Comparative test Canon EOS R, Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Comparison of Canon EOS R, EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II features

Since the announcement of the Canon EOS R, there has been a debate over the positioning of this camera. Someone sees it as a replacement for the legendary Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, while someone claims that the new product will yield even to the “amateur” Canon EOS 6D Mark II. In our comparative test, the Canon EOS R , Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, and Canon EOS 6D Mark II, from simple to complex, from surface to non-obvious, we describe the differences between these models so that it is easier for future customers to make the right choice.

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Let’s start with a pivot table compiled from the main characteristics of the cameras. There are clear advantages in bold. However, photography is not numbers or specifications. Therefore, we will further clarify and explain many points below, based on actual shooting experience.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV / EF 50mm f / 1.2L USM Settings: ISO 320, F1.2, 1/40 s, 50.0 mm equiv.Download RAW
Canon EOS R Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Bayonet mount RF Ef Ef
Compatible optics RF + EF and EF-S via adapter Ef Ef
Sensor 36 × 24 mm CMOS 36 × 24 mm CMOS Approx 35.9 × 24.0 mm CMOS
Maximum Image Resolution 6720 × 4480 6720 × 4480 6240 × 4160
Dual Pixel RAW Support there is there is Not
CPU DIGIC 8 DIGIC 6+ DIGIC 7
ISO range 100–40,000 expandable to 102400 100–32,000 expandable to 102400 100–40,000 expandable to 102400
Shutter speed range 30–1 / 8000 s 30–1 / 8000 s 30–1 / 4000 s
Silent (electronic) shutter there is Not Not
Autofocus Dual Pixel CMOS AF Phase Sensor + Dual Pixel CMOS AF Phase Sensor + Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Number of AF Points 5655 AF point positions 61 (41 cross) 45 cross
Autofocus sensitivity EV -6 – 18 (at 23 ° C and ISO 100) EV -3 – 18 (at 23 ° C and ISO100) EV -3 – 18 (at 23 ° C and ISO 100)
Maximum burst speed 8 frames / s, 5 frames / s with tracking AF 7 fps with full AF / AE tracking 6.5 fps
Declared Buffer Volume 100 JPEG, 47 RAW, 78 C-RAW Unlimited JPEG Images or 21 RAW Images 150 JPEG, 21 RAW
Viewfinder OLED with 100% coverage and 0.76x magnification, 3.69 million dots resolution Optical with 100% coverage and 0.71x magnification Optical with 98% coverage and 0.71x magnification
Display design Swivel touch Sensory Swivel touch
Display Size and Resolution 3.15 ″, resolution 2.1 million points 3.2 ″, a resolution of 1.62 million points 3 ″, resolution 1.04 million points
Maximum movie resolution 3840 × 2160 with crop, up to 480 Mbps 4096 × 2160 with crop, up to 500 Mbps 1920 × 1080
Canon Log Support there is Bought separately Not
Memory card slots SD UHS-II CompactFlash + SD UHS-I SD UHS-I
Battery and its resource (according to CIPA method) LP-E6N, approx. 370 frames (at 23 ° C) LP-E6N, approx. 900 frames (at 23 ° C) LP-E6N, approx. 1200 frames (at 23 ° C)
Wireless interfaces Bluetooth and wifi Wifi Bluetooth and wifi
GPS Built in Built in
Weight Approx 580 g Approx 800 g Approx 765 g
Dimensions 135.8 × 98.3 × 84.4 mm 150.7 × 116.4 × 75.9 mm 144.0 × 110.5 × 74.8 mm
Dust and moisture protection there is there is there is

Analyzing this table, it is easy to notice the main trend: the EOS R and EOS 5D Mark IV share the palm . Moreover, it is difficult to identify a clear leader. Canon EOS 6D Mark II lags behind in almost all respects, with the exception of battery life. But is this lag so critical? For example, take the file resolution. The difference between 26 and 30 megapixels implies only about 7% of the difference in image size on the larger side!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Canon EF 16-35mm f / 4L IS USM Settings: ISO 800, F4, 1/40 s, 17.0 mm equiv.Download RAW

Things are even more interesting with focus points. Here, the brand-new Canon EOS R looks like the undisputed leader. But the number 5655 present in the specifications describes the number of possible positions of the autofocus area, and focusing takes place directly over almost the entire area of ​​the sensor, like the EOS 5D Mark IV and EOS 6D Mark II in Live View . So I’ll have to tell you about autofocus work separately.

Therefore, we ask all fans of a dry assessment of numbers to postpone conclusions. A formal analysis of the characteristics is unlikely to reveal the true leader. But the lag EOS 6D Mark II still have to admit. The table clearly indicates which units have been simplified for the sake of cost (the difference with the 5D Mark IV is 40%). The camera uses a simpler shutter, reduced tolerances for viewfinder coverage, a simplified autofocus module and the slowest interface for memory cards are used.


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