I got up extra early this morning to watch Canon's announcement of the R5 and R6.
It's been a long time coming, and I wanted to see the official specs with my own eyes and get my R5 pre-ordered as fast as possible!
The EOS R5 specs and features weren't really anything new. But there were lots of new details on the EOS R6, which Canon has kept under wraps pretty well for months.
Let's talk about the R5 first.
As expected, the EOS R5 sensor is a 45-megapixel unit. It isn't as beefy as Sony's 61-megapixel sensor in the a7R VI, but 45-megapixels will certainly get the job done.
And as rumored, the R5 will be capable of shooting at 12fps with the mechanical shutter and 20fps with the electronic shutter. This is true with both auto-exposure and continuous AF engaged.
The autofocus system is the all-new Dual Pixel CMOS AF II that has 1,053 autofocus points and offers 100 percent coverage.
Since the R5 sports a DIGIC X image processor, it enables the camera's autofocus system to be more accurate and provide faster continuous shooting speeds.
Additionally, the autofocus system offers improved eye detection over the EOS R, especially if the subject's eyes are small or the subject is further away from the camera. The autofocus system also has face, eye, and head-detection support. Canon claims the autofocus system will work in low light situations down to -6 EV.
The R5 has a native ISO range of 100-51,200. It's expandable to 102,400.
This indicates good low-light performance, but since the R5 has smaller pixels than the R6, it's safe to assume the R6 will be the better of the two in low-light situations.
Shooting in low-light situations will be aided by the first-ever in-camera stabilization system for a Canon camera. Canon claims the system will give you five stops of stabilization on its own or eight stops when paired with an optical image stabilized lens.
Just like the EOS R, the R5 sports a fully-articulating LCD, though the R5's LCD is higher resolution at 2.1-million dots. The R5's EVF also gets an upgrade with 5.76-million dots of resolution and a 120fps refresh rate.
You'll find two card slots on the R5 (one CF Express and one UHS-II), a microphone jack, a headphone port, and many other goodies wrapped in a weather-sealed, water-resistant, and dust-resistant body that looks more like a DSLR than a mirrorless camera.
Editor's Tip: Need a new memory card to harness the power of the R5? I use ProGrade UHS-II memory cards in my Canon EOS R and Canon M6 Mark II, and they have proven to be reliable, blazing-fast cards that get the job done each and every time. When I get my R5, you can bet I'll buy a ProGrade CF Express card to really tap into the blazing speed of the EOS R5!
As I noted in the introduction, there were many new details revealed this morning about the EOS R6.
It had been speculated that the R6 would inherit the 20.1-megapixel full frame sensor from the 1D X Mark III, and Canon confirmed as much today.
The R6 does not offer 8K shooting like the R5, but it does have uncropped 10-bit 4:2:2 4K videos at 60fps as well as 1080p at 120fps.
Since this is a lower price point model, you'll find a lower resolution EVF than the R5, though it still has a very respectable 3.69-million dot resolution. The 3.2-inch articulating LCD has 1.62-million dots of resolution. The other main difference is that the R6 does not have a top LCD panel like the R5 does.
But there are many similarities between these cameras...
The R6 has the same IBIS system and the same DIGIC X processor. You get 12fps shooting with the mechanical shutter and 20fps with the electronic shutter, just like with the R5. There's also WiFi, Bluetooth, microphone and headphone ports, and dual card slots, though the R6's are both UHS-II.
The R6 is also weather-sealed with water and dust resistance.
The EOS R6 is very well priced (if you ask me) at $2,500 for the body. You can get a kit with a 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens for $2,900 or a kit with a 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $3,600. The R6 will not ship until late August, though.
I don't know about you, but I'm extremely impressed with the specs and features of both of these cameras.
As I said before, I've got my R5 on pre-order, and I can't wait to get my hands on it.
Stay tuned for some detailed, hands-on reviews of the R5 in the next few months!