- Features on the Canon EOS R6 I found useful as a photographer
Portrait photographer Morgan Hide shares his first experience with the Canon EOS R6. He explains “cameras are our main tool that helps us to convey the story we want to tell”. Morgan has trialed the Canon EOS R6 in different settings/scenarios like low light, urban, wildlife and portrait photography, and here are some features he has found incredibly useful as a concert and portrait photographer.
Coming from the likes of the Canon DSLR line, I am quite a custom to using an optical viewfinder (OVF) but using an EVF has greatly improved my efficiency on shoots. Using the EVF has allowed me to judge exposure within the viewfinder itself and has allowed me to see the important settings such as, aperture, shutter speed, ISO and perfectly expose my scene without guessing, taking test shots or using the live view display. The display is incredibly sharp, I would say one of the coolest parts of using it, is seeing necessary information displayed, such as, what my white balance is set to, what burst mode I'm using or what autofocus mode I'm on.
Speaking of auto focus… WOW!!! By far one of my favourite features of the Canon EOS R6 is the Eye-AF/Animal Eye-AF! As a portrait photographer dealing in and out of the studio environments, Eye-AF locks on to my subject’s eyes with tack sharp focus. Being able to lock focus even with a moving subject is incredible and no longer have to fear being a tad out of focus. Did I also mention it works with animals too?! With Animal Eye-AF it does incredibly well for wildlife with pinpoint accuracy, similar to what I have mentioned previously, Eye-AF. From fast moving subjects like a bird flying, to a small little meerkat posing for a photo, this is a key feature to look out for if you are a wildlife photographer.
The continuous burst feature on this camera is insane! Coming from the 5D Mark IV sporting a 7 frames per second continuous burst, to 20fps in electronic shutter and 12fps in mechanical allows me to not miss a second of the action, especially shooting concerts or even portrait shoots with capturing the models going from pose to pose and is in perfect focus with every shot.
The Canon EOS R6 is incredibly light, hence it really helps when you need to use it for a long period of time. I chose to trial the RF 24-70mm f/2.8 USM with the Canon EOS R6 and I would describe the feel of the R6 as nothing short of premium to the touch! During my experience with the R6, I have noticed the solid build and the texture of the grip makes sure you have a tight grip. The tactile dials and scroll wheels ensure I can be very precise in changing settings and are very sturdy, so even the occasional bump will not displace your settings.
Overall, the Canon EOS R6 Mirrorless Camera delivers unfathomable power and image quality sporting a wicked image sensor that both photo and videographers can greatly benefit from!
A ground-breaking autofocus system that portrait photographers like myself well make for more efficient photoshoots and improved workflow. A speedy continuous burst fire mode that will be sure you won’t miss the perfect shot all packaged in a compact and lightweight body that won’t be tiresome anytime soon. I can’t wait to shoot with this workhorse again!
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