Canon has announced the launch of the EOS R6 Mark II, which they tout as their fastest advanced full-frame mirrorless camera to date. The R6 Mark II is the sequel to the original R6 announced in July 2020.
The R6 Mark II can shoot 4K UHD and 6K RAW movies on an external device. It can capture 40fps in photo mode and good AF in low light.
The camera uses the same DIGIC X processor technology as the EOS R5, EOS R6 and EOS-1D X Mark III. It has a new 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor and supports Dual Pixel CMOS AF II.
According to Canon, the EOS R6 Mark II is the only camera in its class capable of using the full width of the sensor to shoot 4K 60p UHD, with Dual Pixel CMOS AF II simultaneous focusing. All 4K footage is created by upsampling the 6K sensor output. The EOS R6 Mark II is also capable of outputting 6K RAW via its HDMI output, which can be recorded on an Atomos Ninja V+ recorder in ProRes RAW.
Users can also activate a 3 or 5 second video pre-record mode, which when activated allows video to be streamed through the standby camera, allowing the action to be captured before even if you press Save.
The EOS R6 Mark II features an improved circuit design allowing for longer recording times. According to Canon, you can capture over 40 minutes of oversampled 4K 60p recording or up to 6 hours of 4K 30p. The maximum individual clip recording length of 29 minutes and 59 seconds has been removed.
The camera can also capture Full HD at up to 180 fps with full AF support. Another new feature is the ability to display and use false colors for exposure adjustment.
The EOS R6 Mark II supports HDR via PQ, as well as Canon Log 3. When used with supported lenses, the EOS R6 Mark II also uses Focus Breathing Correction to compensate for focus breathing effects.
There’s also now a dedicated video/photo switch.
The EOS R6 Mark II can track subjects using enhanced deep learning artificial intelligence, and it can recognize people, vehicles (which now include planes and trains in addition to cars and motorcycles) and animals. Animal AF has been updated to recognize horses and zebras as well as dogs, cats and birds. The type of subject to be detected can be chosen from the menu or using the new Auto option. With Advanced Eye Tracking, users can specify which eye (left or right) should be focused in priority, and when eyes cannot be detected, the EOS R6 Mark II focuses on the face at the place. Even if a person turns away for a moment, their head continues to be tracked, and if the head is not visible, the camera will continue to track the body.
The EOS R6 Mark II is claimed to deliver the world’s most effective IS performance, with up to 8 stops of Coordinated Control Image Stabilization. Using the combined, optical and integrated IS, the camera can take long exposures, handheld with clarity and sharpness. Photographers can also capture images in extremely low light conditions, with focusing at light levels as low as -6.5 EV and the ability to shoot up to ISO 102,400.
40 fps in photo mode
The EOS R6 Mark II is Canon’s fastest EOS to date. It can shoot continuously at up to 40 fps – with 20 fps and 5 fps options with electronic shutter, and up to 12 fps mechanically. According to Canon, compared to the EOS R6, the new sensor has a reduced rolling shutter.
The EOS R6 Mark II can also record the action before shooting begins, with 0.5 seconds of pre-shooting in RAW Burst mode. RAW Burst mode shoots continuously at 30 fps up to 191 frames, saving each frame to a single CR3 file; all with AF tracking. Individual images can be extracted from this roll using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software, or in-camera, and saved as individual JPEG, HEIF or RAW files.
The camera features dust and weather sealing on all exterior doors and entrances. It also uses a 3.69 million dot EVF with a refresh rate of 120 frames per second. The EOS R6 Mark II inherited the Optical View Finder view assist feature from the EOS R3. The camera is also compatible with the same LP-E6NH batteries and BG-R10 battery grip as the EOS R6, but with the benefit of increasing battery life by approximately 50% when shooting. using the LCD screen.
Unfortunately, the camera has a Micro-HDMI output.
The camera has Bluetooth v.5 and Wi-Fi (5 GHz) update, so it can be easily connected to smartphone and networks allowing high-speed file sharing and transfer FTP/FTPS/SFTP. The camera can also be controlled remotely using the Camera Connect and EOS Utility apps, connected to a PC, Mac or smartphone via Wi-Fi or high-speed USB-C. The EOS R6 Mark II also supports automatic transfer of image files from the camera to the image.canon cloud platform so that users can easily share and print images.
The EOS R6 Mark II can be used as a webcam on PC and Mac computers running video calling applications such as Skype, Zoom and Teams, without having to install any additional software. This plug-and-play capability is powered by standard USB Video Class (UVC) and USB Audio Class (UAC) drivers built into Windows and MacOS operating systems.
The EOS R6 Mark II. Featuring a multi-function hot shoe with a next-generation interface, the EOS R6 Mark II enables the use of a new series of Canon accessories, including the all-new SPEEDLITE EL-5. These accessories can be used without cables, and in some cases without batteries.
Canon Camera Connect app
Alongside the EOS R6 Mark II, Canon has also announced an update to its Camera Connect app which now has a new look, along with improved connectivity and a simple user experience. The v.3 update turns the app into a central portal, giving users easy access to other Canon software and services, such as the Print app or the image.canon cloud service. From the app, Canon users can connect their camera to a smartphone or tablet to act as a remote control, or sharpen images, download or share them on the go and even download firmware updates for their camera.
Price and availability
The EOS R6 Mark II retails for US$2,499.
You can also buy it with a 24-105mm f/4-7.1 lens for $2,799.
Another option is to buy it with the 24-105mm f/4 lens for $3,599.
The EOS R6 Mark II will benefit from Canon Australia’s 5-year warranty when purchased from an authorized Canon Australia retailer. Pricing will be set at the discretion of resellers, with an RRP of $4,499 (including VAT) for the EOS R6 Mark II. For the body and lens kit, RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, the MSRP is $6,399 (including GST). Available in Australia from the end of November 2022,
It looks like a pretty decent camera, but there’s nothing that really jumps off the page. However, specs almost never tell you a camera’s true value. With so much competition in the full-frame mirrorless mirrorless space, it’ll be interesting to see how well the R6 Mark II sells.
It’s interesting to see Canon release a new camera model so soon, but I guess they have to do it with the increased competition and how quickly their biggest competitor, Sony, is releasing new models.
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