EOS R5 cameras started shipping last week, so photographers will be shooting and creating RAW files but what software can process them?
Imagine having a new camera arrive and then realise that the RAW images are not compatible with your existing software. That’s the problem for EOS R5 owners right now. Fortunately you have solutions even at this very early stage.
Canon Digital Photo Professional (DPP)
Canon released DPP 4.12.60 in sync with the first shipments of cameras, so you can use DPP to process your RAW images. You’ll be able to do all the usual things DPP does, plus use the new clarity control found in the camera and change its strength in DPP. I wish the DPP workflow was much improved and you could seamlessly move between the tools and work with multiple images much faster.
For me DPP is still one of the best ways to extract amazing pictures from any Canon RAW image, and I use it to process some RAW images when Photoshop / Lightroom doesn’t give me results that DPP can achieve. I create a 16-bit TIFF and add that to Lightroom as it’s easier to manage large collections of photos there.
You will also need the latest EOS Utility software if you want to shoot tethered with USB or WiFi. There are plugins for Final Cut Pro X, and Avid Media Access to work with EOS R5 RAW video too.
Even if you have other Canon cameras, you can still download the latest DPP and EOS Utility.
Adobe DNG Converter Beta 12.4
At the moment there’s no support with Adobe Camera RAW inside Photoshop, Lightroom CC or Lightroom Classic. However a few days ago Adobe did post a beta version of Adobe DNG converter that will convert EOS R6 snd EOS R5 RAW files to DNG. Once converted, the DNG files can be used with existing Adobe software.
Check the Adobe supported cameras page if you are looking for an update to this situation.
If you have other software that is working with EOS R5 or EOS R6 raw files please mention it in the comments.
UPDATE 18th AUGUST 2020
Adobe has updated Adobe Camera RAW to 12.4 for Photoshop CC and Lightroom and this includes support for EOS R5 and EOS R6 RAW images.