Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS R6

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS R6. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


These cameras are both manufactured by Canon.

Canon EOS 550D were released 2010 and Canon EOS R6 was released 2020. That is a 10 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS 550D 2010
Canon EOS R6 2020

Type of camera

Canon EOS 550D is a DSLR camera while Canon EOS R6 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS 550D has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Canon EOS R6 has a "Canon Full Frame"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS 550D 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Canon EOS R6 50 mm
Full-frame sensor
No crop factor/focal length multiplier

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)


Canon EOS 550D has a 18,7 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Canon EOS R6 has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS 550D 18,7 MP
17915904 pixels
5184 x 3456
Canon EOS R6 20 MP
19961856 pixels
5472 x 3648

Canon EOS R6 has a 11 % larger resolution than Canon EOS 550D. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS R6 has a larger ISO-range than Canon EOS 550D. Canon EOS R6 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 102400 while Canon EOS 550D has 100 to 12800.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS 550D 100-12800
Canon EOS R6 100-102400

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS R6 belongs to the Canon EOS R-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS R

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS 550D
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS R6

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS 550D can shoot up to 3,7 pictures per seconds and Canon EOS R6 can shoot up to 20 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS 550D 3,7
Canon EOS R6 20

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS R6 can shoot movies.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Canon EOS R6 weighs 680 gr (equal to 1,5 lb) which is 33% heavier than Canon EOS 550D and its 510 gr (or 1,12 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS 550D 510 gr
1,12 lb
Canon EOS R6 680 gr
1,5 lb

Canon EOS 550D vs Canon EOS R6 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS 550D and Canon EOS R6, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Name Canon EOS 550D Canon EOS R6
Manufacturer Canon Canon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Release Year 2010 2020
Release Date 2010-02-08 2020-07-09
MSRP 899 USD 2499 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) Full Frame (approx 36 x 24 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 5184 x 3456 pixels 5472 x 3648 pixels
Megapixels 18,7 MP 20 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 4 DIGIC X
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
ISO Range 100 - 12800 100 - 102400
White Balance Presets 6 8
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No Yes
(Sensor-Shift. Works with lens-based IS systems for maximum shake reduction.)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Focus Points 9 1053
Lens Mount Canon EF
Canon EF-S

See Compatible Lenses
Canon RF

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
Full frame
No multiplier
24 mm remains 24 mm
50 mm remains 50 mm
100 mm remains 100 mm
200 mm remains 200 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Articulated LCD Fixed Fully articulated
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 1040000 1620000
Touch screen No Yes
Screen type TFT color liquid-crystal LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentamirror) Electronic
Viewfinder Coverage 95% 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.87 (0.54 35mm equiv.) 0.76
Viewfinder Resolution N/A 3690000
Photography features
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Frames per second 3,7 fps 20 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/8000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes No
Built-in Flash Range 13 meters N/A
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) 3 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format H.264
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080
3840 x 2160
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers No Yes
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port No Yes
Headphone Port No Yes
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Built-in ( 802.11b/g/n + Bluetooth)
Remote Control Yes (E3 connector, InfraRed) Yes
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS 550D
Canon EOS R6
Enviromentally sealed No Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion LP-E8 rechargeable battery & charger
LP-E6NH lithium-ion battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) N/A 360 shots
Width 129 mm 138 mm
Height 98 mm 98 mm
Depth 62 mm 88 mm
Weight 510 gram 680 gram