Two years after the launch of the first EOS R6, Canon has unveiled its successor 4,499 dollars EOS R6 Mark II.
Standout features include a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel sensor (up from 20.1 megapixels on the Mark I) and fast shooting speeds – up to 40fps in RAW and silent mode. Alongside the improved image quality and AF, Canon claims to have addressed the Mark I’s issues with overheating and overclocking video details in video modes, as well as overclocking video details, to deliver a more complete mirrorless experience.
Despite the larger 24.2 megapixel sensor, the R6 Mark II uses the same DIGIC X processor technology as before, and also foreshadows the stacked sensor in the R3, which remains a flagship feature reserved for the company’s high-end cameras.
However, Canon claims that the R6 Mark II offers improved image quality from the additional megapixels on board thanks to improved image processing. In addition, low-light sensitivity should be better and Canon says that the rolling shutter will be reduced on the R6. Like its predecessor, the R6 Mark II offers up to 8-stops of integrated control image stabilization, and is capable of focusing at low light levels of -6.5EV while maintaining shooting capabilities up to ISO 102,400.
Autofocus performance sees a big jump compared to the R6, with Canon stating that it is currently superior to any previous models, including the R3. The R6 Mark II can focus on people, animals (including horses), and vehicles, including motorcycles, cars, and trains. Additionally, it has an auto-select option that lets you decide what to track if you want.
In eye tracking modes, Canon says it’s now possible to specify which eye (left or right) should have focus priority, and when the eyes cannot be detected, the R6 Mark II will focus on the face of the shot instead. According to Canon, even if a person turns for a moment, their head will continue to track, and if the head is not visible, the camera will continue to track the body.
While you can shoot RAW at up to 40fps in electronic shutter modes, (in addition to 20fps and 5fps options) The R6 Mark II can capture up to 12fps in mechanical shutter.
Additionally, the R6 Mark II features a pre-burst mode that captures an image in RAW 0.5 seconds before the shutter is pressed. This mode shoots up to 191 frames at 30fps, with each image recorded in a single CR3 file. And all images work with AF tracking.
Finally, Canon says that 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.
Video was one of the R6’s weaknesses, with that model only able to shoot 4K 60p for 30 minutes and then freeze for another 10 minutes or so before shooting again.
Those issues are effectively gone with the R6 Mark II, as Canon effectively removes the 30-minute time limit for recording in the most difficult situations. That said, cropped 4K 60p still has a 50-minute time limit, although 4K 30p has no limitations. All 4k footage is created by upscaling the sensor’s 6K output for higher image quality.
The video detail has also been improved. 1080p tops out at 180fps, up from 120fps before, and there’s dynamic range in all video modes thankfully. HDR support via PQ and Clog3.
The pre-burst mode also works in video modes, and can take three or five seconds of video in a loop before pressing the record button.
Build-wise, the R6 Mark II is largely identical to its predecessor, with a few minor changes. The power / lock / power switch is now placed on the right side, which makes it easier to tap. In addition, there is a new video / photo mode switch that separates those functions and settings. Otherwise, it’s the same weight and size as the original R6, and according to early reports, has the same case, menus, control layout and handling.
As you’d expect, the body is dust and weather sealed on all exterior doors and inputs.
Additionally, the R6 Mark II features the same 3.69M point EVF as the R6. However, the R6 Mark II inherits the Optical View Finder viewfinder assist feature from the EOS R3, which keeps a ‘natural-looking’ display in shadows and highlights. The R6 Mark II is also compatible with the same LP-E6NH batteries and BG-R10 battery case as the R6, but the battery life benefit is increased by approximately 50% when using the LCD screen.
The R6 Mark II is backed by Canon Australia’s 5-year warranty when purchased from an authorized Canon Australia dealer and starts at an RRP of $4,499 (including GST) from the end of November, or with the RF 24-105mm f. /4L IS USM lens for $6,399 (incl. GST).
More information about the R6 Mark II can be found here, along with a comparison guide of it and its predecessor here.