Mirrorless Camera of the Year 2020
CANON has come in for a lot of criticism over the past decade, seemingly unwilling or unable to build mirrorless cameras capable of taking on the competition and appealing to the needs of serious photographers. It’s never appeared to be seriously committed to its APS-C EOS M system, and its initial efforts at full frame were equally lacklustre. However with its latest releases, the firm has well and truly rediscovered its motto, with the EOS R6 not just carrying off our Premium Camera of the Year award against stiff competition, but also scooping our coveted Product of the Year.
Indeed for all the hype around the 45MP, 8K video-capable EOS R5, we think that its lower resolution sibling is the more attractive and practical camera for the vast majority of photographers. For a start, at £2,499 the EOS R6 is considerably less unaffordable, although obviously still very pricey. But what you get for your money is a ridiculously talented all-rounder that handles brilliantly and delivers absolutely superb images.
Fully loaded specs
A glance at the spec sheet tells the story. Its 20MP sensor – borrowed from the flaghsip EOS-1D X Mark III –offers a standard sensitivity range of ISO 100-102,400 that’s expandable to ISO 50-204,800. You also get continuous shooting at 12fps, or 20fps with the electronic shutter, and 4K video recording at 60fps. Thanks to Canon’s home-grown Dual Pixel CMOS sensor technology, phase detection autofocus is available across the entire frame, with a staggering 6,072 selectable points. It also boasts Canon’s truly remarkable subject detection AF, that’s capable of recognising and tracking the eyes of both humans and animals with mesmerising accuracy.
The EOS R6 also melds together Canon’s tried-and trusted DSLR control layout with the best new interface ideas from the original EOS R. It’s covered in physical controls, including three electronic dials and a focus-area joystick. In addition, it boasts a 3690 dot viewfinder and a 3in, 1600 dot fully articulated touchscreen, along with 5-axis in-body image stabilisation and dual high-speed UHS-II SD card slots for peace of mind.
As the icing on the cake, the camera also works really well with EF-mount lenses via Canon’s Mount Adapter EF-EOS, making it a tempting option for existing DSLR users who’d like to upgrade to mirrorless. Ultimately, it’s one of the best cameras we’ve ever tested, and without any doubt a worthy winner of our top award.
Why we like it:
● Excellent design and handling
● 20 fps silent shooting
● Up to 8-stop image stabilisation
● 20 megapixel resolution
● Exceptional AF for subject tracking
● Dual Pixel CMOS AF II
● Compatible with EF lenses
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