The Canon EOS R6 is a less expensive companion to the EOS R5. Let's see what it offers.
While Canon was confirming the features of the EOS R5 over the last several months, rumors mounted about the EOS R6, an alternative to its 8K sibling. The EOS R6 packs a lot of the same features of the EOS R5, but it lacks in other places including sensor readout, recording format, form factor, and more. And yes, there is a crop in video mode.
- 20 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
- DIGIC X Image Processor
- 4K up to 60fps, 1080p up to 120fps 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log or HDR PQ
- In-body Image Stabilization, 8 Stops Correction
- ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 204800.
- Continuous Shooting: Mechanical Shutter 12fps, Electronic Shutter 20 fps
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF covering Approx. 100% Area with 1,053 AF Areas.
- Subject tracking of People and Animals, Eye Tracking
- Dual UHS-II SD card slots
- Built-in 0.5” 3.69 Million Dots OLED EVF with 120 fps refresh rate
- 3-inch 1.62 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen
- 2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 6D series
The EOS R6 is designed similarly to the EOS-1D X Mark III as it has a 20.1 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC X image processor. Like the EOS R5, the sensor is 36 x 24mm with at 3:2 aspect ratio and a low pass filter to minimize moiré and color distortion.
The sensor oversamples 5.1K to create its 4K UHD images. It's capable of recording internal video at 4K up to 59.94fps or 1080p up to 119.88fps in 10-bit 4:2:2 Canon Log H.265/HEVC or HDR PQ. In its current firmware, Canon has capped off the resolution at 4K UHD, but it still offers Canon Log at its highest resolution and bit rate. There is also a small crop around 1.07x while shooting video. Files are recorded to a dual UHS-II SD card slot.
The EOS R6 is equipped with a hefty ISO range of 100-102400 that's expandable to 204800. The camera has Dual Pixel Autofocus that covers 100% of the area using 1053 automatically selectable zones. Manually, 6,072 point can be selected. Users will see the same subject tracking technology found on the EOS R5 and the 5-axis in-body image stabilization that works jointly with the optical image stabilization (IS) found on RF and EF lenses.
The controls and layout of the EOS R6 is different than the EOS R5. The top LCD is missing on the EOS R6 and it also doesn't have a flash sync port. The mode button is different as well. With the new body comes a new LP-E6NH battery and optional BG-R10 ($349) battery grip. It's worth noting that the EOS R6 is not compatible WFT-R10A ($999) battery grip that includes wireless file transfers and a Ethernet port.
Canon has priced the EOS R6 $1,400 less than the EOS R5 at $2,499 for the body only and $2,899 for the EOS R6 and RF 24-105 F4-7.1 IS STM lens kit. Canon also has a EOS R6 and RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens kit available for $3,599. Its arrival date is the end of August.