R5 Battery Life Poll for birders and other telephoto lens users

How many shots per charge do you get


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Aussie shooter

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Dec 6, 2016
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R6 and not an R5 shooter but I would assume similar performance. And if i am shooting in mech or EFC and doing short bursts then i am probably getting anywhere from 3-500 shots. If i am going with Eshutter and trying to nail a perfect BIF shot at 20fps then I could easily get one or two thousand shots as there is basically no chimping and insane frame rates
 

U-Type

I'm New Here
Dec 1, 2013
10
2
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With a full charge I can get 1000 shots and end up with about 10-15% battery remaining on a LP-E6NH.
R5 + EF-RF Adapter + 2X Extender + 70-200 F4L. IBIS on, toggle between viewfinder and LCD, no high FPS display, but H or H+ drive mode, with a mixture of electronic first curtain + electronic only, CRAW+JPG, and shooting about a 2-4 hour session.
 
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Canonite

EOS R5
Dec 19, 2013
26
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Shooting common and Horay redpolls from my car in very very cold weather, I took 1750 images and my battery level was at 12%.
First time I have exhausted a new battery with the R5. This was driving the 600II with and with out extender.
 

YuengLinger

EOS R6
CR Pro
Dec 20, 2012
3,452
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USA
Paid close attention yesterday at a wildlife sanctuary. Fresh battery, 1 hour and 40 minutes of handheld, mostly Mode 2 IS (which was a mistake, I see!), one card only, a ProGrade 128GB CFE. Near the end, maybe after 1 hour and 20 minutes, I heard the ECFS sound change, get clunkier, a bit louder. Checked my battery and I was down to 54%. When I left I was at 48%.

How many shots? 1012! Quite a few bursts, mostly birds-in-flight, but also some on the ground or wading.

I think my battery usage is more related to how long I'm using the camera more than how many shots. So if I only take bursts of 2-3 shots, maybe 4-5, during a 90 minute hike, I get about 400 shots before being down to 50-60%. (Sorry, AlanF, for using such imprecise language as "several hundred," but I haven't paid much attention to the usage. I did buy two extra Canon batteries after a week with the R5.)

Does CFE use significantly more power than SD?

Oh--I have my Sensor Cleaning set to manual only, and I engage it only after changing a lens.

I can put a new battery in, 100%, do a sensor cleaning, a format, a few things in the menu. And, whoa, suddenly I'm down to 94%? Strange.

One other thing, I am seeing that the newest batteries drain faster just sitting in a drawer. (And this makes me think back to the days of the 5DIII, how I could go two months without using it, having left the power switch on, and I'd still have well over 80% battery charge. The 5DIV was never like that. On or off when stowed, batteries drained in it steadily.)

As for testing, I'm not seeing any real inconvenience or unexpected behavior. I keep an extra battery in a little pouch in my pocket. I charge as soon as home...So I don't want to put in the time or wear and tear on the R5 for a test. And I am too busy to try to figure out how to set something controlled using an Android phone to just fire away...

I did map the Movie Record button to switch between EVF and Display, but I only use that when walking for exrecise/pleasure with a smaller lens, and the rig is slung over my shoulder so that the EVF gets constantly activated by my shirt. Carrying the 100-500mm in my hand by my side doesn't cause this.

I do believe that with IS on all the time when the body is active, it makes sense that we'd see a range of drainage patterns here. But where is the "in spec" threshold? I'll leave that to others for now!

Good luck, AlanF! I do wonder if a particular battery could be part of the equation--even if it is showing as normal?
 

AlanF

Stay at home
CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
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Depends. Can get well over 500 shots from the NH battery but that number goes down if I do a lot of 12 FPS or more chimping. I use eco mode and turn the camera off when not planning to shoot (power up pretty quick).
This morning I went crazy on my first excting bird outing for ages, filming my first kingfisher for a year and she spent the best part of 15 minutes bashing a fish to death, and there were more exciting episodes to follow: using the 100-500 and 20fps in electronic shutter and long bursts, I clocked up 1900 shots with 15% of charge, and ended up the morning with 3472 using 80%. This compares with my usual 600 or so. Now, culling at the rate of 1 fps, I should get through in under an hour, or will it be 0.1 fps?
 
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koenkooi

EOS 5D Mark IV
CR Pro
Feb 25, 2015
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This morning I went crazy on my first excting bird outing for ages, filming my first kingfisher for a year and she spent the best part of 15 minutes bashing a fish to death, and there were more exciting episodes to follow: using the 100-500 and 20fps in electronic shutter and long bursts, I clocked up 1900 shots with 15% of charge, and ended up the morning with 3472 using 80%. This compares with my usual 600 or so. Now, culling at the rate of 1 fps, I should get through in under an hour, or will it be 0.1 fps?
Which mode did you use for filming? I quite like the oversampled 4k you get in crop mode, although I only have footage of herons standing still in a downpour :)
 

AlanF

Stay at home
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Aug 16, 2012
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Which mode did you use for filming? I quite like the oversampled 4k you get in crop mode, although I only have footage of herons standing still in a downpour :)
Standard full frame. Still culling.
 

Dockland

EOS 90D
Nov 14, 2019
129
212
Sweden
I don't do any burst shooting. I take approx. 5-30 images totally per session (halv or whole day)
I have the battery grip what ever it's namned, don't remember. An been shooting for a couple of days now, perhaps 100 images taken with my R5 and the battery is around 80% and battery no 2 around 95%. Don't know if it's good or bad.
Oh, I have all the bells and whistles on. Shooting mainly with the RF 100-500, hand held.
 
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