DxOMark Published Canon EOS R6 Sensor Review: 90 Points

DxOMark completed their full in-depth review for 20MP sensor inside the Canon EOS R6 full frame mirrorless camera. And the Canon EOS R6 achieves an outstanding overall score of 90 points (just 1 point behind the EOS-1D X Mark III), with a combination of 24.2 bits color depth, 14.3 EV dynamic range, and 3394 ISO low-light score.

Canon EOS R6 Key specifications:

  • 20MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC X Image Processor
  • 4K60p and FHD 120p 10-Bit Internal Video
  • Sensor-Shift 5-Axis Image Stabilization
  • 12 fps Mech. Shutter, 20 fps E. Shutter
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF II with 1053 Points
  • 0.5″ 3.69m-Dot OLED EVF
  • 3″ 1.62m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Subject Tracking with Deep Learning
  • Dual SD UHS-II Memory Card Slots

Against other models in Canon’s lineup, the R6’s sensor performance is very similar to that of the EOS-1D X Mark III. Further, the familiar pixel count of 20 MP suggests that Canon uses the same sensor or a variant of it in the EOS R6. The R6 has just 0.2 EV less dynamic range at ISO 400 or lower and gains just 0.06 EV in our computed low-light ISO (Sports) sensitivity value of 3394 ISO (vs 3248 ISO for the EOS-1D X Mark III, which is negligible).

Meanwhile, the overall sensor dynamics of the EOS R6 are comparable to the similar 30 MP sensors in the EOS R and the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. While not class-leading just yet, improvements in Canon’s sensor tech of late is delivering solid advances in dynamic range, noise levels, and color accuracy.

DxOMark from Conclusion:

Canon’s decision to launch the EOS R6 alongside the more intriguing EOS R5 may have kept the former out of the limelight somewhat, but it’s a highly capable camera with competitive specifications. Its body stabilization, super-fast burst rates, solid video specs, and useful dual-pixel AF II all add up to a very well-rounded offering.

While the 20 MP sensor may seem an odd choice, this is a variant of the one found in the flagship EOS-1D X Mark III, and the results are practically identical. It performs well across the board with excellent dynamic range at all ISOs. Add to that the sensor’s good color and low noise, and the Canon EOS R6 looks set to be a firm favorite among a wide range of photographers who work across many different genres.

You can read the full review at DxOMark.

Canon EOS R6 body: $2,499 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Canon EOS R6 with 24-105mm f/4-7.1 Lens: $2,799 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Canon EOS R6 with 24-105mm f/4L Lens: $3,599 at AmazonB&HAdorama.