The next big thing: EOS 6D Mark II, Canon’s newest full-frame DSLR

Everyone’s on their feet as Canon recently announced that a full-frame DSLR with fully articulated touchscreen LCD, in the form of Canon EOS 6D Mark II, will soon be available on the market. And photographers couldn’t wait to get their hands on the newest camera.

The Canon 6D Mark II is a follow-up on the original 6D, which was released in 2012. The 6D had the photographers reaching into their pockets because of its impressive performance at a price most affordable among its line of full-frames. And so, much is expected from the 6D Mark II. On the spec sheet alone, the camera is sure to deliver wonderful results.


Why go full-frame?

A full-frame has the sensor size of a traditional 35mm film, measuring 36x24mm. On the contrary, an APS-C sensor or ‘crop’ sensor has smaller size, measuring 22x15mm. With the seemingly large disparity of the sizes between the two, expectedly, a full-frame delivers better performance. There are two main advantages of full-frame over an APS-C sensor: superior low light performance and shallower depth-of-field. It is more capable of recording light at fast shutter speeds and with less noise at high ISOs. And gives shallower depth-of-field and wider angle of view.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is an entry-level full-frame DSLR that is designed specifically for photographers or enthusiasts who do not do much videography work. Or if you do, and you still don’t need 4K video anyway, then the 6D Mark II fits perfectly for you. The absence of 4K video is well compensated with a throng of cutting-edge features.


Vari-angle touch panel

First on the list is the 3.0” vari-angle touchscreen LCD. It is freely tilting and swiveling to almost any direction, even fully forward. 6D Mark II is the first in Canon’s lineup of full-frame DSLRs to have this feature; 5D Mark IV also has touchscreen LCD, but stays put on the back. Having an articulated monitor makes composing and photographing convenient for certain types of photography. And in situations when taking photos from unusual positions—overhead, near the ground, from the waist, and mounted on tripod. On Live View mode, it is easy to select and adjust focus, access menu and quick control settings with its touch sensitive controls. Two-finger touch gestures can be used for zooming or changing images.


Topnotch technology

Canon pushes the boundaries with the latest generation technology. 6D Mark II utilizes 26.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor, DIGIC 7 processor, 45-point AF system and Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The combination of these in one body system offers outstanding image quality and enhanced performance.

The 6D Mark II creates high-resolution and detailed images of 6240 x 4160 pixels. With a wide range of ISO sensitivity of 100-40000 (expandable to L: 50 and H2: 102400), it can produce stunning images at any light conditions. You need not worry about low light as it still focuses fast and gives crisp images.

Its advanced AF performance is remarkable at up to 6.5fps–2fps jump from Canon 6D’s 4.5fps, and 4fps on live view. For continuous shooting, it can capture up to 150 JPEGs or 21 RAWs.

The Canon 6D Mark II camera’s 45-point all cross-type AF system allows accurate and fast tracking of subjects as it covers 80% of the frame both vertically and horizontally. It also features an Intelligent Viewfinder II that lets you see exactly what the lens sees.

On top of that, the 6D Mark II uses a Dual Pixel CMOS AF for smooth, high-performance focus tracking in movies and fast autofocus acquisition when shooting still photos in Live View mode. Which works well with its fully articulating touchscreen LCD.

It also has 4K MJPEG codec at 50Mbit/s for stills-powered time-lapse mode. Moreover, “panning” is added to the SCN mode, which reduces the blur of the main subject and applies panning effect to the background by detecting the main subject with gyro information. However, it is limited to live view shooting only.

And for video, 6D Mark II is capable of shooting Full HD at 60fps and features 5-axis electronic image stabilization.

Other features

The Canon 6D Mark II has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth and GPS for wider connectivity. It is also dust- and water-resistant for an uninterrupted performance, even in unfavorable conditions.


The Canon EOS 6D Mark II will be available in July 2017. Stay tuned for more updates.