Canon released the EOS R5 and R6 several days ago now but was very careful only to give certain reviewers it trust full access to the camera with very specific restrictions on posting sample image and other info from the pre-production units and so we were left with a less than full picture of what this camera can actually do (and what is its weak points might be). Now our colleagues Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake from DPR finally got a production unit of the R6 and had a chance to play with it enough to give an actual objective review and it looks as if this camera is going to be a very competitive contender against the Sony A7 IIII (and maybe the A7 IV as well) and the Nikon Z6 (and the upcoming Z6S).
We have already established that in terms of build quality and general design the EOS R6 is more or less just what you would expect from a pro-level EOS FF camera and with the joystick, it is also more convenient to use than the original EOS R design. The 20MP resolution is a little low but the rolling shutter performance is good.
When it comes to video the camera has a very minor crop, the EOS R was quite soft on 1080p – but the R6 is much better and it has 4K 10bit or HDR to take advantage of C-log (but just C-Log 1 if you want to grade it – C-log 2/3 will not be available like you have on the Canon cinema cameras).
One important new feature is IBIS (or actually hybrid stabilization since it can also use the lens IS). Drake was very pleased to report that Canon has done a very good job and the IS is on par or batter with all other brands (certainly better than Sony) and almost at the level of Olympus which has the best IS in the industry.
The AF for video is great and according to Jordan possibly the best in the industry but at the moment you can’t use the joystick to change the focus just the screen (this might change with firmware). You also have no histogram in video mode.
As for overheating – this is not the R5 with its possible issues (which we are really hoping Jordan will test soon) but it did get into some overheating issues after 30 min of 4K 60p recording (in-room temperatures in Canada) so if you are shooting in 4K 60p in warmer climates for a long time you might face some issues. After 5 min Jordan was able to shoot again in 4K 60p (he did not mention how long). Mind you that 4K 24p was good for over an hour straight.
The bottom line is simple – if you are fine with the 20MP and you are a hybrid shooter in the Canon system (or have Canon glass) this is going to be a very attractive option in its price point and give a very nice all-around performance. It might not be as groundbreaking as the R5 but it also doesn’t seem to come with all of the question marks (and price tag) of that camera and it seems like a very good workhorse for even shooters, vloggers, etc.
The EOS R6 will start shipping in early September for $2500 (you can already pre-order one over at B&H).
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