Canon EOS R5 and R6: built-in stabilizer and video up to 8K in the fastest mirrorless in the house

Canon EOS R5 and R6: built-in stabilizer and video up to 8K in the fastest mirrorless in the house

These are the new Canon EOS R5 and R6, cameras expected especially for those who prefer the contributions of mirrorless equipment.

Canon had saved an important announcement in the middle of summer and it has been multiple, looking at both amateur and professional public and of course, accompanied by new optics. 

Two cameras that incorporate expected novelties, especially speaking of the EOS R5 and its 8K RAW recording up to 29.97 fps without cropping. In addition, four of the nine optics that the brand announced for this year are presented, with two new repeaters and a printer.

Canon EOS R5 and R6 datasheet

SENSORFull frame 45 MpxFull frame 20.1 Mpx
SPEEDUp to 20 fps / 12 fpsUp to 20 fps / 12 fps
IMAGE STABILIZATIONIn the body, up to 8 stepsIn the body, up to 8 steps
ISO100 – 51,200100 – 102,400
VIDEOUp to 8K 30p at 12 bit (full width)4K 60p 10-bit
FullHD 120 fps
ELECTRONIC VIEWER5.76 million points3.69 million dots
LCD3.2 “variable angle (2.1 million dots)3 variable angle (1.62 million dots)
CARD SLOTDual (1xCFexpress, 1xSD UHS II)Dual (2xSD UHS II)
CONNECTIVITYWiFi 5 GHz, BluetoothWiFi 2.4 GHz, Bluetooth
LOADUSB and power, via PD-E1USB and power, via PD-E1
WEIGHT650 grams (738 grams, with battery and memory card)598 grams (690 grams, with battery and memory card)

Stabilization built into the body

As we will now see, both the EOS R5 and the EOS R6 are capable of shooting up to 20 fps 20 electronic shutters (12 fps with the mechanical), maintaining automatic exposure and focus. As announced, both integrate 5-axis image stabilization into the body ( In-Body Image Stabilization or IBIS), which allows non-stabilizer lenses (such as the RF 85mm f / 1.2L USM and the RF 28-70mm f / 2L USM) can also be achieved up to 8 stops of stabilization.

Both devices incorporate Bluetooth and WiFi (5 GHz Wi-Fi for the R5 and 2.4 GHz for the R6) to be able to share files and use the Camera Connect and EOS Utility apps. But there are a number of important differences in its technical sheet, which we will now see in detail.

Canon EOS R6.

Canon EOS R5: a new¬†full-frame¬†with a “pro” orientation

This camera is somewhat more ambitious, aspiring in a way to a “movie camera” because of that video function that we have just highlighted. It meets its own resolution record (in a Canon EOS camera) by exceeding¬†45 megapixels¬†with its CMOS sensor, DIGIC X processor, and RF optics.

Other notable features are 100% autofocus coverage, with 5,940 selectable AF points, and an ISO from 100 to 51,200, promising that sharpness is maintained even in the lowest lighting conditions (being able to focus at -6 EV). AF can be controlled by touching and dragging thanks to the multi-controller flip on the 3.2-inch vari-angle touchscreen.

In addition to the screen, it integrates a 0.5-inch electronic viewfinder whose image is refreshed at 120 fps, with a resolution of 5.76 million points and promising a realistic vision compared to an optical one. The EOS E5 also has compatibility with Dual Pixel RAW, being able to correct after capture the focus, the contrast in the background, and change the lighting in portraits.

As for video news, as we anticipated with the EOS R5, 12-bit 8K RAW videos can be recorded internally without cropping, thus taking advantage of the full width of the sensor. A recording that supports eye and face autofocus (for both people and animals).

For its part, 4K recording can be DCI and UHD, at speeds of up to 120p (119.88 fps) with 4: 2: 2 quality at 10 bits. A recording that allows slow motion in high resolution, without sacrificing AF. These are the video capabilities offered by the EOS R5:

  • Internal 8K RAW video recording up to 29.97 fps (no cropping).
  • Internal 8K video recording up to 29.97 fps (no cropping) in 4: 2: 2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4: 2: 2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • Internal 4K recording up to 119.88 fps (no cropping) in 4: 2: 2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265) or 4: 2: 2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4: 2: 2 10-bit output in Canon Log or 4: 2: 2 10-bit HDR PQ, via HDMI at 4K 59.94 fps.

Also, as announced, the R5’s dual slots are¬†compatible with CFexpress and SD UHS II cards. All in a magnesium body that promises to be resistant to the elements.

Canon EOS R6: mirrorless full-frame for a more amateur audience

The EOS R6 is designed to be a versatile camera to suit both advanced hobbyists and semi-professionals of photography, whatever the genre. It is also full-frame and has a 20.1 megapixel CMOS sensor.

With a frame rate of up to 20 fps, the ISO can be adjusted from 100 to 102,400 so that it also performs without problems in low light conditions. It has up to 6,072 selectable AF points and features autofocus modes with face, eye, and animal tracking. Additionally, it is the first EOS camera to offer a minimum EV for autofocus of -6.5 EV.

In this case, the electronic viewfinder maintains the dimensions and the speed of up to 120 fps, although the resolution is somewhat lower (3.69 million points). The screen is 3 inches, also variable angle, and the card slot allows you to insert two SD UHS II and record on both cards simultaneously (with the possibility of doing so in different formats).

Speaking of video, in this case, the EOS R6 can record in 4K UHD at up to 59.94 fps (achieved with oversampling from 5.1K) and in slow motion with FullHD AF up to 119.88 fps. It has a choice of internal 8-bit H.264 or 10-bit YCbCr 4: 2: 2 H.265 recording and Canon Log, so there is some more flexibility in post-production for users, and it allows to use the zebra pattern to adjust The exhibition.

Price and availability of Canon EOS R5 and R6 cameras

The new Canon cameras will be available for:

  • Canon EOS R5: 4,599 euros
  • Canon EOS R6: 2,799 euros
  • Canon EOS R6 with the RF 24-105 lens: 3,199 euros.

Along with these cameras, four new RF lenses and two multipliers have been introduced: the RF 85mm f / 2 MACRO IS STM (749 euros), the RF 600mm f / 11 IS STM (859.99 euros), the RF 800mm f / 11 IS STM (1,129 euros), the RF 100-500mm f / 4.5-7.1L IS USM (3,229 euros), the RF 1.4x multiplier (639.99 euros) and the RF 2x multiplier ( 799.99 euros). In addition, there are three specific accessories for these new cameras: the LP-E6NH battery (2,130 mAh, 119.99 euros), the BG-R10 battery grip (429.99 euros) and the WFT-R10 WiFi transmitter (with 2 x 2 MIMO antennas, 1,379 euros).


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