With the launch of the EOS R6, Canon finally seemed to have a camera that could harness the potential of its RF mounting system and beat its competitors. With a 20.1 megapixel sensor similar to its pro level 1DX Mark III DSLR, as well as in-body stabilization, dual-pixel autofocus and 10-bit 4K 60 fps video, it has killer specifications for a camera.
It seemed that Canon did everything right, but reality set in. Although the small body handles well, it does not dissipate heat well, which limits the use of the camera for long striking sessions. In addition, the range of video dynamics is inferior to models from Sony and Panasonic, which cost less.
Canon released the R6 at the same time as Its much buzzer, 8k-capable R5 and both are powerful mirrorless cameras. But while the R5 is a relatively expensive niche camera, the R6 has a lot of competition in its price range. However, the R6 has a few aces up its sleeve, so let’s dive in to find out how it measures up.
Let’s start with the most debatable part of this camera: the video. In general, Canon delivered here with the R6. It film crisp 4K 60p video images which is super sampled by 5.1 K with only a small harvest of seven percent. You also get Canon Log and HDR striking modes, both of which work in 10-bit to give you maximum dynamic range and editing flexibility.
That’s a huge improvement over the EOS R, which disappoints video fans with limited 4K recording options that only go up to 30 frames per second with 10-bit color and a terrible 1.8 times crop that turns a 50mm lens into a 90mm lens. In contrast, the R6’s video specs should make it a high-end choice, right up there, or even surpass Nikon, Sony and Panasonic models at a similar price.
However, there is one big limitation: overheating. At room temperature, you can record 4K up to 30 frames per second for just 40 minutes or 4K 60p for 30 minutes before the camera is shut down. This may not sound so bad for normal recordings, especially since the R6 also has a time-based recording limit of 30 minutes.
The problem, however, is that after The shutdown, you have to wait a long time-often ten minutes or more before recording again. And even after that, it can turn off after a few more minutes of recording. Most mirrorless cameras can suffer from overheating under certain circumstances, but not to this extent. To top it off, taking lots of photos can also affect your video recording time. All this makes it very inconvenient for events, interviews or other situations where you might need to film long continuous takes.
You can avoid many overheating problems by recording videos on an external recorder like Blackmagic’s 12G Video Assist or The Atomos Ninja v. It allows you to record unlimited 4K 24P videos or just under an hour 4K with 60 fps YouTuber and creator Gerald canceled. However, you should not have to buy more hardware to get the same features as other cameras.
Overheating is a pity, because otherwise the R6 is a versatile camera for videos. The small size and flip-out screen are perfect for vlogging or run-and-gun striking. Canon’s dual Pixel autofocus worked perfectly for my video, locking my subjects with minimal focus for action shots or B-Roll situations. This system was the best in the game for years, until Sony came up with The A7S III.
In addition, the in-body stabilization, combined with a stabilized lens, truly stabilizes any handheld striking. It can’t replace a gimbal, but it perfectly smoothed my Walk-and-Talk vlogging.
When it comes to image quality, the minimized 4K video is extremely sharp. Skin tones are pleasant and colors are accurate, especially in c-Log mode. Unfortunately, the dynamic range does not quite measure up to Panasonic S5 or Sony a7 III.all that being said, with C-Log and 10-bit recording, the R6 still gives you plenty of color correction options and support for enhancing HDR video images in post-production.
In addition to overheating, there are some other small defects. Canon APS-C EF-S lenses and an adapter allow you to record 1.6 times cropped 4K video. However, the 20.1 megapixel sensor does not support full 4K resolution, so it is slightly softer than full-screen video. On the other hand, the S5 and A7R III offer 4K video in full resolution in matter you need to zoom in on your subject without changing the lens.
In addition, The EOS R6 only has a fully manual or fully automatic video recording mode without opening or closing priority options. I like to film with a close priority, and The EOS R6 would work particularly well in this mode. This is because it has new aperture settings that go down to 1/8 of an aperture stop, so it could have changed the aperture smoothly if the light had changed. It looks like a missed opportunity from Canon.