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Canon EOS R6 First Impressions

We’ve spent a little hands-on time with the brand new Canon EOS R6 mirrorless camera, so ahead of our full review, check out our first impressions now…

Key Specifications

  • 20.1 megapixel full frame sensor
  • Up to 20fps/12fps
  • In-body IS up to 8-stops
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • ISO range 100-102,400
  • 4K movie 60p 10-bit, Full HD 120fps
  • 3.69 million dot EVF
  • 3inch 1.62 million dot vari-angle LCD
  • Dual card slots (2x SD UHS II)
  • AF multi-controller
  • Built-in 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi and FTP
  • Bluetooth
  • USB charging and power via PD-E1
  • Body only 598g (690g with battery/memory card)

Key Details


  • Expanding upon Canon’s existing EOS R camera lineup, the EOS R6 is geared towards advanced amateurs
  • Features a new 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and uncropped 4K video recording up to 59.94 fps, giving users the ability to capture fast-moving objects with impressive accuracy and speed
  • Along with the EOS R5, it’s the first camera to be outfitted with Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
  • Offers 8 stops of 5-axis In Body Image Stabilizer, a feature that many creators have long asked for from Canon
  • Enhanced operating controls such as rear-dial and multi-controller
  • Impressive durability, including weather, drip and dust sealing on par with the EOS 6D series

Pricing

The Canon EOS R6 will be priced at £2499.99 body only in the UK, or £2849.99 with the RF 24-105 STM kit lens.

In the US it will cost $2499.99 body only, $2899.99 with the RF 24-105 STM kit lens, and $3599.99 with the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens.

Release Date

The Canon EOS R6 will be available to buy on 27th August 2020.

20 Megapixel Sensor

Canon EOS R6

The EOS R6 has a 20 megapixel sensor that’s very similar to the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera, but with a different low-pass filter construction.

The ISO range runs from 100-102,400, one stop more than the EOS R5. This can be further expanded up to ISO 204,800 and down to ISO 50.

4K Video

Canon EOS R6

The Canon EOS R6 can record 4K video up to 60p in 10-bit, achieved through oversampling from 5.1K.

The camera can record internally in 8-bit H.264 or 10-bit YCbCr 4:2:2 H.265 and Canon Log.

Slow-motion footage is also available with AF support using Full HD at up to 120fps.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II

Canon EOS R6

The next generation Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system on the EOS R6 offers the world’s fastest AF, with the camera capable of focusing in as little as 0.05 seconds. It has 6,072 selectable AF points, slightly more than the EOS R5.

Impressively the EOS R6 can also focus in light levels as low as -6.5EV, which is 0.5-stop better than the EOS R5.

Thanks to its Digic X processor, the EOS R6 offers exactly the same deep learning based automatic face, eye and animal AF tracking modes as the R5.

Handling

Canon EOS R6

The design and ethos is reminiscent of the 60D and 7D DSLR lines being merged into one.

The EOS R6’s back panel is exactly the same as on the EOS R5, but the top-plate is a little different.

Instead of the LCD status panel and Mode button found on top of the EOS R5, the R6 has a more conventional shooting mode dial on the right in place of the LCD panel, which we suspect some users will actually prefer.

The rear offers an array of controls that will be instantly familiar to anyone who has used an EOS 5-series camera before, including the classic Canon control wheel.

This means that the innovative / controversial (delete as appropriate) Mfn bar that made its debut on the EOS R is only conspicuous by its complete absence on the new EOS R6, with Canon explaining that a thumb-operated joystick was more appropriate for the new model’s target audience.

While this may be true, we were struck by how high the joystick is positioned on the rear of the Canon R6 – almost inline with the centre of the viewfinder, rather than where the Info button is – which seems rather too high to find easily, especially compared with most other cameras that have this key control.

The Canon R6 also benefits from both a tilting LCD screen and dual memory card slots for the first time in Canon’s fledging full-frame mirrrorless system (along with the R5).

Weight

The Canon EOS R6 weighs 1.50 lb / 680 g body only with a battery and memory card fitted.

LCD Screen

Canon EOS R6

The EOS R6 has a pretty good 3-inch 1.62 million dot vari-angle LCD screen which encourages shooting from creative angles and makes the EOS R6 ideally suited to movie-shooting.

EVF

Canon EOS R6

Although not quite as highly specced as the EOS R5, the 0.5inch 3.69 million dot EVF on the EOS R6 is still impressive to look through, working up to 120fps.

Build Quality

Canon EOS R6

Despite the EOS R6 having a polycarbonate body rather than the EOS R5’s magnesium alloy body, impressively it still offers the same level of weather-proofing as the EOS 6D Mark II DSLR.

8-stops Image Stabilisation

Canon EOS R6

For the first time ever in the EOS series, the Canon EOS R6 incorporates 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS), which has been designed to work collaboratively with the IS system of RF lenses.

The solution has been engineered so that RF lenses and the sensor work to correct pitch and yaw with the sensor correcting X-Y and roll movements.

This intelligent stabilisation system corrects at up to an incredible 8-stops – the world’s best image stabilisation – allowing you to hand-hold the camera for up to 4 seconds
and still get sharp results.

Even better, the 54mm diameter of the of the RF Mount enables some non-IS RF lenses such as the RF 85mm F1.2L USM or RF 28-70mm F2L USM to also achieve up to 8-stops of image stabilisation.

The EOS R6 can also stabilise older, non-IS lenses including any EF lens that is fitted to the R6 via the Canon EF-EOS R mount adapter. Just think of all that vintage EF glass which will instantly be stabilized when mounted on the new EOS R6!

The stabilisation system will also work with lenses from other manufacturers – you just need to input the focal length into the camera’s menu system.

20fps Burst Shooting

Canon EOS R6

The EOS R6 offers continuous shooting at up to 20fps with the silent electronic shutter or 12fps with the mechanical shutter, both with full auto exposure (AE) and auto focus (AF) tracking.

Dual-card Slots

Canon EOS R6

The EOS R6 supports two SD UHS II cards via dual slots.

Bluetooth and Wi-Fi

Canon EOS R6

With built-in Bluetooth and 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi (slower than the EOS R5), the EOS R6 can be easily connected to a smartphone and networks allowing high-speed file sharing and FTP/FTPS transfer.

It can also be remotely controlled using the Camera Connect and EOS Utility apps and tethered to a PC or Mac via Wi-Fi or high-speed USB 3.1.

LP-E6NH Battery

Canon EOS R6

The LP-E6NH is a new longer life battery supplied with both the EOS R6 and EOS R5. It’s backwards compatible with all existing cameras that use the LP-E6 series batteries. LP-E6NH replaces LP-E6N, with an increased capacity of 14% reaching 2130mAh.

BG-R10 Battery Grip

Canon EOS R6

The same BG-R10 battery grip that the EOS R5 uses also gives users the ability to power the EOS R6 using two batteries (LP-E6/N/NH) and also offers duplicate controls for easier vertical shooting. Note that the batteries have to be charged whilst the grip is fitted on-camera.

Note that the new WFT-R10 Wi-Fi transmitter pictured above only works with the EOS R5, and not the EOS R6.

Early Verdict

Canon EOS R6

Somewhat inevitably the EOS R6 will be overshadowed at launch by the flagship EOS R5, but if you don’t actually need 8K video, the R6 is a still very capable and much more affordable proposition that’s a big step-up from the EOS R.

What do you think – does the EOS R6 set your pulse racing, or is it playing it too safe? Leave a comment below!

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