Hands on: Canon EOS R6 review

The Canon EOS R6 packs flagship speed and AF – but does it have enough resolution for the masses?

OUR VERDICT


The Canon EOS R6 may be a versatile all-round camera which will shoot just about anything. While the R5’s specs are an excessive amount of for many people, there’s an issue of whether or not the R6’s resolution is just too little. However, it makes all the sense within the world if you’re taking advantage of the blistering 20fps burst shooting – and it’s a moot point, when you’re filming crispy 4K 60p video. the very fact remains, however, that the entry level EOS RP and even APS-C cameras just like the 90D offer greater resolution.

While its big brother is getting all the headlines, the Canon EOS R6 is in some ways much more fascinating camera – and one that’s getting to appeal to a way larger portion of the market.

Although impressive, the Canon EOS R5 is just an excessive amount of camera for many people. Its 8K video especially is that the tech of tomorrow, instead of today, and most of the people simply don’t have the storage capacity or the facility on their laptops to handle an 8K workflow – and immediately , there aren’t tons of places where 8K files can even be shared.

Ditto the 45MP sensor. It sounds great on paper but, if you would like an everyday camera otherwise you shoot tons of fast action, handling hundreds and many massive files often leaves you feeling that you’ve bitten off quite you’ll chew.

Enter the Canon EOS R6, which features much of an equivalent underlying tech – just like the blistering burst speeds and therefore the astonishing autofocus – but applies it to far more current, manageable specs. Does its 20.1MP sensor go too far within the other direction, though, or is that resolution enough to satisfy the masses?

There’s little question that the R6 is instantly one among the simplest 4K cameras for filmmaking, and given its parity with the mighty Canon EOS-1D X Mark III in terms of burst speed and sensor resolution it must also rank together of the simplest cameras for sports photography.

Following our early hands-on with the camera, here are our first impressions of the Canon EOS R6…

SPECIFICATIONS


Sensor: 20.1MP full-frame CMOS 35.9 x 23.9mm
Image processor: Digic X
AF points: 6,072 Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
ISO range: 100-102,400 (expandable to 50-204,800)
Stabilization: 5-axis, up to 8 stops
Max image size: 5,472 x 3,684px
Metering zones: 384
Video: 4K UHD at 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p / 1080p (FullHD) at 120p, 100p, 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, 24p
Viewfinder: 0.5-inch OLED EVF, 3,690k dots, 100% coverage, 0.76x magnification, 120fps refresh rate
Memory card: 2x UHS-II SD/SDHC/SDXC
LCD: 3-inch fully articulating touchscreen, 1,620k dots.
Max burst: 12fps mechanical shutter, 20fps electronic shutter
Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5Ghz and 2.4GHz, Bluetooth 4.2, USB-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2), micro HDMI (type D), microphone, headphone, E3 remote
Size: 138.4 x 97.5 x 88.4mm
Weight: 598g body only (or 680g with card and battery)

KEY FEATURES


The Canon EOS R6 may sit in parallel with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II within the product line-up, but it actually shares more in common with the flagship 1D X Mark III. For starters it features virtually an equivalent 20.1MP sensor sensor, just without the flamboyant new low-pass filter (which remains exclusive to the Mark III and therefore the EOS R5).

It also boasts an equivalent top shooting speed, capable of cranking out 20 frames per second when shooting electronically or 12 frames via the mechanical shutter. It also has an equivalent amazing autofocus tech, built around Canon’s Deep Learning AF – the AI-originated algorithm that permits the camera to trace eyes, faces and heads on human subjects.

The R6 even one-ups the flagship, because it also features Animal AF which will track dogs, cats and birds on the wing by recognizing their eyes, faces and bodies. And along side the R5, this body is that the first to feature subsequent generation of Canon’s core autofocus tech, Dual Pixel AF II.

Its video specs are robust, too, because the R6 can capture 8- or 10-bit 4K UHD footage at up to 60p, with 1080p / FullHD video at up to 120p (the latter not being an option on the R5), with full AF tracking functions supported across all video resolutions and frame-rates.

Low light performance is really superior on the R6 compared to the R5, because of the less (and, hence, larger) pixels on the image sensor. Its standard ISO range covers 100-102,400 (expandable to 50-204,800), and it can autofocus right down to -6EV – which is that the equivalent of a totally blacked-out room illuminated by one candle.

And in fact , it also features the long-awaited debut of Canon’s 5-axis in-body image stabilization system, which offers a CIPA-rated maximum of 8 stops of stability counting on the lens you mount.

BUILD AND HANDLING


The R6 closely resembles the Canon EOS RP in both looks and handling, though it’s notably chunkier to carry just like the RP it lacks a top OLED panel, and features a standard Canon mode dial instead of the mode button seen on the Canon EOS R and R5.

The back of the camera features an impact wheel, replacing the compass-like D-pad buttons of the R and RP, and it also benefits from a joystick – a really welcome addition that isn’t traditionally found on 6-series cameras.

Being that it’s a 6-series body, the weather sealing is on par with the 6D. However, because it’s such a lot slimmer, the R6 isn’t as substantial as its bigger-boned DSLR counterpart. It’s faraway from a fragile camera, but DSLRs always desire you’ll bash down a door with them if you needed to; this mirrorless body won’t take an equivalent knocks and drops.

In the hand it really is like using the EOS R or RP, because the ergonomics are so similar. Having the control wheel and joystick definitely improves your ability to interface with the camera, menus and particularly the AF, and these DSLR-style inputs will cause you to feel more reception if you’re moving across from the 6D or Canon EOS 7D Mark II.

PERFORMANCE


Although we couldn’t take any sample images during our hands-on, our test drive of the Canon EOS R6 left us with excellent first impressions.

Again, just like the R5, if you’ve used the prevailing EOS R bodies then handling and shooting with this camera will feel very familiar – Canon’s friendly menus and intuitive inputs make navigating modes and changing settings straightforward, enabling you to specialise in actually shooting your subject.

Like its big brother, there’s a big and immediately noticeable improvement in autofocus performance. The AF on the R6 feels far more nimble, adaptable and reliable than current R cameras. The Deep Learning AF engine from the 1D X Mark III makes an enormous difference, with the attention , face and head detection proving even as reliable because it was on the flagship DSLR.

The tracking seems far better , too, with AF points feeling much ‘stickier’ and more faithful when the view is interrupted by obstacles or passers by. We found the autofocus system within the 1D X III to be the simplest we’ve ever used – and if anything, the AF within the EOS R6 may be a step above.

At long last we’ve full-readout 4K video on a Canon camera, and having the ability to record up to 60fps with all the new autofocus toys – from head tracking to animal AF – may be a very big deal and means you’ll film almost anything with minimal effort.

Given that most content creators are still shooting (or, at least, outputting) video at 1080p, the power to record footage at 120fps during this resolution is extremely important for a few – and this is often a trick that the R5 doesn’t possess. All video is restricted to half-hour , as is that the case for many non-cinema cameras, though it’s rare to film a 30-minute take of anything.

While some might feel that the 20.1MP resolution is on the low side, it really comes into its own in commission of the continual shooting speeds; the lower pixel count means the R6 can buffer almost 3 times as many JPEGs because the R5.

It can maintain bursts of over 1,000 JPEGs or 240 RAWs, meaning that whether shooting at 12 or 20fps you won’t miss a flash of the action – another big deal, if you’re photographing sports or other fast-moving action, and it really makes the modest amount of megapixels add up .

And in fact , 20.1MP is quite enough for the pros who shoot magazine spreads and front covers, so it should be quite enough for many people. It’s still the case, though, that the R6 one branch down from the highest of Canon’s full-frame mirrorless tree, but has lower resolution than the entry level 26.2MP RP – and only two-thirds the resolution of APS-C cameras just like the Canon EOS 90D.

EARLY VERDICT


The Canon EOS R6 may be a versatile all-round camera which will shoot just about anything. While the R5’s specs are an excessive amount of for many people, there’s an issue of whether or not the R6’s resolution is just too little. However, it makes all the sense within the world if you’re taking advantage of the blistering 20fps burst shooting – and it’s a moot point, when you’re filming crispy 4K 60p video. the very fact remains, however, that the entry level EOS RP and even APS-C cameras just like the 90D offer greater resolution.

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