If you''re nearing buying a Canon EOS R6, we''d put some extra brakes on that decision, but there are now substantial rumors than a Canon EOS R6 Mark II successor is just around the corner.
The whole-frame camera that is still pushing high in our guide to the best photography cameras launched back in July 2020. According to Canon Rumors (opens in a new tab), it is on the verge of being a successor to the EOS R6 Mark II, which will give it a much-needed boost in resolution from 20 to 24MP.
According to Canon reports, the camera''s 24MP full-frame CMOS sensor, which doesn''t appear to be a "stacked" chip like the one in the pro-level Canon EOS R3, will be joined by more minor upgrades, including a Dual-Disk Raw mode for better editing capabilities and cloud raw processing. However, 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 just a little on the low side for a generalist camera. The Canon EOS 1D X Mark III, a standard DSLR, is developed to prioritize shooting speeds.
When Canon''s EOS R6 sequel comes out, it appears to offer photographers the additional resolution, which might increase detail and be beneficial for cropping photographs. However, an additional 4MP isn''t a significant increase, so it may be worth keeping an eye on second-hand pricing for the current EOS R6.
The EOS R6 Mark II would be a "stacked" sensor, like the 24.1MP backside-illuminated chip in the Canon EOS R3. However, this is unlikely to be seen in the leaked specs, and Canon Rumors claim that the camera''s 4K/60p video mode will continue to be cropped as on the EOS R6.
If the EOS R6 Mark II did have a''stacked'' sensor, which would yield faster read-out rates than traditional cameras. It''d also significantly inflate the EOS R6 Mark II''s price tag, compared to its predecessor the Fujifilm X-H2S ($2,499 / 2,499 / AU$4,449), but it also has a smaller APS-C sensor.
While it''s possible that Canon might restructure its lineup by making the EOS R6 a more premium model, leaving space for the rumored Canon EOS R8 and EOS R9 that appears unlikely, the Canon EOS R5 is still around as its top all-rounder model ($2,499 / 2,499 / AU$4,499). This means our money is on a moderately-upgraded Canon EOS R6 at a discounted rate ($2,499 /
Analysis: a late flurry of new cameras
If the rumors are correct, the end of the year will see several significant camera announcements, including the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. So if you''re in the market for a new photo or video workhorse, we''d probably delay for now, if you can.
Recently, we''ve seen Sony Alpha Rumors (opens in a new tab) suggest that a full-frame Sony A7R V would be superior to the EOS R6 Mark II; assuming it''s in the ballpark of the A7R IV''s launch price of $3,500 / 3,800 / AU$6,800.
The rumored OM System OM-5 and Fujifilm X-T5 are among Canon''s most affordable cameras, according to 43Rumors (opens in a new tab) and this 20MP Micro Four Thirds camera might be available later this month for a price of $1,599 (environ 1,420 / AU$2,545).
Fuji Rumors (opens in a new tab) speculates that the rumored Fujifilm X-T5 will launch sometime in November could be a late contender for the title of the year''s most impressive camera, due to its potentially well-rounded combination of features, lens, and price tag (expected to be in the region of $1,699 / 1,549 / AU$2,999, like the X-T4).
If you''re a photographer or a hybrid shooter, then it''s likely to be an exciting year. Even if you can''t justify buying the latest models, these launches will ultimately have side effects for the cameras'' price of today, and there''s always a Black Friday camera deal to look forward to in late November.