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Better than Black Friday: Canon's EOS R5 and EOS R6 are at all-time Aussie lows

Canon EOS R5
(Image credit: Canon)

Looking to score a bargain on a new camera for the new year? You're in luck: now's a great time to pick up one of the best cameras Canon's made to date.

The EOS R5 is the current flagship model in Canon's prosumer full-frame mirrorless range and it's only a smidge over five grand on Amazon Australia right now. There's also AU$250 cashback available via redemption from Canon, bringing the final price down to just over AU$4,800. At AU$1,699 off the RRP, that's the cheapest we've seen for the EOS R5 and an absolute steal for this mirrorless marvel.

What do you get for that kinda cash? Well, there's a fantastic 45MP sensor that produces amazing results with incredible detail that can be captured at up to 20fps and class-leading autofocus (inherited from the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III sports DSLR) for starters. That AF system has a staggering 5,940 user-defined points for stills and 4,500 for videography. And if the latter is what you're really into, then you can record uncropped 8K raw footage internally at up to 29.97fps in 4:2:2 12-bit colour. Despite the limitations on recording times, there's some serious cinema-quality specs here.

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Canon EOS R5 (body only) | AU$6,499 AU$4,805.80 after cashback (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,693.20)

The headline-making EOS R5 is a pricey beast, but it justifies that cost with top performance. And right now there's no need to pay full price, so you can go click-happy for less. Listed for just AU$5,055.80 on Amazon, it's the best price on the body right now, and if you take advantage of Canon's AU$250 cashback offer your final outlay will be just a touch over AU$4,800.

Not everyone needs a high-res sensor or 8K video capabilities. If you're on a tighter budget and a lower pixel count will suffice, we can't recommend the Canon EOS R6 highly enough.

It makes it into our best full-frame camera round-up for being just as fast as its more expensive sibling, but with a 20.1MP sensor and 4K video capabilities only. You still get absolutely pinpoint-perfect autofocus – with over 6,000 AF points to choose from – and the same remarkable image stabilisation as the EOS R5. It was made for low-light photography and you can save a sizeable AU$900 on the list price at Amazon right now, where it's down to AU$3,395. Moreoever, there's also AU$200 cashback available via redemption to increase your total saving.

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Canon EOS R6 (body only) | AU$4,299 AU$3,195 after cashback (opens in new tab) (save AU$1,104)

If you don't need the high-res sensor and 8K video capabilities of the EOS R5, then the EOS R6 is definitely on top of our list of the best mirrorless full-framers. It's also a lot more affordable as compared to its high-res sibling. And now cheaper by over a grand for the body alone – just be sure to avail yourself of the AU$200 cashback offer from Canon.

So, which one should you buy? If you have the cash to spare, the EOS R5 is the ultimate purchase for photographers and videographers alike.

Needless to say that 45MP resolution and 8K video might be overkill for some users, and that's where the EOS R6 comes in. It's a more sensible option for most photographers, but can compete with the EOS-1D X Mark III in the sports arena just as easily as it shares several of the DSLR's features. Its low pixel count makes it perfect for low light situations and its dual card slots support the cheaper and more commonly available SD format.

Whichever Canon camera you choose, there's now a pretty decent number of native RF lenses to choose from too, including some relatively affordable options that were announced over the course of 2021. So snap up these cameras for less as these prices are better than the Black Friday discounts we saw in November.

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!