Canon EOS R6 vs R: A Peek At Canon’s New Entry-Level Mirrorless Camera

Canon’s next wave of mirrorless cameras are coming this year, in the form of the EOS R5 and R6. While the EOS R5 promises to be a more souped-up version of the Canon EOS R, the EOS R6 looks to be the budget-friendly beginner model in the series. There’s also less information pertaining to the Canon EOS R6, so expect much of the post below to be updated as soon as the official reveal shows us more. For now, let’s see how the Canon EOS R6 compares to the EOS R.

Canon EOS R6 vs R Mirrorless Camera Comparison Chart

ModelCanon EOS R6Canon EOS R
Canon EOS R6
PriceComing SoonCheck Price
CMOS Sensor20MP Full-frame30.3MP Full-frame
IBISYesNo
Mechanical Shutter12 fps8 fps
Electronic Shutter20 fpsn/a
Scroll Wheeln/aNo
Touch BarNoYes
4K VideoUp to 60 fpsUp to 30 fps
Wi-FiYesYes
Card Slotsn/a1
BatteryNew370 shots

Design

The Canon EOS R6 might be modeled after the EOS R or EOS RP.

Canon EOS R6 vs R Design
There’s no actual news yet of how the Canon EOS R6 looks, but it might be closer in size and build to the EOS RP than to the EOS R (right).

Without more information about the Canon EOS R6 we can only speculate on its design. Given its rumored specs, it’s actually more likely that it takes after the EOS RP, Canon’s smallest and lightest full-frame EOS model. As such, it should be slightly slimmer and shorter than the Canon EOS R.

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In any case, expect Canon’s signature build and aesthetics with the EOS R6. It will have the same steady handgrip as the EOS R, along with a sturdy magnesium alloy body and weather-sealed construction. The same goes for button layout and overall interface, though it’s unlikely to retain the Touch Bar that was introduced in the Canon EOS R. There might also be a new scroll wheel similar to the one rumored to be added on the EOS R5.

Features

The Canon EOS R has a higher megapixel count, but the EOS R6 will have image stabilization.

Canon EOS R6 vs R Features
Canon is reserving its top features and full specs on the EOS R5 instead.

With its rumored 20 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, the Canon EOS R6 looks targeted at the beginner market considering the rest of the Canon’s lineup. It’s still uncertain whether it’s a tier below the EOS RP, which features a 26.2MP sensor. One reason for this is that it will have in-body image stabilization (IBIS).

The addition of IBIS brings the EOS R6 (and R5) up to the level of current mirrorless standouts from Sony and Nikon. Rather than on relying on lenses with OIS, users can now shoot and record with noticeably less shakiness than before. That IBIS was left out of the Canon EOS R only shows that the Japanese brand is still learning as it wades into a new arena.

Other rumored features of the EOS R5 that might find their way into the EOS R6 include a Liveview/Movie toggle that functions similar to other EOS DSLRs, and dual slots for SD cards. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity are also highly likely to be included.

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Performance

The Canon EOS R5 can record smoother quality videos but the EOS R should have superior image quality.

Canon EOS R6 vs R Performance
It’s hard to imagine that Canon will give the EOS R6 better shooting features and performance than the EOS R.

So far the only information being discussed on the EOS R6’s performance, aside from its sensor’s megapixels, is that it will be capable of recording videos in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. It should be a nice bump from the EOS R’s 4K at 30 fps maximum, and there might be more video-focused improvements in addition to IBIS.

Another interesting upgrade is that the Canon EOS R6 might have a 12 fps mechanical shutter, compared to the 8 fps burst shooting of the EOS R. Other than that, with how the EOS R6’s specs are currently lined up with Canon’s other mirrorless cameras, it’s likely that the EOS R will still have better image quality overall. We’ll have to wait for updates to fairly compare these two cameras’ full capabilities.

Finally, Canon is developing a new battery for this year’s new models, and it’s said to be compatible with the one powering the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. Hopefully it will exceed the current rated battery life of the EOS R, which sits at 370 shots whereas competitors pumped theirs up to 600 and more.

Verdict

The Canon EOS R6 is likely to be Canon’s next entry-level mirrorless camera.

Canon EOS R6

Canon EOS R6

Canon typically has a discernible hierarchy for its camera lineups, but as it’s just starting its mirrorless camera product line, we’re still unsure where the upcoming models fit in. As it is, it’s likely that the Canon EOS R6 is more beginner and budget-friendly than the Canon EOS R, and should have corresponding performance and feature sets.

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There’s still much to learn about the features of the Canon EOS R6 so we’ll have to wait for updates. Canon will be revealing its new cameras in February, and both the EOS R5 and R6 are slated to be released in either June or July.