canon has finally fully unveiled its highly anticipated mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras R5 and R6, and they look like very strong competitors for the field. The R5 is the new flagship of the mirrorless Canon line and accordingly costs $ 3,899 for the case alone. The R6 is its "affordable" sibling for $ 2,499 for the body alone and still contains an impressive list of features, including some of the biggest improvements to the autofocus system that the R5 has in common.
Canon EOS R5
The R5 is essentially Canon's premier interchangeable lens camera, with the exception of the 1D X III. It has a 45 megapixel full frame sensor, which is brand new with this camera, and uses the same DIGIC X processor as the EOS-1D X III. Along with body image stabilization (which, if available, can be combined with lens stabilization), 8K video can be shot at 30 frames per second – untrimmed, which means that the full resolution of this large sensor is used for maximum quality.
The R5 can record 4K footage at up to 120 fps and record 10-bit 4: 2: 2 footage internally with C-Log and HDR PQ for maximum dynamic range and editing flexibility. This is really the camera that video professionals and enthusiasts have asked for from Canon and beyond, as the 8K features should mean it's relatively future-proof.
For video professionals, the R5 housing has both microphone and headphone jacks. An optional wireless title transmitter handle can add an Ethernet jack and enable advanced shooting capabilities connected to multiple cameras. The R5 also has a fully movable fold-out display and an electronic viewfinder with a resolution of 5.76 million points. It is weatherproof for outdoor shooting in various conditions and has two card slots, including a CFexpress slot and an SD card slot.
For both still and video shooters, there's an autofocus system that uses Canon's dual-pixel technology to deliver AF across the entire frame. It can also recognize human faces and yes, as well as the face and body of animals, including not only dogs and cats, but also birds – certainly a popular feature among nature photographers. Good news for still shooters is the burst rate of 12 frames per second, which increases to 20 frames per second when using the software shutter.
Canon EOS R6
The R6 is similar in size and features to the R5, but has a much lower resolution of 20.1 megapixel full frame sensor. It also records videos at a maximum of 4K / 60fps (with easy cropping) and has an OLED EVF with lower resolution compared to its more expensive siblings. It also has two UHS-II SD card slots instead of the CF / SD combination of the R5 and less stringent weather sealing. The top E-Ink display of the R5 is also missing.
However, it has the same AF functions and uses the same new battery type as the R5 and is compatible with the BG-R10 battery grip, which also works with the more expensive camera. It finally sounds like a real and capable competitor to other options that are still popular with video enthusiasts and developers like Sony A7 III, even though Canon has released newer cameras like the EOS R and RP.
A possibly disappointing note for both cameras concerns the battery life, in which the evaluation with the LCD is 320 pictures or with the EVF only 220 pictures with a full charge. The A7R IV from Sony manages between 530 and 670 pictures with the EVF or the LCD.
New RF lenses
Canon camera hardware seems to deliver a lot of what Canon fans, photographers and videographers have been expecting from the company for many years. However, the real benefit of the Canon system could be its HF glass, which offers excellent ratings for all existing lenses and wins a number of versatile new products across the price range.
This includes a new Superzoom 100-500 f4.5-7.1 ($ 2,699) that includes built-in image stabilization and should be a fantastic option for bird watchers and wildlife photographers. There are also affordable new fixed-aperture RF600mm ($ 699) and 800mm ($ 899) F11 prime numbers that are not useful in low-light conditions, but should be fantastic for outdoor sports and wildlife. Finally, a new RF85mm F2 ($ 599) with macro functions for close focus seems to be a fantastic mid-range portrait and close-up lens.
Canon also releases 1.4x ($ 499) and 2x ($ 599) teleconverters for its RF lenses. This is a standby mode that every well-rounded system needs.
The R5 is expected to be available in late July and the R6 will be delivered in late August. The lenses are available from July to October and the extenders will also be delivered at the end of July.