Canon launched the R6 similtaneously its rather a lot buzzier, 8K-capable R5 and every are extremely efficient mirrorless cameras. Nevertheless whereas the R5 is an expensive, comparatively space of curiosity digicam, the R6 has a great deal of opponents in its price fluctuate. The R6 does have just some aces up its sleeve, nonetheless, so let’s dive in to study the best way it measures up. 


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Let’s start with primarily probably the most controversial part of this digicam: video. On the entire, Canon has delivered proper right here with the R6. It shoots sharp 4K 60p video internally that’s supersampled from 5.1K with solely a small, seven p.c crop. You moreover get Canon log and HDR capturing modes, every of which work in 10-bit to supply probably the most dynamic fluctuate and flexibility for modifying. 

This is usually a giant enchancment over the EOS R, which disillusioned video followers with restricted 4K recording selections that solely goes as a lot as 30 fps with 10-bit shade and has an horrible 1.eight situations crop that turns a 50mm lens proper right into a 90mm lens. Towards this, the R6’s video specs must elevate it to a excessive resolve that’s correct up there, and even earlier, equally priced Nikon, Sony, and Panasonic fashions. 

Nonetheless, there’s one big caveat: overheating. At spherical room temperature, you’ll have the ability to shoot 4K at as a lot as 30 fps for merely 40 minutes, or 4K 60p for half-hour sooner than the digicam will shut down. Which can not sound too unhealthy for normal capturing, notably as a result of the R6 moreover has a time-based 30-minute recording limit. 

The problem, though, is that after it stops, you will need to wait a really very long time — usually ten minutes or additional sooner than capturing as soon as extra. And even after that, it’d shut down as soon as extra after only some additional minutes of recording. Most mirrorless cameras can endure from overheating in certain circumstances, nevertheless to not this extent. To excessive it off, capturing a great deal of photos may even impact your video capturing time. All of that makes it extraordinarily impractical for events, interviews or totally different situations the place you may should shoot prolonged, regular takes. 

You could steer clear of many of the overheating factors by capturing video to an exterior recorder like Blackmagic’s 12G Video Assist or the Atomos Ninja V. These will let you shoot limitless 4K 24p video or just beneath an hour of 4K at 60 fps, consistent with YouTuber and creator Gerald Undone. Nevertheless you shouldn’t should buy additional {{hardware}} to get the equivalent choices built-in on totally different cameras.

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The overheating is a shame, on account of in another case, the R6 is a versatile digicam for video. The small measurement and flip-out show display are good for vlogging or run-and-gun capturing. Canon’s Twin Pixel autofocus labored good for my video, locking onto my subjects with minimal focus looking for movement capturing or B-roll situations. This method has been among the best throughout the sport for years, until Sony acquired right here along with the A7S III. 

Plus, the in-body stabilization, combined with a stabilized lens, really steadied out any handheld capturing. It’s going to most likely’t change a gimbal, nonetheless it acceptably smoothed out my walk-and-talk vlogging. 

As for image prime quality, the downsampled 4K video is very sharp. Pores and pores and skin tones are pleasing and colors are appropriate, considerably in C-Log mode. Sadly, the dynamic fluctuate doesn’t pretty measure as a lot as Panasonic’s S5 or Sony’s A7 III. All that talked about, with C-Log and 10-bit recording, the R6 nonetheless offers you loads of shade grading selections and help for HDR video to boost footage in post-production.

Apart from the overheating, there are a number of totally different small flaws. You could shoot 1.6 situations cropped 4K video with Canon’s APS-C EF-S lenses and an adaptor. Nonetheless, the 20.1-megapixel sensor doesn’t help full 4K choice should you do that, so it’s barely softer than the full-frame video. Towards this, every the S5 and A7R III provide cropped 4K video at full choice in case you need to zoom in to your matter with out altering the lens. 

Moreover, the EOS R6 solely has each completely handbook or completely computerized video capturing modes, with no aperture or shutter priority selections. I like capturing with shutter priority, and the EOS R6 would work considerably correctly in that mode. That’s on account of it has new aperture settings that go all the best way right down to 1/eighth of an f-stop, so it may have been able to simply change the iris when the sunshine modified. This seems to be like a bit of little bit of a wasted different by Canon.

Physique and coping with

It’s been about two years since Canon launched the full-frame mirrorless RF mount system used throughout the R6, so it’s a superb time to guage this technique. The EOS R acquired right here out with Four lenses, and all of them nevertheless one worth $1,000 or (a lot) additional. Since then, it has launched a whole of 15 lenses ranging in price from $400 to $3,000, along with standout fashions similar to the $1,100 RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM (used to take video and pictures on this story), the $500 RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM funds zoom, the $500 RF 35mm f/1.eight IS Macro STM and, on the extreme end, the wonderful $2,300 RF 50mm f/1.2 model (youngster footage shot with this lens). So, in merely two years, Canon has developed a good lens lineup.


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