Stimulate creative desire: Canon’s next-generation full-frame micro EOS R6 review
This article comes from Jiayou Online
From Canon’s release of the EOS R to the rich RF lens group, Canon has been deeply involved in the field of full-frame mirrorless cameras for two years. While everyone is looking forward to the next generation of powerful micro products, Canon officially released a new generation of full-frame micro micro EOS R5 and EOS R6. Among them, it represents the future direction of camera development. The powerful flagship EOS R5 is naturally showing the limelight, and the EOS R6 under the halo of the big brother is also following the pace of the flagship. How is it different from EOS R5? How is its picture quality? How about the body stabilization? How about focusing performance? The answers to all of these will be revealed in the next article.
Appearance design: professional descent, convenient and efficient
The first impression of EOS R6 body is professional, efficient and familiar. Familiarity is because the body as a whole inherits the design language of the EOS family. The appearance is rounded and has a sense of lines. Professional and efficient is because the controls and buttons are inherited. The convenience of the EOS R’s flip touch screen, main dial, and quick control dial has inherited the quick control dial control on the back of the EOS SLR series fuselage and the multi-function control buttons that are widely praised by EOS SLR users.
EOS R6 machine Body front
EOS Side of R6 fuselage
EOS R6 back of the fuselage
EOS R6 side of the fuselage
EOS R6 multi-function control button on the back of the fuselage
Next, let’s take a closer look at the details, first of all, the top and back of the fuselage, due to the addition of the main dial and dual-speed control dial And the multi-function control button design makes the whole body have a three-wheel and joystick efficient control, which is easier to use for EOS R users and EOS SLR users, and also makes shooting more efficient.
EOS R6 machine The mode dial on the top of the body
is different from the shoulder screen equipped with EOS R5. EOS R6 is equipped with a mode dial on the top of the fuselage, which is also well received by users. Previously, many users said that the operation of switching shooting modes through the shoulder screen was not intuitive enough, and hoped to see the mode dial on the new machine. The EOS R6 is equipped with a mode dial, which not only allows photographers to switch shooting modes more quickly when shooting, but also allows users who are new to Canon Micro to get started more quickly.
In other details of the fuselage, the EOS R6 design is also very Carefully, for example, a bump is added to the switch on the left shoulder of the fuselage. Compared with the usual round switch dial, this design is more convenient for users to control the fuselage switch in an inconvenient environment such as extreme cold.
EOS R6 is equipped with a flip touch screen that is popular among users. The 3-inch screen with about 1.62 million dots has a delicate display effect and smooth touch. The flip screen is about 0~90 degrees forward/0~180 degrees backward, which is convenient for selfies and low-angle, high-angle and other unconventional angle shooting , Even if it is mounted on a tripod, you can easily check the screen from the side by flipping it.
EOS R6 machine The interface on the left side of the body
is on the left side of the EOS R6. Various professional interfaces are also fully equipped, including external microphone input, headphone terminal, HDMI output terminal, remote control terminal, USB Type-C, etc. The interfaces are fully equipped, especially the USB Type-C interface equipped this time, which not only transfers data faster than the macro USB interface equipped with previous cameras, but also can power the camera or charge the battery in the camera through the USB power adapter PD-E1. The battery life of the machine is greatly improved.
EOS R6 card Slot
is a card slot on the right side of the EOS R6 fuselage. EOS R6 adopts a dual card slot design that supports UHS-II high-speed SD memory card, which supports flexible and diverse storage methods, and you can choose a backup format. , To improve storage security, you can also save the image and the video separately, or save the images with different recording quality separately, which has the advantage of reducing the replacement cost in the hands of compatible users. At the same time, it supports UHS-II high-speed SD memory cards. The huge data generated by continuous shooting provides high-speed storage guarantee.
In general, as the flagship EOS R5 of micro The Canon EOS R6 of “Little Brother” did not give way in appearance and control design. EOS R5 has the main dial, dual-speed control dial and multi-function control buttons to control it, while R5 does not have the mode dial. Also, the dual UHS-II high-speed SD memory card slots ensure the professional needs of users while reducing replacement costs. It can be said that the fuselage is professionally designed and easy to operate.
Image quality evaluation: Sensitivity
In terms of image quality performance, sensitivity performance has always been one of the issues that the majority of movie friends are more concerned about. After all, high-sensitivity image quality performance will directly affect The shooting ability of a camera for night scenes and sports themes, the better the high-sensitivity picture quality, the purer the picture under dark light, and the stronger the camera’s ability to increase the shutter speed to condense the moment. EOS R6 uses the EOS SLR flagship EOS -1D X Mark III CMOS image sensor and high-performance DIGIC X digital image processor, effective pixels about 20.1 million, with a common sensitivity of up to 102,400, because the EOS-1D X Mark III’s high-sensitivity performance is very good, everyone is natural I also look forward to the high performance of EOS R6.
We put the EOS R6 on a tripod, set the aperture at F8, turn off the noise reduction of the fuselage, and directly output the JPEG file to test the image quality performance under different sensitivity. After shooting, take each file 100% magnified slice under ISO, the slice position is shown in the green frame in the figure.
From the actual shooting performance above, although from ISO 6400 At the beginning there was a small amount of noise in the picture, but the details were not missing. Considering that this is the picture quality performance obtained after the noise reduction of the fuselage is completely turned off, we can say that the picture quality performance of EOS R6 below ISO 6400 is very delicate, and from ISO Starting at 12800, the noise in the picture began to increase, and some details were lost, but there was still good usability. However, the picture from ISO 25600 to ISO 51200 needs proper noise reduction and thumbnail processing, and the sensitivity above this The value includes the extended sensitivity. It can only be said that it needs to be used for emergency use when recording. It is not recommended that users usually turn on such a high sensitivity value.
EOS R6+ RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS, F1.2, 1/25S, ISO 6400
Generally speaking, considering this test, we have turned off the noise reduction of the fuselage, and the user will generally Turn on the standard noise reduction mode of the fuselage, so it can be said that the high-feeling performance of EOS R6 can reach the level of EOS-1D X Mark III, and the high-feeling image quality is very delicate.
Picture Quality Evaluation: Tolerance
Tolerance is also a topic that cannot be bypassed in picture quality performance. In the past, people often equated tolerance performance with picture quality performance. In fact, On the one hand, latitude can ensure our error tolerance when exposure errors occur. On the other hand, in fact, we should pay more attention to the dynamic range of a camera, and the latitude is positively related to the dynamic range of the camera. The latitude performance of the camera is used as a reference for image quality performance.
So what is the sensor tolerance performance of EOS R6 with approximately 20.1 million effective pixels? We still use real shots to test. We placed the EOS R6 on a tripod, set the aperture at F8, and the sensitivity at ISO 100. The exposures were set to 3 under exposure, 2 under exposure, 1 under exposure, normal exposure, over exposure 1 level, and over exposure 2. Use image processing software to pull the JPG file back to normal exposure. The results are as follows:
As you can see from the above picture, when the EOS R6 JPG image is within two levels of underexposure, adjusting back to normal exposure is just a little noise in the dark part, which does not affect the overall look and feel of the picture. Large, the dark part is slightly lost in the third under-exposure, but the overall picture still has good usability; in the case of two over-exposure, although some details are slightly lost, the overall picture is acceptable; and the third-level overexposure At this time, the details and colors of the picture are obviously lost, and part of the picture is seriously lost, entering the unusable range.
EOS R6+ RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F4, 1/1600S, ISO 100
From the performance of JPG, EOS R6’s latitude performance is still satisfactory, theoretically underexposed three gears It can be pulled back within, and there is a good degree of usability when the second gear is overexposed. This performance can be called the top level in the current full-frame camera.
In this EOS R5 and EOS R6, Canon has added body anti-shake for the first time. Official data shows that it can achieve up to 8 gears under the CIPA standard. Next, let’s take a look at the actual effect. We hold EOS R6 and use different shutter speeds to shoot step by step. The effect is as follows:
From the actual effect of the above picture, the anti-shake effect of EOS R6 is really good, basically reaching the highest 8-speed anti-shake correction. In actual shooting, whether it is in photos or videos, the existence of anti-shake effect can be clearly felt. According to Canon technicians, this is due to the large diameter of the RF mount and the CMOS sensor has enough displacement space. A better anti-shake effect can be achieved.
EOS R6+ RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS, F8, 0.8S, ISO 640
And this kind of anti-shake ability also brings the possibility of low-sensing handheld night scene shooting. For example, the picture above uses ISO 640. With a high sensitivity and a shutter speed of 0.8 seconds, you can see that the overall picture is very delicate and the focus is clear.
In addition to the different sensor pixel levels, the difference between EOS R6 and EOS R5 is in the aspect of video shooting. It is true that EOS R5’s 8K video and 4K 120P HD Upgraded video is very attractive to video workers, and the future must be the era of 4K/8K high-definition video, but from the perspective of video shooting beginners’ personal use and ordinary photography enthusiasts, considering that 4K 60P will be in the next few years China must be the mainstream video format and will not lag behind the times, and for our upgrade shooting creation, whether it is to consider the convenience of uploading video sharing or ensuring the smoothness of editing, full HD upgraded video is a better choice , So the current 59.94P/50P 4K UHD movie and about 120P/100P full HD movie shooting of EOS R6 are also very friendly and practical.
Next, we have two 4K 60P videos shot with EOS R6 and a 1080P/120p video sample. You can use it as a reference:
single-frame capture image and enlarged slice
single frame capture image And zoom in slices
First, there are two 59.94P 4K UHD short films. You can see the overall picture is very smooth. At the same time, because EOS R6 has a 4K single frame interception function, you can select wonderful pictures from 4K short films. For a single still image with an effective pixel of about 8.3 million, we also captured a single frame image in the two videos. Not only the overall picture quality is exquisite, but the enlarged details are also very clear, even if it is used as a photo, there is no problem.
while recording Full HD at a high frame rate of about 120P/100P The short film can obtain smooth motion slow motion images. From our test video, we can see that every movement during the coffee latte has been accurately captured. The entire video is not only lively and interesting, but can even be played back repeatedly to confirm the latte operation Are there any mistakes?
EOS R6 video Bit rate list
In general, although EOS R6’s video shooting is for the majority of video shooting enthusiasts, there is no shortage of professional shooting capabilities. It supports HDMI uncompressed output of external recording equipment , It also supports external microphones and headphones, which provides strong support for high-quality short film shooting. For enthusiasts who want to learn about video shooting and photography, EOS R6 can open the door to the video era, or use it to learn video shooting in depth to stimulate creative desire.
From our actual experience, when shooting 59.94P/50P 4K UHD movies and full HD upgraded videos of EOS R6, the focusing experience brought by the second-generation full-pixel dual-core focus is very comfortable. And about 120P full HD short film shooting can enable us to see more details in high-speed action, bringing more fun to creation, while the body’s 5-axis anti-shake provides strong support for the clarity and stability of handheld shooting, making We don’t need to worry too much about focusing and anti-shake issues during regular lens-moving shooting. We can leave everything to the machine. We only need to pay attention to the video creation itself to make the creation more engaged.
Focus and high-speed continuous shooting test
Like the flagship EOS R5, EOS R6 adopts the second-generation full-pixel dual-core CMOS AF with greatly improved overall performance, which not only carries characters Eye and head detection and tracking, and an auto-focus algorithm with animal detection capabilities developed through deep learning technology, can detect and track the body, face and eyes of animals, for shooting small animals that cannot grasp the law of movement Provides convenient support.
EOS R6 can Continue to identify and track the eyes of the animal being photographed
EOS R6+RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2.8, 1/125S, ISO 100
The animal recognition function of EOS R6 is used in actual shooting. This brought me great convenience. When I was shooting the cat in the picture above, it was still closing its eyes for a second, but the next second it opened its eyes and got up and disappeared, saying that cats are fickle. It’s not fake, and the animal recognition tracking of EOS R6 at this time allows the author to press the shutter with peace of mind, and get this cat side face photo with clear focus.
EOS R6 is also EOS’s first model with a focus brightness limit as low as EV-6.5, which has improved the focus ability of EOS models in dim scenes to a new level, which can not be effectively recognized by the human eye. The scene can also be clearly observed through the high-definition electronic viewfinder or LCD monitor, while shooting with high-precision autofocus.
EOS R6+ RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2.8, 1/1250S, ISO 100
Same as EOS R5, EOS R6 is also equipped with a continuous shooting speed of up to about 20 frames per second, with evolution The second-generation full-pixel dual-core CMOS AF can clearly capture the dynamic moment, so what about the actual experience of such high-speed continuous shooting? Let us take a look at these two sets of tests conducted with 20 frames per second high-speed continuous shooting.
Partial continuous shooting Thumbnails of the proofs
First, we tracked and photographed a normal driving car. During the shooting, we kept continuous shooting until the target car left the screen. In the process, about 100 samples were taken continuously. During the shooting, there was no slowdown or black screen. We selected a few samples and zoomed in to check the focus.
randomly selected The focus of the proofs is partially zoomed in
As you can see from the picture above, whether it is from far to near or from near to far, or obstructed by obstacles, the focus in the picture falls on the subject .
Partial continuous shooting Thumbnails of proofs
Not only that, EOS R6 can also use face + tracking mode for continuous shooting during high-speed continuous shooting. In this mode, the camera’s auto focus area can cover the entire display screen, improving the composition We used the high-speed continuous shooting in the face+tracking mode to shoot a group of single-person practice dribbling shots. In the process, about 300 samples were shot continuously, and there was no drop in the continuous shooting process. In the case of fast or black screen, due to the large number of samples, we selected a set of shooting actions and took a few samples to zoom in and check the focus.
select continuous shooting A set of actions in the proofs
The selected continuous shooting samples are enlarged and sliced, the focus is clear and all are locked on the face
During the shooting process, EOS R6 can accurately identify and track the face and eyes of the subject, from the selected It can also be seen in the proofs that even if the arm is blocked, the focus can be locked on the subject’s eyes and face. It can be said that such high-speed continuous shooting and the ability to follow focus can help you easily capture the wonderful moments of changes. Stimulate the desire to create.
EOS R6+EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, F2.8, 1/6S, ISO 100
EOS R6+EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, F8, 1/80S, ISO 125
EOS R6+ EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM, F16, 1/8S, ISO 100
EOS R6+RF50mm F1.2 L USM, F2.8, 1/2000S, ISO 100
EOS R6+RF50mm F1.2 L USM, F11, 1/8S, ISO 100
EOS R6 +RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2.8, 1/125S, ISO 100
EOS R6+RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F4, 1/640 S, ISO 100
EOS R6+RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2.8, 1/125S, ISO 100
EOS R6 +RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2.8, 1/500S, ISO 100
EOS R6+RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F 2.8, 1/1250S, ISO 100
EOS R6+RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM, F4, 1/160S, ISO 250
EOS R6+RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS, F1.8, 1/320S, ISO 5000
EOS R6+RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS, F2, 1/100S, ISO 500
EOS R6+RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS, F2.2, 1/ 125S, ISO 160
EOS R6+RF85mm F1.2 L USM DS, F2, 1/100S, ISO 640
EOS R6+ RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2.8, 1/640S, ISO 100
EOS R6+ RF15-35mm F2.8 L IS USM, F2. 8,1/1250S, ISO 100
EOS R6+ RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM, F4, 1/1000S, ISO 100
EOS R6+ RF24-105mm F4 L IS USM, F4, 1/80S, ISO 100
A good camera must not only have comprehensive functions, but also stimulate people’s desire for creativity. Just like EOS R6, it has body anti-shake, the autofocus brightness limit is as low as EV-6.5, and it is equipped with a maximum of about 20 frames per second. High-speed continuous shooting, equipped with the second-generation full-pixel dual-core CMOS AF, autofocus covers about 100%*100% of the image area. It also supports animal detection autofocus, which is efficient and convenient to control, and combines the advantages of EOS 5D series and EOS R series , High-sensitivity picture quality is exquisite, these functions make our shooting more convenient, and the creative desire is stronger. Although the video does not have the ultra-high specifications such as EOS R5’s 8K, the smooth 4K/60p and Full HD upgrade shooting can most stimulate the desire of photographers for video creation and open the door to the era of video creation for us.
I mentioned Canon’s number 6 before, and everyone thought of it The full-frame entry leader 6D series, but the appearance of EOS R6 makes the number 6 shine with new brilliance. If EOS R5 inherits and carries forward the spirit and advantages of EOS 5D series, then EOS R6 is undoubtedly using its own strength. It has opened up a brand new 6 series, which closely follows the pace of the flagship. It has not only “micro” but also “wei”. With professional and efficient control and reliable strength, it stimulates new creative desires and records its own excitement.
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