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Canon EOS R6 body
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The EOS R5 and R6 were Canon’s biggest announcements for 2020. Though these appeared at the time of a global pandemic and lockdown, both generated considerable interest among Canon enthusiasts and photography community as a whole. Here we have the EOS R6, the enthusiast camera among the two, on our test bench.
Design & Build Quality
The EOS R6 shares design features with its predecessors, the EOS R and EOS RP, however, it looks and feels much refined in terms of design, borrowing some features from its D-SLR siblings. The body feels sturdily constructed. Most Canon D-SLR users would find this intuitive, except for a few additional buttons. The LCD is fully articulated.
The 20.1-megapixel Canon EOS R6 uses a full-frame (36 x 24 mm) CMOS sensor and incorporates a Canon RF mount. It accepts Canon RF lenses directly, while EF and EF-S lenses are supported via EF-EOS R adapter. The camera offers In-Body Image Stabilisation, which can be selected while using a non-IS lens. It provides up to 5 stops of shutter speed advantage with some lenses and up to 8 stops in some others, especially in combination with the lens IS.
The camera records still images in JPEG, HEIF (High-Efficiency Image Format) or Raw (including Compressed Raw) format. You can also simultaneously record images in any combination of Raw/C-Raw (Compressed Raw) and JPEG/HEIF. Movies are recorded in MP4 format with either ALL-I (for Time Lapse) or IPB compression. Still images are recorded at maximum dimensions of 5496 x 3670 pixels. Videos can be recorded at up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) quality at up to 60p in NTSE and up to 50p in PAL system. The 4K output is down-sampled from a 5.1K capture using APS-C crop. The camera allows you to record 4K 60p (or 50p) videos continuously up to 30 min, requiring a 5-minute wait before you can continue to record for approximately 10 minutes.
The camera uses the now-standard Dual Pixel CMOS AF. It makes use of up to 6072 positions of AF zone in a 92 x 66 grid for stills and up to 4968 positions in a 92 x 54 grid in the case of movies. Autofocus works from EV -6.5 to 20 (f/1.2 lens, centre AF point, One-Shot AF). Eye detection can be set to Auto or Manual.
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