7 Reasons to Buy the Canon EOS R6

7 Reasons to Buy the Canon EOS R6

The new EOS R6 is the more affordable little sister to the bigger, more expensive EOS R5, and though it lacks a few of its sibling’s features, it more than packs a punch.
A step up from the EOS R, the EOS R6 takes its heritage and runs with it. The new Dual Pixel AF system is identical to the autofocus found in the EOS R5, and also bears the same DIGIC X processor for better image quality on this full-frame sensor. Being able to shoot at 4K 60FPS is a great move for users that want to upgrade from their older mirrorless or DSLR kit. So let’s take a look at why you might want to make the EOS R6 your next purchase.

It’s Affordable

The Canon EOS R6 is the more affordable option when compared with the new EOS R5

If you’re looking for an upgrade from your DSLR without breaking the bank, the R6 is definitely the best route. At $2,499 (£1,975 or AU$4500) it’s $1400 cheaper than its bigger brother, the R5, yet still performs excellently. With that extra wad of cash you could always go out and buy yourself a new lens to accompany the body.

Two Card Slots

The EOS R6 has to super fast SD UHS-II card slots

For wedding, news, or sports photographers this is a must-have. Shooting to two cards, backing up files in case one card corrupts, is as important as the shots themselves because if it’s a one-time event and the card dumps the files you won’t have another opportunity to shoot it. This is something users were raging about when the Nikon Z 6 and Z 7 came out. Luckily, the R6 has two fast SD UHS-II slots.

Reduced Noise

Thanks to the DIGIC X processor the R6 is set to have improved noise reduction capability over the EOS R. The R5 has the same processor, but due to the lower resolution of the R6 (20MP) it may even do better in low light, because as we’ve seen time and again, the more photosites on a sensor, the better it is at picking up noise.

4K UHD Movie Recording

The Canon EOS R6 shoots in 4K UHD at up to 60FPS

Not to be overlooked is the 4K movie recording option, shooting at up to 60FPS in 4K UHD. This’ll be more than enough for most content creators that love to shoot in both stills and moving image. When paired with the IBIS and lens IS more now than ever handheld tracking shots are incredibly smooth.

Great for Selfies

Vloggers love the Canon variangle screen because they can view themselves in the frame whilst shooting - something that most Nikon cameras can’t do. The R6’s variangle is also a touchscreen and that makes things easier to set up while recording as you’re less reliant on operating the settings using the buttons on the rear of the camera body.

Incredible FPS

Matching the EOS R5, the EOS R6 can shoot at up to 12FPS with the mechanical shutter, and up to 20FPS with the electronic shutter combined

The R6 shoots 12FPS mechanical and up to 20FPS with the electronic shutter. If you include the electronic side of things that’s 6FPS more than the 1D X Mark II, which was Canon’s flagship DSLR until recently.

Fantastic for Low Light Shooting

Able to shoot down to EV -6 it matches the ability of the R5 for low light shooting ability. However, it trounces the R5 when it comes to ISO range at 100-102400 (L:50, H1: 204800) which at its highest setting is double the R5 which only reaches 51200, or H1:102400.

There's plenty more for Canon shooters to love about the EOS R6, but with this whole host of incredible features at a very reasonable price tag, see's the EOS R6 sitting well in amongst the current Canon mirrorless ecosystem.

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Jason is an internationally award-winning photographer with more than 10 years of experience. A qualified teacher and Master’s graduate, he has been widely published in both print and online. He won Gold in the Nikon Photo Contest 2018/19 and was named Digital Photographer of the Year in 2014.

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The fps is far from impressive.
1 good reason not to buy it: 2700 euro body only.

How many cameras can you say that they can do 20fps at this price point?

The E-M1 Mark II from 2016 could already go to 60fps full resolution RAW. The succesor can also and is available for just €1800. That's a €900 difference body only.

I don't get the hype on this camera, it has 2/3 the resolution of their cropped M6 Mark ii, has a slower
burst rate, and costs more than twice as much. I guess the dual slots and the better lens selection is nice.

Yeah... I’ll keep my EOS R.