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Canon R6 v Canon R5: 8 key differences

How does the EOS R6 compare to the more expensive R5? Let’s find out...

Canon’s new R5 rightly grabbed all the headlines, but don’t forget that Canon have also launched another full-frame mirrorless cameras, too. The EOS R6 shares a lot with the more professional R5, but also has key differences, too. Seen as a mirrorless successor to the 6D MkII and, in part the 7D MkII too, the R6 has a huge range of features and offers great value to photographers stepping in to the mirrorless market. Here’s how the R6 differs from the R5

One: Resolution

While the more professional R5 serves up 45-megapixels (up from 30-megapixel on the EOS R), the R6 still has plenty of resolution too, and its sensor is based on the same chip found in Canon’s 1DX MkIII camera, delivering 20.1-megapixels. It should also be noted that the EOS R6 features the same powerful DIGIC X processor engine that’s found in the R5.

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Two: ISO Range

While the R5 offers more resolution, the R6 strikes back when it comes to ISO range, with both a higher native and expandable ISO ceiling. While the R5 features a native ISO of 100-51200 (expandable up to 102,400), the R6 goes further, offering a native ISO of 100 to 102400 that’s expandable up to a whopping 204800. This will be hugely useful when shooting in low light conditions.

Three: Design

While the R5’s weather sealing is comparable to the 5D MkIv, the R6’s weather sealing is similar to the Canon 6D MkII’s protection. What’s more, there’s differences in the body design as the R5 features an LCD on the top plate to display mode and exposure information while this is missing from the R6.

Four: Memory cards

Both the R5 and the R6 offer two memory card slots. However, while the R5 uses 1 x SD and 1 x CFExpress, the R6 uses a pair of SD card slots. This is good news for photographers who already use SD cards as they won’t have to invest in the more expensive CFExpress cards.

Five: AF points

Both the R5 and the R6 offer very advanced autofocus systems that make use of Canon’s new Dual Pixel AF II technology. There is a difference in the amount of selectable points on offer however and it’s actually the more affordable R6 that comes out on top with 6072 selectable AF points compared to 5940 on the R5. The R6 of course includes all the new cutting edge AF technology such as eye and animal detection to help you lock onto subjects quickly and accurately.

Six: Video

This could be a dealbreaker for those who want to take their movies to the next level. While the R5 offers the mind-blowing 8K RAW video, the R6 tops out at 4K 60p, which is still hugely impressive in its own right and may be all the resolution you need for your footage. The R6 does offer 1080p up to 119.88 fps in 10 bit 4:2:2 Canon Log, enabling you to capture impressively slow motion sequences.

Seven: LCD screens

Both the R5 and the R6 offer Electronic Viewfinders and vari-angle LCDs with touchscreen technology so photographers have a choice of methods to compose their pictures. However, the R5’s screen is slightly bigger at 3.2-inch’s, compared to the R6’s 3-inch screen.

Eight: Price

Of course, with a difference in resolution, video specs and features, there is bound to be a difference in price point. While the R5 is available from late July with a  price-tag of $3899/£4199 (body only), the R6 is more affordable at $2499/£2499 but won’t start shipping until August