For a little while, it seemed that both Nikon (with their D5600) and Fuji (with their Fujifilm X-T4 and X100V) were getting some satisfying ranking news. But before they got to rest on their laurels comes a report from Yodobashi Camera, and puts the Canon R5 as the top-selling camera in Japan. Yodobashi Camera is the Japanese B&H and is one of the biggest Japanese consumer electronics outlets.
Johnnie Behiri at CineD recently interviewed Canon Product Management Director of Image Communication Business at Canon Europe (that’s a mouthful!), Katsuyuki Nagai to talk about some fo the EOS R5 and EOS R6 overheating issues – and the limitations imposed on the camera.
Naturally, the topic of whether Canon was intentionally crippling their DSLR and mirrorless cameras so as not to impact their pro cinema line cameras came up. As one would expect, Mr Nagai not only refuted the accusations but said they belong “on the conspiracy theory pile”.
Canon has announced new v1.1.1 firmware updates for the EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras. The EOS R5 has already received one firmware update to help improve overheating issues and record times recently, and now it seems some of those improvements have come to the EOS R6 as well.
The major firmware update for the EOS R6 includes a number of bug fixes and improvements, as well as the overheating issue, while the EOS R5 update is fairly minor, just resolving a couple of compatibility issues.
In my last post, I shot images with both the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 to compare the ISO performance of both cameras. As always, this led to a lot of comments, emails, and DMs asking me if I could also compare the different file formats of these cameras. While I still have both these cameras on loan from Canon, I decided that now would be a good time to tests these parameters for all of you (and me too).
Whenever Canon comes out with new cameras, one of my most important real-world tests is determining how clean the images look at higher ISOs. I am not testing this for scientific reasons, I am doing this test because I shoot in low light quite often and want the highest quality images for my clients. I also thought that you and the rest of the world might be interested in this as well.
Many people get caught up in the number of megapixels that a camera has on its sensor, thinking that the more the better. What people may not know is that the more megapixels they cram onto a sensor, and the closer that those pixels are to each other, the more heat build-up occurs. This increase in heat can ultimately also increase the digital noise (graininess) in our photos.
Okay, we all know it by now: the Canon EOS R5 is prone to overheat, which makes it unusable for serious video work. And what about the EOS R6? It’s less impressive in specs, but should you disregard it for video? Dan Watson compares the two models in his latest video and he’ll tell you why you should not underestimate the Canon R6 when it comes to video work.
Up until now, most of the overheating hyperbole has been hypothetical. It’s based on documentation that Canon has released. But how closely does it represent the real world? Well, the fact that Canon has apparently patented an active cooling EF to RF adapter should be a big clue. But if you needed some real-world evidence, check this out.
Johnnie Behiri over at Cinema5D recently used the Canon EOS R6 for a couple of days shooting in Japan to produce a short film as part of his review of the camera. It was a pre-production unit, and perhaps there have been some changes to the final production camera, but this assessment does not look good at all.
There have been a lot of questions raised about the new Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 mirrorless cameras, not to mention their new lenses, when it comes to image quality, as there often is when a new camera is released. And as is often the way, we usually only see the web-sized images posted to social media or, at best, a 4K resolution image in a YouTube video.
Well, a curious reader on the Fred Miranda forums has discovered the pages containing some full-size samples on the Canon Japan website for the EOS R5 and EOS R6 as well as the new 85mm f/2 Macro, 600mm f/11, 800mm f/11 and 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 lenses.
If you thought that the Canon EOS R5 will take a beating for its heating issues, think again. The R5 just won top seller over at B&H, and is ranked as the #1 seller in the mirrorless category. The second and third in line are EOS R6, and Sony A7III which held the first position for a very long time is now only ranked in the third spot.
[note: if you look at the B&H site via mobile Canon EOS M50 and Sony a6100 hold places 3 and 4, I suspect that it has more to do with their usage as streaming cameras and not with those bodies being used for actual shooting, but we will have to see what happens to sales once COVID-19 goes away. More on that below]
.Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you could not have escaped the build-up to Canon’s newly revealed EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless cameras. (Given the current global pandemic, though, living under a rock may not be a bad policy to adopt). As soon as the release event went live on, retailers were quick to publish their own webpages. Those listings included detailed specs and, more importantly, the long-awaited price. Here in the UK, I immediately headed to Wex’s website to discover the R5 listed for pre-order at £4,199, while its little brother the R6 was £2,499.