With rumors swirling over its imminent launch, Canon finally made the EOS R6 MK II official with many of the expected features for a second-generation model.
With a new Hybrid full-frame design, the R6 MK II is Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera to achieve the MK II designation, and offers a switchable capability to move from stills to photography with a single click.
The EOS R6 MK II gets a slight boost with its 24.2 MP CMOS Image Sensor, though it isn’t a stacked backside-illuminated variant as content creators had hoped.
With a 6K resolution that is internally downsampled to 4K at 60 frames per second, it promises tighter image resolution when using C-Log3 for maximum dynamic range and 14-bit 4:2:2 color.
Additionally, the R6 MK II will be able to output the Raw 6K image through ProRes when using an Atomos Ninja V+ external monitor recorder.
The camera is also capable of 4K30p, and 160 fps high frame rate recording in 1080p. Other codec options include IPB, IPB Light, H.265, and H.264 MP4.
Moreover, Canon has added a switch button on the camera to move from stills to video instantly and has also added the option of using aperture priority or shutter priority in video mode.
The Canon R6 MK II also gets the second generation treatment with its Dual Pixel Autofocus II, which offers switchable EyeAF, as well as expanding to animals and vehicles, including planes and trains, and automobiles.
The DPAFII function can also be set to automatic, so the camera can automatically acquire the subject based on its own decision-making.
For image stabilization, the R6 MK II, offers in-body image stabilization (IBIS) for up to eight stops of continuous stabilization when working in concert with the optical image stabilization built into Canon RF mount lenses.
Canon has also eliminated the 30-minute time limit for recording video, providing users with up to 40 minutes of recording at 4K60p or up to six hours non-stop at 4K30p when recording to the camera’s dual SD card slots.
The R6 Mk. II is also capable of capturing 12 frames per second bursts mechanically, and up to 40 frames per second with the electronic shutter feature.
Other hardware elements include the standard pull-out articulating LCD touchscreen, a 3.69 million dot electronic viewfinder with a refresh rate of 120 fps, and a new multi-function digital hot shoe that can not only be used for the next generation Canon Speedlight EL-5 flash units, but also an XLR based external microphone such as the Tascam CA-XLR2d with an adapter.
And in a blessing to existing R6 users, Canon has kept the same basic form factor to enable users to use the same LP-E6NH batteries and Canon BG-R10 battery grip with up to 50 percent more battery life when using the LCD screen.
True to the reported speculation, Canon also announced a new RF 135mm F 1.8 L IS USM lens. The fixed focal length portrait lens has optical image stabilization and a large diameter image window for a generously rounded bokeh.
The lens has 17 elements organized in 12 groups, with three Ultra-low Dispersion (UD) elements. It has a nine-bladed aperture diaphragm, and an 82 mm front filter thread, which offers a minimum focusing distance of 27.6 inches (70cm).
The Canon EOS R6 Mk. II will be available for $2,499 (body only), plus in two different kits featuring the Canon RF24-105 F4 L IS USM or the RF24-105 F4.0-7.1 IS STM USM lens.
All three configurations will be available in late November 2022 for estimated retail prices of $2,499.00, $3,599.00, and $2,799.00 respectively.
There’s also a stop motion animation feature available for a $100 premium to unlock it. Meanwhile, the Canon RF135mm F 1.8 L USM lens will be available in January of 2023 for a retail price of $2,099.
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Canon RF135mm F 1.8 L USM lens (B&H)
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