A mid-range camera body with excellent full-frame image quality and medium-high resolution is the Canon EOS R6 Mark II. The audience for this camera includes those who produce content, those who already own a DSLR, and those searching for a versatile all-around camera that does everything well, including capturing cherished family moments.
This model is an improvement over the Canon EOS R6 as indicated by the “Mark II” moniker. The R6 is barely 2 years old at the time of the R6 II’s introduction, but it’s amazing how much progress has been made during that time. Even though some of the upgraded and new features, like the autofocus system, may be worth the upgrade on their own for some users, this camera is significantly better overall.
The 2020-original Canon EOS R6 is replaced by the new Canon EOS R6 Mark II, a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera.
A new 24.2 megapixel CMOS sensor, used in the R6 II, provides a 20% increase in resolution over its 20 megapixel predecessor.
It has a class-leading burst shooting rate of 40 frames per second with an electronic shutter, which is twice as fast as its predecessor and makes it Canon’s fastest full-frame mirrorless camera. It even outperforms the standard 30 frames per second mode provided by the top-tier EOS R3.
The most recent DIGIC X processor, 6K/60p unlimited video recording, 8-stops of IBIS, an expanded ISO range of 50–204,800, improved AI tracking that now recognizes horses, planes, and trains, a new OVF simulation mode, dual SD UHS II card slots, 5GHz wi-fi and Bluetooth 5.0, as well as webcam and live streaming support are some of the other key features.
In the UK, Europe, and the US, the price for the Canon EOS R6 Mark II body only is currently £2,779.99, €3,149.99, and $2,499.00, respectively. It was created and manufactured in Japan.
Features of the Canon EOS R6 Mark II in Brief
- New DIGIC X Image Processor Version ISO 100-102400, Expandable down to 50, up to 204800, with Preset ISO
- Settings Available New 24.2 Megapixel Full-Frame Canon CMOS Imaging Sensor
- Image Stabilizer In-Body provides up to 8 shake correction stops
- High-Speed Continuous Shooting at up to 40 fps with an electronic shutter and 12 fps with a mechanical shutter, with a shutter speed of up to 1/16000
- Excellent Dual Pixel CMOS AF system, utilizing algorithms derived from the R3 and enhancing AF. EV -6.5
- Working Range – 21 Full-Width Movies up to 6K at 60 fps ProRes RAW (10-bit, in-camera FHD proxy only, external recording only), 4K UHD 60 fps (6K oversampling), and FHD 180 fps
- Up to 3.7K 60fps Cropped Movies ProRes RAW (12-bit, only external recording, in-camera FHD proxy), 4K UHD 60 fps, and FHD 60 fps
- Canon Combination IS (OIS, IBIS, Digital Movie IS), Detect Only AF (stops autofocusing when subject exits frame), Aspect Ratio Markers, Log 3, 3- or 5-second Movie Prerecording (matching social media sites)
- RAW Burst Mode with in-camera Depth Compositing and 0.5-second Pre-Shooting Focus Bracketing
- Performance improvements for HDR, including Moving Subject HDR (one shot captured at a base ISO of 800)
0.5 built-in “120 frames per second 3.69 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder Freshness Rate
- 3 “Dual UHS-II SD Memory Card Slots on a Vari-Angle LCD Touchscreen
- flickering HF light (as in R3)
- 2x and 4x digital extenders (JPG support only)
- multiple-purpose hot shoe
- WiFi and Bluetooth are built-in, and the network menu is streamlined.
- Direct device connectivity with MFI cable compatibility
- an FTP client
- considerably longer battery life
- Dust and Weather Resistance and Impressive Durability have been upgraded to 400,000 Actuation Shutter
- Durability Rating from 300,000.
- Optional BG-R10 Battery Grip for Canon
RF Lens Mount, EF/EF-S/TS-E/MP-E Lens Compatibility with Adapter
The RF mount is capable of supporting optical designs that might be smaller than those that the EF mount is capable of, and it frequently uses large, rear-positioned elements with a reduced angle of light rays. Less bending of the light can result in images with better aberration correction. RF lenses’ larger rear-element construction also contributes to their ergonomic shape and weight distribution. Performance is also increased by improved camera-lens communication, including instant feedback for better in-lens image stabilization.
The 24 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which results in an average image size of about 8Mb, was used to capture all of the sample images used in this review.
During the review period, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II produced still images of exceptional quality.
From ISO 50 to ISO 12800, this camera produces noise-free JPEG images; noise only appears at ISO 25600. Even though the faster 51200 and 102400 settings show a lot of noise, they are still suitable for use when creating web images and smaller prints. At a push, ISO 204800’s fastest expanded setting can be used.
The EOS R6 Mark II demonstrated excellent performance in low light thanks to its maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and Bulb mode, which lets you capture enough light in any circumstance.
The various Picture Styles and Creative Effects, as well as the HDR settings, focus stacking, and multiple exposure modes, are all previewable before you take the picture, which is a real benefit.
Although there is still limited support for the newest HEIF 10-bit file format, if it gains more traction, it should provide some degree of future-proofing.
ISO sensitivity can be adjusted in full-stop increments between ISO 50 and ISO 204800. The noise levels for each ISO setting are shown in the following 100% crops, with JPEG on the left and RAW on the right.
Three different file quality settings are available on the Canon EOS R6 Mark II: Raw, Fine, and Normal. These 100% crops demonstrate the difference.
HEIF vs. JPEG
HEIF can store image data at 10 bits (1024-level greyscale) or higher, in contrast to the JPEG format’s 8 bits (256-level greyscale), and it also supports the Rec. 2020 standard, which has an incredibly wide color gamut.
Furthermore, HEIF can be used with the HEVC (H.265) codec, which offers better storage efficiency than JPEG files with the same image quality.
With an Auto mode, three different strengths, and a number of HDR style options, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II’s HDR Mode captures three different exposures and combines them into one, retaining more shadow and highlight detail.
You can take two to nine images with the EOS R6 Mark II’s multiple exposure mode and combine them in-camera to create a single image.
Sharpness, contrast, saturation, and color tone preset combinations make up Canon’s Picture Controls. The differences between the seven Picture Controls offered by the EOS R6 Mark II are displayed in the series of images below. In order for you to create your own style, there are also three User Defined styles.
The new Canon EOS R6 II is an adequate rather than spectacular improvement over the two-year-old original R6. However, given how excellent the 2020 model was already, this is unquestionably a good thing.