The Canon EOS R5 and R6 are Flagship Mirrorless Cameras with Impressive Specs

Canon EOS R5 on white background

Canon is no stranger to the world of mirrorless cameras, but the company’s EOS R and EOS RP have not met the expectations of professional photographers and videographers. Canon seeks to change that with the ROS R5 and R6 announced, full-frame mirrorless cameras with high quality specifications and high price tags.

The EOS R5 and R6 are almost identical in appearance, share certain specifications, including an integrated 5-axis image stabilizer, and use Canon’s RF editing system. But when you dig into the specs, you start to see the difference between the two cameras.

Starting with the sensor, the EOS R5 can take 45 MP photos with an ISO range of 100 to 51,200. Unlike the EOS R and EOS RP which crop 4K video, the EOS R5 can capture RAW 8K uncropped video at 29.97 fps continuously for 20 minutes at room temperature before overheating. The mirrorless camera can also capture 4K at 120 fps.

You can also take still images at 12 frames per second with the mechanical shutter and at 20 frames per second with the electronic shutter. Pair it with Canon’s two pixel autofocus, 1,053 AF areas that cover almost the entire sensor, and eye tracking for humans, dogs, cats and birds, and you have a camera which can capture almost any situation.

Canon EOS R5 memory card slot

CannonTo record such high-resolution videos and photos, Canon includes a CFexpress card slot and a UHS-II SD card slot. The dual card slot can help ensure that content is duplicated and secure in the event of card corruption.

The 8K shot and flagship specs are not for everyone. This is why Canon is launching the EOS R6 alongside the R5. As mentioned, there are similarities between the two cameras, but you are removing features for a cheaper price.

The most significant difference is that the EOS R6 includes the 20.1 MP sensor of the 1D X Mark III. In addition to low resolution photos, this means that the EOS R6 can only take photos in 4K / 60 and 1080p / 120.

There are also material differences. Instead of having a CFexpress and SD card slot, the EOS R6 incorporates two UHS-II SD card slots. Canon also included a smaller 3-inch rear screen (instead of a 3.2-inch one), a 3.69 million-dot digital viewfinder (versus 5.76 million) and dropped the screen from superior information for a physical dial.

Canon EOS R6 rear side

Canon plans to launch the EOS R5 later this month for $ 3,899. A $ 4,999 kit will also be sold which includes a 24-105mm f / 4 lens. The EOS R6 will be available in August and will sell as a standalone unit for $ 2,499. It can also be configured with the company’s 24-105mm f / 4-7.1 lens for $ 2899 or the 24-105mm f / 4 lens for $ 3599.

Discover Peter McKinnon’s EOS R5 and Practical videos R6 for an in-depth overview of the two cameras.

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