Canon EOS R6 Review: Enough to Sway Even Stubborn DSLR Fans | Digital Trends

    “With the ergonomics of a DSLR but the benefits of a mirrorless, the EOS R6 is a compelling hybrid.”

    Sharp photographs and movies

    Smooth autofocus

    Fast taking pictures velocity

    Excellent stabilization

    Good low mild efficiency

    Comfortable grip

    A bit cumbersome

    Buffer struggles with lengthy bursts

    Animal Eye AF under-performed

    Short 4K recording as a result of overheating

    Canon had a little bit of an id disaster making the swap to full-frame mirrorless, with the throttled funds RP and good, however not very aggressive, EOS R. The firm’s second set of full-frame mirrorless cameras, nevertheless, seem to vow extra of what Canon’s DSLRs have been identified for, after which some, with in-body picture stabilization, 12 fps bursts, and the subsequent era of Dual Pixel autofocus contained in the Canon EOS R6 and R5.
    Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsThe R6 is the cheaper of the 2 newly-announced cameras, promoting for about $2,500 for the body-only and providing a decrease decision 20.1-megapixel sensor, a plastic physique as a substitute of magnesium alloy, and skipping a few of the R5’s greatest options, like 8K video. But whereas the function record is shorter, the R6 nonetheless manages to incorporate the identical in-body stabilization, the identical burst velocity, and the same autofocus system.
    Shooting with the R6 seems like taking pictures with a DSLR — aside from the digital viewfinder — all the way down to the grip, management scheme, and even dimension. That could possibly be sufficient for the DSLR hold-outs to make the swap with out sacrificing ergonomics, picture high quality, or efficiency. But is the R6 sufficient for Canon to compete in an more and more crowded full-frame mirrorless market?
    A mirrorless digicam in a DSLR-like physique
    Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsShooting with the EOS R6 seems like working with a DSLR — till you place the digicam as much as your eye, and the digital viewfinder offers the dearth of a mirror away, that’s. The physique is nearer in dimension to an APS-C DSLR than a full-frame mirrorless digicam. Still, the width of the digicam, together with the grip, is sort of a full inch bigger than the Sony a7 III and greater than a half-inch larger than even Nikon’s Z 5. The R6 is even barely deeper than Canon’s personal EOS 7D Mark II (one such APS-C DSLR), although barely shorter and narrower.
    The essential factor is that the R6 is comfy to carry.

    That means the R6 isn’t actually providing you with a lot of a dimension benefit if that was your essential purpose to change to mirrorless, however Canon is probably catering to the photographers that choose the ergonomics of a DSLR over a mirrorless digicam. The essential factor is that the R6 is comfy to carry. And whereas concerning the dimension of a DSLR, utilizing the R6 saves you from carrying round an additional 5 ounces over the same DSLR just like the 7D Mark II.
    Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsThe management scheme additionally channels Canon DSLRs, all the way down to the autofocus joystick that’s annoyingly disabled till you dig by means of the menus to seek out the choice to show it on (a baffling determination). Despite the additional actual property and non-entry degree designation, Canon didn’t handle to suit a second LCD display screen on the high. Also missing is the swap to alter the LCD display screen from stills to video, although the file button will nonetheless begin a film from any mode. Switching focus modes or altering the burst velocity requires digging within the fast menu or re-assigning a few of the digicam’s actual property utilizing the customized button choices. The the rest of the controls, nevertheless, ought to really feel acquainted to Canon DSLR customers, proper all the way down to the depth-of-field preview button.
    The acquainted controls — and menu system — creates a mirrorless digicam that Canon DSLR holdouts will discover simple to adapt to. Users switching from one other system must get used to a couple oddities, like navigating the menus with the three management wheels as a substitute of an arrow keypad. Though in equity, you could possibly at all times use the contact display screen.
    Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsThe R6 is provided with a 3.69 million dot EVF — it’s not the best high quality that we’ve seen and never as detailed because the EOS R5, but it surely’s enough and akin to different cameras at the same worth level. The viewfinder does blackout whereas taking pictures, however the burst velocity is fast sufficient that it’s not terribly laborious to observe the motion within the viewfinder as soon as a burst begins. The rear touchscreen, a 1.62 million-dot decision, flips out to the aspect for viewing from any angle, together with for selfies and vlogs whereas the digicam is on a tripod.
    A function lacking on a number of mirrorless fashions, the R6 gratefully gives two SD card slots. Battery life has a CIPA ranking of 510 photographs with the monitor and 380 with the viewfinder. But, like with most cameras, the CIPA ranking is a gross underestimate — I shot 2,500 photographs utilizing a mixture of the LCD display screen and viewfinder, together with plenty of lengthy bursts, earlier than the battery warning began flashing.
    In-body stabilization
    Composed in Photoshop from a sequence of RAW bursts captured on the Canon EOS R6 at 1/10th of a second, f/1.8, ISO 2000. Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsCanon upset many when it launched the unique EOS R with out in-body stabilization, and the EOS R6 makes up for that with a 5-axis stabilization system that’s rated, on paper, for as much as 8 stops together with a particular set of lenses. On-sensor stabilization is purpose alone for Canon shooters with a mid-level DSLR to change to the mid-level R6.
    The stabilization system is great for each low mild, wide-angle photographs, and reducing the shutter velocity with longer lenses. I shot fireflies at nightfall with the 35mm f/1.8 lens at 1/10th of a second handheld, and most of my photographs have been nonetheless sharp.
    The stabilization system is great for each low mild, wide-angle photographs, and reducing the shutter velocity with longer lenses.

    While the R6 boasts a stabilization system that’s glorious for a full-frame digicam, it doesn’t essentially beat out the competitors. While Nikon and Sony’s methods are solely rated to 5 stops, I used to be in a position to shoot at the same shutter velocity with the Z 6 handheld — 1/8 of a second bracing my elbows on a desk and 1/20th of a second with out help. The R6 was solely barely higher at 1/10th of a second with none help.  
    Olympus, regardless of itemizing a most of 7.5 stops of stabilization and Canon claiming 8 stops, was nonetheless steadier than the R6, to check apples to oranges by pitting a Micro Four Thirds digicam in opposition to full body. Once I pushed the R6 beneath 1/10th of a second and obtained into the seconds-long publicity occasions, photos have been not sharp. I shot handheld lengthy exposures that have been greater than six seconds lengthy with the OM-D E-M1 Mark III that also got here out tack sharp. Canon’s stabilization is great, sure, but it surely doesn’t actually provide the large benefit over different stabilized our bodies that it seems to when you have been technical specs alone.
    Quick autofocus and bursts
    Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsThe R6’s autofocus additionally impressively managed to focus at nightfall, offered the autofocus level was positioned in an space with some slight distinction. The autofocus system even managed to lock on — albeit, slowly — to a glass jar at nightfall, a topic and lighting situations which might be historically difficult for many cameras.
    Continuous autofocus additionally saved up effectively, even on the most velocity, and solely often dropping focus. The autofocus appeared to maintain up effectively with topics each shifting in a route parallel to the digicam, and topics heading straight in direction of me.
    Eye AF is included and retains up shortly. The R6 managed to maintain the eyes in focus for nearly each shot of an brisk 7-year-old operating towards the digicam. While the Eye AF does a wonderful job maintaining, it’s not fairly as adept at some methods that I’ve tried at specializing in eyes which might be partially obscured — the R6 had a more durable time with faces turned towards the aspect, and whereas some methods will impressively nonetheless deal with eyelashes and closed eyes, the R6 didn’t.
    While the attention AF is sweet right here (although not fairly one of the best), we will’t say the identical factor for the animal face and eye-tracking. In distinction to our expertise with the EOS R5, Eye AF on the R6 didn’t work in any respect on my chocolate lab and as a substitute wished to deal with her nostril. I solely obtained the animal eye AF to work as soon as on my cat, who has extra distinction in his face than a brown canine with brown eyes. Note, the animal monitoring function impressed on the R5, which has extra pixels for the Dual Pixel autofocus system to work with. It’s potential that has one thing to do with the considerably totally different outcomes we discovered between the 2 methods.
    Where the autofocus system struggled most is with blacks and shadows. The R6 had points when the AF level was positioned on a darker portion of the picture, regardless that the digicam simply locked on in equivalent lighting seconds later as soon as the publicity compensation boosted these shadows out of the blacks. For most photos with a correctly lit topic, this can be a non-issue, however the digicam will battle in eventualities similar to silhouettes, in addition to specializing in black objects.
    The glorious stabilization and mostly-great autofocus is paired with a quick 12 body per second burst mode and a 20 body per second burst utilizing the digital shutter. The buffer is first rate for a mid-level digicam at 63 photographs taking pictures RAW + JPEG, it doesn’t matter what the burst velocity is ready to, earlier than slowing its tempo. As quickly as a few of these photos filter, you possibly can resume taking pictures. Annoyingly, the fast menu is locked out whereas these photos are processing, making it tough to regulate settings shortly (an issue that has traditionally been a difficulty on different mirrorless cameras from Sony, for instance). A full burst takes a very good 30 seconds to filter utterly earlier than you possibly can entry the menu. Set to JPEG solely, the buffer clears nearly immediately.
    Image high quality
    The EOS R6 comprises the identical sensor as Canon’s flagship DSLR, the 1DX Mark III: a 20.1-megapixel full-frame sensor. That’s not as detailed or strong because the R5’s 45 megapixels or competing fashions just like the 24 megapixel Nikon Z 6 or Sony A7 III, however the trade-off for fewer megapixels is usually much less noise for low mild photographs.
    The ISO efficiency and stabilization combine to make the R6 a wonderful possibility for taking pictures in low mild.

    That principle holds water with the R6, with its glorious dealing with of noise at excessive ISO. Noise begins to achieve extra noticeable ranges, together with some colour noise, round ISO 3,200 however doesn’t get annoying till cropping or printing full dimension at ISO 8,000. Reducing the noise of the RAW recordsdata till simply earlier than sharpness begins to undergo, I’d even name ISO 12,800 nonetheless adequate to share on Instagram or make small prints and even push to ISO 32,000 if essential. Some banding does happen when pushing the ISO a lot additional, however the noise renders the picture low high quality anyway. That is, after all, beneath supreme situations together with taking pictures with a tripod and no publicity changes in put up. Even so, these outcomes are notably spectacular.

    The ISO efficiency and stabilization combine to make the R6 a wonderful possibility for taking pictures in low mild. In excessive distinction lighting, the R6’s RAW recordsdata have been in a position to get better a good quantity of element from the shadows and even some slight restoration of highlights and whites. On the flip aspect, the RAW recordsdata may be simply manipulated for extra distinction. Take a take a look at how backlit photos at golden hour look straight from the R6 in an unedited JPEG, in comparison with a RAW file edited to get better the shadows, and that very same RAW file edited for drama and distinction:

    Original JPEG Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital Trends

    Edited RAW for distinction Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital Trends

    Edited RAW for shadow restoration Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital Trends

    The R6 was additionally impressively sharp all through the ISO vary. While the lens performs a bigger function in a picture’s sharpness, photos from each the 35mm and 24-105mm RF lenses have been glorious. Sharpness across the eyes in portraits was significantly spectacular when taking pictures with each Eye AF and single-point AF.
    Colors coming from the R6 have been precisely what I anticipated from a Canon. I discover Canon’s colours a bit on the cool aspect — however that’s each fully subjective and simply adjusted in put up.
    While not as detailed as a sensor with extra megapixels, the R6 gives glorious picture high quality for a mid-level full-frame mirrorless. Sharpness is strong, noise discount is great, and colours have been on par with what I’ve come to count on from Canon DSLRs.

    Video high quality
    The R6 has taken much less room within the headlines in comparison with the R5’s 8K, however video continues to be spectacular coming from the R5’s cheaper sibling. The R5, with its 8K, oversampled 4K, sluggish movement 4K, and RAW video is extra supreme for critical videographers than the R6. But, the R6 packs a number of strong video options.
    Video will be recorded at 60 fps in 4K in 10-bit. While not the 8K of the R5, the R6 oversamples the video, which implies it takes information from the whole width of the 5K sensor to create the 4K video. The results of that is that movies are splendidly detailed, and the stabilization gives an enormous enhance for taking pictures handheld. Autofocus has a clean transition, however the digicam does find yourself looking for the main focus typically, a holdover from the problems talked about earlier with autofocus.
    Video size on the R6 is proscribed to about 30 seconds, however can resume recording instantly for one more 10 minutes in 4K 30p. 4K 60p will want a cool-down interval after recording a 30-minute video, and recording in temperatures better than 73 levels will lead to shorter recording occasions. That’s because of the lack of a cooling fan, which Canon says is a choice to maintain the physique of the digicam smaller.
    Our Take
    Hillary Okay. Grigonis/Digital TrendsThe Canon EOS R6 is the mirrorless digicam that homeowners of the corporate’s mid-level DSLRs have been holding out for. The digicam seems like working with a DSLR, however gives the in-body stabilization and digital viewfinder of a mirrorless digicam with out making main sacrifices — if any — to efficiency or picture high quality. And, after all, it really works with Canon lenses (with an adapter). It’s a bit cumbersome, the buffer locks out the fast menu for a bit too lengthy, eye AF isn’t fairly nearly as good because the competitors and animal AF didn’t work in any respect, and movies should be quick to forestall overheating — however, there’s nonetheless so much to like.
    The R6 is a superb digicam — and the most suitable choice for utilizing Canon lenses on a mirrorless, wanting splurging on the R5 — and at last competes with different manufacturers. But whereas the R6 now competes effectively, it places Canon extra on par with different mirrorless rivals than forward of them. Sony and Nikon’s choices are considerably smaller and provide extra megapixels, and whereas Canon has extra bodily actual property, it’s lacking some controls we actually want it had. The R6’s picture stabilization solely seems to be considerably higher on paper, and in real-world assessments, it didn’t provide a lot of a bonus over 5-stop methods.
    Is there a greater different?
    If you wish to preserve your Canon lenses, the one higher different is the Canon EOS R5, with comparable options however a better decision and an animal AF that’s really fairly spectacular. But, for photographers not but invested in a lens system, the R6 could not provide sufficient of an incentive to change. The Sony A7 III is cheaper, with a number of extra megapixels, however the ergonomics and menu will be irritating for photographers accustomed to DSLRs. The now-replaced A7R III has 42.2 megapixels at an equivalent worth level and whereas it gives bigger photos, has the identical points discovered within the A7 III. The Nikon Z 6 is $500 much less, with a barely greater decision, smaller physique, and secondary LCD display screen, however lacks twin card slots and the low mild autofocus is inferior to the R6’s.
    How lengthy will it final?
    Unlike the R5, the R6 has a polycarbonate physique — the kind of plastic generally discovered on entry to mid-level DSLRs. While not as rugged, it feels strong within the fingers and is weather-sealed. Barring any catastrophic drops, the R6 ought to final a number of years, although with Canon being a rookie to full-frame mirrorless, we wouldn’t be stunned if new options in one other two years make you wish to improve earlier than you need to.
    Should you purchase it?
    If you’re a Canon DSLR shooter able to make the mirrorless swap and can’t afford to go for the high-end R5, then sure, purchase the R6. Images and efficiency are glorious, and the R6 feels very similar to utilizing a Canon DSLR. If you desire a mirrorless digicam that’s considerably smaller than a DSLR, or are searching for options like distinctive animal AF or when you taking pictures requires a quick buffer, it’s possible you’ll be greatest served to look elsewhere.

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