Discover the superpowers of Canon’s new mirrorless cameras

Canon’s recent release of its Canon EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless digital cameras have caused waves in the content creation community. Lauded by many as some of the finest offerings Canon has produced thus far, the pair of cameras each offer sophisticated multimedia systems and dynamic technical features that are […]

Canon’s recent release of its Canon EOS R5 and R6 mirrorless digital cameras have caused waves in the content creation community. Lauded by many as some of the finest offerings Canon has produced thus far, the pair of cameras each offer sophisticated multimedia systems and dynamic technical features that are causing many to question if it can “get any better than this”.

We asked Toronto-based photographer and content producer for Henry’s, Gajan Balan, for his candid opinion of these new products, and for his front-line take on how these cameras compare in the field.   

Gajan, you’ve expressed that you’re incredibly impressed with both of these new offerings from Canon. Let’s start with the R5. What makes it such a special camera from your perspective?  

The R5’s superpower is that it just creates jaw-dropping image files. You get these beautiful, incredibly high-resolution, 45-mega pixel images that have really great dynamic range and that have that Canon-colour ‘secret sauce’ that a lot of people have come to love. Also, we can’t forget that this camera packs 8k video recording. It also has all that you would expect from Canon: a good grip, the buttons where they need to be and an autofocus system that is the best I’ve ever seen or at least tied for number one.  

What about your own personal experience with the R5, any standout moments to share?

For sure — so I was recently working with a rapper and we were showing him some of the images just out of camera and he was so impressed that he insisted we hold off on sharing the photos because he wanted to use them as his album cover. I get to play with a ton of cameras and all kinds of lenses, and when we get to create something that’s stunning in the moment, that’s when I know that these manufacturers created something special.

And what about the R6 — what makes it stand out to you as a professional content creator?

I personally think this one is going to be the biggest seller of the two — not just because it’s a bit less pricey, but because it meets the requirements of any content creator. It has the dual card slots, the great battery life, the same renowned autofocus system as the R5, and great 4k video. It’s a great balance between resolution, price and feature set.

So which type of shooter would you say is best suited for which camera?

Don’t get me wrong — the R5 is an amazing photo camera with great video features, but the super high-resolution sensor can mean that unique challenges can occur when filming — such as rolling shutter or overheating. Because of this I would say those who are exclusively videographers are better off with the R6, whereas the R5 is particularly incredible for still imagery.

And perhaps the most important question, why go with mirrorless?  

I think the ability to see your exposure before you fire your shutter is a game changer — especially for those just getting into photography. There are also the added benefits of having something that’s much quieter and often smaller and lighter, but being able to see what you’re capturing and see your frame before you hit the shutter button just makes it easier to understand in real-time how such things as shutter speed and aperture will impact your image. That’s a huge bonus for those who are learning and refining their skills.

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