Introduction

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All product photography by Dan Bracaglia

The Canon EOS R6 is a 20MP full-frame mirrorless camera aimed at enthusiast photographers and videographers. It sits below the R5 much as the EOS 6Ds did beneath the 5D DSLRs, and offers a well-rounded combination of features for both disciplines.

It’s also one of the first enthusiast-level cameras to shoot both stills and video that can exploit the capabilities of the latest high-dynamic range displays. However its tendency to hit its temperature limits take the edge off its video capabilities.

Key specifications:

  • 20MP Dual Pixel CMOS Sensor
  • In-body stabilization rated at up to 8EV of correction
  • Dual Pixel AF II with AI-trained subject tracking and 100% AF coverage
  • 20 fps shooting with e-shutter, 12 fps mechanical
  • UHD 4K shooting at up to 60p, 1080 at up to 120p
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 internal recording in either C-Log or HDR PQ
  • 10-bit HDR photos in HEIF format
  • 3.68M dot EVF
  • 1.62M dot fully-articulated rear touchscreen
  • New battery rated at around 380 shots per charge (EVF)

The R6 is available with a recommended price of $2499, body-only. It can also be bought in a kit with the 24-105mm F4L for around $3599 or with the 24-105mm F4-7.1 STM IS for approximately $2899.


What’s new and how it compares

The EOS R6 can’t boast 8K video but it’s got a solid feature set nonetheless, including the same IS and AF as its big brother.

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Body, controls and handling

The R6 has elements of the original EOS R to its design but it also gains a fair amount from Canon’s DSLR range. We think the combination works nicely.

Initial impressions

We’ve been shooting with the EOS R6 and think Canon users (and, in particular, Canon DSLR users) will find a lot to like about the camera.

Image Quality

The 20MP sensor, combined with Canon’s JPEG color does a great job, despite having fewer pixels than its peers.

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Dynamic Range

The EOS R6’s files prove very flexible, but that performance is aided by noise reduction you can’t turn off.

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Autofocus

The EOS R6 offers at least the performance that the EOS-1D X III does in live view mode. It’s powerful, customizable yet often very easy-to-use.

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Video

The EOS R6 can shoot some very attractive 4K footage, but despite a well thought-out interface, its propensity for hitting its thermal cut-off means it’s not as good a stills/video hybrid as the specs make out.

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Conclusion

The EOS R6 has a lot going for it: it offers excellent image quality, shoots at high speeds and includes impressive image stabilization. It’s not the best stills-and-video option but it’s a superb photographer’s camera.

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Sample gallery

We’ve put together a gallery from the EOS R6, to show what its image quality looks like.

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