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Canon R vs Canon R6

Portability
62
Imaging
78
Features
88
Overall
82
Canon EOS R front
 
Canon EOS R6 front
Portability
61
Imaging
74
Features
90
Overall
80

Canon R vs Canon R6 Key Specs

Canon R
(Full Review)
  • 30MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3.2" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 40000 (Bump to 102400)
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 660g - 136 x 98 x 84mm
  • Announced September 2018
Canon R6
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Bump to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Canon RF Mount
  • 680g - 138 x 98 x 88mm
  • Released July 2020
  • Newer Model is Canon R6 II
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Canon R vs Canon R6 Overview

In this article, we will be matching up the Canon R and Canon R6, both Pro Mirrorless cameras and both are designed by Canon. There is a noticeable difference among the sensor resolutions of the R (30MP) and R6 (20MP) but they use the same exact sensor size (Full frame).

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The R was introduced 22 months before the R6 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (SLR-style mirrorless).

Before we go through a full comparison, below is a simple summary of how the R scores vs the R6 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Canon R over the Canon R6

 R R6 
Screen sizing3.2"3"Bigger screen (+0.2")
Screen resolution2100k1620kClearer screen (+480k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon R6 over the Canon R

 R6 R 
ReleasedJuly 2020September 2018Newer by 22 months

Common features in the Canon R and Canon R6

 R R6 
Manual focus More accurate focus
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFully ArticulatedFully Articulated screen
Selfie screen Both are selfie friendly
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Canon R vs Canon R6 Physical Comparison

If you are planning to travel with your camera often, you are going to need to consider its weight and proportions. The Canon R features outer measurements of 136mm x 98mm x 84mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.3") with a weight of 660 grams (1.46 lbs) while the Canon R6 has measurements of 138mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5") with a weight of 680 grams (1.50 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view physical size comparison of the R compared to the R6.

Canon R vs Canon R6 size comparison

Looking at size and weight, the portability score of the R and R6 is 62 and 61 respectively.

Canon R vs Canon R6 top view buttons comparison

Canon R vs Canon R6 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to imagine the difference in sensor dimensions simply by looking through technical specs. The image here may offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the R and R6.

As you have seen, both the cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different resolution. You can expect the Canon R to render greater detail using its extra 10MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures far more aggressively. The more aged R will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Canon R vs Canon R6 sensor size comparison

Canon R vs Canon R6 Screen and ViewFinder

Canon R vs Canon R6 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon R Portrait photography factors
Canon R6 Portrait photography factors
86
you can focus manually
amazing MP (30MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detection focus
supports RAW formats
84
manual focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes face detection focus
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Canon R
Street photography with Canon R6
73
screen articulates
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
features focus by touch
weather sealing
great ISO range (40,000)
no image stabilization
78
fully articulated screen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
saves RAW files
comes with touch to focus
weather proof
good high ISO (102,400)
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Canon R
Sports photography with Canon R6
76
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
amazing MP (30 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides tracking autofocus
weather sealing
supports phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low battery pack (370 shots)
81
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
silent mode (1/8,000 seconds)
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
includes tracking autofocus
weather proof
comes with phase detect auto focus
bad battery (360 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Canon R
Travel photography with Canon R6
73
weather sealing
supports bluetooth
features focus by touch
amazing MP (30MP)
screen is selfie friendly
low battery pack (370 shots)
67
weather proof
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
selfie friendly screen
does not have Time Lapse function
bad battery (360 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Canon R
Landscape photography with Canon R6
77
you can focus manually
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
decent sized screen (3.2 inch)
amazing MP (30MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
great ISO range (40,000)
supports RAW formats
weather sealing
no image stabilization
low battery pack (370 shots)
78
manual focus
swap lenses (Canon RF mount)
decent sized screen (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
decent sensor resolution (20MP)
sensor size is big (Full frame)
doesnt have anti aliasing filter
good high ISO (102,400)
saves RAW files
weather proof
has dual storage slots
bad battery (360 shots)
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon R Vlogging features
Canon R6 Vlogging features
73
screen is selfie friendly
touchscreen
provides face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external mic support
no image stabilization
79
selfie friendly screen
touchscreen
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
includes face detection focus
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have external mic jack
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Canon R vs Canon R6 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon R and Canon R6
 Canon EOS RCanon EOS R6
General Information
Make Canon Canon
Model Canon EOS R Canon EOS R6
Category Pro Mirrorless Pro Mirrorless
Announced 2018-09-05 2020-07-09
Body design SLR-style mirrorless SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by - Digic X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame Full frame
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 36 x 24mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 864.0mm²
Sensor resolution 30 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest resolution 6720 x 4480 5472 x 3648
Highest native ISO 40000 102400
Highest boosted ISO 102400 204800
Lowest native ISO 100 100
RAW format
Lowest boosted ISO 50 50
Autofocusing
Manual focus
Touch focus
Continuous AF
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 5655 6072
Lens
Lens mount Canon RF Canon RF
Number of lenses 17 17
Crop factor 1 1
Screen
Range of screen Fully Articulated Fully Articulated
Screen sizing 3.2" 3"
Screen resolution 2,100 thousand dot 1,620 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic Electronic
Viewfinder resolution 3,690 thousand dot 3,690 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.76x 0.76x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000s 1/8000s
Maximum silent shutter speed - 1/8000s
Continuous shooting speed 8.0 frames/s 12.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes no built-in flash no built-in flash
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 480 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 3840x2160 (60p/​30p/​23.98p) |1920x1080 (120p/​60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p/​23.98p)
Highest video resolution 3840x2160 3840x2160
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB Yes (with LP-E6N only) Yes
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 660 gr (1.46 lbs) 680 gr (1.50 lbs)
Dimensions 136 x 98 x 84mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.3") 138 x 98 x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 89 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 24.5 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.5 not tested
DXO Low light score 2742 not tested
Other
Battery life 370 pictures 360 pictures
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model - LP-E6NH
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 secs) Yes
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD card (UHS-II supported) Dual SD slots (UHS-II supported)
Storage slots Single Dual
Launch pricing $2,299 $2,499