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new canon eos r5 and r6 compared

Canon is building their range of innovative EOS R mirrorless cameras, with new models frequently being launched at different price points and packed with exciting technology for creators of all levels.

You may be wondering which is the best model to choose between the EOS R5 and EOS R6 for your style of shooting. Luckily, we’ve got all the information about these full-frame mirrorless cameras from Canon, including the key features and differences, so you can learn everything you need to know about the R5 vs.R6 and make an informed decision.

Canon R5 vs. R6: The Ultimate Guide

Canon R5 vs. R6: What’s the Difference?

Although the R5 and R6 are both hybrid cameras with similar body designs, there are some key differences which distinguish them. From the key features which set these two mirrorless powerhouses apart, to the price difference and essential specifications, such as how their weight compares – we’ve got all the information for you.

Canon R5 vs. R6: Weight

There’s only a 58-gram difference which separates these two full-frame mirrorless cameras. While the Canon R6 weight is 680g, including a memory card and battery, the Canon R5 weight is a fraction heavier at 738g, also with a card and battery.

Although not featherweight by mirrorless standards, both include advanced hybrid photo and video capabilities within robust bodies, which are made from magnesium alloy with slightly more polycarbonate resin and glass fibre in the R6. With such similar weights and durable build-quality, either of the R5 and R6 will stand up to the rigours of content creation, with both being perfectly suitable for travel.

EOS R5 body size

Price Difference Between the Canon R5 & R6

Despite weighing roughly the same as each other, there’s a clear price difference between these two models. Sitting higher up in the range, the Canon R5 price is commensurate at £4,299.00, while the Canon R6 price is £2,399.00. This helps to differentiate them, with the EOS R5 catering for advanced enthusiasts and professional users, whereas the R6 will appeal to creators who don’t need all of the functionality that the R5 offers.

With both cameras released back in the summer of 2020, you would expect to be able to find plenty of second-hand options to choose from. However, you have to be quick, as these are extremely popular and tend to be snapped up instantly from our inventory of used Canon cameras. If you are lucky enough to source one, you’ll save around £350 with a used R5 and around £300 with a used R6.

EOS R6 eye detect focus

Canon R5: Key Features

The Canon R5 is a truly innovative hybrid camera, boasting a series of groundbreaking ‘world first’ features. The R5 was the first ever mirrorless camera to record 8K RAW movies internally, which instantly sets it apart from the R6. Other features which ensure this class-leading camera is perfect for advanced creators include:

  • High resolution 45-megapixel images at up to 20 frames per second
  • Full-frame internal video with 8K RAW and 4K 4:2:2 10-Bit, at up to 4K 120fps high-speed recording
  • Dual Pixel Raw whereby a single RAW file saves two images into the file
  • 23 custom functions and a top-plate settings display
  • 2.4 and high-speed 5Ghz WiFi connectivity
  • Pro-quality 5.76 million dot EVF and large 3.15-inch 2.1 million dot flip-out touch screen
  • High-speed memory cards with dual recording to 1x CFexpress type B slot and 1x SD UHS-II card slot
  • Mainly metal body with extensive weather sealing in-line with 5D series DSLRs

Pro video with R5 and external recorder

Canon R6: Key Features

You’d be forgiven for overlooking the Canon R6 when compared to the R5, but we urge you not to, as this camera not only shares a number of features with the R5, but offers distinct capabilities for hybrid creators who don’t need 8K video. These include:

  • Incredible low-light performance with a native ISO 102,400
  • AF which works down to -6.5 EV for stills when used with an f/1.2 lens and -5 EV for movies
  • Burst shooting at 20fps to capture up to 140 Raw + Large/Fine HEIF files
  • 4K 60p internal video with a 1.07x crop using C-Log or HDR PQ video in 10-bit 4:2:2 H.265
  • Great battery life with the same LP-E6NH battery pack as the R5, for up to 380 shots (EVF) and 510 shots (LCD)

Comparison Table Between R5 Vs R6

Specification

Canon EOS R5

Canon EOS R6

Sensor

45MP

20.1MP

Stabilisation

Up to 8 stops

Up to 8 stops

Speed

12fps Mechanical / 20fps Electronic

12fps Mechanical / 20fps Electronic

ISO range

100 - 51,200

100 - 102,400 (Expanded to 50 - 204,800)

Autofocus

Dual Pixel CMOS II AF / Face AF + Tracking / Lowlight AF -6EV

Dual Pixel CMOS AF II / Face/Eye AF + Tracking / Lowlight AF -6.5EV

Image processor

DIGIC X

DIGIC X

Interface

Super Speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB C / 5Ghz Wifi

Super Speed USB 3.1 Gen 2 USB C / 2.4Ghz Wifi

Max resolution

8K-4K DCI / UHD

4K (UHD Only)

Max bit rate

8K RAW (Internal) / 4K 4:2:2 10-Bit (Internal)

4K 4:2:2 10-bit (Internal)

High frame rate

4K 120fps

4K 60fps / FHD 120fps

Canon logo

Yes

Yes

Crop factor

No Crop

4K - 1.06x

Viewfinder

5.76 million dots @120fps

3.69 million dots @120fps

LCD screen

2.1 million dot Flip Out Touch Screen

1.62 million dot Flip Out Touch Screen

Memory cards

Dual Card Slots - CF Express / SD

Dual Card Slots SD

Battery

LP-E6NH (2130mAh) (Also Backwards compatible with LP-E6N)

LP-E6NH (2130mAh) (Also Backwards compatible with LP-E6N)

Weight

738g with card and battery

680g with card and battery

Despite their price difference, Canon’s R5 and R6 cameras share a number of incredible features, aimed squarely at hybrid creators. These include the ability to record beautiful 4K video and shoot high-speed bursts at identical frame rates, with class-leading image stabilisation of up to 8-stops. Videographers will also find numerous ports to add essential accessories, such as an external microphone, headphones and external video recorders.

The EOS R5 does justify its higher price tag, with Canon adding a high-resolution 45MP sensor, 8K internal video recording, more versatile connectivity and slightly higher overall build-quality.

Now that you’ve learned the key differences between these two full-frame mirrorless cameras, it’s time to decide between the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. Whichever you choose you’ll benefit from a powerful tool, which captures incredible stills and videos to share all of your unique experiences.

Explore our range of Canon cameras and accessories today.

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By Park Cameras on 03/08/2022

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