R5 battery life?


CR Pro
Sep 17, 2010
I am very consistently 1,200 to 1,800 shots per charge on the LP-6ENH batteries on the R5 at the lower, 60, refresh rate on the EVF.

Usage has been pets, backyard birds, astro and a few landscapes. I shoot mostly through the EVF. I am also using playback a fair amount, and was even seeing results in this range when playing with the menus. On my 5DIV, I was very typically 300-800 shots. So I have been pleasantly surprised by the battery life of the R5. But, I am also wondering if there is somehow an issue with my 5DIV as the battery drains to nothing in a few days when not in use.
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Dec 13, 2010
Current charge : 203 shots , 69% left. I usually and average get around 350-450 shots.


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CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
I suspect some of us are getting a large number of shots per charge is because we are firing fast bursts, and it costs much less energy per shot than when just doing single shots. But, in practice I am discarding most and choosing just the best. So, in reality, the number of useful shots per charge is much less.
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Mar 13, 2020
I shot for the first time over the weekend with my R5. Outdoors, in the sun, shot for a couple hours. Got 780 shots and still had 3 bars (~70%) on the battery when I got home.
Slow refresh on the EVF. I may have turned the camera off for 10-15 mins total during that period.


If only I knew what I was doing.....
CR Pro
Sep 8, 2012
Over the past week, with an older LPE-6N, I've done 318 shots (155 with an RF 24-105 f/4 and 163 with an RF 70-200 f/2.8). IS has always been on. I'm not much of a "crimper" and usually turn the power off when I am not actively taking images. FWIW, the viewfinder shows 2 bars. I am betting that a newer battery, and the LPE-6NH can do better.


Jun 30, 2014
On my last trip to Conowingo to shoot Bald Eagles I changed both batteries in my grip at 60% (FPS starts reducing at that point) at 1200 frames. I feel like I could've doubled that number had I run them down. This was with the LPE-6NH batteries


Too deep in Canon to list! :o
Jun 13, 2015
I shot an NHL hockey game last night, started with a freshly charged E6NH battery, finished the game on the same battery.

2167 frames
camera on and booted up for most 3 hours with the pregame ceremony. Maybe 3.5 with the pregame warmup skate too.

People say the new battery is not much better than the older versions, I find they are noticeably better. I do VERY little video, stills only.
I don't bother running tests, just tracking about the time and frames per charge.
I have nothing to complain about with the batteries........I could really bitch about some other Canon issues......but not the battery.


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7D Mk II --> R5
Feb 5, 2021
Last week at the NWR, shooting steadily from 08:00 to 15:15 with battery grip and two freshly recharged LP-E6NH batteries, using 100-500 or 800 f11, GPS on externally (no wifi), and nothing disabled to save power: 650 CRAW shots taken (some deleted in camera), batteries finished day at 13% to 15% remaining, significantly lower than the pairs of E6Ns in my 7D or 5Ds used on similar shoots. When shooting intermittently from truck or while hiking, camera remained powered up (but EVF does time out - Display Off 1 min; Viewfinder Off 3 min; Power Off 5 min). I use the viewfinder more than the display due to sun glare, and occasionally for manual focusing. Note that I spent LOTS of time running AF while trying to acquire birds in brush, grass, trees, or while scanning in flocks of gulls/terns/geese/ducks for anything unusual (back button = Spot AF, * button = Animal Eye AF). IMHO, animal eye is almost useless except birds out in the open, or birds in flight against the sky.

When driving between shooting locations I normally turn the power off as I dismount it from the LensSack and set it on the backpack in the passenger seat. I never turned off my 7D or 5D like this, because the internal GPS needed to remain powered up to update. The R5 has to use the external GP-E2, which I leave powered up all day on its own AA battery.

I am satisfied if I can get a day of steady shooting out of a pair of batteries, and I have a spare set with me at all times. I think a third pair might even be wise.

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CR Pro
Mar 25, 2011
I leave Wi-fi and Bluetooth turned on while its on my desk, I automatically transfer photos wirelessly via FTP tp my computer when there are just a few, (40 or less). Wi- still running when the camera is off. My battery will be totally run down in a very few days, so I leave the camera plugged into the charger. If I turn off the radio's, I can take a lot of individual photos (no high speed shots, just one at a time) I can shoot about 1000-1500 over 4-5 hours and have some battery left. I carry a spare, but seldom need to use it.

I see no significant difference from my 2 year old LP-E6N as far as battery capacity.
Sep 25, 2019
1 LP-E6NH battery + 1.3 LP-E6N battery for 2300 shorts and 8 hours of shooting. No power saving used but I switched the camera off for a few minutes a few times.


If only I knew what I was doing.....
CR Pro
Sep 8, 2012
Resurrecting an old thread. Just did 1064 shots using an adapted EF 100-400 mkii with a 1.4x. Some chimping. Some high-speed shots but mostly single shots. Used an old LP-E6N (not NH) battery. 2 bars still showing and menu says 47% remaining.


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CR Pro
Aug 16, 2012
I'm the odd man out here. My R5 works brilliantly but I get just the CIPA number of shots.
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EOS R5 - Fine art landscape, travel,astro and pano
Jul 18, 2017
Hi. I am lost about third parties batteries since of course I want to reach the H+ mode and 12fp/20fp speed.

I have found a Patona Platinum battery LP-E6NH 2250mAh 7,2V and a generic brand (DSTE), LP-E6N with 7,4V and 2600mAh. Question: which of the 2 batteries might provide best performances for the R5 and to get H+ and 12fp/20fp shutting speed?
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