For those moving from an R to the R6, thoughts?

wockawocka

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I really like it, it's much better than the R.

Things I would change

EVF blackout in the R6 vs the EOS R's freeze frame / pause - The EOS R is better in that regard.
EVF Update is slower on the R6 than the EOS R in scenes requiring higher ISO.

Other than that, no negs that I can see so far.
 

Act444

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EVF blackout in the R6 vs the EOS R's freeze frame / pause - The EOS R is better in that regard.

Could you elaborate on this a bit? Is there an actual "blackout" in the R6 EVF whenever a shot is taken (like a DSLR)? I know my RP has that same annoying "freeze frame/pause" deal going on whenever a shot is taken, making it challenging at best to shoot anything moving.
 

wockawocka

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Could you elaborate on this a bit? Is there an actual "blackout" in the R6 EVF whenever a shot is taken (like a DSLR)? I know my RP has that same annoying "freeze frame/pause" deal going on whenever a shot is taken, making it challenging at best to shoot anything moving.

So yeah, like a normal DSLR. It's more intrusive than the R's stutter between shots. I wish I could set it to not do it.

I can't speak for the RP, but the EOS R wasn't that bad when shooting burst.
 

YuengLinger

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Interesting. The opposite of what the marketing has been saying. WORSE than the R???

Are you sure you have Image Preview turned off?

Smoothest setting? 120 fps?

I hope we get some other hands-on experiences about this. (I've ordered!)
 
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wockawocka

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Interesting. The opposite of what the marketing has been saying. WORSE than the R???

Are you sure you have Image Preview turned off?

Smoothest setting? 120 fps?

I hope we get some other hands-on experiences about this. (I've ordered!)

Preview is turned off, 120fps is on, using the RF24-70 2.8 IS

I just wasn't expecting this. The camera is awesome in every other respect but the EVF compared to the R doesn't perform as well, like they cheapened out on something there.

The stuttering in the viewfinder when moving side to side (worse if you pan up and down) is pretty poor. Admittedly you have to move a decent speed to exaggerate it, but it's there. It makes no difference if you turn IBIS on or off and it seems to get worse the longer you do it.

I'm hoping it's an issue with the body, but I don't think it is. Firmware is 1.10
 

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Preview is turned off, 120fps is on, using the RF24-70 2.8 IS

I just wasn't expecting this. The camera is awesome in every other respect but the EVF compared to the R doesn't perform as well, like they cheapened out on something there.

The stuttering in the viewfinder when moving side to side (worse if you pan up and down) is pretty poor. Admittedly you have to move a decent speed to exaggerate it, but it's there. It makes no difference if you turn IBIS on or off and it seems to get worse the longer you do it.

I'm hoping it's an issue with the body, but I don't think it is. Firmware is 1.10

Thanks. Sounds frustrating. Dedicated Canon users have, by in large, very little EVF experience to compare one to another. Imagine getting an R5 and seeing this? We haven't heard about it. Hard to believe you got one that isn't up to spec, so soon out the gate, but anything is possible.

I checked TDP, and on the "Should I get an R5, R6 or R" page, he clearly states the R6 EVF is smoother than the R. I believe you. I don't want to doubt him because he has been reliable for years.

Anybody else???
 

wockawocka

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Thanks. Sounds frustrating. Dedicated Canon users have, by in large, very little EVF experience to compare one to another. Imagine getting an R5 and seeing this? We haven't heard about it. Hard to believe you got one that isn't up to spec, so soon out the gate, but anything is possible.

I checked TDP, and on the "Should I get an R5, R6 or R" page, he clearly states the R6 EVF is smoother than the R. I believe you. I don't want to doubt him because he has been reliable for years.

Anybody else???

Here's an example https://www.dropbox.com/s/sctm7crsol30x08/WhatsApp Video 2020-09-03 at 13.02.35.mp4?dl=0

It only does it in single shot. As soon as it goes into burst mode it stops. I think this is a feature vs a bug.

The screen smoothness I'm having trouble recording. But imho... it's baaaaad but only shows in lower light scenarios. But again, the EOS R doesn't suffer in the same way at all when side by side.
 

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Here's an example https://www.dropbox.com/s/sctm7crsol30x08/WhatsApp Video 2020-09-03 at 13.02.35.mp4?dl=0

It only does it in single shot. As soon as it goes into burst mode it stops. I think this is a feature vs a bug.

The screen smoothness I'm having trouble recording. But imho... it's baaaaad but only shows in lower light scenarios. But again, the EOS R doesn't suffer in the same way at all when side by side.

Thanks again!

I just popped my R's ISO to 10,000 and see ZERO blackout. I really don't understand what is happening with the R6. Hopefully a firmware fix is in the works!

As for the lag, it has been consistently difficult on the R to keep up with kids' basketball, with running around, with fast dancing.

But that blackout in your video, which I really appreciate you posting, looks horrendous. Nothing at all like that on my R. Zip, nada.
 

wockawocka

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Thanks again!

I just popped my R's ISO to 10,000 and see ZERO blackout. I really don't understand what is happening with the R6. Hopefully a firmware fix is in the works!

As for the lag, it has been consistently difficult on the R to keep up with kids' basketball, with running around, with fast dancing.

But that blackout in your video, which I really appreciate you posting, looks horrendous. Nothing at all like that on my R. Zip, nada.

The R6 is a speed demon, a completely different camera and one you'll enjoy greatly over the R.
 

Larsskv

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Here's an example https://www.dropbox.com/s/sctm7crsol30x08/WhatsApp Video 2020-09-03 at 13.02.35.mp4?dl=0

It only does it in single shot. As soon as it goes into burst mode it stops. I think this is a feature vs a bug.

The screen smoothness I'm having trouble recording. But imho... it's baaaaad but only shows in lower light scenarios. But again, the EOS R doesn't suffer in the same way at all when side by side.

So, to be clear, the EVF is smooth without bothersome black out if you shoot in continuous mode? If so, it isn’t a problem for action shooting, but maybe a bit hurtful to the overall shooting experience in single shot mode?
 
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wockawocka

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So, to be clear, the EVF is smooth without bothersome black out if you shoot in continuous mode? If so, it isn’t a problem for action shooting, but maybe a bit hurtful to the overall shooting experience in single shot mode?

Yep, that's the case. TBH the stuttering EVF is the biggest issue I have.
 
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I'm trying to be optimistic about this. From the video, looks terrible enough to have been mentioned in reviews, though there haven't been many yet. But, surely, those who usually attack Canon would shout about it if widespread, wouldn't they?

So maybe it's something with wockawocka's camera? Or something with a lens combo...Some overlooked setting? Just a tiny defect? Because, whoa, that blackout is distracting as heck. Definitely, imo, "hurtful to the overall shooting experience"!

Could lens firmware be in play?
 

wockawocka

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I'm trying to be optimistic about this. From the video, looks terrible enough to have been mentioned in reviews, though there haven't been many yet. But, surely, those who usually attack Canon would shout about it if widespread, wouldn't they?

So maybe it's something with wockawocka's camera? Or something with a lens combo...Some overlooked setting? Just a tiny defect? Because, whoa, that blackout is distracting as heck. Definitely, imo, "hurtful to the overall shooting experience"!

Could lens firmware be in play?

I've tried with various lens combinations, the RF24-70 IS as well as the RF50 plus adapted EF lenses. It's also worth mentioning the stuttering EVF when I move it from side to side in lower light situations - something the previous EOS R doesn't have.

Addressing the lack of reviewers mentioning it - could be it's all been about the R5 and the overheating. I asked similarly on DPreview and it's the same on their cameras.
 
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My R initially was a pain to use due to the freeze. I must have done 50 changes to the settings. Then one day, I noticed it was much better. I think it was after a firmware update. I've been considering a R6, but I don't want a worse EVF. My R is working great, so upgrading it is hardly urgent or maybe not necessary. The new models have a couple of features that I'd like, ibis, focus bracketing, interval shooting, better low light AF and auto focus at f/22. I'm not sure I'd want to go from 30 MP to 20 with as much cropping as I usually do. I did go back thru my 5D MK II photos to see how much fine detail there was, I was surprised at the amount of noise in some of my ISO 3200 photos. It was good for its time.
 

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My R initially was a pain to use due to the freeze. I must have done 50 changes to the settings. Then one day, I noticed it was much better. I think it was after a firmware update. I've been considering a R6, but I don't want a worse EVF. My R is working great, so upgrading it is hardly urgent or maybe not necessary. The new models have a couple of features that I'd like, ibis, focus bracketing, interval shooting, better low light AF and auto focus at f/22. I'm not sure I'd want to go from 30 MP to 20 with as much cropping as I usually do. I did go back thru my 5D MK II photos to see how much fine detail there was, I was surprised at the amount of noise in some of my ISO 3200 photos. It was good for its time.

This is how I feel too about my R. I really like the 30 MP range and don't need the higher resolution of the R5. Please please Canon bring an EOS R Mk II.
 
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wockawocka

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My R initially was a pain to use due to the freeze. I must have done 50 changes to the settings. Then one day, I noticed it was much better. I think it was after a firmware update. I've been considering a R6, but I don't want a worse EVF. My R is working great, so upgrading it is hardly urgent or maybe not necessary. The new models have a couple of features that I'd like, ibis, focus bracketing, interval shooting, better low light AF and auto focus at f/22. I'm not sure I'd want to go from 30 MP to 20 with as much cropping as I usually do. I did go back thru my 5D MK II photos to see how much fine detail there was, I was surprised at the amount of noise in some of my ISO 3200 photos. It was good for its time.

The EVF's stuttering only seems apparent in lower light situations (like inside my house - the light levels in the video basically) when there's a lot of straight lines and I'm tilting the camera side to side (worse when up and down). You effectively get tracers / mild ghosting. I'm not sure I would mind this if the EOS R was the same but it's two years older and performs better.

Outside though it's perfectly ok.

Reading the above back I know that doesn't really make it much better!
 
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The EVF's stuttering only seems apparent in lower light situations (like inside my house - the light levels in the video basically) when there's a lot of straight lines and I'm tilting the camera side to side (worse when up and down). You effectively get tracers / mild ghosting. I'm not sure I would mind this if the EOS R was the same but it's two years older and performs better.

Outside though it's perfectly ok.

Reading the above back I know that doesn't really make it much better!
Hopefully we can get some more R6 owners to chime in about their EVF experience. I really hope a firmware update addresses this for you! No such issues with the R5's EVF for me so far.
 
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