Intro

The Canon EOS R6 is an higher mid-range full-frame mirrorless digital camera with 20 Megapixels, 4k 60p video, built-in stabilisation, bursts as much as 20fps and a fully-articulated touchscreen. Introduced in July 2020 alongside the higher-end EOS R5, it’ll could lack a number of the headline grabbers from the flagship mannequin, however really shares numerous key options that would fulfill most individuals whether or not they shoot photographs, movies or each.

Canon let me check out a pre-production R6 for my hands-on first-looks evaluate. As an early pattern, I can’t but publish photographs or films taken with the digital camera, however within the video under I’ll present you across the digital camera, show a bunch of options in observe, in addition to confirming and quashing a bunch of rumours. Bear in mind this evaluate is predicated on really utilizing the digital camera in particular person in addition to having in depth briefings with Canon. In the event you’re curious about my hands-on experiences with the higher-end mannequin, take a look at my Canon EOS R5 evaluate, and if you happen to choose to learn a written model, preserve scrolling for the written highlights! 

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Above: Canon launched the R6 alongside the higher-end R5, seen right here on the correct. Bodily the R6 has a magnesium alloy chassis with a poly-carbonate exterior, versus magnesium alloy for the chassis and physique on the R5; this makes the R6 barely lighter and Canon describes each as being climate and dust-resistant however to totally different ranges: the R6 is equal to the 6D II versus the 5D degree of the R5. You’ll additionally discover management variations on the highest which I’ll cowl in a second. However each fashions have a bunch of core options in frequent together with built-in stabilisation with as much as eight stops of compensation, 12fps mechanical or 20fps digital bursts, uncropped 4k as much as 60p with twin pixel autofocus, fully-articulated screens, joysticks and twin card slots, albeit twin SD on the R6 vs SD and CF Specific on the R5. In the event you’re within the EOS R5 take a look at my separate hands-on video all about it, however within the meantime it has a 45 Megapixel sensor.

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Above: For scale right here’s the Sony A7 III on the left subsequent to the R5 on the correct – sorry I don’t have a clip displaying the R6 with the Sony, however the two Canon’s are fairly related from the entrance. Personally talking I discovered each Canon our bodies extra snug than the Sony with higher controls and consumer interfaces too, however once more that’s a private selection.

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Above: Okay, now for the R6 in additional element, beginning with the highest panel the place it actually differs from the R5. There’s no high display screen or mode button right here, with Canon as a substitute choosing a easy mode dial extra in-line with its entry-to mid-range our bodies.

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Above: From the rear although, the R6 and R5 look very related and I’m happy to say the extra inexpensive mannequin nonetheless sports activities an AF joystick and thumb wheel, so three management dials similar to the R5.

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Above: The display screen on the R6 is somewhat smaller: 3in 1.62 million dot vs 3.2in 2.1 million dot on the R5, however most significantly it stays side-hinged and fully-articulated with the identical glorious touchscreen interface – two facets Canon continues to take pleasure in over Sony, though I do recognize some folks choose screens that solely tilt vertically. For me although, the side-hinge doesn’t simply permit the display screen to face ahead, but additionally means I can compose snug excessive or low whether or not capturing within the panorama or portrait orientation.

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Above: The viewfinder on the R6 makes use of a 3.69 million dot OLED panel with 0.76x magnification – that’s decrease res than the 5.69 million dot viewfinder on the R6, however matches the unique EOS R whereas additionally doubling the refresh price to 120fps – plus it stays extra detailed than the Sony A7 III. Curiously the R6 viewfinder panel may additionally be rather less power-hungry than the R5’s, and partly accountable for the few additional photographs per cost.

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Above: And right here is the brand new LP-E6NH battery that Canon’s developed for the R5 and R6, the identical dimension as – and backwards-compatible with – the older LP-E6N, however sporting round 15% longer life. Canon’s quoting 510 photographs per cost with the display screen or 380 with the viewfinder, a handful greater than the R5 manages. As compared, Sony quotes 710 photographs on the A7 III with the display screen or 610 with the viewfinder.

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Above: For longer life, the brand new BG-R10 grip works on each the R5 and R6, takes two batteries and gives portrait controls. When connected to the digital camera, you’ll be able to cost each batteries over USB-C.

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Above: Talking of ports, the R6 is easier than the R5 however nonetheless covers the necessities. There’s 3.5mm microphone and headphone jacks, USB-C and Micro HDMI, together with an E3 sort distant terminal – so the R6 misses out on the N3 distant port of the R5 and its PC sync port for exterior lighting. The USB-C runs at 3.1 Gen 2 speeds and can be utilized for charging and operation with a suitable energy supply supply, and it’s fascinating to see Canon swap from Mini to Micro HDMI. You also needs to be capable to use the R6 as a webcam over HDMI as much as 4k, or straight over USB utilizing Canon USA’s beta plugin for Home windows.

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Above: Canon’s additionally realized from earlier errors and fitted the R6 with twin reminiscence card slots, this time twin SD UHS II versus SD and CF Specific on the R5. CF Specific was mandatory on the R5 to assist 8k RAW and 4k 120p, however of their absence on the R6, it may possibly get away with SD solely which can be most popular by some photographers. Sadly in contrast to the R5, it’s not potential to file video to each playing cards concurrently, however you should use them to backup photographs as you shoot.

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Above: Okay now onto the sensor, a 20 Megapixel full-framer that’s based mostly on the one within the 1Dx Mark III DSLR however now with a unique low go filter and in a position to assist twin pixel autofocus on uncropped 4k 60p video – keep in mind the 1Dx III made you select between a crop or handbook focus when filming 4k 60.

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Above: As a fast apart, you’ll discover the shutter curtain’s closed when powered-down, just like the EOS R however in contrast to the RP and most different mirrorless cameras which go away their sensors seen. On the R5 and R6 now you can select whether or not the shutter is open or closed at power-off. When closed, it retains mud from the sensor, however keep in mind the shutter curtains are literally extra delicate and straightforward to wreck than the sensor with its protecting filter.

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Above: Shifting onto picture high quality, the R6 captures photographs with 5472×3648 pixels vs 8192×5464 on the R5, and you’ll select to file any mixture of JPEG and 14 bit RAW recordsdata, with compressed RAW additionally accessible. As first seen on the 1Dx III, you may as well allow HDR PQ to modify JPEG to the 10 bit HEIF format if most popular, and I’ve a separate video all about how Canon implements HEIF.

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Above: Each the R5 and R6 are quick shooters, in a position to fire-off lengthy bursts at 12fps utilizing the mechanical shutter – two greater than most Sonys – and right here’s the way it sounds – apologies for the windy circumstances. Canon quotes 1000 JPEG or 240 RAW photographs on the R6. There’s additionally silent capturing with an digital shutter as much as 20fps with autofocus, though I can’t touch upon rolling shutter but.

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Above: The R5 and R6 grow to be Canon’s first interchangeable lens cameras with built-in sensor-shift stabilisation, or IBIS for brief, and the corporate is making formidable claims with as much as eight stops of compensation relying on lens. It mechanically works alongside optical stabilisation on RF and EF lenses with IS, however don’t assume these will all the time ship superior outcomes. The unstabilised RF 50mm f1.2 helps seven stops, whereas the RF 28-70mm f2 claims the utmost eight, each on account of their imaging circles. As an instance the impact of IBIS on an unstabilised lens, I recorded the HDMI output of a pre-production R5 fitted with the RF 50mm f1.2 lens and you’ll see it in motion in my hands-on video above. Now that is pre-production and will enhance additional on closing fashions, however I used to be very impressed by the IBIS on the R5 and R6 and it transforms using unstabilised lenses for each photographs and video.

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Above: Canon’s additionally improved the autofocus capabilities of the R5 and R6 sufficient to now check with them as Twin Pixel AF II. The protection is 100% throughout the body, it’ll work all the way down to mild ranges of -6EV on the R5 or -6.5EV on the R6 given an f1.2 lens.

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Above: Face and eye detection have each been improved with the R5 and R6 in a position to recognise and monitor eyes from a lot additional away as seen on this clip I filmed utilizing the RF 24-105mm STM zoom; I’ll must do additional comparisons, but it surely’s wanting nearly as good as Sony right here. Animal eye detection can also be accessible and works with canine, cats and birds, even birds in flight which is one thing I look ahead to testing with Brighton’s seagulls.

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Above: And now to films, with the EOS R6 in a position to movie uncropped 1080 or 4k video from 24 to 60p with twin pixel autofocus and as much as half hour clips. It’s also possible to file 10-bit internally or over HDMI utilizing C-log 1 for grading later, however in contrast to the R5 there’s no inner RAW; I ponder if Canon could add it over HDMI sooner or later? Technically talking whereas 1080 video on the R6 genuinely makes use of the complete sensor width, the 4k mode begins with the broader dci form earlier than cropping it very barely into 16:9 UHD for recording, so just like the 1Dx III, the R6’s 4k UHD really incurs a 1.06x crop. To all intents and functions although I’m blissful to explain it as full-frame, however wished to be clear. In contrast to the R5, all video is recorded within the 16:9 form on the R6, with Dci being unavailable. The upper-end R5 additionally sports activities 8k whether or not compressed or RAW in addition to 4k at 120p.

The R6 could not assist 4k at 120p, however it should do 1080 at 120p, one thing the R5 is at present unable to seize; just like the R5, you get autofocus throughout excessive body price movies and the clips last as long as 7.5 minutes, however there’s no sound and the clips are mechanically slowed in-camera by 4 occasions for playback.

Whereas the R6’s film capabilities are unsurprisingly over-shadowed by the R5, it’s essential to recollect it should file uncropped 4k as much as 60p in 10-bit with assured autofocus, one thing that is still a problem for many rivals and just like the R5, Canon’s even lastly included zebra patterns to better-judge exposures.

Test costs on the Canon EOS R6 at B&H, Adorama or WEX! Alternatively get your self a duplicate of my In Digital camera guide or deal with me to a espresso! Thanks!

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