Canon EOS R5 vs Canon EOS R6 | Which Camera To Buy?

As promised, we here at Nitin Arora Photography are back with an in-depth comparison of Canon's 2 new mirrorless cameras, the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6. In this blog, we will talk about the various differences between these cameras, shedding light on all the different features, and more importantly, how these features will affect your real-life shooting experience with these cameras. So if you have been wondering which of these cameras is the one for you? We hope this blog will put an end to any ambiguity you might have regarding these cameras.

We believe that even though the R5 is the new flagship full-frame mirrorless camera that might rule the segment for the years to come, the R6, with its almost similar specifications as the R5 and a very competitive price, can be the more practical choice for most people. And this is why it can be a little difficult for the people to decide which one is right for them.

The sensor and resolution is where we see one of the major differences in these cameras. While the Canon EOS R5 has a brand new 45 Megapixel Sensor, the Canon EOS R6 uses a 21 Megapixel Sensor. Even though both the camera sensors are of the same size, with 45 megapixels, the Canon EOS R5 can prove to be more useful for commercial, landscape, wildlife or wedding photographers, who want those extra details in their photos. However, the 21 Megapixel sensor of the Canon EOS R6 is also pretty impressive for stills as well as video capture. Due to its lower resolution, the Canon EOS R6 can provide you with a more adaptable workflow due to the smaller file sizes, which is a prominent feature for event and wedding photographers since they have to select and process hundreds of pictures after every event. 

Plus with its lower bandwidth, the Canon EOS R6 can continuously shoot 1000 JPEGs and 240 RAW images which is almost 3 times as much as the Canon EOS R5.

Unless you look closely, both the cameras look very similar. The dimensions and the layouts of these cameras are almost identical. However, the Canon EOS R6 weighs around 680 grams, which is a bit lighter and a little more portable than the 738 Gram Canon EOS R5. 

With 5.76 M Dots and a refresh rate of 120FPS, the R5 comes with a better Electronic Viewfinder Due to which, with the R5, you get a much more realistic experience, similar to that of an optical viewfinder. However, the most notable difference, in terms of design, is that the R5 has a top laid settings display while the R6 comes with a conventional Exposure Mode Dial

Even though the Canon EOS R5 has an upper hand when it comes to the resolution, the Canon EOS R6 takes the stage in terms of shooting in Low Light. Due to the lower Megapixel count and the same sensor size, with the R6, you get better ISO range and the ability to autofocus even in EV -6.5. This makes it a great camera for wedding photographers, as they are always shooting in tricky and challenging low light conditions. 

Video Resolution Capabilities is again one of the principal differences we see in these two cameras. In this aspect, the R5 comes on top with the ability to shoot 8K RAW. The 8K shooting capabilities of R5 gives photographers the ability to zoom and crop into the video without ever losing quality. However on the other hand, the R6 can neither shoot 8K nor RAW, but unlike R5, R6 can shoot 4K up to 60 FPS and Full HD at up to 120 FPS, which again more useful and practical for wedding photographers as shooting in Full HD at 120 FPS given them the ability to later add action and drama to the footage at the time of post-production. 

Conclusion

It is very clear that Canon plans on targeting these 2 cameras to different photographers. 

The Canon EOS R6 is more of a still focused full-frame mirrorless camera which, due to its speed, is targeted towards wildlife, sports and wedding photographers, so that it can help them catch even some of the most spontaneous moments that can not be recreated. And even though it is not as great as the R5 in terms of resolution, R6 comes with its own advantages including Faster Workflow Speeds, Better Low Light Performance and Much Better Continuous Burst Shooting Stamina.

However, the Canon EOS R5 is an amazing Hybrid camera which is targeted towards professionals who want nothing but the best to take their work to the next level. So if you are a commercial photographer, a wedding photographer or even a Filmmaker, the extra megapixels and extraordinary video recording capabilities of the R5 can give you great results. But if you are someone who doesn't really care for those extra pixels and 8K Video recording that much, you should definitely consider the Canon EOS R6 since it has almost the same features and functionality as the R5.

And given below is the detailed YouTube Video, in which I explain some more similarities and differences that these cameras have and give my final verdict in which of these cameras is the best for you.

And if you liked this, you should also check out our other recent Blogs, including Canon EOS R5 | The Complete Package and Canon EOS R6 | The Low Light King