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Canon EOS R6 Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.7
Reviewed Feb 10, 2021 at 09:24 am
Canon EOS R6 Picture
7.6
Travel Photography
8.1
Landscape Photography
8.1
Sport & Wildlife Photography
7.4
Vlogging
8.6
Studio Video
5.3
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
Yes
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Tested Lens
Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM

The Canon EOS R6 is a full-frame mirrorless camera with a fully articulated screen. It's well-built and comfortable to use, though it can be a bit heavy with its kit lens attached. This versatile camera offers remarkable image quality and an impressive photo autofocus system that can track fast-moving subjects and keep them in focus. If you like to record videos, it also has great video quality in both 4k and FHD. However, it doesn't offer a lot of frame rate options for recording slow-motion video, which can be disappointing for some users.

Our Verdict

7.6 Travel Photography

The Canon R6 is satisfactory for travel photography. It has incredible image quality, and its impressive photo autofocus system helps track moving subjects and keep them in focus. Its low minimum shutter speed helps you take long-exposure photographs, too. However, though it's well-built and comfortable to use, it can be a bit heavy with its kit lens attached.

Pros
  • Fantastic image quality.
  • Impressive photo autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Not very portable with kits lens attached.
8.1 Landscape Photography

The Canon R6 is great for landscape photography. This well-built camera is comfortable to use, and its screen is bright enough to be readable even in direct sunlight. It also has incredible image quality, though its lens has some noticeable light falloff, so the edges of your photo may appear darker than the center.

Pros
  • Weather-sealed.
  • Fantastic image quality.
Cons
  • Not very portable with kits lens attached.
8.1 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon R6 is impressive for sport and wildlife photography. It has a fantastic image quality, and its great autofocus system helps track fast-moving subjects and keep them in focus. If you like to take burst photography, it has a remarkable high continuous shooting speed of 18 frames per second in silent mode. Unfortunately, it takes a long time to clear its buffer, which can be inconvenient.

Pros
  • Fantastic image quality.
  • Impressive photo autofocus performance.
Cons
  • Long buffer empty time.
7.4 Vlogging

The Canon R6 is satisfactory for vlogging. Thanks to its fully articulated screen, you're able to see yourself while you record, which is handy. It has impressive 4k and FHD video quality, and it does a great job smoothing out camera shake if you record while walking or running. Unfortunately, it's a bit heavy with its kit lens attached, which can be a bit inconvenient.

Pros
  • Impressive video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • Fully articulated screen.
Cons
  • Not very portable with kits lens attached.
8.6 Studio Video

The Canon R6 is amazing for studio video. It has great video quality in both 4k and FHD, and its video autofocus system helps track moving subjects and keep them in focus. It also has lots of inputs for accessories like headphones and a microphone, which is handy.

Pros
  • Impressive video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • Lots of inputs for accessories.
Cons
  • Limited frame rate options in FHD.
5.3 Action Video

The Canon R6 isn't designed for action video. With its kit lens, it's quite heavy and not very portable, and it can't really be strapped on a helmet. It doesn't support a lot of frame rate options in FHD, so you can't really record slow-motion video. That said, it has impressive video quality in both 4k and FHD, and its video stabilization feature does a good job smoothing out camera shake if you record while moving.

Pros
  • Impressive video quality in 4k and FHD.
  • Weather-sealed.
Cons
  • Not very portable with kits lens attached.
  • Limited frame rate options in FHD.
  • 7.6 Travel Photography
  • 8.1 Landscape Photography
  • 8.1 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 7.4 Vlogging
  • 8.6 Studio Video
  • 5.3 Action Video
  1. Updated Mar 08, 2021: Corrected the Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent) result.
  2. Updated Feb 10, 2021: Review published.
  3. Updated Feb 08, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
2.7
Design
Portability
Height 3.9" (10.0 cm)
Width 5.4" (13.8 cm)
Depth 3.5" (8.8 cm)
Volume
74.1 in³ (1,214.4 cm³)
Weight
1.52 lbs (0.69 kg)
Weight With Lens
2.34 lbs (1.06 kg)
8.0
Design
Build Quality

  • Magnesium alloy and plastic body
  • Buttons and command wheels offer good physical feedback
  • Screen can rotate to be seen from the front
  • SD card and battery covered by hinged door
  • Screen mechanism feels sturdy
  • No hot shoe protection cover
  • Rubber flaps cover output connections

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
3
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
RF Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS R6 camera body
  • Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens
  • Lens cap and lens cover
  • Instruction manual
  • Shoulder strap
  • Battery charger
  • Battery
  • Sensor cap

9.5
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Textured handgrip is grippy and big enough for most hand sizes
  • Rubber pad on the viewfinder for improved comfort compared to the Canon EOS R
  • All frequently-used functions available in the Quick Menu on the screen
  • Easy to adjust aperture and shutter speed while looking through the viewfinder

9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Touch screen functionality makes it easy to navigate the menu
  • Guide Mode can offer more information about settings and functions
  • Autofocus menu is separate from the general shooting menu

Design
Viewfinder
Type
Electronic
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Resolution
2.36 million dots
Advertised Magnification
0.76
9.1
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
563 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.62 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.7 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
20.1 MP
Processor
Digic X
Extended ISO Minimum
50
ISO Minimum
100
ISO Maximum
102,400
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.2.0
6.3
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6NH
USB Charging
Yes
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
N/A
Tested Battery Life In Video
96 min
6.9
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
4.0 - 7.1
Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)
f/4.0
Minimum Focal Length
24 mm
Maximum Focal Length
105 mm
Max Focal Length (Full Frame Equivalent)
105 mm
Luminance
79.8%
Light Falloff
48.5%

Update 03/08/2021: While the maximum aperture (full frame equivalent) was previously listed as 7.1, this was inaccurate. We updated the result to correct our error.

Photo
Photo
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
RAW File Format
CR3
Shutter
Electronic and Mechanical
Minimum Shutter Speed
30 s
Maximum Shutter Speed
1/8,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Focus Peaking
Yes
Zebra Pattern
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes
7.3
Photo
Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
3 fps
High Speed Continuous
11 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
18 fps
Raw Buffer Size
120 RAW Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 JPG Photos
Buffer Empty Time
17 s
8.1
Photo
Autofocus
Advertised Coverage
100%
Advertised Focus Points
6,072
Manual Focus Assistance
Yes
Face Detection Distance
169" (430 cm)
Eye Detection
Yes
Face Tracking Success Rate
61.4%
Object Tracking Success Rate
77.6%
8.3
Photo
Image Stabilization
In Body Image Stabilization
Yes
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
9.1
Photo
Image Quality
Dynamic Range At ISO 100
8.9 f-stops
Color Accuracy (dE2000)
7.82
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 800
40.75 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 800
1.502 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 1600
40.59 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 1600
1.603 pixels
JPEG SNR 18% At ISO 3200
39.46 dB
JPEG Sharpness At ISO 3200
1.614 pixels

ISO Setting Sample Photo
ISO 100 Photo
ISO 200 Photo
ISO 400 Photo
ISO 800 Photo
ISO 1600 Photo
ISO 3200 Photo
ISO 6400 Photo
ISO 12800 Photo
ISO 25600 Photo
ISO 51200 Photo

9.4
Photo
Luminance Noise
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 100 40.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200 39.87 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400 39.07 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800 37.35 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600 35.21 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200 32.79 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400 30.11 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800 27.43 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600 25.01 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200 23.2 dB
Sample Gallery
Sample Gallery
The Skate Park

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Polish Church

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Studio

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

Sample Gallery
The Stairway

Format Link
JPEG Photo
RAW Photo

General Video
General Video
Video Feature
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
Yes
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
Yes
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
Yes
Recording Light
No
General Video
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
Yes
General Video
Video Exposure Assistant
Zebra Line
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Waveform
No
General Video
Recording Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
Yes
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
9.5
4k Video
4k Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
No
120 fps In 4k
No
60 fps In 4k
Yes
30 fps In 4k
Yes
24 fps In 4k
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1.07 x
8.7
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Detection In 4k
Yes
Face Tracking In 4k
8.7
Object Tracking In 4k
8.3
7.6
4k Video
4k Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In 4k
Yes
Walking Test In 4k
7.96 pixels/frames
Running Test In 4k
14.45 pixels/frames
Crop
1.43 x
9.2
4k Video
4k Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
240 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
120 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In 4k
4:2:2
Bit Depth In 4k
10 bits
Record Time Limit 30 min
Overheat Recording Interruption
Yes
8.0
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k
8.5
Test Scene Extract In 4k
9.4
4k Rolling Shutter
7.69°
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
9.3
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Eye Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Face Tracking In FHD
8.4
Object Tracking In FHD
10
7.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Stabilization
In Body Video Image Stabilization In FHD
Yes
Walking Test In FHD
4.91 pixels/frames
Running Test In FHD
8.95 pixels/frames
Crop
1.43
9.2
Full HD Video
FHD Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
90 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:2
Bit Depth In FHD
10
Record Time Limit 30 min
8.0
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.5
Test Scene Extract In FHD
9.0
FHD Rolling Shutter
2.76°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
Card 2 Slot
SD Card UHS-II
9.5
Storage And Connectivity
Input / Outputs
USB
USB-C
HDMI
Micro (Type D)
Headphones
Yes
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon EOS R6 is available in 'Black'. We tested it with the RF24-105mm F4-7.1 is STM lens, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

You can also purchase this camera with an RF 24-105mm F4 L is USM lens, or without a lens at all. However, we haven't the performance of these variants.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

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