Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera Review (2020)


Canon launched the most advanced professional mirrorless full-frame camera in the series. The Canon EOS R6 is the new powerful camera made up of advanced technology taking photography to the next level. It sits under the roof of the R5 offering well-rounded features for extraordinary usage. Canon launched the most advanced professional mirrorless full-frame camera in the series. By all means, this newly launched full-frame camera is said to have a great impact on the industry. Especially for it being comprising 20-megapixel resolution, in-body Image Stabilization, 8K video capability, and 5-axis image stabilization. Not only that, but it also has the People and Animal detection capability and many more. So, let’s see what are the key features, specifications, and technology of Canon EOS R6 mirrorless digital full-frame camera.

Canon launched EOS R5 mirrorless camera on the same day 9th July 2020 along with the EOS R6. Not only that, but the big deal also consisted of launching four new RF lenses, two extenders, and a printer. Further, let’s see what Canon has to offer us with Canon EOS R6 “The Born to Rule”.

Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Full Frame Camera Specifications

Body Design

R6 design

A robust magnesium alloy body ensures toughness and durability while remaining relatively lightweight. The advanced weather sealings on critical areas help prevent dust and moisture from penetrating the body making it capable of shooting under any climatic conditions. The EOS R6 also has a Main dial, 2 Quick Control dials, and a Mode dial for quick and convenient operation making it more ergonomic.

  • Body type –Mirrorless SLR
  • Camera Format – FX
  • Body material – Magnesium alloy
  • Weight of the body (including batteries, memory card without body cap) – Approx. 680 g
  • Dimensions – Width 138.4 mm x Height 97.5 mm x Diagonal 88.4 mm
  • Operating Environment – Temperature: 0 °C to 40 °C (+32 °F to 104 °F) Humidity: 85%
  • Lens Mount – Canon RF Mount
  • Slower shutter speed – 30 sec
  • Fastest shutter speed – 1/8000 sec
  • Shutter life – 3,00,000 Shots
  • Memory Card Slots – Dual – SD / SDHC / SDXC memory cards
  • Battery description – Rechargeable Li-ion LP-E6NH Battery and charger
  • Battery Life – 360 Shots
  • Tripod Socket – 1/4 in

Sensor and Processor

The EOS R6 is equipped with an approximately 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, an improved version of the same sensor found in the flagship professional DSLR EOS-1D X Mark III. The latest DIGIC X image processor gives the EOS R6 the high-speed processing capability to perform high-speed shooting, fast and precise AF performance, excellent noise reduction, and other outstanding achievements possible.

  • Sensor type – CMOS
  • Effective Pixels – 20.1 million
  • Sensor size – Full frame (36.0 mm x 24.0 mm)
  • Max resolution – 5472 x 3648
  • Other resolutions – 5472×3648 (JPEG L/RAW/C-RAW/HEIF), 3648×2432 (HEIF, JPEG M), 2736 × 1824 (HEIF, JPEG S1), 2400×1600 (HEIF, JPEG S2)
  • Processor – DIGIC X
  • Bit Depth – RAW (Canon CR3), HEIF (10-bit)
  • Aspect Ratio – 3:2
  • Colour space – sRGB, Adobe RGB
  • Colour filter array – Primary color filter
  • Continuous shooting speed – 20 fps


The R6 is capable of producing realistic images with HDR PQ images, which offer a more dynamic range and 4 times more gradation than conventional JPEG, without the need for post-processing. The HEIF files can be converted easily to HDR-PQ-like JPEG format, either in the camera or on another device, using Digital Photo Professional.

  • Image ratio – 3:2
  • ISO Auto – 100 – 102400
  • Minimum ISO – 50
  • Maximum ISO – 204800
  • White Balance presets – 6
  • White Balance Bracketing – Provided
  • Custom white balance – Provided
  • File format – JPEG, HEIF, RAW, C-RAW, RAW + JPEG, C-RAW + JPEG, RAW + HEIF, C-RAW + HEIF
  • Image Stabilization – In-body 5-axis

Optics and Focus

The newly upgraded, Dual Pixel CMOS AF II enables the EOS R6 to perform fast and highly precise autofocusing and subject-tracking across approximately 100% × 100% of the image area. Also, the advanced algorithms based on deep learning technology allow you to effectively detect and track a human’s eye, face, or head, even when the subject is not facing the camera directly.

  • Focus Mode – Stills: One-Shot AF, Servo AF, AI Focus AF (with Scene Intelligent Auto), Manual
  • Lens mount – Canon RF Mount
  • Focal length multiplier – 1x

Auto Focus

  • Number of focus points – Stills: Maximum 6072 selectable AF point positions / Up to 1053 AF areas (auto selection), Movie recording: Maximum 4968 selectable AF point positions / Up to 819 AF areas (auto selection)
  • Autofocus Sensitivity –  -6.5 to +20 EV
  • AF Mode – Stills: One-Shot AF, Servo AF, AI Focus AF (with Scene Intelligent Auto), Manual, Movie recording: One-Shot AF, Movie Servo AF, Manual
  • Eye Detection – One-Shot AF / Servo AF / Movie Servo AF (Human, cats, birds & dogs’ eye detection available)

Screen and Viewfinder

A high-resolution electronic viewfinder of approximately 3.69 million dots displays bright and clear images even at f/22, which comes in useful for ultra-telephoto shots. In addition to this, it has an increased display frame rate of 119.88 fps for faster response time to accommodate burst shooting. The advanced LCD monitor provides a clear vision of the frame which is always helpful for shooting in bright daylight.

  • Screen Type – TFT LCD
  • The Screen size – 3.0in
  • Screen dots – 1,620,000
  • Touch screen – Provided
  • Live view – Provided
  • Viewfinder Type – Electronic View Finder
  • The Viewfinder coverage – 100%
  • Viewfinder Magnification – Approx. 0.76x
  • Viewfinder Resolution – 3,690,000

Photography Features

A hallmark of EOS R system cameras is their outstanding low-light capabilities, and the EOS R6 excels exactly in this, with a native ISO range of 100 to 102 400 and low luminance AF sensitivity of up to EV -6.5. This means you can achieve focus with ease in low light, even in close to pitch-dark situations where the subject is hard to see even with the naked eye. A new 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilizer in the EOS R6 corrects image blur caused by camera shake, allowing for sharper handheld capture, even with slower shutter speed.

The EOS R6’s Animal Detection AF makes it easier to capture wildlife or pets on camera by identifying and tracking the eyes, faces, and bodies of cats, dogs, and even birds. With up to 6072 manually selectable AF positions, and up to 1053 AF frame segments in the AF auto-area selection modes, you can aim at small, unpredictable subjects and enjoy greater freedom in image composition. Now, it is possible to capture desired and unexpected moments with ultra-fast, near-silent burst shooting capabilities of up to 20 fps, even when photographing weddings, sporting events, and wildlife with perfect focus and details.

  • Exposure modes – Scene Intelligent Auto, Flexible-priority AE, Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, Custom 1-3
  • Drive modes – Single shooting, High-speed continuous shooting, Low-speed continuous shooting, Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting, 10s self-timer / remote control, 2s self-timer / remote control)
  • Metering modes – Evaluative, Partial metering, Spot, Center-weighted metering
  • Exposure compensation – ±3 (at 1/3, 1/2 steps)
  • Built-in flash – Not provided
  • External flash – Can be attached or used
  • Flash Maximum sync speed – Mechanical shutter: 1/200, Electronic 1st curtain: 1/250
  • Flash Mode – E-TTL II, Manual, Multi, Ext A, Ext M, CSP

Video or Movie Features

In the R6 you can record movies in breath-taking 4K UHD resolution at 60p (NTSC)/50p (PAL) without a crop, using the entire width of the sensor. With 4 times the resolution of Full HD videos, and also the combination of the image processing technology from Canon’s acclaimed Cinema EOS System, you will enjoy richer and more realistic 4K UHD footage.

The EOS R6 supports up to 4K UHD video output via HDMI for viewing on an external recorder or HDR TV. By using the Canon Log with 12-stops dynamic range you also get greater control over shadows, highlights, and color saturation in post-processing for rich, detailed footage even in high-contrast scenes. On top of In-Body IS and in-lens Optical IS, Movie digital IS further enhances stability to reduce blurring and unsteady footage, even when shooting handheld or while walking.

  • Video Compression – MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
  • Videography Format – MP4
  • Movie Recording Size – 3840 x 2160 @ 60p / 230 Mbps, MOV, H.264, 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, 3840 x 2160 @ 23.98p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, 1920 x 1080 @ 120p / 120 Mbps, MOV, H.264, 1920 x 1080 @ 60p / 60 Mbps, MOV, H.264, 1920 x 1080 @ 30p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264, 1920 x 1080 @ 23.98p / 30 Mbps, MOV, H.264
  • Audio File Format – Linear PCM
  • Audio Recording – Built-in or External stereo microphone
  • Moreover Audio Input / Output – 3.5mm diameter stereo mini-jack

Other Special Features of Canon EOS R6

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The Zebra Display overlays a striped pattern on overexposed areas when viewed through the electronic viewfinder (EVF) or Vari-angle LCD screen, giving you greater control over exposure and highlights during the movie shooting. You can also record 4K time-lapse videos easily, even in challenging lighting conditions. Now, it is possible to record highly realistic HDR video footage akin to viewing with the actual human eye. No color grading is needed, which streamlines the post-production workflow.

  • Time-lapse recording – Provided
  • Multiple Exposure – Available
  • Canon Log – Available
  • Wireless – Built-in
  • Wi-Fi – 2.4 GHz band
  • Bluetooth – Available
  • Storage types – 2 SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-II supported)
  • USB Connectivity – SuperSpeed USB (Type-C)
  • HDMI– Type D (Micro)
  • Port Provided – Microphone, Headphone
  • Remote control – Yes (Wired, wireless, smartphone)
  • Self-timer – Available

Best Lenses for Canon EOS R6

The camera is made for using it on any occasion for great functionality. The camera is capable of delivering high precise AF with all lens types, ranging from large aperture lenses to super telephotos attached to teleconverters, to produce sharp and crisp photographs. There is a wide variety of lens line-up which can be combined with R6 for creating wonderful and dramatic photography and videography. Also, the EF and EF-S lenses can be attached using Mount Adapter EF-EOS R for increasing the imaging experience.

List of Best Common Lenses for Canon EOS R6

Best All-in-one Lens

  • RF24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM

Most Common Standard Zoom Lenses

  • RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM

Best Standard Prime Lenses

Best Macro Lenses

  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • EF180mm f/3.5L Macro USM

Top Standard Zoom Lenses

  • RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

Best Wide-angle Zoom Lenses

  • EF11-24mm f/4L USM
  • RF15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF16-35mm f/2.8L III USM
  • EF17-40mm f/4L USM

Best Wide-angle Prime Lenses

  • EF14mm f/2.8L II USM
  • EF24mm f/2.8 IS USM
  • EF35mm f/1.4L II USM

List of Best Specialized Lenses for Canon EOS R6

Best Indoor Sports Lenses

  • RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM
  • EF100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

Top Outdoor Sports and Wildlife Lenses

  • RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM
  • EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x
  • EF400mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • EF400mm f/4 DO IS II USM
  • EF500mm f/4L IS II USM
  • EF600mm f/4L IS III USM
  • RF600mm f/11 IS STM
  • EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM
  • RF800mm f/11 IS STM

Best Portrait Lenses

  • EF50mm f/1.2L USM
  • RF50mm f/1.2L USM
  • RF85mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM

Best Travel and Street Lenses

  • RF15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • RF24-105mm f/4L IS USM
  • RF50mm f/1.2L USM
  • EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM
  • RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

Canon EOS R6 Rating

Professional Photographers consider this camera is versatile to use it for wedding photography, fashion photography, product photography, commercial or advertising Photography also wildlife, etc. Since it delivers high dynamic range and great low-light performance it can be used by both amateurs and professionals. Also, it will be more useful for videography because of its 4K output at high speed with true colors and delivers accurate sharpness by using the advanced AF-system. Further, this rating is given to Canon EOS R6 as per the survey of creative huts.


What is the price of Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera?

Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera costs $2499
Hence, in India Canon EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera costs Rs 2,15,995/-

When will be the EOS R6 available for purchase?

Finally, Canon EOS R6 will be available in market for purchase by August 2020.


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