Hands-on with Canon’s youth full-frame model, a Canon EOS 6D Mark II
After months of speculation, Canon has taken a wraps off a Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Replacing a four-year-old EOS 6D, a Canon EOS 6D Mark II slots into a EOS DSLR lineup next a EOS 5D Mark IV and above a company’s flagship APS-C model, a EOS 7D Mark II.
Often described as a youth full-frame DSLR, a strange Canon EOS 6D became renouned with fan photographers who were looking to swell from an APS-C DSLR and take their initial stairs into full-frame photography yet carrying to jump to a 5D.
Though a new Canon EOS 6D Mark II boasts full-frame standing and many of Canon’s latest technological innovations, it stays a DSLR directed during enthusiasts rather than professionals, and is labelled accordingly. There’s a whopping £1350 disproportion between a 6D Mark II and 5D Mark IV. What’s also engaging is that it costs £200 reduction than a strange EOS 6D when it was launched in 2012.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will go on sale for £1999.99 (body only) or £2379.99 with a EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens.
A few days before a executive release, we was invited to a product lecture where we got a probability to find out some-more and form some initial impressions.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II – Features
The EOS 6D’s 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor is transposed by a 26.2MP full-frame CMOS chip that we’ve never seen before in an EOS model. Compared to a prototype that had a local ISO operation of 100-25,600, a Mark II can now glow between ISO 100-40,000, expandable to ISO 50-102,400.
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Just like other Canon DSLRs of late, a new sensor teams adult with Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 picture processor. This pairing promises improvements to both picture peculiarity and speed of performance.
Image information is processed 14x faster than Canon’s DIGIC 6 picture processor (the strange EOS 6D featured a DIGIC 5+ picture processor) and it can now glow a continual detonate during adult of 6.5fps, that is 2fps faster. A minute demeanour during a preference tells me that users can design to means a detonate of adult to 150 JPEGs, or 21 RAW files, during 6.5fps.
Speed advantages are also gained in live perspective interjection to a formation of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. I’ve seen this record rolled out opposite a series of other Canon DSLRs in a final few years, including a EOS 80D, EOS 7D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark IV. Not usually does it concede for high-performance Servo AF tracking as good as smoother focusing, yet it manners out a indolent autofocus opening in live perspective mode.
For those unknown with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, it’s a sensor-based, phase-detection autofocus complement that works by bursting all a effective pixels on a aspect of a sensor into twin particular photodiodes – one for left and one for right.
Each of these photodiodes can be examination separately, permitting faster phase-detection autofocus while concurrently being used for picture capture. It’s a complement that’s turn profitable to photographers and videographers who’d like to glow fast yet carrying to put adult with ungainly focusing in Live View.
On a theme of autofocus, a EOS 6D Mark II’s new AF complement is extremely some-more modernized than a 11-point AF complement with one cross-type indicate we get on a strange EOS 6D. This latest indication inherits a 45-point all-cross-type AF complement out of a EOS 80D. Out of a 45 AF points on offer, 27 are f/8 compatible, with a centre indicate being supportive down to f/2.8.
The operative operation of a AF complement is usually a same as before, however, and is supportive to -3EV to 18EV.
Turning courtesy to a camera’s metering, this is left in a means hands of a 7560-pixel RGB IR metering sensor. I’ve seen this used before in a likes of a EOS 77D and it’s proven to be arguable during delivering consistently accurate exposures.
To negate a fast on/off pulsing we can get with some synthetic lights, a EOS 6D Mark II also facilities Canon’s Flicker Detection record that initial finished a entrance in a EOS 7D Mark II.
The camera sadly doesn’t support 4K film recording. In a deficiency we get Full HD (1920 x 1080) video during adult to 60p and you’re supposing with a 3.5mm pier to block in an outmost microphone.
There’s no headphone pier to guard audio levels as we shoot, yet it does turn a initial full-frame EOS to embody five-axis in-camera digital stabilisation for film constraint – a underline I’ve found to be quite effective during creation handheld videos smoother and some-more veteran looking on a other EOS cameras.
The good news is that video footage can be stabilised even when non-IS lenses are used, and a electronic stabilisation can be total with visual stabilisation when regulating concordant EF lenses.
Though it won’t naturally be a initial choice for videographers wanting to glow a highest-resolution movies, a EOS 6D Mark II does come with an intriguing 4K time-lapse film mode.
This mode annals still images during 4K fortitude over a generation set adult around a camera’s in-built intervalometer before automatically merging a frames to emanate an effective time-lapse movie. If a instance footage shown during a product lecture is anything to go by, a formula from regulating this mode can be spectacular.
I’m looking brazen to perplexing this new feature, and we’ll no doubt see it rolled out opposite other EOS models in a future.
Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity is built into a camera, charity photographers a leisure to control it wirelessly from a smartphone or inscription that’s regulating Canon’s Camera Connect app.
There’s also Bluetooth connectivity to form a permanent tie to a smartphone – a underline formerly seen on a EOS M5, EOS 800D and EOS 77D. It allows your phone to be used as a remote control during any time, yet carrying to disaster around environment adult a Wi-Fi tie between devices.
The Bluetooth tie can also indoctrinate a camera to glow adult a Wi-Fi for when we wish to duplicate images opposite to your phone, or use full remote control with live view.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II – Build and Handling
The measure of a EOS 6D Mark II have altered really slightly. Compared to a strange EOS 6D that totalled W144.5 x H110.5 x D71.2mm, this latest indication is incompletely some-more compress during W144.0 x H110.5 x D74.8mm, and weighs 765g (body only) when a rechargeable LP-E6N battery is loaded.
The unsatisfactory news for existent EOS 6D users is that a BG-E13 battery hold isn’t compatible. Those who’d like to urge doing when regulating heavier lenses, and replicate a position of buttons in a mural format as they are in a landscape format, will need to buy a new BG-E21 battery hold (£199).
The framework of a camera is finished from aluminum amalgamate and polycarbonate creosote with potion fibre, since a physique is assembled from polycarbonate creosote with special conductive twine and potion twine in some areas.
Though it feels noticeably lighter in a palm than a EOS 5D Mark III or EOS 5D Mark IV, a physique feels good finished and rarely durable. Canon also states that a physique is dust- and drip-resistant, that should see it tarry a few drops of sleet when used in a good outdoors.
The biggest change to a physique is located during a behind where a 3-inch, 1,040k-dot vari-angle touchscreen replaces a 3-inch, 1040k-dot bound shade of old.
Many Canon users have been seeking for a vari-angle shade on a full-frame DSLR for some time now, so it’s good to see Canon behaving on patron feedback. Being means to lift a shade out and lean it to your elite angle gives it a graphic advantage over a bound shade when attempting to glow from wily angles or unusal perspectives. The touchscreen offers accurate control and responds to a lightest of touches.
Above a shade we get an visual viewfinder that provides 98% coverage and 0.71x magnification. As good as divulgence all a common bearing and autofocus information, it can be set adult to arrangement a expostulate mode, battery level, warning symbol, flutter showing and picture quality.
There’s a good vast rubber eye crater to pillow a viewfinder opposite your eye, and generally vocalization it feels roughly matching to a strange EOS 6D in a hand. The hold is good sculpted, yet you’ll find a grippy leather-effect finish doesn’t extend all a approach around a side of a body, like it does on veteran EOS bodies. You don’t get a joystick to poke a AF indicate around a support either, that is instead incorporated into a behind circle as a multi-controller.
Button chain is probably matching to before. The on/off switch shoulders a left dilemma of a physique usually next a mode dial and we get modernized controls such as an AF-ON symbol to simply perform behind symbol focusing.
Other critical buttons on a tip picture concede we to entrance AF modes, expostulate modes, ISO and metering modes. A new addition, despite a teenager one, is a tiny symbol usually behind a shiver symbol that’s quite useful for adjusting a AF indicate preference process really quickly.
Those carefree of twin SD label slots competence be somewhat unhappy to find that it usually has a singular slot. This unfortunately manners out any probability of subsidy adult files to a second card, spilling over to a second label when one becomes full, or assigning one label to a purpose of stills recording and a other to video.
It’s protected to contend anyone entrance from an strange EOS 6D will feel right during home handling a EOS 6D Mark II. It won’t feel intimidating for those upgrading from a double-digit or triple-digit Canon APS-C DSLR either, and Canon has finished good to safeguard that it feels both intrinsic and discerning to use for existent EOS DSLR users.
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The Canon EOS 6D Mark II has been a enlarged time coming. It sets a sights on improving where a EOS 6D left off and looks set to do so with a constrained set of facilities that will positively attract many enthusiasts who are meditative of upgrading to full frame.
Though it’s a supposed ‘enthusiast DSLR’ it’s expected to accept some seductiveness from professionals who’d like a smaller and lighter backup body. It looks like a good choice for travelling and situations where a vari-angle shade is preferable.
While it’s seen as healthy step-up for APS-C users and will positively prove a infancy of those who buy it, a deficiency of twin label slots and 4K video competence pull a few people towards a EOS 5D Mark IV instead. If 4K video isn’t required, you’ll wish to bear in mind that it’s still probable (at a time of writing) to buy an EOS 5D Mark III from new for a same cost as a EOS 6D Mark II.
From my brief hands on with a pre-production indication we got a sense that it’s good built and found small to error in terms of a ubiquitous opening and operation.
The autofocus is snappy, live-view focusing is in a opposite joining to a strange EOS 6D, and yet a widespread of AF points is sincerely central, it’s good to have some-more of them during your disposal.
The detonate rate isn’t blisteringly discerning by today’s standards, yet it’s adequate. The shade is positively glorious and is one of a genuine standout facilities of this camera. Never before has it been so easy to harmonise an picture from an ungainly angle or position on a full-frame Canon DSLR.
All that’s left to do now is wait a few weeks until a examination representation arrives to find out how a new 26.2MP sensor performs and get a improved sense of what it’s like to use over a enlarged spell of real-world testing.