Canon EOS R6 Mark II Review

Canon EOS R6 Mark II Review

The Canon EOS R6 II is a full-frame camera with a resolution of 24 megapixels that is designed for amateur photographers and videographers. On the surface, it may appear identical to its predecessor, yet it has advantageous new features for still photography and videography, improving the shooting experience overall.

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Canon EOS R6 Mark II Body

Last update was on: June 7, 2023 9:54 am

Canon R6 Mark II Key specifications

  • 24.2MP CMOS sensor
  • 12-frames-per-second mechanical shutter and 40-frames-per-second electronic shutter.
  • Image stabilization that is built in and is rated to 8.0 stops
  • Detection of people, animals, and vehicles using AF technology
  • 4K/60p video (oversampled from 6K)
  • 6K ProRes RAW video using an Atomos recorder that is compatible with it
  • Burst mode in raw format with pre-capture
  • HDR mode with a moving subject
  • EVF with 3.68 million dots and a refresh rate of up to 120 frames per second (0.76x magnification).
  • 1.62 million dots on a three-inch back touchscreen.
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • battery rating of 580 shots per charge, according to the CIPA

The Canon EOS R6 II may be purchased for the suggested retail price of $2499. There is a kit that includes the Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM USM lens that can be purchased for $2799, and there is another kit that consists of the Canon RF 24-105mm F4 L IS USM lens that can be purchased for $3599.

Canon R6 Mark II Body and handling

Anyone with experience with other EOS bodies should find the EOS R6 II intuitive. It includes three primary dials: one for your index finger next to the shutter button, one for your thumb on the back of the top plate, and a significant dial on the rear plate. The large dial on the rear plate is a control that dates back to Canon’s days before digital photography. All of the dials may be customized to create the operational workflow that is most suitable for you.

The R6 II is nearly entirely indistinguishable from its forerunner regarding its body and control configuration. It has the exact grip, the same curves, the same buttons (most of the time), and the same proportions, and it even works with the exact vertical battery grip as the R6 does. In addition, it has a robust feel in your hands, similar to that of the R6, and Canon touts it as being resistant to dust and the elements, albeit not to the same extent as more costly versions like the R3 or R5.

The R6 and the R6 II only have several apparent physical variations that set them apart, but these distinctions are significant.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II Image Quality

Throughout our evaluation, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II generated still photographs of a very high standard.

JPEG photographs taken with this camera are entirely free of noise from ISO 50 up to ISO 12800; the first sign of noise appears at an ISO setting of 25600. So even if the quicker settings of 51200 and 102400 exhibit significant noise, it is OK to utilize them when producing smaller prints and photos for the web. You may use the ISO 204800 setting in a pinch, the camera’s fastest extended option.

With a maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds and the Bulb mode, the EOS R6 Mark II proved quite capable in low-light conditions. These features combined with the camera’s ability to catch sufficient light in all scenarios.

Previewing all of the Picture Styles and Creative Effects before taking a picture is also true of the HDR settings, focus stacking, and numerous exposure modes. These features are a significant advantage of the camera.

Support for the current HEIF 10-bit file format is still sparse on the market, but if it becomes more generally accepted, it should give some degree of protection against the effects of technological change.

Canon R6 Mark II Video Features

The first generation of the R6 could record ultra-high-definition (UHD) video in 4K at 60 frames per second, but it did so with a handful of restrictions. For example, it required a modest crop (1.07x) from the entire sensor width, and it limited video in all modes to a maximum of 30 minutes per clip. Both of these aspects are enhanced in the new model, which also has some innovative additions.

No more cropping is necessary thanks to the R6 II’s ability to record oversampled UHD 4K/60p footage using the entire width of its sensor. It is also possible to video in 4K at 60 frames per second with a sensor cropped to APS-C. In both instances, it seems that the thermal performance has been enhanced. Under the assumption that the surrounding temperature is 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit), Canon states that you can record in 4K/60p for up to 40 minutes when using the entire sensor width and up to 50 minutes when using the APS-C mode. When filming at lesser frame rates, such as 4K/30p or 4K/24p, no time constraints are placed on the shoot.

The high frame rate capability has also been increased, with the R6 II capturing up to 1080/180p, whereas the R6 could only capture 1080/120p. However, Full HD footage is not oversampled, which results in a quality reduction of some degree. According to Canon, you should be able to record for at least sixty minutes in this mode before you start to experience issues with the camera overheating. That is a significant amount of material shot in slow motion.

Our crew at DPReview TV was able to record 4K/60p for more than an hour at room temperature (probably below 23°C), which implies that overheating isn’t a significant issue on this camera unless you need to record extended segments, such as interviews, at 4K/60p. In that case, it may be a problem.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II Autofocus

According to Canon, the AF algorithms of the R6 II integrate a more significant amount of machine learning, and the camera also inherits some of the technology found in Canon’s flagship EOS R3 camera (but not the R3’s eye-controlled AF system). The end consequence should be improving the stickiness of the topic being tracked by the camera.

In addition to the ‘people’ and ‘animal’ settings available on the R6, the R6 II comes with a new set of subject tracking modes. A vehicle option may now be adjusted for racing automobiles and motorbikes, planes (including helicopters), railways, and even motorsports. Animal tracking now has support for horses and zebras for those traveling on safari; the camera is configured to detect both the eye and the head of the subject.

When taking pictures of individuals, the camera’s focus may now be adjusted to either the left or right eye, or it can be programmed to choose the look that is the closest automatically. In addition, it is possible to program a button to manually switch between the two eyes, giving you even more control over the experience.

The new ‘auto’ mode for subject detection and tracking is, however, the feature that has the potential to be of the most utility to users. Auto mode combines all the topic-specific methods and attempts to apply the most effective algorithm depending on the recognized subject. This mode is used instead of manually selecting your subject mode. When photographing a variety of topics may make the photography procedure substantial amount simpler.

A new ‘detect only’ autofocus option is also available when recording video with the R6 II. This option directs the camera to leave focus where the subject left off instead of searching back and forth for new issues, which helps monitor a topic that vanishes out of the frame while you are tracking it.

Canon R6 Mark II Battery

Although Canon has enhanced the battery life, the R6 II still utilizes the same LP-E6NH battery featured in many of the company’s other EOS cameras. When utilizing the rear LCD allows for a CIPA-rated 580 shots in the R6 II’s default (smooth) mode, but using the viewfinder limits you to 320 shots per charge. Compared to the CIPA ratings of 360 and 210 on the original R6, these numbers are significantly lower. If you activate the power-saving mode, each value will climb to 760 and 450, respectively.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II Specifications

Sensor21.3 megapixels Full-Frame CMOS sensor
Sensor Size36 x 24mm
Low-Pass FilterBuilt-in
Image ProcessorCanon DIGIC X
ISO RangeStandard ISO: 100-102,400 (expandable to 50-204,800)
Auto ISO: 100-102,400 (expandable to 50-204,800)
Autofocus SystemDual Pixel CMOS AF
AF Points1053
Focus ModesOne-Shot AF, Servo AF, Manual Focus
AF Area Selection ModesSingle-Point AF, Zone AF, Face Detection + Tracking AF, Spot AF
ViewfinderElectronic OLED Viewfinder with 3.69 million dots
Viewfinder CoverageApprox. 100% vertical and horizontal
Viewfinder MagnificationApprox. 0.76x
Eye PointApprox. 23mm
LCD Monitor3.0-inch fully articulated touchscreen LCD
LCD ResolutionApprox. 1.62 million dots
Continuous Shooting SpeedMechanical Shutter: Up to 12 fps with AF/AE tracking
Electronic Shutter: Up to 20 fps with AF/AE tracking
Shutter Speed30-1/8000 sec. (mechanical/electronic)
Image StabilizationIn-Body Image Stabilization (5-axis)
Image Stabilization ModesStandard, Panning, Power-saving, Dynamic IS
Video Recording4K UHD (3840 x 2160) at up to 60p
Full HD (1920 x 1080) at up to 120p
HD (1280 x 720) at up to 240p
Video FormatsMP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio RecordingBuilt-in stereo microphone, External microphone input
ConnectivityWi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, HDMI, microphone, and headphone jack
StorageDual SD/SDHC/SDXC card slots
Battery LifeApprox. 380 shots per charge (CIPA standard)
DimensionsApprox. 138.4mm x 97.5mm x 88.4mm (5.45″ x 3.84″ x 3.48″)
WeightApprox. 598g (body only, including battery and card)

Canon EOS R6 Mark II Conclusion

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Canon EOS R6 Mark II Body

Last update was on: June 7, 2023 9:54 am

Compared to the original Canon EOS R6, which is already two years old, the newly released Canon EOS R6 II is a respectable rather than stunning improvement; but, given that the 2020 model was already so good, this is not a bad thing.

Canon has decided to improve rather than completely overhaul what was already a perfect camera. As a result, the company has focused primarily on enhancing the camera’s burst shooting skills and autofocus system, adding 20% greater resolution, increased video capabilities, and enhanced connectivity.

The two versions are nearly indistinguishable, which is not bad if you are upgrading from the already logically thought-out original. However, canon has changed a few things externally, the most notable of which is the implementation of the new On/Off/Lock and Camera/Movie controls.



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