Canon R6

Canon EOS R6 front
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 102400 (Raise 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
  • Introduced July 2020
  • New Model is Canon R6 II
  • Read full specs
  • Alternatives
  • Lenses
  • Size Comparison
  • FAQ

Canon R6 summary

Canon R6 is Canon's Pro Mirrorless digital camera originally introduced on July of 2020. It houses a 20 MegaPixel, CMOS Full frame sized sensor and has a max resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon introduced the updated Canon R6 II (Read Full Comparison) to update this model.

The R6 is scored #30 out of 70 in Pro Mirrorless cameras & over-all #48 out of 1465 for digital cameras in our list. You should test our Advanced camera filter to get camera ratings based on your personalized requirements.

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The following is a chart of specific factors used in the rating system.

Canon R6 history

The Canon R6 is part of a family of cameras. You can view the detailed range underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-R8 front thumbnailCanon R8
R6 vs R8
24MPFull frame6.0 fps2023
Canon-EOS-R6-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon R6 II
R6 vs R6 II
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
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Canon-EOS-R5-C front thumbnailCanon R5 C
R6 vs R5 C
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2022
Canon-EOS-R3 front thumbnailCanon R3
R6 vs R3
24MPFull frame12.0 fps2021
Canon-EOS-R5 front thumbnailCanon R5
R6 vs R5
45MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
Canon-EOS-R6 front thumbnailCanon R620MPFull frame12.0 fps2020
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Canon-EOS-RP front thumbnailCanon RP
R6 vs RP
26MPFull frame5.0 fps2019
Canon-EOS-R front thumbnailCanon R
R6 vs R
30MPFull frame8.0 fps2018

Canon R6 Pros and Cons

Below is a list of upsides and downsides of the Canon R6 based on criterias which are often considered necessary in a digital camera.

2 card slots
change lenses (Canon RF mount)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
doesnt have low pass filter
great ISO range (102,400)
great minimum ISO (100)
has bluetooth
has external microphone support
has focus by touch
has HDMI out
has headphone support
has phase detect autofocus
high resolution screen (1,620 k dots)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
manual focus
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
provides face detection autofocus
provides tracking autofocus
screen articulates fully
screen size is decent (3 inch)
selfie friendly screen
sensor size is great (Full frame)
silent shooting (1/8,000s)
supports RAW files
video res high (3840 x 2160 resolution)
weather proof
bad battery pack (360 shots)
lack of Timelapse recording
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Canon R6 Sensor details

The Canon R6 is run by the Digic X processor chip. The spec of the sensor on the Canon R6 is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor has the ability to capture 5472 x 3648 pixels at aspect ratios of 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9. The camera has Image Stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis). In body stabilization is better than digital stabilization since the latter can produce cropping.

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The CMOS sensor has 20 megapixels and delivers a standard ISO range of 100 to 102400. This ISO can be increased digitally to 50 to 204800. RAW files are supported therefore the user has wider room to maneuver in post.

Canon opted to skip the low pass filter with the Canon R6. This might result in more clear photographs but may cause moire in certain conditions.

The image underneath displays the R6's sensor dimensions in comparison to other popular sizes. The R6 sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is showcased in green.

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To get a sense of various aspect ratios, you can refer to the graphic below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon R6 dimensions

Canon R6 has a weight of 1.50 lbs (680 gr or 23.99 ounces) & has outer size of 138mm x 98mm x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5"). The weight of typical Pro Mirrorless camera is 722 gr and the Canon R6 is very much the same in comparison with various rivals.

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Down below is a image of the Canon R6 with a soft drink to help you get a sense of its scale.

Canon EOS R6 dimensions scale

The top view just below will highlight the button layout on the R6.

Canon EOS R6 topview buttons dials

Canon R6 Lens specs

The R6 works with the Canon RF mount and has 30 lenses on sale. Below is a few of the lenses we have in our collection which will work with the R6.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-RF-600mm-F11-IS-STM lensCanon RF 600mm F11 IS STM600mmf/11 930g
Canon-RF-85mm-F2-Macro-IS-STM lensCanon RF 85mm F2 Macro IS STM85mmf/2 500g
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Canon-RF-85mm-F1.2L-USM-DS lensCanon RF 85mm F1.2L USM DS85mmf/1.21195g
Canon-RF-28-70mm-F2L-USM lensCanon RF 28-70mm F2L USM28-70mmf/21430g
Canon-RF-24-105mm-F4.0-7.1-IS-STM lensCanon RF 24-105mm F4.0-7.1 IS STM24-105mmf/4-7.1 395g
Canon-RF-50mm-F1.8-STM lensCanon RF 50mm F1.8 STM50mmf/1.8 160g
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Venus-Laowa-Argus-35mm-F0.95-FF-RF-Mount lensVenus Laowa Argus 35mm F0.95 FF35mmf/0.95 755g
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Canon R6 Connectivity

The R6 has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • Bluetooth Yes
  • HDMI Yes

Digital cameras that consist of NFC and Bluetooth compatibility can be used wirelessly via smartphones. You can transfer images and oftentimes alter camera settings without connecting physically to the camera.

Many applications even stream a Liveview and hit the shutter if you are not near the camera. If the camera has a HDMI port, it can be attached to an external monitor. Nearly all cameras enable you to recharge the battery pack with the USB port.

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Canon R6 Video specs

The max video resolution on the Canon R6 is 3840 x 2160 and you can capture in MPEG-4, H.264 and H.265 file format. 2160p will provide a outstanding resolution for video recording. You can crop to 1080p to get improved results. Be mindful of the huge file sizes and ensure you get good SD cards that have fast write speeds. The body does include both headphone and microphone support making it incredibly valuable while recording audio.

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Canon R6 Weather Sealing

Canon R6 comes with weather proofing making it a fantastic pick for use in rough places. This can be particularly useful any time you are unsure about the elements you might encounter in outdoor photography.

Canon R6 Screen and Viewfinder

The Canon R6 is equipped with a 3" fully articulated display boasting a resolution of 1,620k dots.

The screen is selfie friendly to take self portraits and even group shots if needed. Moreover the display is touch friendly which means you can set focus points as well as change settings with your finger.

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The View Finder details for Canon R6 are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Electronic
  • ViewFinder Resolution 3,690k dots
  • ViewFinder Coverage 100 percent
  • ViewFinder Magnification 0.76x

Viewfinders can be rather beneficial in sunny outdoor situations which can easily make the camera screen washed out and very difficult to see.

Canon R6 Shutter specs

Canon R6 has the ability to shoot continuously at 12.0 fps. The maximum shutter speed is 1/8000s. The camera also has silent electronic shutter of 1/8000s. Beware that the electronic shutter can result in "rolling shutter" in certain conditions.

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Canon R6 Flash and Hot shoe specs

Canon R6 has external flash support but does not include integrated flash.

Canon R6 Autofocusing specs

Canon R6 has both Phase Detect Autofocus as well as Contrast Detect Autofocus. Phase Detection focusing is a lot faster and accurate compared with Contrast Detect focusing. The camera supports Face detection making it helpful for taking portraits of people.

The AF system supports 6072 focus points to choose from. Canon R6 has tap to focus. You can easily use your fingers to change focus. It also features Tracking Autofocus for subjects on the move. Canon R6 has manual focus when needed in low light situations or you need more exact control on focus.

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Canon R6 Battery life

The battery pack (LP-E6NH) for the Canon R6 is built to last for 360 photos as per the CIPA standards making it lesser as compared with it's rivals. The usual Pro Mirrorless camera battery life is 460. Olympus E-M1X offers the maximum (870) battery life in this category of cameras.

Below is a number of Pro Mirrorless cameras having the best battery life:

Canon R6 for varying kinds of photography

The following chart displays a summary of the Canon R6 for varying kinds of photography. To read more, go to the specific paragraph underneath.

Portrait photography with Canon R6

The Canon R6 has a score of 84 which is excellent, meaning that it is a great option to use for portraits. Taking portraits leans heavily to sensor size, support for RAW photos together with the option to work with off-camera lighting.

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you can focus manually
good megapixels (20MP)
sensor size is great (Full frame)
has face detect focusing
saves RAW files

Canon R6 Street photography factors

Getting a awesome points tally of 78, the Canon R6 is a brilliant option to use in street photography. A good street photography camera offers a good balance of picture quality plus portability.

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screen articulates
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
environment proof
great high ISO (102,400)

Canon R6 Sports photography info

A impressive sports photography rating of 81 indicates the Canon R6 is a awesome fit for shooting sports. A camera needs to have fantastic tracking plus shutter speeds for sports photography.

Photography Glossary
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000s)
quiet mode (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
resolution is good (20MP)
great sensor size (Full frame)
offers tracking focus
environment proofing
has phase detect autofocus
low battery pack (360 CIPA)

Travel photography with Canon R6

Weight is pretty important when getting a camera for travel. All round, the Canon R6 gets a above average 67 as a travelling camera which is a fine option to take with you on your holidays.

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environment proof
connects via bluetooth
comes with touch to focus
good megapixels (20MP)
selfie friendly display
lack of Timelapse mode
low battery life (360 shots)

Canon R6 Landscape photography details

If you are planning to pick a camera for landscape photos, the biggest aspect is going to be image quality. The Canon R6 with it's fantastic grade of 78 as a landscape camera is a wonderful option among its competitors.

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has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon RF mount)
screen is a good size (3")
has image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
good MP (20MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
doesnt have low pass filter
great ISO range (102,400)
exports RAW files
environment sealing
2 card slots
terrible battery power (360 per charge)
doesn't have Time Lapse recording

Canon R6 Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging ought to posses a moving screen, microphone input and if possible image stabilization. Considering all the details, the Canon R6 is a wonderful choice as a vlog camera as it delivers a exceptional rating of 79.

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selfie friendly display
touchscreen enabled
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
offers face detect autofocus
video resolution high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
does have microphone support

Canon R6 Alternatives

If you are interested in replacements to the R6, below is a collection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the family of Pro Mirrorless.

The chart below offers you a bird's eye view of the R6 versus it's top scored competitors mentioned earlier.

Following are additional cameras you may have a look at as alternate options. To read through a thorough comparison, click the "compare" link.

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General Information
Brand Name
Canon EOS R6
Pro Mirrorless
Physical type
SLR-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Powered by
Digic X
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor measurements
36 x 24mm
Sensor area
Sensor resolution
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW format
Max native ISO
Max enhanced ISO
Lowest native ISO
Lowest enhanced ISO
Manual focus
Touch to focus
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
Selective AF
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
AF live view
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon RF
Number of lenses
Crop factor
Screen type
Fully Articulated
Screen size
3 inch
Resolution of screen
1,620k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type
Viewfinder resolution
3,690k dots
Viewfinder coverage
100 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO Overall score
not tested
DXO Color Depth score
not tested
DXO Dynamic range score
not tested
DXO Low light score
not tested
Min shutter speed
Max shutter speed
Max silent shutter speed
Continuous shutter rate
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions
3840x2160 (60p/​30p/​23.98p) |1920x1080 (120p/​60p/​50p/​30p/​25p/​24p/​23.98p)
Max video resolution
Video data format
MPEG-4, H.264, H.265
Microphone support
Headphone support
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
680 grams (1.50 lb)
Physical dimensions
138 x 98 x 88mm (5.4" x 3.9" x 3.5")
Battery life
360 images
Battery style
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Time lapse feature
Storage type
Dual SD slots (UHS-II supported)
Card slots
Cost at release