Photographers were a little nonplussed when Canon launched their first pro level mirrorless camera, the Canon R, but things have changed in the last 18 months with most photographers now very excited and full of praise about the recent release of the Canon R5 & R6 cameras. Imagine how excited they’re going to be once the R3 is finally available to buy!!
Boasting a sensational eye tracking focus for both humans and animals, many professionals, corporate event photographers and pet photographers have claimed the R5 as the best camera for pet photography, which given it’s high hit rate of sharp images is probably well deserved.
Even with fast moving or erratically moving objects the Canon focus keeps track of the subject really well and catches up fast when the focus is lost – which isn’t often!
The recent firmware update also added an option for car focus tracking so if you’re into photographing motorsports you’ll be well looked after with these cameras.
How to save $2000 on the Canon R5
Ok, so we can’t actually save you $2k on the R5 but we can show you a near identical Canon mirrorless camera that does virtually everything the R5 does, but with a price tag of just $3500 on Amazon.com.au – the Canon R6.
While the specs of the R6 are a little less substantial on paper, it’s a near identical body and in the real world it’s a great camera to work with.
Full specs of the Canon R5
- 45 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
- 8K RAW up to 30fps
- 4K up to 120fps
- 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log
- DIGIC X Image Processor
- 8K RAW / 4K 120P
- In-Body Image Stabilization
- Uncropped and Cropped Shooting Modes
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- Dual Card Slots
- Vari-angle LCD Touchscreen
- 2.4 and 5Ghz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Australian price around $5500 including GST.
Full specs of the Canon R6
- 20 Megapixel Full-frame CMOS Sensor
- 4K up to 60fps
- 1080p up to 120fps
- 10-bit 4:2:2 with Canon Log or HDR PQ
- DIGIC X Image Processor
- In-body Image Stabilization (8 Stops Correction)
- ISO range of 100-102400; Expandable to 204800.
- Dual UHS-II SD card slots
- Built-in 0.5” 3.69 Million Dots OLED EVF (with 120 fps refresh rate)
- 3-inch 1.62 million dots vari-angle LCD touch screen
- 2.4GHz Built-in Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
- Weather, drip and dust sealing
- Australian price around $3500 including GST
As you can see from the stats and review videos above, both the R5 & R6 are excellent cameras for both professional and amateur use.
If you’re shooting alot of sport or fast action, news events etc then then Canon R3 might the body for you when it’s released shortly, but in the meantime, it’s smaller and lightweight siblings will keep you entertained and enjoying taking photos. Trust us – you’re going to love the focus!