Liam Photography Podcast

Liam Photography Podcast


Episode 141: The Current State of Mirrorless Cameras Today

March 25, 2021

Greetings everybody, you’re listening to the Liam Photography Podcast, I’m your host Liam Douglas and this is episode 141. So for today’s episode I wanted to talk about the current state of mirrorless cameras and where we stand with the big four camera makers,
So let’s start off with Canon and their recent cameras, as you know over summer 2020 Canon release the EOS R5 and EOS R6 and both of these cameras were home runs for Canon. 
The EOS R5 has it’s 45MP CMOS sensor with the Digic X processor. It has 5 axis IBIS, DualPixel AF II, 8K video, which for me is overkill and 12fps mechanical and 20fps electronic shutter. It uses 2 cards slots with one being SD UHS-II and the other CFExpress Type A. It is a fantastic camera, but I’ve never understood Canon giving customers two different types of card slots and making one of them slower than the other. I mean you cannot write to both cards at once when shooting the high end video as the SD card slot will seriously slow down the much faster CFExpress slots performance. Sony has the right idea here by giving you two of the same card slots so you have maximum performance on both for dual writing.
Next we have the EOS R6 which has the 20MP CMOS sensor and the same Digic X processor. The EOS R6 also has the same IBIS with 5 stops of shake reduction and the same 12fps mechanical and 20fps electronic shutter, which is amazing! They also opted to give both card slots SD UHS-II, which was a very smart move so you have no performance issues when writing to both slots at the same time. The EOS R6 also has the same DualPixel AF II system so no difference in performance there. I am not bothered by the fact that the sensor is only 20MP as I am used to that having owned the EOS 1Dx3 and it also means the camera is great in low light performance!
As of this past week or so we now have a “confirmed” rumor from Canon Rumors that Canon will not only release the new EOS R1 flagship mirrorless sports body this year but also an EOS R5c, which will be Canon’s new cinema camera. It is rumored to have the exact same hardware specs as the EOS R5, but in a bigger body with active cooling to address overheating issues when shooting the 8K RAW video. This is HUGE news, considering if Canon does release this body it will be the Sony A1 killer. Remember, I talked in previous episodes about the A1 and how it doesn’t really affect the EOS R5 as the R5 has better specs with a much smaller price tag of $3,900 to Sony’s $6,500 for the A1.
Canon is certainly on the right track with their mirrorless offerings. All of their latest bodies have great specs, reasonable pricing and their EyeAF is already better than Sony’s, which is impressive considering Sony had a head start in EyeAF technology. This is why Canon is still the “king” in the camera world, they have been making cameras for over 100 years and they are still number one in the world!
Next we have Nikon and their latest offerings. We have the Z 6II and the Z 7II, which are both great cameras, but to be honest they are what the original Z6 and Z7 should have been. The Z 6II has a 24.5MP BSI or Back Side Illuminated CMOS sensor, it has 14fps continuous shooting so behind Canon there. It does have 5 axis IBIS, which is fantastic as well as 4K30 video and it had their Dual EXPEED 6 image processors. Now it had dual card slots, which Nikon got a LOT of heat for having single card slots in their original Z 6 and Z 7 but like Canon with EOS R5, they opted to go with one CFExpress slot and one UHS-II slot, which again baffles me from a performance standpoint, considering Nikon has been using faster card tech than Canon for some time now like Sony. Now the good news is the Z 6II is currently on sale for around $2,000, which is an awesome price point to be at!
The Z 7II is also a great camera and everything the ori...