Canon "EOS R5 / R6" Review

Canon's full-size mirrorless second-generation models " Canon EOS R5" and " Canon EOS R6" have been announced

Canon's full-size mirrorless second-generation models " Canon EOS R5" and " Canon EOS R6" have been announced. The shooting performance, in-body image stabilization mechanism, and operability have been greatly improved, and the camera is finished with the impression of "no regrets". When the first EOS R appeared, the Ochiai photographer sternly evaluated it as "waiting for the next generation model" without wiping out dissatisfaction with the equipment and usability, but it seems that the appearance of the new generation EOS R brothers cannot hide surprise and joy.

Unexpected EOS R6, more than expected EOS R5

I was betrayed by the upcoming "R". I thought I knew that things wouldn't go as expected in the world today, but that EOS R wasn't there ... I was surprised from the bottom of my heart. It's getting really good.

It’s more than you can imagine. At the same time, I also thought, "You've finally done it, Canon!" Canon finally overcame a tall, thick wall that was thought to be standing in the stratosphere, with a deeply engraved "single-lens reflex" in the middle. I feel that "EOS R5" and "EOS R6" will make a name for themselves in history.

"Canon's seriousness" was clear from the fact that it carries an operation system that imitates a Canon SLR camera. In the months leading up to his debut, many people were aware of it, even though he was struck by the small amount of information. However, I don't think many people were able to imagine the existence of the EOS R6.

I am one of them. Looking at the methods of Sony and Nikon, it was quite possible that there was a double-barreled model of "high pixel model" and "not so, but with sufficient ability", but for the EOS R series, "EOS R and EOS R P" There is already a unique relationship that both of them form. I never thought that I would attack with "brother tags" like "α7R series and α7 series" and "Nikon Z fc and Nikon Z9" ... That's why the existence of EOS R6 became a ripper surprise. Canon is good at it.

The heart that moved from the original "R6 push" to "R5 push"

This brother is given a big difference that the operating system on the upper surface of the body is different. Depending on your taste, the EOS R6's mode dial feels cheap and you may not like it. However, for me, who often change the shooting mode during shooting, the EOS is better than the EOS R5 (which requires two actions to switch the shooting mode), which has a cool LCD window and dial that feels like the original EOS R. The R6 was much easier to handle. In other words, I'm grateful that the mode dial doesn't have a lock (I think that if there is a lock mechanism, you should be able to arbitrarily select whether to enable or disable the lock like the Olympus OM-D E-M1 series).

On the other hand, the EVF and the rear monitor device are also different (the number of dots is different), but I did not feel much difference when comparing them. Even with the EOS R6, you can think that the viewfinder and monitor display is as good as the top models of other companies. In other words, the display quality is high quality. There is no dissatisfaction with the EVF even if it is "cheap". That is different from "α".

The image sensor installed in the EOS R6 is a CMOS sensor with approximately 2010 million effective pixels, which is said to be "made based on the EOS-1D X Mark III sensor" (however, the low-pass filter is the EOS-1D X Mark). Not as elaborate as III). The dual pixel CMOS AF, which we are good at, has evolved to "II", and with the backing of high-speed processing unique to the new video engine "DIGIC X", we have achieved significant improvements in continuous shooting performance and AF performance .... In fact, the same is true for the EOS R5, which has an image sensor with approximately 45 million effective pixels. Which one is amazing? The EOS R6, which is said to inherit the lineage of the EOS-1D X Mark III, which has a reputation for natural resolution and high-sensitivity performance, or the new-generation 45-megapixel model with the same high speed as the 2010-megapixel model. Is it an EOS R5 that has performance?

I first used the EOS R6, and from the feeling of use and the finished image quality, I got the impression that "EOS R6 is fine. No, rather, the number 6 should be actively selected!" Then, I thought of myself buying the EOS R6 and Canon RF800mm F11 IS STM together, and I was feeling like I was ... but a few days later I got the opportunity to use the EOS R5, which can be used for live-action photography. When I took it out with me, it changed to a stance of "No, this is the EOS R5 that should actually be bought !?" The reason was the behavior of AF when shooting moving objects.

Differences between EOS R5 / R6 not listed in the catalog

Please note that from this point onward, there will be choices and conditional impressions. This is because the lenses used for moving object photography are mostly limited to the "RF 800mm F11 IS STM" and "RF 600mm F11 IS STM". In other words, it gives a feeling of use when shooting with a kind of "special lens" and an AF miscellaneous feeling. Basically, it is a super-telephoto single focus lens that should be "similarly usable" except for the annotations announced, but it may behave differently from when shooting with other general RF lenses. Maybe.

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