July is approaching fast and with it the launch of the highly anticipated Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 full-frame mirrorless cameras. And also, popular rumours outlet for all things Canon – Canon Rumors, recently published what appears to be an updated list for the Canon EOS R6 video specs (as well as general specifications).
Both cameras are expected to be officially announced on July 9th alongside a few new RF lenses. However, as we’ve reported before, the Canon EOS R5 is expected to cost significantly more than the EOS R6, which is shaping up to be the more affordable of the two.
Read more: Canon EOS R5 (Potential) Price Revealed?
Canon EOS R6 *rumored Specifications
- 20MP Full-Frame CMOS sensor
- IBIS – in-body image stabilization
- 12fps mechanical and 20fps electronic
- Identical Autofocus Performance as EOS R5!
- Head (face?) detection AF
- Animal detection AF
- Same 5 million dot EVF as R5!
- Oversampled 5K Video
- 4K/60p video
- 1080/120p slow-motion video
- Canon Log
- 10-bit codec (unknown whether 4:2:0 or 4:2:2)
- No RAW video mode
- Records onto Dual SD UHS-II slots
- No top-down screen
- Build quality not as good as the EOS R5
- Bluetooth 4.2 (EOS R5 to get Bluetooth 5.0)
- LP-E6NH Battery (Same as the EOS R5)
- Launch/Announcement: July 9, 2020
- Shipping before R5, possibly sometime in July?
- Price: $2,499 USD or less (*rumored)
Canon EOS R6 – Budget-friendly EOS R5?
It would make a lot of sense for Canon to release a more budget-friendly and affordable version of the R5.
Sure, it will lack some significant features – such as no 4K RAW or any RAW video recording (predicated that these specs actually turn up true; will know for sure come July 9th) but it could cost you nearly half the price of the EOS R5.
Moreover, the EOS R6 can be everything the Canon 6D wasn’t (when compared to a Canon 5D IV). With the Canon EOS R6 you’d (supposedly) be getting 4K/60p video recording in a decent 10bit codec for a reasonable price that leaves you with some cash to get a 24-105mm RF or some other cheaper RF lens.
And we all know those RF lenses command a hefty premium compared to some Sony or Sigma equivalents. Sure, they produce stunning images and are very well built, but such performance comes at a cost.
2020 Canon = 2014 and 2016 Sony
I kind of like what Canon have been doing lately. It seems as if the company has a reinvigorated approach to video-capable hybrid cameras. Today, Canon are doing with Sony was doing two to four years ago.
2020 is a tough year, to put it mildly, and we haven’t even gone past the half-way mark. However, with exciting releases such as the EOS R5, which is going to be the first hybrid camera to shoot 8K video (and raw too) and also have 4K/120fps combined with IBIS and an industry-leading Autofocus, things are looking brighter.
For most people, the EOS R6 will be the more sensible purchase for a video-capable hybrid mirrorless camera compared to the EOS R5. The EOS R6 also gets the benefit of recording to more affordable SD cards, and without 4K or 8K Raw to worry about, you may as well put those savings in your RF lens jar. Because you’ll need plenty of $$$ to get into the high-end RF lenses.