New Canon EOS R6 specs leak shows a mirrorless 6D Mark II with 4K60 video, IBIS and dual card slots

Mar 18, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

New Canon EOS R6 specs leak shows a mirrorless 6D Mark II with 4K60 video, IBIS and dual card slots

Mar 18, 2020

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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With the exception of the coronavirus, the photography world is glued to news of Canon’s upcoming EOS R5 – essentially the mirrorless continuation of Canon’s popular EOS 5D DSLR line. But Canon is also working on an EOS R6, which looks set to replace the EOS 6D DSLR product line – which will presumably end with the 6D Mark II.

EOS R6 talk has been a little quiet for a while, but a few new specs about the camera have been leaked via Canon Rumors. The new specs add to those from a couple of months ago, and offer a little more insight into what we can expect.

The specs mentioned in January looked pretty good. The 20-megapixel resolution is nothing to write home about, but 4K 60fps video (no word on whether or not it’ll be cropped, though), IBIS and 12fps with the mechanical shutter are all very nice updates over the 6D Mark II. The newly rumoured specs are in bold.

  • 20mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • IBIS
  • 12fps mechanical and 20fps electronic.
  • 4K @ 60p
  • 1080p FullHD @ 120p
  • Dual card slots
  • No top-down screen
  • Lower resolution EVF than the EOS R5
  • Lower build quality than the EOS R5
  • New battery (Not sure if it’s the same as the EOS R5)
  • June 2020 launch (maybe a May announcement)

As with the 4K, there’s no word on whether 1080p will utilise the entire sensor, or it’ll be a 1:1 crop in a similar fashion to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K. I don’t think it’s much of a surprise that the EVF and build quality will be a little lower than those expected on the EOS R5. They’re different classes of body.

Dual card slots will be a very welcome feature for many 6D Mark II users who plan to update to the EOS R mirrorless system in the future. While the EOS R5 is expected to see CFexpress + UHS-II SD card slots, I expect the EOS R6 will be more likely to see a pair of UHS-II SD card slots. UHS-II SD is more than plenty for most 4K 60fps video needs, and won’t require the throughput that the EOS R5’s 8K video is expected to demand.

That May announcement for a June launch was first mentioned in January. A May announcement would have made it a perfect candidate for Photokina – who still hasn’t issued an updated release since they said they saw “no reason to halt” the event. But I think it’s probably a safe bet that at this point, Photokina is unlikely to go ahead.

Given the apparent delays to EOS R5 production that the coronavirus has caused and the chance that Photokina will be unlikely to go ahead, it’s possible that the EOS R6 launch may be delayed.

Of course, they may still announce in May but just delay the actual release.

[via Canon Rumors]

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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