29 June 2017
Aimed squarely at enthusiast photographers looking for a jump up in image quality, the EOS 6D Mark II combines a new 26.2-megapixel full-frame sensor with Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 processing engine.
Canon says its new processor is 14x faster than its DIGIC 6 predecessor and enables the EOS 6D Mark II to reach a top native sensitivity of ISO 40,000, which you can expand down to ISO 50 or all the way up to 102,400.
One of the camera’s biggest selling points, however, is the addition of a new fully articulated LCD with touchscreen capability. The EOS 6D Mark II is the first Canon full-frame camera to offer a vari-angle touchscreen, and Canon says it has added the feature to help bridge the transition for photographers using models like the EOS 77D or 800D further down its EOS range.
Canon also says this is the world’s lightest full-frame camera – again, another selling point it hopes will appeal to enthusiasts currently shooting with crop sensors who want to make the leap up to full-frame with all the comforts of their current camera.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II also offers a 45-point AF system, all of which are cross-type AF points. This is a significant improvement over the original EOS 6D, which offers an 11-point AF system with just one cross-type AF point.
In Live View, the EOS 6D Mark II boasts Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, which covers an impressive 80% of the frame. So while we talk about the EOS 6D Mark II in terms of having 45 AF points, as Canon points out, each megapixel is used to capture AF within this 80% area. So you could say that it has 18 million AF points.
Other enhancements include a faster burst mode, which enables the 6D Mark II to now shoot 6.5fps compared to 4.5fps in its predecessor. You’ll also find built-in 5-axis movie stabilisation that counteracts shake when footage is captured hand-held and on-the-move.
On the video front, the EOS 6D Mark II doesn’t record 4K video like we’ve been accustomed to seeing. It records Full HD video at 60fps, however, and it is the first Canon camera to offer both 4K time lapse movie mode and an intervalometer. You’ll also find built-in GPS for adding locations to your images.
Design-wise, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is dust- and moisture-resistant, and there is a new button on the front of the camera to change the AF mode.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will cost £1,999.99 / €2,499.99 for the body only, or £2,379.99 / €2,944.99 for the body plus an EF 24-105mm STM lens kit.
What’s more, Canon has also announced a new battery grip for the EOS 6D Mark II, priced at £199, as well as a new protecting cloth, which is priced £24.99.
Of course, it’s much more economical to hire a camera for specific shoots or simply to try before you buy.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be released in July of this year.