Palms-on with the brand new Canon EOS R6

Introduced alongside the EOS R5, the R6 affords loads of the identical know-how however in a extra inexpensive, barely extra enthusiast-focused mannequin. Whereas the extra superior R5 may dominate headlines for some time, the R6 is prone to find yourself within the palms of extra photographers. Click on via for a better look.

20MP CMOS sensor

Canon has an extended custom of including options from its skilled fashions into lower-tier cameras over time, however that is the primary time we have seen a sensor from a flagship DSLR find yourself in an fanatic digital camera.

The R6’s 20MP sensor is basically the identical because the one within the EOS-1D X Mark III, providing 20MP and a large ISO sensitivity span of 100-102,400 (expandable as much as 204,800). Identical to the EOS-1D X Mark III, photographs could be captured in Uncooked, JPEG or HEIF file codecs, with HEIF used for lifelike HDR seize.

Please word that just like the EOS R, the R6’s shutter usually closes over the sensor when a lens is eliminated. This picture exhibits the sensor uncovered as a result of we all know that you simply like to have a look at sensors.

20MP CMOS sensor

Some photographers is likely to be dissatisfied that the R6 affords ‘solely’ 20MP, however we have been impressed by the pictures that we have been in a position to create from the 1D X III. Though we do not (but) have full third-party assist for the R6’s Uncooked recordsdata, we count on equally clear excessive ISO photographs and good dynamic vary in comparison with earlier generations of Canon ILCs.

Digic X – similar processor as EOS 1D X III

The 20MP sensor is accompanied by a Digic X processor, additionally beforehand discovered within the 1D X Mark III. This permits the R6 to shoot Uncooked and/or JPEG recordsdata at as much as 20fps (in digital shutter mode) with full autofocus. In mechanical shutter mode the utmost taking pictures charge drops to 12fps.

Twin Pixel CMOS AF with 100% protection

The R6 options Canon’s Twin CMOS autofocus, with 1053 automatically-selected AF areas protecting 100% of the body, each vertically and horizontally. This permits phase-detection autofocus proper out to the very extremes of the body, and will imply that there is no danger of your supposed topic ‘falling out’ of AF protection throughout monitoring.

The same old vary of AF modes are included within the R6, with the Face+Monitoring mode now in a position to acknowledge eyes, faces and heads for individuals, and eyes, faces and our bodies for animals. Autofocus is rated all the way down to -6.5EV with an F1.2 lens utilizing the middle AF level.

From our restricted taking pictures thus far, topic detection, autofocus pace and AF accuracy seem wonderful, and that is one thing we’re hoping to correctly check very quickly, as we transfer in direction of a full evaluation of the EOS R6.

3.69m-dot OLED finder w/120fps dwell view

The EOS R6 does not get the tremendous high-res EVF of the R5, however its 3.69m-dot OLED is however wonderful, providing a pointy and contrasty view. A 120fps dwell view feed choice (turned off by default to save lots of energy) means that there’s nearly no noticeable ‘lag’ between the actual world and the finder, which – with the 0.76X magnification – makes for a extremely life like, immersive expertise.

Truthfully, at this level, the hole between conventional D/SLR finders and one of the best digital equivalents is successfully closed for all however a distinct segment vary of functions (i.e. for those who’re taking photographs of wonderful patterns or show screens, the place moiré within the dwell view feed can nonetheless be a problem).

It is price noting that just like the EOS R5, and not like most earlier Canon cameras, the rubber eyecup across the R6’s EVF is mounted, and isn’t user-replaceable.

Vari-angle contact display screen

On the rear of the R6 you will discover the anticipated massive, touch-sensitive LCD panel, providing full articulation within the Canon fashion. Providing 3.0″ and 1.62M dot decision, the LCD picture is sharp and contrasty, and the contact performance works very nicely. As we have seen in earlier R-series ILCs, the R6’s display screen can be utilized as an AF touchpad, for fast management over guide AF level positioning along with your eye to the viewfinder.

Rear controls and construct high quality

The R6’s rear controls are about what we would count on from a mid / high-end Canon ILC at this level, and embody an AF positioning joystick to the correct of the EVF, and a management dial to the correct of the LCD. Construct high quality total could be very excessive, and Canon claims that each the R6 affords construct and weather-sealing inline with the corporate’s 6D-series. In sensible phrases, which means it ought to simply face up to use in fairly demanding situations. It actually feels well-built, and its varied controls are properly damped and transfer positively with none play or wobble.

At 680g (1.5 lbs) together with battery and reminiscence card the EOS R6 is only a shade lighter than the EOS 6D Mark II.

Prime controls

From most angles, the R6 is nearly indistinguishable from the R5, however the place the R5 includes a top-mounted LCD, the R6 as a substitute has an publicity mode dial. Twin management dials on the highest and rear of the handgrip serve for publicity adjustment and menu navigation and many others., augmented by the rear management dial which – by default – is ready for direct adjustment of publicity compensation in PASM modes.

There is no MFn bar to be seen (tell us how you’re feeling about that within the feedback) and total, the R6’s ergonomics are prone to be extraordinarily acquainted to anybody who’s picked up a Canon DSLR or mirrorless ILC in the previous couple of years.

In-body picture stabilization

After virtually two years of reassuring messaging to the impact of “we all know, we’re engaged on it”, Canon has lastly launched in-body stabilization into the R-series lineup. The R6 affords the identical IBIS system because the R5, which is able to a claimed eight stops of correction, when sure IS-enabled lenses are mounted.

We have not been in a position to check this in a managed means but, however from our taking pictures thus far we’ve got no cause to doubt this determine. Regardless of the precise efficiency seems to be in measured stops, it is actually a robust and efficient system. The addition of IBIS alone ought to make the R6 (and R5) instantly extra sensible than its predecessors for lots of functions.

4K as much as 60p, 1080 as much as 120p

Whereas the 8K-capable R5 has stolen the headlines, the R6’s video specs are spectacular; not less than on paper. Providing oversampled 4K recording at as much as 60p, and slow-mo (120p) HD seize, the R6 seems prefer it might be a robust instrument for fanatic videography, with a strong set of further options, together with 10-bit 4:2:2 inner C-Log or HDR recording, and bodily sockets for each a microphone and headphone.

Twin UHS-II card slots

The EOS R6 affords twin slots for SD playing cards, and each slots assist the usII customary. The slots are offset, and the same old vary of overflow / backup choices can be found within the menu system. It’s also doable to set the R6 to document stills to at least one card, and video to the opposite.

New Battery

The R6 ships with a familiar-looking however up to date battery. The LP-E6NH is backwards appropriate with all earlier Canon fashions which accepted some variant of the LP-E6 (and there are loads of them) however affords a roughly 14% enhance in capability. Battery life is acknowledged as being between 250 frames per cost (in 120 fps EVF mode) and 510 frames (in Energy Save mode, utilizing the LCD).

The R6 is appropriate with a brand new battery grip, the BG-R10 ($349.99), which replicates key controls for vertical taking pictures and permits the usage of a second battery, to successfully double taking pictures time.

The EOS R6 is scheduled to be obtainable on the finish of August for an estimated retail value of $2499.00 for the physique solely, $2899.00 for the R6 and RF 24-105 F4-7.1 IS STM lens package or $3599.00 for the R6 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens package.

For extra element, learn our Canon EOS R6 preliminary evaluation

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