Canon EOS R6 II vs EOS R5

Canon EOS R6 II vs EOS R5
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Short of stepping up to the EOS R3, which is a different kind of camera, the new EOS R6 II and EOS R5 are Canon’s two top mainstream full frame mirrorless cameras. They look the same, they handle the same and to a large degree they are aimed at the same pro/semi-pro audience. 

The most obvious differences are the 45MP resolution of the EOS R5 and its 8K video capability, but that still leaves buyers with some thinking to do around how much these features are worth and whether there are other compromises which could tilt the choice towards the newer EOS R6 II, especially since it’s so much cheaper.

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at