Basic Specifications
Full model name: Canon EOS R6
Resolution: 20.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: 35mm
(36.0mm x 24.0mm)
Kit Lens: 4.38x zoom
(24-105mm eq.)
Viewfinder: EVF / LCD
Native ISO: 100 - 102,400
Extended ISO: 50 - 204,800
Shutter: 1/8000 - 30 sec
Max Aperture: 4.0 (kit lens)
Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.8 x 3.5 in.
(138 x 98 x 88 mm)
Weight: 24.0 oz (680 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
Availability: 08/2020
Manufacturer: Canon
Full specs: Canon R6 specifications
Canon RF 35mm
size sensor
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Canon EOS R6 Preview - First Impressions

by Jeremy Gray
Preview posted: 07/09/2020

07/24/2020: First Shots added

Canon looks to combine familiarity with new technology in the intriguing EOS R6 mirrorless camera

Canon has announced a pair of new EOS R series mirrorless cameras, the EOS R5 and EOS R6. The EOS R6 features a new 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor and a bevy of interesting features for both still photography and video. Let's take a closer look at the new EOS R6, learn about what it offers and finally, see what separates the new EOS R6 from the higher-megapixel EOS R5.

Canon EOS R6 key features and specs

  • Full-frame mirrorless camera
  • OLED electronic viewfinder with 3.69 million dots and 120fps refresh rate
  • Vari-angle LCD touchscreen
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • Canon EOS R mount
  • New 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor
  • Native ISO range of 100-102,400
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF with approximately 100 percent coverage and 1,053 autofocus areas
  • Subject tracking and eye-detect autofocus
  • DIGIC X image processor
  • Up to 12 frames per second continuous shooting with the mechanical shutter
  • Up to 20fps shooting using the electronic shutter
  • In-body image stabilization with up to 8 stops of shake correction
  • 4K (DCI and UHD) video at up to 60 frames per second
  • Full HD (1080p) video at up to 120fps
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

Camera design: A familiar design, now without the EOS R's Touch Bar

The Canon EOS R6 shares a similar design to the EOS R5 and the original EOS R camera. Looking first at the back of the camera, the EOS R6 includes a 3-inch Vari-angle touchscreen. The LCD includes approximately 1.62 million dots and includes Clear View LCD II anti-smudge and anti-reflection coating.

The Canon EOS R6 has a familiar shape and overall style to the Canon EOS R and new EOS R5. The R6 is shown here with the Canon RF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM kit lens.

In addition to the rear display, the EOS R6 also includes an electronic viewfinder. The 0.5-inch OLED EVF offers 100 percent coverage and includes a 120fps refresh rate. The EVF has an impressive 3.69 million dots and offers 0.76x magnification.

To the left and above the rear display are 'Rate' and 'Menu' buttons. To the right of the display are many more controls, including a traditional multi-selector joystick and a rotating control dial with a central 'Set' button. In addition, there are zoom, info, Q, playback and delete buttons. Finally, beneath the rear command dial are AF-ON, exposure lock and autofocus area select buttons.

You may have noticed that we have yet to mention the Touch Bar which is found on the EOS R camera. That's because it is absent on the EOS R6 (and EOS R5, for that matter). In our view, the lack of a Touch Bar is not a glaring omission, although it is likely some users will lament the loss.

The top of the EOS R6 is quite like many other Canon EOS cameras. On the left of the viewfinder area is the ON/OFF switch. To the right, there is a traditional mode dial with M, Av, Tv, P, FV, automatic, video, custom 1-3 and bulb modes. There are M-Fn, Lock and dedicated Movie Record buttons as well. Finally, there are a pair of command dials and the shutter release.

The top of the EOS R6 includes a notable difference when compared to the EOS R5: A traditional mode dial. The R5 instead opts for a similar mode selection input as the EOS R.

The front of the camera is dominated by the Canon EOS R lens mount. It also includes revised styling, a function button and the lens release button.

In terms of dimensions, the EOS R6 is 5.45 inches (138 millimeters) wide, 3.84 in. (97.5mm) tall and has a maximum depth of 3.84 in. (88.4mm). The camera weighs 1.5 pounds (680 grams) with its battery and an SD card inserted.

Overall, the Canon EOS R6 looks to be a well-designed addition to the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera lineup, and we are certainly looking forward to going hands-on with the camera.

Image sensor: New 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor offers a wide native ISO range

The Canon EOS R6 camera includes a new 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor. In front of the image sensor is a non-detachable low pass filter. The sensor includes Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF and includes standard self-cleaning functionality.

In terms of ISO sensitivity, the R6's native ISO range is 100-102,400. The ISO can be expanded further to a range of ISO 50-204,800.

The Canon EOS R6 utilizes a new 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS image sensor.

We look forward to putting the new sensor in the R6 through its paces, so stay tuned to Imaging Resource for test images and our evaluation.

Autofocus and performance: Dual Pixel CMOS AF offers full image area coverage

The EOS R6 uses Dual Pixel CMOS AF, an inclusion in many Canon cameras over the past few years. The autofocus points cover approximately 100 percent of the image area, which is impressive. It is worth noting that there are some exceptions to the autofocus area coverage, as it does depend upon the lens used. You can learn more about this in our coverage of the new Canon RF lenses.

Considering selectable autofocus points, the maximum selectable number is 6,072, which cover a 92 x 66 area grid. When shooting stills and using automatic autofocus area selection, the camera can select from 1,053 zones across a 39 x 27 grid. When shooting video, the automatic autofocus area selection grid is further reduced to 819 zones, although the user can select from up to 4,968 focus area positions.

In terms of autofocus area options, the EOS R6 offers Face+Tracking AF, Spot AF, 1-point AF, Expand AF area (4-point expansion), 'Around expansion (8 points)', Zone AF and Large Zone AF (vertical and horizontal options are available). The camera includes Eye Detection AF, which offers automatic and manual selection modes. By default, the camera will select the closest eye to focus on or the eye closest to the center of the frame. Manually, you can select the eye you wish the camera to focus on by using the touchscreen or the camera's multi-controller (joystick).

You can select the eye you wish to focus on by using either the 3-inch touchscreen or the multi-controller joystick on the back of the Canon EOS R6.

Subject tracking autofocus includes eye detection and tracking technology for not only people, but also for dogs, cats and birds. The subject tracking technology utilizes Canon's Deep Learning Technology.

For low-light autofocus, Canon states that the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system can focus down to -6.5 EV when shooting still images. When recording video, the camera can focus down to a reported -5 EV, which is still very impressive.

The Canon EOS R6 is powered by Canon's DIGIC X image processor, the same processor found in the professional Canon EOS 1DX Mark II DSLR camera. With this processor, the EOS R6 can capture images at up to 20 frames per second, although with minor caveats.

When using the mechanical shutter, the R6 can capture images at up to 12 frames per second in High Speed Continuous+ drive mode. In regular High Speed Continuous mode, the speed falls to 6 fps with the mechanical shutter and 8 fps when using the electronic first curtain shutter mode. In order to achieve 20fps continuous shooting, you must use the electronic shutter.

While we will need to test performance, including top speeds and buffer depths, Canon's documentation describes impressive performance indeed. Maximum burst depth is 1,000 or more when capturing JPEG images and when using a UHS-II SD card alongside Canon's compressed C-RAW (.CR3) image format. When shooting traditional .CR2 raw images, the stated buffer depth is 240 images.

Additional features

In terms of shooting features, the EOS R6 has many interesting inclusions. Starting with capturing sharp images, the R6 includes in-body image stabilization. While this is not a few feature, its performance has been improved. The R6's IBIS is rated for up to 8 stops of image stabilization (which we can't wait to test for you!).

When capturing images, the EOS R6 records in JPEG, HEIF, RAW and C-RAW image formats. The following Picture Styles are available: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome. There are three additional user defined Picture Style slots as well. In terms of white balance, the typical suite is available, although it is worth noting that automatic white balance is available in ambience priority and white priority modes.

The EOS R6 uses an electronically controlled focal-plane shutter and includes electronic first curtain, mechanical and electronic shutter options. When using the mechanical shutter, the shutter speed range is 30s-1/8000s. The flash sync speed is 1/200s with the mechanical shutter and 1/250s when using the electronic first curtain shutter release mode.

The EOS R6 will be available alongside an optional battery grip which will not only increase overall battery life but will offer a vertical grip for increased comfort when capturing portrait images.

The EOS R6 includes additional shooting features such as anti-flicker shooting, HDR, multiple exposure shooting, multi-shot noise reduction, Dual Pixel RAW shooting and more.

Metering is provided via the image sensor and uses 384 metering zones. Metering modes include evaluative metering, partial metering, spot metering and center-weighted average metering. The evaluative metering mode is linked to the autofocus point, whereas the spot metering mode uses the 2.9 percent centermost area of the image area. The metering range is -3 to 20 EV.

Video features: 4K UHD video at up to 60 frames per second and Full HD video at up 120 fps

The Canon EOS R6 can record 4K UHD video at up to 60 frames per second. 4K video is compressed using standard IPB compression and can be recorded in H.264 and H.265 codec, with the latter option offering bit rates up to 340 Mbps at 59.94 fps and 170 Mbps at 29.97 and 23.98 fps. Not all recording settings may be available unless you use a UHS-II SD card. 4K UHD video recording does not utilize the full width of the image sensor, akin to the Canon EOS 1DX II.

Full HD video can be recorded at 24, 30, 60 and 120fps frame rates. 120fps High Frame Rate movies are recorded using ALL-I compression and are recorded at a maximum bit rate of 180 Mbps.

The R6 also records time-lapse video at 4K UHD resolution. In this case, the videos are recorded at 30fps and utilize ALL-I compression.

Additionally, the EOS R6 can record using Canon Log and includes HDR PQ recording options.

Ports and Power: The EOS R6 has several connectivity features

The Canon EOS R6 records images and video to a pair of UHS-II compatible SD card slots. The camera includes Hi-Speed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2) via a USB Type-C port, HDMI micro out (Type D), 3.5mm stereo mini jack (microphone) and 3.5mm stereo mini-plug (headphone) ports.

The EOS R6 includes a pair of SD card slots, both of which are UHS-II compatible.

In terms of wireless connectivity, the EOS R6 includes built-in Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n with 2.4 GHz wireless band) and Bluetooth 4.2 (Bluetooth low energy). Via Wi-Fi and/or Bluetooth, you can remotely capture, view, edit and send images between the camera and your smartphone using free Canon applications.

The EOS R6 uses a Canon LP-E6NH battery pack, and can also be charged internally via USB Power Adapter PD-E1. The R6 is CIPA-rated for 360 shots per charge using the LCD, or 250 shots per charge with the EVF. Using the camera's Power Saving mode will increase the battery life to 510 (LCD) or 380 (EVF).

Canon EOS R6 versus the new EOS R5

Image sensor: The Canon EOS R5 features a new Canon-designed 45-megapixel full-frame image sensor. The R6, on the other hand, features a lower megapixel sensor. The 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor of the R6 may not have the resolving power of the new sensor in the R5, but the R6 does have a higher native ISO ceiling: 204,800 versus 102,400.

Autofocus: Both the R5 and R6 feature Canon's latest Dual Pixel CMOS AF II. The AF system delivers 100 percent area coverage via 1,053 zones. In addition to this impressive coverage area, each camera includes eye, head and face tracking for people, dogs, cat and birds.

Performance: Despite the differences in image sensors, the R5 and R6 can both shoot at up to 12 frames per second using their mechanical shutters and 20 fps with the electronic shutter via silent photography mode. Where the R6 separates itself from the R5 in terms of performance is with respect to buffer depths. The EOS R6 can record 1,000 or more compressed raw (C-RAW) images, while the EOS R5's buffer depths top out at 260 C-RAW images when recording to either a UHS-II SD card or a CFexpress card. For regular raw images, the EOS R6 can record up to 240 images before the buffer is full, whereas the EOS R5 slows down after 180 raw images. Both cameras are powered by a DIGIC X processor.

Image stabilization: Both the EOS R5 and R6 promise up to 8 stops of image stabilization via built-in image stabilization.

Design: The Canon EOS R5 and R6 are similar in overall design, but there are a few important differences. The R6 doesn't include a top LCD panel, something included on the R5. The R6 also includes a different dial for selecting modes. The R5 has the same mode dial design as the EOS R, whereas the R6 opts for a more traditional mode dial.

Card slots: As mentioned earlier, the Canon EOS R6 has two SD card slots, both compatible with UHS-II. Rather than two SD card slots, the EOS R5 instead includes a CFexpress slot and an SD card slot (UHS-II).

Video: Thanks in part to its 45-megapixel image sensor, the EOS R5 can record 8K video at up to 30p in addition to 4K video at up to 120p. The EOS R6, on the other hand, records slower 4K/60p video and no 8K video (there simply aren't enough pixels). Further, the EOS R6 does not record 4K video using the full width of the image sensor, something the EOS R5 can do.

Price: The EOS R6 will cost around $2,500 USD, whereas the EOS R5 will be much more expensive, launching with a suggested retail price of around $3,900.

Canon EOS R6 pricing and availability

As just mentioned, the Canon EOS R6 has a suggested retail price of $2,499 USD for the body only. The EOS R6 will also be sold in two kits, one with the RF 24-105mm STM lens for $2,899 and the other with a 24-105mm L lens at $3,599. The Canon EOS R6 will be available by the end of August.

Stay tuned to Imaging Resource for more on the Canon EOS R6 as we approach its release later this summer. If you'd like to learn more about the Canon EOS R5, head to our preview.


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