If you’re close to buying a Canon EOS R6, we’d slam on the emergency brake on that decision – now there are strong rumors that a successor to the EOS R6 Mark II is on the way.
The full-frame camera – which is still high on our guide to the best cameras for photography – was released in July 2020. And according to Canon Rumors (opens in new tab)is about to get a successor to the EOS R6 Mark II that will give it a much-needed boost in resolution from 20MP to 24MP.
Canon Rumors says the camera’s 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor – which doesn’t appear to be a ‘stacked’ chip like the pro-level Canon EOS R3’s – will be accompanied by a few more minor upgrades, including a Dual Pixel Raw mode for greater editing flexibility and raw processing in the cloud. But it looks like the resolution boost will be by far its biggest upgrade.
One of our few complaints about the EOS R6 is that its 20MP resolution is a bit low for a general-purpose camera. Its sensor is taken from the Canon EOS 1D X Mark III, which is a specialized professional DSLR that prioritizes shooting speeds.
But it looks like Canon’s sequel to the EOS R6 will give photographers a little more resolution, which can boost detail and be particularly useful for cropping images. That said, an extra 4 MP isn’t a massive increase, so it might be worth keeping an eye on the second-hand prices of the current EOS R6 when its sequel arrives.
A much bigger upgrade to the EOS R6 Mark II would be a ‘stacked’ sensor, like the 24.1 MP backlit chip in the Canon EOS R3. But so far, that seems unlikely – it hasn’t been mentioned in the leaked specs, and Canon Rumors claims that the camera’s 4K/60p video mode will continue to be clipped, as with the EOS R6.
If the EOS R6 Mark II had a ‘stacked’ sensor, which offers faster read speeds than traditional sensors, this would likely be reflected in areas such as video performance. It would also significantly raise the price of the EOS R6 Mark II, compared to its predecessor – the cheapest stacked sensor camera right now is the Fujifilm X-H2S ($2,499 / £2,499 / AU$4,449), but it has an APS- C smallest sensor.
While it’s possible that Canon could reorganize its lineup, making the EOS R6 a more premium model – leaving room for the Canon EOS R8 and EOS R9 rumors – that seems unlikely, with the Canon EOS R5 still its most complete model. That means our money is on a moderately upgraded Canon EOS R6 with a similar price tag ($2,499 / £2,499 / AU$4,499), which could make it Canon’s most popular full-frame model.
Analysis: A late flurry of new cameras
If the rumors are correct, the end of the year will see several major camera announcements, including the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. So if you’re in the market for a new photo or video, we’d definitely hold off for now if you can.
We recently saw Sony Alpha rumors (opens in new tab) suggest a full-frame Sony A7R V is imminent, complete with a state-of-the-art autofocus system. In that case, that camera would likely be more expensive than the EOS R6 Mark II; assuming it’s in the midst of the A7R IV’s launch price of $3,500 / £3,800 / AU$6,800.
Some more affordable rivals to Canon’s new all-rounder, however, might be the rumored OM System OM-5 and Fujifilm X-T5. According to 43 rumors (opens in new tab)this 20MP Micro Four Thirds camera could arrive later this month for a price in the region of $1,599 (about £1,420 / AU$2,545).
And as we discussed recently, the Fujifilm X-T5 rumor – which Fuji rumors (opens in new tab) it’s almost certain to arrive in November – it might be a late contender for the title of most exciting camera of the year, thanks to its potentially complete combination of features, lens and price (expected around $1,699 / £1,549 / AU$2,999, like the X-T4).
If you’re a photographer or a hybrid shooter, then it’s shaping up to be an exciting end to the year. Even if you can’t justify buying the latest models, these launches will have knock-on effects on today’s camera prices – and there’s also always Black Friday camera deals to look forward to in late November.