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The new Canon EOS R5 and R6; First Impression

Canon launches its powerful EOS R5 8K-shooting full frame mirrorless camera in India


So finally canon has released the EOS R5 and R6, calling this a review wouldn’t be fair as I don’t have the hands-on experience with the device. This preview tries to combine all the information from the specifications to the launch event. The camera will be available in the market in the last week of august according to sources. Let’s talk about the common features in the R5 and R6, the most interesting feature in the EOS R6 which is like the younger brother of R5 has a sensor of 20.1 megapixels driven by a digicX processor which is also available in 1DX mark 3(a camera worth more than 5 lacs). This fact is clear enough to tell us how powerful the device is going to be.  Now both the cameras are full-frame mirrorless cameras but the R5 comes with a 45-megapixel sensor. Looking from a professional point of view, if you’re into commercial work like photo and video shoots then the R5 will be a better choice for you.  The R6 stands out well in the lowlight conditions. Now talking about the ISO, R5 offers you a range of 100 to 51,200 which is further expandable to 1,02,400 whereas the R6 comes with an ISO sensitivity of 100 – 1,02,400 expandable to 2,04,800. As I mentioned before R6 is going to be a better choice for low light as it has a low megapixel count which offers a larger pixel size.

One feature that I personally missed in canon was the in-body image stabilization, needless to say, this feature was desperately demanded by customers. The most impressive thing about this feature is that it offers up to 5 stops image stabilization but if you have any Rf series lens with image stabilization then you can easily achieve around 8 stops.  The good part is that both the R5 and R6 come loaded with this feature. Coming to the focus of the cameras, they have new and improved Canon’s advanced Dual Pixel CMOS auto-focus II which offers eye, head and face tracking for human subjects and eye, face and body tracking for animal subjects focused especially on dogs, cats and birds.  This is definitely an amazing upgrade for wildlife photographers.

The product comes with 1053 selectable Auto Focus zones and the most interesting innovation would definitely be the 100% x 100% area provided for focusing. The whole sensor vertically and horizontally is under your control for Auto Focus. The one complaint in Canon’s full-frame mirrorless cameras was regarding the card slot. Finally, canon has provided 2 card slots in the R5 – one dedicated to SD card whereas the other is for a CFexpress card. The R6 also comes with 2 ports both dedicated to SD UHS-II. Interestingly both the cameras offer you 12 fps with mechanical shutter and 20 fps with the electronic shutter.


Now talking about the hype, case in point- 8k video footage. Starting with the R5 specifications come with 8k raw 30 fps un-cropped and with auto focus tracking internally. You can also shoot 8k video in 4:2:2:10 bit C log. In 4k you get the same features with 120 fps with a recording of a limit of 29 minutes 59 seconds. Coming to R6 you don’t get 8k but you do get 4k at 60 fps and 1080p at 120p that too in 4:2:2:10 bit C log. Canon has definitely raised the bar high for other companies.

The price  

Eos R5 comes at a price of Rs. 3,39,995 and R6 at Rs. 2,15,995. Frankly speaking, the features at this price are way too exciting for any user. Also, a surprise call for other companies to innovate. Personally speaking, this camera is a futuristic camera, like we all know the future is 8k. So if you are investing in this powerful and futuristic machine be aware that this is going to serve you for the next 5-6 years easily.



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