Canon EOS R6 vs R5 - What Is The Difference?

8 November 2022

The Canon EOS R5 and R6 are two recent additions to the ever-popular EOS R range of full-frame mirrorless cameras. How do they differ and which one is the right one for you? With today's roundup, we will get to the bottom of this and help you make a more informed decision when adding on to your camera bag.

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The Canon EOS R5 is home to a sublime high-resolution 45.7MP full-frame image sensor, which is great for those wanting to capture as much detail as possible for poster-style prints and creative cropping endeavours. The sensor of the Canon EOS R6, while the same size, features less resolution, at 20.1MP. This means it’s not the best option of the two if huge prints are your end goal. That being said, the resolution is still big enough for the majority of uses and results in the EOS R6 producing files which are smaller in size. Another benefit of this lowered resolution is that individual pixels are physically larger and better at capturing light. The Canon EOS R6 features a broader ISO range than the R5 and is a true low-light powerhouse.

The Canon EOS R5 is billed as a true multimedia-friendly mirrorless camera, which is not just suitable for professional still photography work but will also slot into videography workflows of all levels. The crowning achievement of this camera from a video standpoint is its ultra high-def 8K video recording mode, with 4K120p video and impressive ultra 4K HQ mode which is downsampled from 8K other highlights. The EOS R6 on the other hand delivers 4K60p video as its maximum resolution. Both cameras provide incredibly impressive cinematic results, benefitting from Canon’s exceptional Dual Pixel autofocus system and built-in stabilisation, which provides sublime smooth video results. While the Canon EOS R5 takes the points as the more advanced video tool, the R6 will be good enough for the majority of users.

As we touched on previously, both of these exceptional Canon mirrorless cameras feature advanced autofocus performance and their autofocus systems are virtually identical. Both feature 100% frame coverage, which means they can quickly focus on subjects found anywhere within the frame, and they both feature advanced subject tracking to keep you in touch with various objects as they move about. This autofocus system is fantastic for video, as well as for making the most of the fast continuous shooting speed, which is again identical.

At first glance, you could be forgiven for mistaking the Canon EOS R5 and the EOS R6 for the same model. They are similar in stature and feature a very similar layout and design. But on closer inspection, there are some key differences. Being a slightly more advanced model, the Canon EOS R5 includes a handy top LCD panel for the fast readout of key shooting settings, and, while both cameras include both an EVF and an LCD screen for composing, the EOS R5 examples are both of a higher resolution. Both cameras are home to dual memory card slots for file management, with the EOS R5 again having the distinction of accepting the more advanced CF express cards in one of its slots, which is needed to handle its 8K video.

While the Canon EOS R5 will instantly appeal to many with its impressive high-resolution still and video specifications, the EOS R6 offers its own unique benefits and is particularly handy for low-light photography enthusiasts. In the right hands, each of these cameras is capable of marvellous work. For a closer look at these two cameras head to your local Ted's camera store and don't forget to keep an eye on our photography blog for more product reviews and comparisons.

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