In July of 2020, Canon announced the R5 and R6 models’ introduction, extending the cameras’ mirrorless range. The media reviews at the time were that these two versions pushed Canon to the top of the mirrorless tree. I replaced the Catechism 1DX cameras in September 2020 with a Canon R5 and R6. I’ve at present been using them for half-dozen months, so I’ve got a good view of how they are working for me. I’thousand going to await at the differences between the two cameras and then that others can choose which of these ii models is right for them.
How do they feel?
Moving from the 1DX’due south, both the R5 and R6 are going to feel small in hand. That was the primary reason for making the swap, my ageing back and shoulders wanted a remainder from carrying and so much weight. It didn’t accept long to get used to the smaller size though. I wrote in Blog #130 how I take fix the diverse buttons and dials. The set-upwards makes information technology really like shooting fish in a barrel for my fingers to move between the iii controls I will use the most, Aperture, Shutter Speed and ISO. There are minor differences between the two cameras. I similar the screen on superlative of the R5 to glance down and expect at the settings.
The two cameras are essentially the aforementioned size and so other than the slight button difference on height of the photographic camera; both models will feel the same. There is a bigger screen on the R5 than the R6. I have constitute both of the screens to exist like shooting fish in a barrel to read, fifty-fifty in vivid light. Retrieve though, that a mirrorless camera too allows y’all to meet what’due south on the screen through the viewfinder. The old issue of being able to see a preview on a bright sunny day goes abroad.
Overall verdict: R5 Win
My usual caveat is that I use my camera for stills photography. I accept not used the video functionality at all, so everything I’ll discuss will be from the perspective of a stills shooter. The fundamental deviation between the two cameras is the 45MP sensor on the R5 versus the 20MP sensor on the R6. Are those extra 25 mega-pixels worth the extra greenbacks from your wallet?
The answer to this will definitely depend on how you are going to use your photos. You should be able to print an R6 image at 300dpi at 30.9cm ten 46.3cm. The equivalent R5 print would be 46.3cm x 69.4cm. Both these cameras are going to let you to print pretty large at the best quality. If you’re shooting photos for billboards, the Canon R5 will give y’all a better chance, merely I would propose that if this is your market, and then y’all’d be using a medium-format camera and not an (outstanding) DSLR.
Press photographers volition be less bothered about printing big, simply they will often crop into an image. Obviously, the greater the mega-pixels, the more data there is to crop in slightly more.
Most of us, though, will be taking photographs that are going to end upwards online. I’ll leave you lot to decide betwixt the ii photos below, which i is the R5 epitome and which is the R6. They accept both been unedited so written out as JPEG files with a quality of 60, resolution of 240dpi and the largest edge is 960 pixels broad. I’ll answer at the bottom of the blog.
Overall verdict: Describe
One of the downsides of more pixels is that it can lead to more visible dissonance as the ISO values push upwardly. I take shot a still-life scene using ISO’south from 100 to 25,600. I won’t unremarkably go beyond 12,800 ISO, so this is the example I have shown below. This time the R6 is on the left.
The R5 and R6 both perform quite well. However, I think that the R6 does slightly better. The settings for both shots were the same, and the same lens was also the same. I’d be comfy sending photos for printing apply with both cameras, but I would probably need to recall twice using the R5 image.
Overall verdict: R6 Win
When I outset bought these two cameras, I wouldn’t have idea that I would be comparing the white residuum performance. I’ve had a feeling that the images from the R5 were coming out slightly more than blue than I would wait. I was a little more than methodical in comparing the R5 and R6, and the divergence became more apparent.
When I was taking the two comparing images, I had left the White Balance setting at Fluorescent. Of class, this setting will make a photograph shot outdoors announced bluer. However, equally both cameras use the same setting, it does brand the comparison fifty-fifty starker. Once again, the R6 is on the left.
To prove the difference betwixt the two cameras, I have also recorded the 2 photographs’ histogram. It is credible that the R5 motion picture has more blue in it than the R6. I don’t know if this is an effect with the R5 model I take bought or if it is a fundamental difference between the cameras. I take dropped Canon Professional Services a mail, and I’ll update the blog when they reply.
Overall Verdict: R6 Win
At that place are a couple of things that both cameras share that badger me. Canon appears to have moved to a model of linking the cameras to the Canon Connect phone app. Doing this has meant that the no longer to build in back up for GPS to the photographic camera, and instead, the mobile telephone becomes the GPS receiver. If you take one camera, it works well, albeit it means that the Bluetooth link uses up battery life. If yous take two cameras, every bit most press, hymeneals and result photographers volition have, so y’all’ll need to decide which of the two cameras volition record the GPS position. I spoke with Catechism about this, and they confirmed that the Canon Connect app could only exist connected to one camera. The app should be tweaked to connect multiple cameras. Our phones tin can connect to multiple Bluetooth devices simultaneously – I can use my Airpods simultaneously every bit recording the GPS on ane camera. Come on Catechism, recognise there’due south a problem and set it.
I also have an effect with the start-upwardly fourth dimension on both cameras. The 1DX’southward are very quick from pressing the On button to be prepare to use. It isn’t the case with both the R5 and R6. In that location is an inconsistent lag on occasions where it can take over a second to be ready to use. I can’t run into an official timing in the Catechism specifications for the ii cameras. For most photographers, this isn’t going to exist a large issue, but printing and effect photographers demand to be aware.
The last event is nothing to with the cameras only with Canon. It wasn’t a big surprise that these two bodies would be popular. It likewise wouldn’t be a surprise that many photographers will retain their existing EF-mount lenses and need an adapter rather than buying new RF-mount lenses. The supply for the EF to RF adapter has been dreadful. In the end, I managed to observe a third-party converter that is working well for half the price.
Similarly, the supply of RF lenses isn’t meeting the demand. Equally I write this blog in mid-February, the anticipated delivery date for an RF 24-70mm
f/two.8 is late March. It isn’t expert enough for Catechism to be producing fantastic mirrorless bodies if they tin can’t meet the demand for lenses or adapters.
There is absolutely no doubt that both the R5 and R6 camera models are great. The two cameras experience quite similar and accept equal shutter and auto-focus operation. Equally a stills merely lensman, the decision on which to buy has to autumn on image quality. I haven’t been convinced that the extra 20MP’s on the R5 sensor are worth the cost difference. There is a £1,700 difference betwixt the R5 and R6 (I reduced the difference to £1,400 past buying from Digital Rev) on the official Canon store.
For near stills photographers, the R6 camera is the one that I would recommend. It has everything that the R5 has, and in many ways, it can perform slightly amend. If Canon had decided to put a screen on tiptop of the R6, I would have had the R6 winning on all comparisons. Save your money on buying the cheaper of the two cameras and and so maybe in a few months you lot might be able to get the RF 24-70 to become with it!
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About the author
Too as running Edinburgh Photography Workshop, Rich Dyson is a professional photographer. His photographs are regularly used in newspapers such as The Times, Guardian and Daily Telegraph. He also had ii solo exhibitions equally well every bit existence featured in a members sponsored exhibition in the Scottish Parliament. You tin can run into and buy his photography at richdysonphotography.com