The Canon EOS R5 vs Canon EOS R6

The Canon EOS R5 versus the Canon EOS R6


As you can see by the date of this blog post, both the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 have not yet been released. These two full-frame mirrorless cameras WILL have a groundbreaking and colossal impact on the professional photography and prosumer photography world. It really is Canon’s first serious attack on the full-frame mirrorless camera market.


Let’s plan ahead


So, it really isn’t that bad to be planning ahead? Anticipation has always been a good thing- Right? Therefore, I thought that it might be a good idea to look at what the differences between the two cameras were going to be.

For now, here are some of the specs that I researched from Canonrumors and the Canon site itself

Canon EOS R5 what we know so far

Canon EOS R5 photo specifications


  • 45mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • 12fps mechanical, 20fps electronic
  • Dual card slots
  • Scroll wheel added to the back
  • No touch bar (nobody liked it on the EOS R)
  • Liveview/Movie toggle like previous EOS DSLRs
  • Larger capacity battery
  • Built-in 5GHz WiFi
  • Launching in July 2020 (This is up in the air)
  • New Canon cloud service linked with Adobe CC and Google drive


Canon EOS R5 video specs:



  • 8K RAW internal video recording up to 29.97 fps
  • 8K internal video recording up to 29.97 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265).
  • 4K internal video recording up to 119.88 fps in 4:2:2 10-bit Canon Log (H.265)/4:2:2 10-bit HDR PQ (H.265). 4K external recording is also available up to 59.94 fps.
  • No crop 8K and 4K video capture using the full-width of the sensor.
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF available in all 8K and 4K recording modes.
  • Canon Log available in 8K and 4K internal recording modes.
  • A Canon first, the EOS R5 will feature 5-axis In-Body Image Stabilization, which works in conjunction with Optical IS equipped with many of the RF and EF lenses.
  • Dual-card slots: 1x CFexpress and 1x SD UHS-II.

Canon Eos R6 what we know so far

Canon EOS R6 general specifications


  • 20mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • In-body Image stabilization
  • 12fps mechanical and 20fps electronic (Same as R5? Soon to see)
  • 4K @ 60p
  • FullHD @ 120p
  • Dual card slots
  • Lower resolution EVF than the EOS R5
  • Build quality not as good as the EOS R5
  • New battery 

Photo of a man and woman entwined
Taken with the Canon EOS 6D Mark1

Other rumored differences between the EOS R5 and the EOS R6


The EOS R5 will be magnesium alloy. The R6 will most likely be a more standard and consumer-style construction.

Rumored IBIS is really promising for both the R5 and the R6

R6 vs R5 really looks a lot like 5D vs 6D


I really think that the R5 vs R6 relationship will be the same relationship as that of the Canon EOS 5D vs Canon EOS 6D relationship. This is proof that Canon’s old marketing strategy works. Most likely you will now see all mirrorless Canon camera models following DSLR structure.

Therefore, like the DSLRs, the R5 will be geared toward those photographers that wish to approach photography professionally i.e. wedding photographers/videographers, event photographers, and commercial photographers needing great tethering capabilities and good pro workflow delivery of multimedia images in general.

The R6 will be for the prosumer who takes photography as either a serious hobby or a light profession.



My first impressions on the camera specifications


The R6 will be a cut-down version of the R5. I have been known to give my share of advice but bear in mind that I think that those making the decision between the two mirrorless cameras should pay attention to those features that are taken away from the R6.  As obvious as it may sound, if you do not need the added features from the R5 you can be sure that the R6 will do the trick.

Attention: To see how the Canon EOS 6D mark 2 shoots click here

Projected prices for the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6


For now, suggested retail price is probably Canon’s biggest kept secrets. As of today, the most likely MSRP on these cameras are


5399.99 US$


3499.99 US$

(Still a bit in the dark on this though)

Addendum: As of the release of this blog post, many things have changed. I will do my best in the following section to provide you all the pertinent blog posts, quotes and videos having to do with the Canon EOS R5 and Canon EOS R6 release date, retail price, and specs.


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Videos on the Canon EOS R5 and R6

The R5 price has gone up

may 29th, 2020 update

Latest quotes on the Canon EOS R5 and R6

Product pages of the two cameras are out

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