Tilta EOS R5 Cooling Kit – Fan Accessory To Combat Canon R5 Overheating

July 27th, 2020
Tilta EOS R5 Cooling Kit - Fan Accessory To Combat Canon R5 Overheating

Tilta has announced the EOS R5 Cooling Kit, an external fan accessory plus camera cage for the Canon EOS R5This comes in the midst of heavy discussions on the recording limitations of Canon’s new 8K and 4K mirrorless cameras R5 and R6 due to overheating.

A seemingly strange product announcement indeed, but it certainly won’t be the last of its kind.

Canon followed up their exciting R5 and R6 announcement with the caveats of limited recording times.

8K limited to 3/10/20 minute recording times (depending on how long you wait) as well as caps on the 4K high speed options.

What are Canon’s suggestions?

– Enable Overheat Control setting (caps recording formats in standby mode)
– Power down between takes
– Keep out of direct sunlight
– Use an external fan

Tilta has made quick work of the latter.

The Tilta EOS R5 Cooling Kit is a cooling board with 7-blade, 6200 RPM fan powered externally by USB-C.

It mounts onto the back of the R5 in the cavity left by the open swing away monitor.

There is an on board temperature sensor that determines when the fan needs to operate (…all the time?).

It attaches to the camera through the Tilta Tactical Cage.

As you would expect, said cage hugs the camera top, bottom and both sides, offering up an array of industry-standard threads, two cold mounts and what looks like a pass-through wheel for the R5 top scroll wheel (neat).

Canon EOS R5/EOS R6 Overheating – Recording Times. Source: Canon

The above Canon recording time caps are all based from a cold start – which, as proved by our recent R6 review can mean a completely different thing in the field.

These results are also based off of ambient temperature levels of 23°C / 73°F. The Tilta R5 Cooling Kit is said to reduce temperature to 59°F within one minute, with also a maximum reduction temperature of 82°F.

It’s unclear whether the Tilta Cooling Fan can indeed get the camera back down to a base temperature (within one minute), therefore the camera remains at a cold start.
Or whether it has the ability to prevent the camera from pausing altogether; it is also unclear at this time whether these recording limitations are in place from Canon, regardless of whether a low core temperature is maintained.

Time will tell in testing, in the mean time I have chased Tilta for clarity on their end, as it is not clear what these temperatures reference.

This is not the first time a camera has struggled for heat dispersion, not least Canon.

The original Canon C500 was notorious for loud on-board fans kicking in. A solution was external fans that were quieter that indeed kept the inbuilt ones completely at bay (essential for sound recording).

Canon’s stance on their new mirrorless line is slightly different, opting not to include a fan system; if you want things small and compact, this is the cost.

There is divided opinion about whether these statements on recording caps highlight the camera is not fit for purpose or merely outlines this particular tool’s limitations.

Either way, one does beg to ask the question that if an external fan is an appropriate solution, why has Canon not made their own.

For now, we have Tilta to thank for a solution, as it goes it looks fairly sleek.

But it highlights the same old story of needing to rig up a mirrorless camera to get it video-ready – Cage, fan, battery solution, filtration.

Pricing and availability of the Tilta R5 Cooling Kit to be confirmed.

We are currently testing also a production version Canon R5 and trying to verify the times quoted in Canon’s statement above. Expect the results from that soon on our site.

What do you think about the Canon R5 and R6 and the entire overheating discussion? Let us know in the comments below. 

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 Robert Anthony
Robert Anthony
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August 2nd, 2020

Canon execs are either moles (covertly working for the competition) or complete idiots.

They have been trashing their engineers brilliant designs for the past 11 years.

Of course these Canon execs were blindsided by the original success of the 5D Mark II unable to intervene in time to prevent its stardom, but ever since that egregious error, they have made sure to limit the features and quality of all subsequent Consumer and Semi-Pro Canon models to align with their nefarious intentions.

Canon was set up to be the “Apple” of the consumer video camera world for a decade, but instead they are an afterthought.

They hide behind the guise of not wanting to “cannibalize” Cinema EOS products, but in reality they have left BILLIONS OF DOLLARS on the table with lost sales from the hamstrung potential of their designers wonderful innovations.

Dual Pixel AutoFocus – Completely Brilliant
Canon Color Science – Completely Beautiful

And now with the introduction of the R5, Canon has a completely DOA model for video shooters and/or mixed shooters who work events/weddings/music videos etc …

If recent experiments (ice packs, etc) are any indication, I am doubtful a fan blowing air onto a solid plastic exterior surface is going to help with the overheating.

No one who desires to shoot a reasonable amount of video along with stills can buy this model (and even the R6 is overheating in the wild).

Don’t think for a minute Canon didn’t plan it this way. When the X10 arrived a few years ago with stunning 4K image quality at that time, it was hamstrung with a crappy lens and other quirks, making sure it would not be deployed in a professional environment.

Canon is a business first, but that’s the point – as a business they have FAILED MISERABLY – lost a huge swath of market share to BlackMagic, Panasonic and Sony (lost billions in income) and their stock price is down 72% from its peak!

It’s 2020 and the moles have succeeded again “reigning in” the unbridled success of their engineers.

Nathan
Nathan
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July 31st, 2020

This would be great if it didn’t require the cage. A simple bottom plate that is as tiny and lightweight as possible would be much more appealing. The entire appeal of the R5 is its small size, so the last thing I want is to bulk it up with a cage.

Vibe
Vibe
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July 29th, 2020

Stay tuned for an ice pack wrap for the R5.

Mark Forman
Mark Forman
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July 28th, 2020

The release date will be 04-01-21 with an Ice Box option.

Gabriel Lehto
Gabriel Lehto
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July 28th, 2020

Is it a joke? Is it serious? Haha… This is very wired!

Warren Marquette
Warren Marquette
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July 27th, 2020

Those of us using the Canon Ra for astrophotography would love a means to cool the camera sensor. Looks perfect.

Tom Roper
Tom Roper
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July 27th, 2020

It uses a peltier junction. It means when you put electrical current to it, one side of the chip gets hot, the other side cold. You have to remove the heat from the hot side to get cooling on the cold side, so an aluminum heat sink is attached. The heat from the back of the camera is absorbed by the peltier device cold side, radiated by the hot side to the heat sink, convection cooled by the fan. This is a far more comprehensive solution than just a “fan.” It’s efficient, but takes electric current.

 Tom Roper
Tom Roper
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July 27th, 2020
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It’s “active cooling.”

 Tom Roper
Tom Roper
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July 27th, 2020
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The design looks very good, better than expected. It’s bound to help. We don’t know how much heat the camera generates, and don’t know how much is removed by the cooling device. The question, what is the wattage requirement of the cooling device?

 Tom Roper
Tom Roper
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July 27th, 2020
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And it would benefit from heat sink compound applied to the back of the camera, to conduct heat to the backing plate of the device. It’s messy, slightly toxic, but it’s not going to work as good if there is air space between the camera back and the backing plate. Air is an insulator.

William G Humber
William G Humber
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July 27th, 2020
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It will most likely come with a thermal pad. Not quite as effective as thermal paste but much easier to use.

Otter
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July 27th, 2020

Pahahahahahahahaha

Gert Kracht ????
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July 27th, 2020

Canon should deliver this contraption for free with each of their R5 and R6 cameras. For a price of 75… https://t.co/i8217fF3ti

Jack Kelner
Jack Kelner
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July 29th, 2020

We don’t need your Twitter spam.

Nick Jossendal
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July 27th, 2020

lol, wow. I wonder how effective it is?

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