About the Canon EOS R6 (no lens included)
Canon listened, and boy did they deliver
Canon listened, and boy did they deliver
Canon's initial foray into the full-frame mirrorless world, the EOS R, was lauded by hobbyist and professional photographers alike — with a few caveats. It didn't have dual card slots, 4K video was limited to 30 frames per second, and there was no in-body image stabilization. Canon's answer? The EOS R6.
This ultra-capable mirrorless camera includes all of these features, along with a number of other upgrades over the EOS R, like a faster image processor and improved autofocusing system.
Enjoy shake-free photos and videos
The feature I was most excited about with the R6 is its all-new five-axis in-body image stabilization system — the first of its kind for Canon. It lets you take photos in low-light environments at slow shutter speeds, a situation where slight movements of your hands would normally affect your image quality.
The image stabilization system is particularly helpful when recording handheld video. You'll capture super-smooth footage without the "jumping" effect that non-stabilized cameras can produce.
The R6 features a rotating, high-resolution LCD color touchscreen.
Superb matching RF Series lenses
One of the best reasons to consider the R6 is Canon's magnificent lineup of matching RF lenses.
These mirrorless-only models are among the best lenses Canon has ever constructed. Yes, they can be large (and quite expensive), but the image quality they yield is second to none.
Among the RF glass I've had the pleasure of auditioning, I found the 50mm f/1.2 L to be the sharpest lens I've ever used wide open. Portraits were absolutely stunning, and my clients were deeply satisfied with the results.
It's worth noting that RF lenses are only compatible with Canon's EOS R system. Because of their unique design, RF lenses cannot be used with any of Canon's DSLR cameras.
Compatible with your existing Canon glass
If you already own Canon EF or EF-S lenses, good news: you can use them with the R6. That's huge, since for many of us, our investment in lenses can well outweigh the cost of a camera itself. Use one of Canon's EOS mount adapters to attach your existing glass to the EOS R6, and capture ultra-high-quality images and videos with your new camera.
Should you go with the EOS R5 instead?
Canon introduced the R6 and the R5 at the same time, offering two compelling options for photographers and videographers. So which of these cameras is right for you?
There are two main differences between them. The first is that the R5 records photographs at a much higher resolution (45 megapixels versus 20.1 for the R6). If you do significant cropping during post-processing, or if you're planning on making extra-large prints, the R5 is worth considering solely for its larger file sizes.
The other main difference is in video recording. The R5 records 4K at up to 120 frames per second (and can even do 8K at 30fps). The R6 can record in 4K, but is "limited" to 60fps. If you're planning on doing ultra-cinematic film making with your new camera, the R5 is a more compelling choice.
Both models use the same in-body image stabilization, feature the same advanced autofocus system, and have the same new DIGIC X image processor. Whichever way you go, I think you'll love the quality of the photos and videos you create.
- 20.1-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor
- in-body image stabilization for up to 8 stops of shake correction
- DIGIC X image processor for speedy operation and reduced noise at high ISO settings
- compatible with Canon RF lenses
- optional EOS mount adapters allow you to use Canon EF and EF-S lenses
- not compatible with Canon EF-M lenses
- built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth allows easy file sharing and remote control from smart devices
- 3" high-resolution 1.62-million-dot LCD rotating touchscreen with anti-smudge coating and brightness control
- high-resolution 3.69-million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder
- provides 100% frame coverage
- self-cleaning sensor with dust deletion feature
- rechargeable LP-E6N lithium ion battery, charger, and neck strap included
- 4K at up to 60 frames per second
- Canon Log gamma profile supports HDR movie production
- 10-bit 4:2:2 HDMI output lets you record cinema-quality video to an external monitor
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF II autofocus system for fast, accurate focusing
- 1,053 automatic AF zones
- Face+Tracking AF and Eye Detection AF modes lock focus for sharp captures of moving subjects
- Touch and Drag AF mode lets you select a focus point on the LCD screen without moving your eye away from the viewfinder
Exposure modes and controls:
- up to 12 frames per second in high-speed continuous shooting mode with the mechanical shutter
- up to 20 frames per second in high-speed continuous shooting mode with the electronic shutter
- program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
- flexible-priority Fv mode lets you make changes to aperture, shutter speed, or ISO without having to change modes
- shutter speed range: 30-1/8,000 seconds, bulb
- ISO range: 100-102,400 (expandable to ISO 204,800)
- flash sync at 1/200 seconds (mechanical shutter) and 1/250 seconds (electronic shutter)
- high-speed sync mode lets you synchronize the flash to shutter speeds up to 1/8,000
- no built-in flash — works with Canon Speedlites
File formats and storage:
- records in RAW, JPEG, and RAW+JPEG formats
- top JPEG resolution (pixels): 5472 x 3648
- movie file format: MP4
- dual card slots for expanded storage and recording options
- both slots support SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards
Connections and dimensions:
- USB (Type C) interface for fast data transfer and charging (cable not included)
- HDMI micro (Type D) output (cable not included)
- 3.5mm microphone input and 3.5mm headphone jack
- 5-1/2"W x 3-7/8"H x 3-1/2"D
- weight (with battery and memory card): 1.5 pounds
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- MFR # 4082C002
What's in the box:
- EOS R6 digital camera body
- Body cap (installed)
- LP-E6NH Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 2130mAh)
- Plastic terminal cover (installed)
- LC-E6 battery charger (DC Output: 8.4V 1.0A)
- ER-EOS-R6 Shoulder strap
- Instruction Manual
- Canon Limited Warranty card
- image.canon promo card
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Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
|Live Stream Capable||Y|
|SD Cards||SD, SDHC, SDXC|
|Image Stabilization||In-body + IS lens|
|Highest Resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Video Resolution||3840 x 2160|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||24|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Package Overview: Canon's new mirrorless EOS R6 digital camera has a 20 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS image sensor. It features the 54mm wide RF-mount, which is much larger than the EF-mount found on Canon DSLRs. The camera is compatible with RF-mount lenses, and with the EF-EOS R Mount Adapter (sold separately), you can use all of your EF and EF-S lenses. There are no lenses included in this "body only" kit.
20 Megapixel CMOS Sensor: The EOS R6's 20 MP full-frame CMOS sensor (36.0mm x 24.0mm) delivers images of up to 5472 x 3648 pixels. The DIGIC X Image Processor enhances still image processing and 4K and Full HD video capability to make your photos and movies sharp and clear.
Clear View LCD II Vari-angle Touch Screen Monitor: The EOS R6 features a 3.0" Clear View LCD II TFT color monitor with approximately 1.6-million dots which allows you to view and shoot real-time images. The monitor has a capacitive touch screen that allows you to make menu selections, touch focus and touch shutter in Live View, and browse images using your fingers. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 manual brightness levels to choose from. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections (3x3), 24 sections (6x4), or 9 sections (3x3) with diagonals, as well as a dual-axis electronic level. The Live View function enables you to shoot your subjects while viewing them on the LCD monitor.
0.5" OLED Electronic Viewfinder (EVF): The Canon EOS R6 uses an eye-level viewfinder with 0.76x magnification for approximately 100% vertical and horizontal coverage. The 0.5" OLED EVF has approximately 3.69-million dots. A -4.0 to +2m-1 diopter lets you adjust the viewfinder's image to your eyesight.
Sensor Cleaning System: Canon's Integrated Cleaning system includes a self-cleaning sensor unit that can remove dust on the image sensor. The Self Cleaning Sensor can shake off dust automatically when the camera is powered on or off. You can also activate the sensor clean function manually, if desired.
Recording Media: The EOS R6 is equipped with two memory card slots, both designed for SD, SDHC, and SDXC cards. The SD card slot supports both UHS-I and UHS-II cards. (Use of UHS-II microSDHC/SDXC cards with an adapter is not recommended).
Still Image Recording Formats: The camera records still images in JPEG, HEIF, RAW and C-RAW. JPEG and HEIF images can be set to Fine or Normal compression (Image Quality). Simultaneous RAW + JPEG and RAW + HEIF recording are also possible. The image's aspect ratio can be set to 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, or 1:1. JPEG and HEIF images will be saved with the set aspect ratio, while RAW images will always be saved in 3:2 , Available image sizes include:
|Image Quality||Aspect Ratio|
|RAW/C-RAW||5472 x 3648||3408 x 2272||5472 x 3648||5472 x 3648||5472 x 3648|
|Large ||5472 x 3648||3408 x 2272|| |
4864 x 3648
|5472 x 3072||3648 x 3648|
|Medium||3648 x 2432||---||3248 x 2432||3648 x 2048||2432 x 2432|
|Small 1||2736 x 1824||---||2432 x 1824||2736 x 1536|| |
1824 x 1824
|Small 2||2400 x 1600||2400 x 1600||2112 x 1600||2400 x 1344||1600 x 1600|
Movies: Movies are recorded in the MP4 and RAW formats, in 4K and Full HD, and in three compression methods (All-I, IPB Standard, and IPB-Light):
|Movie Recording Mode|| |
|Frame Rate (fps)||Compression|
|4K UHD||3840 x 2160||59.94, 29.97, 23.98||IPB (Standard)|
|50.00, 25.00 (PAL)|
|4K UHD |
|3840 x 2160||29.97||ALL-I|
|Full HD |
High Frame Rate
|1920 x 1080||119.88||IPB (Standard)|
|Full HD||1920 x 1080||59.94, 29.97, 23.98||IPB (Standard), IPB (Light)|
|50.00, 25.00 (PAL)|
|Full HD |
|1920 x 1080|| |
|Full HD |
|1920 x 1080|| |
4K/8K Frame Grab: You can select any desired frame from a 4K movie, and save it as a JPEG or HEIF still photo. Frame Grab is done during playback. The resolution of the still images are 3840 x 2160.
In-Body Image Stabilization (IBIS): The EOS R6 features Canon's new 5-axis IBIS (In-Body Image Stabilization), which allows you to shoot still images at slower shutter speeds, and reduce camera shake when shooting movies. In addition, when an RF or EF lens with Optical Image Stabilization is attached, the EOS R6 provides Coordinated Control for an even higher degree of shake correction from 6 to 8 stops.
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS R6 offers the following Drive modes:
- Single Shooting: When you press the shutter button completely, only one shot will be taken.
- Continuous Shooting: While you press and hold the shutter button completely, multiple shots will be taken
continuously. The Shutter Mode and Continuous Shooting mode settings determine the frame rate. Other conditions (shutter speed, aperture value, lens type, etc.) may slow the shooting frame rate in all modes.
- High-speed Continuous Shooting (Electronic Shutter): Approx. 20 shots per second.
- High-speed Continuous Shooting (Electronic 1st Curtain Shutter):
- Approx. 12 shots per second (Continuous Shooting +)
- Approx. 8 shots per second (Continuous Shooting) mode.
- High-speed Continuous Shooting (Mechanical Shutter):
- Approx. 12 shots per second (Continuous Shooting +)
- Approx. 6 shots per second (Continuous Shooting)
- Low-speed Continuous Shooting (Electronic 1st Curtain and Mechanical Shutter): Approximately 3 shots per second
- Self-Timer/Remote Control: The camera will record an image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button on the camera. Using the optional BR-E1 Wireless Remote Control, you can operate the camera from up to approximately 16.4 feet.
6,072-Point Autofocus System: The EOS R6 features a Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system with 6,072 manually selectable AF points (92 x 66) for still photos, and 4,968 points (92 x 54) for movies. In addition, the AF points can be automatically selected in up to 1,053 AF zones (39 x 27) for still photos, and 819 AF zones (39 x 21) for movies.
Focusing Modes: The camera lets you choose one of the methods for focusing:
- One-Shot AF: suited for still subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- Servo AF: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
- Manual Focusing: focusing manually using the focus ring on the attached lens
Subject to Detect: In the Autofocus menu, you can choose the type of subject you want the camera to detect. If you choose "People," the camera prioritizes faces or heads of people as the main subjects to track. If "Animals" is chosen, the camera detects dogs, cats, birds, and other animals, as well as humans to track. The menu lets you enable Eye Detection for people or animals to help focus on the subject. Otherwise, the camera determines the main subject automatically from the subject information detectes.
Shooting Modes: The EOS R6's offers the following shooting modes:
- Fully Automatic (Scene Intelligent Auto): The camera analyses the scene and sets the optimum settings automatically.
- Program AE (P): The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness.
- Shutter-Priority AE (Tv): In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject. A slow shutter speed can create a blurred effect, while a fast shutter speed can freeze action.
- Aperture-priority AE (Av): In this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness. A low aperture number can create a blurred background (narrow depth of field), while a high aperture number can create a sharp foreground and background (wide depth of field).
- Flexible-Priority AE (Fv): This mode lets you set the shutter speed, aperture, and ISO speed manually or automatically, and combine these settings with your choice of exposure compensation.
- Manual Exposure (M): In this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired.
- Bulb: When Bulb is set, the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter button completely, and closes when you let go of the shutter button. The Bulb Timer function lets you preset the bulb exposure's exposure time. Bulb exposures are for night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, and other subjects requiring long exposures.
Metering Modes: You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
- Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 6.1% of the frame at the center.
- Spot Metering: For metering a specific part of the subject, uses approximately 3.1% of the frame at the center.
- Center-weighted Average Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene.
ISO Speed: The camera's ISO speed is set at the following settings. For still photo shooting, the normal ISO speed range is ISO 100-102400 in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments. You can also select an Expanded ISO speed equivalent of ISO 50 (L) or ISO 204800 (H). The range narrows to ISO 100-6400 when using flash. For movie recording, the Normal ISO speed in ISO 100-25600 in 1/3-stop or 1-stop increments, and an extension to ISO 51200 (H).
Picture Style: By selecting a Picture Style, you can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject. You can also adjust the Sharpness (with separate strength, fineness, and threshold parameters), Contrast, Saturation, Color tone, Filtering Effect (monochrome), or Toning Effect (monochrome) of each Picture Style. Picture Style selections include:
- Auto: Color tone is adjusted automatically to suit the scene. The image will look vivid, especially for blue skies, greenery, and sunsets in nature, outdoor, and sunset scenes.
- Standard: A general-purpose Picture Style to suit most scenes. The image looks vivid, sharp, and crisp.
- Portrait: Suited for close-up portraits, this Picture Style is for nice skin tones, making the image look softer. You can change the color tone to adjust the skin tone.
- Landscape: For vivid blues and greens, very sharp and crisp images.
- Fine Detail: Suited for detailed outline and fine texture description of the subject, and slightly vivid colors.
- Neutral: For natural colors and subdued images, no sharpness applied.
- Faithful: When the subject is photographed under a color temperature of 5200 K, the color is adjusted to match the subject's colorimetrical color, no sharpness applied. (recommended for users who prefer to process images on their PC)
- Monochrome: Creates black and white images
- User Defined 1-3: You can register your own Picture Style settings for Portrait and Landscape modes.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): You can take artistic photos having a high dynamic range and preserving detail in highlight and shadow areas. HDR shooting is effective for landscape and still-life photos. With HDR shooting, three images of different exposures are captured for each shot, then merged together automatically. The HDR image is saved as a single JPEG image. You can choose from several options: Natural, Art Standard, Art Vivid, Art Bold, and Art Embossed.
Multiple Exposures: You can shoot two to nine exposures to be merged into one image. If you shoot multiple-exposure images with Live View shooting, you can see how the single exposures merge while shooting.
White Balance: White Balance is for making the white areas look white. You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto (Ambience priority), Auto (White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy/Twilight/Sunset, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash Use, Custom, and Color Temperature.
EL/EX Speedlite Compatible: The EOS R6 features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EL/EX-series Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness.
Note: The camera does not have a built-in flash.
Wireless Functions: The camera features built-in Wi-Fi (2.4 GHz only) and Bluetooth (ver. 4.2), which allow you connect wirelessly to a compatible smartphone, tablet, or computer. You can also wirelessly print images using a Wi-Fi printer. Using the free Canon Camera Connect app on a compatible iOS or Android device, you can shoot remotely from a distance, with complete control of settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus, and shutter release. You can also geotag your photos with location data from your smartphone.
Note: The Canon Camera Connect app is compatible with iOS devices running iOS 11.0 or later, and with Android phones and tablets running Android (version varies with device).
EOS Webcam: Using Canon's EOS Webcam Utility software, you can use the camera as a webcam and livestream from a remote setup. You will need to connect the camera to your computer, using a USB cable. While you are streaming, you can also record the video internally on the memory card. The software works with many of your favorite streaming apps, including YouTube Live, Zoom, Skype, Facebook Live, Microsoft Teams, Apple FaceTime, and Messenger. EOS Webcam Utility is compatible with Windows 10 (32- or 64-bit) and macOS Catalina, macOS Mojave, and macOS High Sierra.
Note: There is no USB cable included with this camera. A USB-A to USB-C cable is needed, such as 599ALLN1 or 177MB06552.
Single Image Playback: When playing back a single image, you can choose from these display options: No Information, Basic Information Display, or Shooting Information display.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image to 2x, 4x, 8x, or 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere around the image.
Index Display: You can search for images quickly with the index display, showing 4 (2x2), 9 (3x3), 36 (6x6), or 100 (10x10) images on one screen.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You can choose which recorded images will be displayed in the slide show by selecting All images, Folder, Date, File Type (movie, still image) or Rating. The display time interval can be set to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Protect Images: You can select specific images from being erased accidentally.
HDMI Output: A Type D Micro HDMI connection is provided for connecting the camera to an HDMI-equipped TV. The camera automatically switches the output resolution to the capability of the HDTV, or you can set it manually to 1080p. The HDMI connection is not CEC-compatible.
SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1): A SuperSpeed USB (USB 3.1 Gen 2) equivalent USB-C port is provided for connecting the camera to your USB-C equipped computer via the included IFC-100U interface cable. SuperSpeed USB provides much faster data transfer than USB 2.0. If a different USB cable is used, such as the Canon IFC-400U, the transmission rate is equivalent to Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0).
Resize: Images shot with the camera can be resized to make the pixel count lower, and saved as a new image. You can only resize JPEG or HEIF Large, Medium, and Small 1 sized images. JPEG/HEIF Small 2 and RAW images cannot be resized.
Power Options: The EOS R6 operates on the supplied LP-E6NH Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 2130 mAh). The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E6 battery charger in approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. The supplied battery performance specs are as follows:
|Shooting Method||Temperature||Battery Life (approx # of shots)|
|Monitor||73°F (23°C)||250 shots||380 shots|
|32°F (0°C)||250 shots||380 shots|
|Viewfinder||73°F (23°C)||360 shots||510 shots|
|32°F (0°C)||350 shots||510 shots|
|Eco Mode |
|73°F (23°C)||590 shots||590 shots|
Optional AC Power: With the optional DR-E6 DC coupler and the AC-E6N, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not worry about the battery becoming exhausted. The ACK-E6 AC adapter kit can also be used.
Optional BG-R10 Battery Grip: With the optional BG-R10 Battery Grip, you can power the camera with two LP-E6NH or LP-E6N batteries. The two LP-E6N battery packs in the BG-R10 will give you roughly double the number of still images or movie shooting time. When two batteries are installed in the magazine, power is supplied simultaneously from both batteries.
Optional USB Power Adapter: The optional USB Power Adapter PD-E1 lets you charge the LP-E6NH or LP-E6N battery pack inside the camera. The PD-E1 can also power the camera when not charging the battery.
Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. You can also disable the Auto Power Off function.
Note: The Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Canon EOS Software: The EOS R6 does not include any software in the box. The following software, available for Windows and Mac, can be used with the camera and is available for free download from the Canon website:
- Digital Photo Professional: Recommended for users who mainly shoot RAW images. You can view, edit, process, and print RAW images at high speed. You can also edit JPEG images while retaining the original images.
- EOS Utility: The EOS Utility is software for communication with your EOS R6 camera. You can download images to your computer from the camera's memory card, as well as set various camera settings. You can also shoot remotely from the software.
- Picture Style Editor: This software lets you edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files.
- Canon HEVC Activator for Canon EOS R6: This application allows you to handle the camera's HDR processing and HEVC movies on Digital Photo Professional.
OS Requirements: The above-listed software is compatible with computers with the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 10 (64-bit), Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
- Macintosh: macOS 10.15.3 or later, 10.14, 10.13, 10.12