Canon's mirrorless cameras released in 2020 caused quite the stir, and while it may seem at first glance that one is objectively better than the other, it's not necessarily the case. Moreover, you may not need to spend the extra money on the current flagship mirrorless as you won't see the benefits.
I moved my primary body from Canon to Sony a few years ago (although my second body is still Canon) because I wanted both mirrorless and better video capabilities. When Canon announced the R5 and R6, I immediately debated a return trip, and I still may do it at some point. Canon is back to its old ways of setting the pace — or at least trying to — when it comes to their new releases, and this year has been impressive from them.
The question is, if you're looking at buying one of the new Canon mirrorless bodies, which one do you go for? After all, the R6 is $2,499, and the R5 is $3,899; that extra $1,400 could be repurposed inside or outside of photography. Inside, that could get you some great glass to go on the front, or even a small selection of entry-level lenses. So, what are the difference, particularly when looking at wildlife photography?
I will let Brent Hall give us his first-hand experience, but there are key differences you should consider when deciding. Presuming that video specs aren't of interest, I would say one of the biggest factors is the sensor resolution; 45 megapixels on the R5, to just 20 megapixels on the R6. In wildlife photography, you'll often have to crop your images in as you were unable to get close enough to the subject, for whatever reason, and the extra resolution can be invaluable there. However, this is dependent on what exactly you're looking to shoot, and what glass you have for it, among other influences.
Which camera would you go for if you were going to shoot wildlife with it?