Canon has just introduced the successor to its Canon EOS R6, which comes with a variety of innovations in the photo and video area: The new Canon full-frame DSLM EOS R6 Mark II offers for the first time 40 fps continuous shooting (photo) and a switchable False Color function (as the first non-Cinema EOS camera). In addition, 4K 60p with oversampling, 6K 60p RAW external recording (ProRes Raw via Atomos), in-camera image stabilization with up to eight-stage compensation, and more are available.
At the heart of the new Canon EOS R6 Mark II is its 24.2 MP CMOS sensor, which uses 6K oversampling without crop in all 4K video modes (24-60p) (making it, according to Canon, currently the only full-frame DSLM in its class without 4K 60p crop). The Canon EOS R6 Mark 2&s 0.5-inch OLED viewfinder resolves to 3.69 million pixels.
Two SD card slots are available for recording, which support different recording modes including parallel backup recording.
Canon&s Dual Pixel CMOS AF II is used as the autofocus system, which recognizes people, vehicles and animals (now including airplanes and trains as well as horses and zebras). The type of subject to be recognized can be selected individually in the menu or determined by the camera via the new "Automatic" option.
With the advanced eye detection, the user can specify which eye (left / right) should have priority when focusing. If the eyes cannot be detected, the EOS R6 Mark II should focus on the face in the image instead. Even if a person turns away for a moment, the head shall continue to be tracked. If the head is not visible, Canon says the camera will continue to track the body.
Thanks to the new hot shoe connection, the Tascam XLR adapter CA-XLR2D, which we tested here, can also be operated wirelessly on the Canon EOS R6 Mark II.
With up to eight exposure levels, the EOS R6 Mark II achieves the world&s most effective image stabilization according to Canon (see also our first field test with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II).
Also new are now Pre-Rec functions, which are available for both photo and video, and which for video recording three or optionally five seconds before pressing the record button and for photo in RAW burst modehalf a second before pressing the shutter button.
The EOS R6 Mark II&s new processor enables longer shooting times: Oversampling recordings in 4K 60p should now be able to be recorded for up to six hours (the previous limitation of recording time to 29.59 minutes is thus no longer applicable (the maximum recording time can vary depending on ambient temperature, memory card and battery capacity - see also our first field test with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II).
According to Canon, the camera also offers the possibility to record slow-motion footage with AF support in Full HD with up to 179.82 frames per second. During video recording, the False Color display can be used as exposure monitoring.
When using supported lenses, the EOS R6 Mark II is also said to offer focus breathing correction for the first time to compensate for negative pull focus effects.
The Canon EOS R6 Mark II shall also be able to be used as a webcam on PC and Mac computers running video conferencing apps such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, etc. (without installing additional software). This plug-and-play capability is said by Canon to be supported by industry-standard USB Video Class (UVC) and USB Audio Class (UAC) drivers built into Windows and macOS operating systems.
The EOS R6 Mark II is said to use the same LP-E6 batteries and battery grip of the EOS R6, but according to Canon has the advantage that the battery life could be extended by about 50% when using the LC display (see also our first field test with the Canon EOS R6 Mark II).
Along with the EOS R6 Mark II, Canon also announced an update to the Camera Connect app, which is said to offer a new design, improved connectivity and an intuitive user experience. With the v.3 update, the app is said to become a central portal for accessing other Canon software and services (- such as a printing app or the Image.canon cloud service). According to Canon, the app can be used to connect the camera to a smartphone or tablet and control it remotely. In addition, images can be optimized, downloaded or shared - it should also be possible to download and transfer firmware updates for the camera.
Canon EOS R6 Mark II: Prices and availability:
EOS R 6 Mark II Body: Available from the end of November at an MSRP. of 2,899.00 Euro
EOS R6 Kit with RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM: Available from the end of November at an MSRP. of 3,259.00 Euro