Canon returns to the top. Here are the new Canon EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras

Canon EOS R5 and R6 is probably the most anticipated (next to Sony A7 S III) premiere this year in the photo industry. It was worth the wait. Both cameras can be mixed up well, and the EOS R5 is even a new chapter in the technological race for video quality.

They finally are. After months of speculation, rumors, understatement, Canon showed two mirrorless cameras: Canon EOS R5 and R6 . With this premiere, the Japanese producer returns to the top. The old operating principle of this manufacturer is confirmed here. He made him wait a long time in a world without a mirror, but once he got inside he did it very well. Canon quickly caught up.

Canon EOS R5 and R6 have a lot in common, but probably even more different.

Both models are full-frame constructions, located in the Canon hierarchy right under the Canon EOS 1DX Mark III reflex camera. Canon EOS R5 received a 45-megapixel matrix with a maximum sensitivity of ISO 51200, while the EOS R6 has a 20-megapixel sensor with sensitivity up to ISO 102400.

Both matrices are stabilized and offer up to 8 EV for objects with the IS system and trouble-free cooperation with EF lenses via an adapter. This is the first system of this type in this brand's cameras and we have fantastic results right away. The old Canon principle is confirmed here: he had to wait a long time, but as he showed a mirrorless camera with a stabilized matrix, he did it well.

Canon EOS R6

Both cameras offer continuous frame rates of 12 fps with a mechanical shutter and 20 fps with an electronic shutter. The speed is to be followed by a buffer that has a capacity of 350 JPEG or 180 photos in RAW format.

Second generation Dual Pixel AF, or the best AF in the world?

Canon EOS R5 and R6 also have a second generation Dual Pixel AF system, which now covers 100 percent. vertical and horizontal frame. EOS R5 has 5940 phase detection points and EOS R6 up to 6072.

The iTR AF X AF autofocus system has been designed using AI deep learning algorithms, making face / eye detection mode work with unprecedented precision, and autofocus "remembers" and tracks the subject, even if the character turns around for a moment.

Thanks to the deep learning algorithm, the cameras recognize people's faces and eyes, plus cats, dogs and birds - both in shooting and filming modes. The AF system also boasts remarkable sensitivity: up to -6 EV on the R5 model and up to -6.5 EV on the EOS R6.

Both bodies look similar, but they have several important design differences.

The Canon EOS R5 has a full magnesium body, while the EOS R6 has an aluminum frame encased in plastic. The differences can also be seen in the ergonomics of both cameras. The EOS R5 has an upper, small LCD display and a MODE button, a solution known from the EOS R model. Canon EOS R6, on the other hand, has no screen but a classic PASM mode dial in its place. The first is 135.8 x 97.5 x 88 mm and weighs 650 g (738 g with memory card and battery), while the second is slightly larger (138.4 × 97.5 × 88.4 mm, but lighter 598 g (680 g with memory card and battery) .

Canon EOS R5
Canon EOS R6

There are also differences in the display and viewfinder. Both cameras have touch screens with the option of tilting 180 degrees. The Canon EOS R5, however, has better parameters: the 3.2-inch display has a resolution of 2.1 million points and a 0.5-inch viewfinder with a resolution of up to 5.76 million. The Canon EOS R6 has a 3-inch screen (1.62 million dots) and a viewfinder with a resolution of 3.69 million dots. Both designs have two SD / SDHC / SDXC memory card slots. EOS R5 supports CFExpress and EOS R6 UHS-II.

The communication function could not be missing. Canon EOS R5 and R6 have a built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi module, in EOS R5 it is 5 Ghz Wi-Fi, and in EOS R6: 2.4 Ghz. Therefore, both models allow for quick transfer of photos to a smartphone, as well as remote control via Camera Connect and EOS Utility applications connected to a computer via Wi-Fi or a fast USB 3.1 Gen 2 connector. The cameras also support automatic transfer of files from the device to the cloud platform

Movie modes: Canon returns to the top.

Canon EOS R5 is equipment not only for photographers, but also (and maybe above all?) For filmmakers. We record in 8K for the first time in the camera.

Canon EOS R5 records video in 8K format, which is almost unbelievable technical achievement in this class of equipment. Thus, Canon is ahead of all competition. And although 8K is still exotic and rather a curiosity, I suspect that many creators will take advantage of this opportunity, at least due to the fact that after scaling the video to 4K we should get a sharper image, and all processing (crop, stabilization) will be non-destructive.

The manufacturer foresaw this possibility, because Canon EOS R5 also has a built-in 4K HQ mode, which records a more detailed image at a frame rate of up to 30p, thanks to internal oversampling of 8K material.

The 8K image can be recorded in DCI or UHD standard, so we have the choice of 17: 9 or 16: 9 aspect ratio. The resolution in 8K DCI mode is exactly 8192 x 4320, and 8K UHD is 7680 x 4320. We can choose from 29.97, 25, 24 and 23.98 fps, we can also choose the intra or inter frame recording format . Interestingly, Canon EOS R5 can also save 8K UHD image as 12-bit RAW. Importantly, the 8K mode saves the image from the entire matrix.

We also have video in 4K and up to 120 fps. In 8K, 4K and 1080p modes we can choose to record in 8 bits (4: 2: 0) or in 10 bits (4: 2: 2). Adding to the aforementioned 12-bit RAW files we have equipment that should be enough for filmmakers for a very long time. Importantly, all these modes are saved internally to the memory card, without the need for an external recorder.

Let's sum it all up in the form of a list, because it makes a huge impression:

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

Hats off. This is how a whole new chapter in the technological race for video quality begins.

Let's not forget about the Canon EOS R6, which does not have 8K movies, but also has a lot to offer. The camera can record 4K 60fps video (5.1K oversampling), and Full HD 120fps with full AF tracking support. In 16: 9 format. There was an option of internal recording 8-bit H.264 or 10-bit YCbCr 4: 2: 2 H.265 and Canon Log.

Canon EOS R5 and R6 - price and availability

Canon EOS R5 will hit the Polish market at the end of July for PLN 20,650. He will also see barter grips for PLN 1880 and a transmitter for a trifle PLN 6030. In turn, Canon EOS R6 will be available only at the end of August for PLN 12,390.

Are new cameras worth the price? I will check it tomorrow, when both will fall into my hands for a moment.

Canon returns to the top. Here are the new Canon EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras


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