Canon has announced the launch of the EOS R6 Mark II, which it claims is its fastest and most advanced full-frame mirrorless camera to date. The R6 Mark II is the follow-up to the original R6 that was announced in July 2020.
The R6 Mark II can shoot 4K UHD movies and 6K RAW to an external device. It can capture 40fps in steady mode and good low-light AF.
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 to use its full-width sensor to record 4K 60p UHD with simultaneous Dual Pixel CMOS AF II focusing. All 4K images are created by superimposing the sensor’s 6K output. The EOS R6 Mark II can output 6K RAW through its HDMI output, which can be recorded in ProRes RAW on the Atomos Ninja V+ recorder.
Users can activate a 3- or 5-second movie recording mode, which when turned on allows for standby video playback in the camera even before recording is loaded.
The EOS R6 Mark II features an improved circuit design that allows for longer recording times. Like the Canon, you can capture over 40 minutes of sampled 4K 60p footage or up to 6 hours of 4K 30p. The previous maximum individual clip recording time of 29 minutes 59 seconds has been removed.
The camera can record full HD up to 180fps with full AF support. Also new is the ability to bring up and use false color exposure adjustments.
The EOS R6 Mark II features HDR support via PQ as well as Canon Log 3. When used with primed lenses, the EOS R6 Mark II uses focus-breathing correction to compensate for the effects of focus breathing.
There is also now a dedicated video/photo converter.
The EOS R6 Mark II can track subjects using advanced deep-learning artificial intelligence, and can recognize people, vehicles (now including airplanes and trains in addition to cars and motorcycles), and animals. Animals AF has been updated to recognize horses and zebras as well as dogs, cats and birds. Subject type can be selected in the menu or using the new automatic option. With advanced eye tracking, users can specify which eye (left or right) should have focus priority, and when the eyes cannot be found, the EOS R6 Mark II will focus on the face of the shot instead. Even if a person turns away for a moment, their head will continue to be tracked, and if the head is not visible, the camera will continue to track the body.
The EOS R6 Mark II is said to boast the world’s most effective IS performance, stabilizing up to 8 composite control images. Using integrated IS, optical and built-in, the camera can shoot long exposures, with handheld quality and resolution. Photographers can capture images in extremely low-light conditions with focus as low as -6.5EV and the ability to shoot up to ISO 102,400.
40 fps in constant mode
The EOS R6 Mark II is Canon’s fastest EOS. It can shoot continuously up to 40fps – with 20fps and 5fps options with electronic shutter and up to 12fps mechanically. According to Canon, compared to the EOS R6, the new sensor has reduced rotational lock.
The EOS R6 Mark II can also record action before shooting, with a 0.5 second pre-shoot in RAW Burst mode. RAW Burst mode shoots up to 191 frames continuously at 30fps, recording each image in a single CR3 file. All with AF tracking. Individual images can be extracted from this package using Canon’s Digital Photo Professional software or in-camera and saved as individual JPEG, HEIF or RAW files.
The camera shows dust and weather sealing on all exterior doors and inputs. It also uses a 3.69M point EVF with a refresh rate of 120fps. The EOS R6 Mark II optical viewfinder inherits the viewfinder assist feature from the EOS R3. The camera is compatible with the same LP-E6NH batteries and BG-R10 battery case as the EOS R6, but the battery life benefit increases by approximately 50% when using the LCD screen.
The camera is updated with Bluetooth v.5 and Wi-Fi (5GHz), which can easily connect to smartphones and networks that allow high-speed file sharing and FTP/FTPS/SFTP transfer. The camera can be controlled remotely from a computer, Mac or smartphone connected via Wi-Fi or high-speed USB-C using the camera’s connector and EOS utility apps. The EOS R6 Mark II also supports automatic transfer of image files from the device to the Canon Cloud Platform, allowing users to easily share and publish 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 Groups without the need to install additional software. This plug-and-play capability is powered by industry-standard USB Video Component (UVC) and USB Audio Component (UAC) drivers built into Windows and macOS operating systems.
The EOS R6 Mark II. Featuring a multi-function shoe with a next-generation interface, the EOS R6 Mark II enables the use of a new series of Canon accessories, including the newly launched SPEEDLITE EL-5. These accessories can be used without the need for cables and in some cases without the use of batteries.
Canon Camera Link app
Alongside the EOS R6 Mark II, Canon has announced an update to the Camera Link app which now has a new look and feel, as well as improved connectivity and a simpler user experience. The v.3 update makes the app a central portal, allowing users to easily access 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 edit images, download or share them on the go, and download firmware updates for their camera.
Price and availability
The EOS R6 Mark II is backed by Canon Australia’s 5-year warranty when purchased from an authorized Canon Australia dealer. Pricing is set at dealers’ discretion, with an RRP of $4,499 (inc. GST) for the EOS R6 Mark II. For body and lens kit, the RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM, RRP is $6,399 (including GST). Available in Australia from late November 2022;
This looks like an adequate camera, but nothing jumps off the page. However, specifications will never tell you the true value of a camera. With so much competition in the full-frame mirrorless hybrid space, it will be interesting to see how well the R6 Mark II sells.
It’s interesting to see Canon releasing a new camera model soon, but I suspect they’ll have to deal with the competition and rapid pace at which their biggest competitor, Sony, is releasing new models.