Watercool Canon R5 DSLR Camera
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Canon’s EOS R5 DSLR camera has no issues snapping photos, but when you want to record footage in 8K RAW for longer than 20-minutes, you’ll need to let it cool down for 2-hours before being able to capture footage again. Photographer and gadgets modder Matthew Perks might have the solution for anyone interested: watercooling. After tearing down the camera, he found that the R5’s main processor generates copious amounts of heat during recording and its thermal pads aren’t optimally located. Read more for a video and additional information.

To fix this, he used a thin strip of copper to pull heat away from the processor, which is under a power board along the camera’s back panel, and then adding an external watercooling system. It’s not the most practical solution, but this one works. Realizing this, Matt then built a custom internal copper heat plate, paired with a rear-mounted heat sink and an external base-mounted fan.

Canon EOS R6 Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera with 4K Video, Full-Frame CMOS Senor, DIGIC X Image Processor, Dual UHS-II SD Memory Card Slots, and Up to 12 fps with Mechnical Shutter, Body Only, Black
  • High Image Quality featuring a New 20 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor.
  • DIGIC X Image Processor with an ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 204800.
  • High-speed continuous shooting of up to 12 fps with Mechanical Shutter and up to 20 fps electronic (silent) shutter.
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF covering approx. 100% area with 1,053 AF areas.
  • Subject tracking of people and animals using deep learning technology.

We’re left with a camera that not only has much improved 8K video record times but one that can be paired with some simple homemade attachments that allow it to reliably record in this mode for an unlimited length of time, making it a truly unique video creation tool,” said Matt.