS R that my third-party batteries are counterfeit. It will power the camera off, then I turn it back on and it’s fine again. So you shoot photography where constant smooth performance is critical, you should just spend the extra money on official batteries.
BM Premium LP-E6N Batteries
Available at: Amazon
The BM Power are fantastic for the Canon EOS R. They come with two batteries and a dual battery charger plate which allows you to charge both batteries at the same time. I haven’t tried the BM batteries for Canon yet but I have used this band for Fujifilm. I’ll order some to try out next time I’m in the USA. You can also use the Wasabi batteries.
If you’re in Europe you can check out the Watson batteries.
Battery Charger Canon LC-E6
The Canon R5 does ship with an LC-E6 battery charger and it will charge all of your Canon EP-E6 batteries. However, if you need a second charger, this is your best option.
I do recommend you charge your batteries as much as possible with your Official Canon charger since they are rated perfectly match the charge rate of the Canon batteries. I have had issues in the past with some third-party chargers charging the batteries too quickly and reducing their performance. It’s rare but it can happen. As long as you charge your batteries every so often with the Official Canon charger or in-camera, you’ll be fine even using third party chargers occasionally.
Canon RF Lenses
Be sure to check out my massive list of all the lenses that are available for the RF mount.
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 R5 and R6 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 also works for the R5 and R6.
SmallRig Camera Cage For Canon R5 / R6
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.
Canon Remote Switch RS-80N3 ( R5 Only )
The camera remote switch you’ll need for the Canon R5 is the RS-80N3. Not the RS-60E3. The 60E3 works on the R6 and the rebel cameras. Canon still uses this different connector on their big boy cameras.
Use the RS-80N3 on the Canon R5.
Canon TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller ( R5 Only )
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 not the R6.
You can go with a third-party remote here, but I’ve found the Canon remotes to always be superior.
Best Mics For Canon R6 / R5
Rode Wireless Go Compact System
The Rode Wireless Mic now available in white. These 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.
Canon EOS R6 & R5 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.
Best Accessories Canon R6 & Canon R5 Conclusions
This list covers all the basic accessories for the Canon R5 or the Canon R6. Both cameras share all the same accessories except for the shutter remotes.
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!