I’m working at Shutterfest this week in St. Louis, and had some time to explore the capabilities of the latest feature added via Firmware to the R5. Now, this mode is not for everyone or for every shooting situation, but when the conditions are suitable, it is an interesting addition to this camera’s capabilities. It works by using the camera’s in-body image stabilization to move the sensor while taking 9 photos and then combining them all together into a single very high-resolution JPG. Yes, JPG, and no, you don’t get the individual frames, just the final image.
You defintely need to have the camera locked down on a tripod, and just as importantly, your subject must be completely stationary, otherwise the individual frames will not align, and you’ll have a blurry mess. So, the inside of the venue where Shutterfest is happening is an old train station, and there are some really cool stained-glass windows and woodwork. However, it is very low light. I put my R5 on a tripod and did my best to square things up while framing the window and its surrounds. This was a good subject as it had a lot of detail and no moving parts.