Canon has announced the EOS R6 Mark II, its newest full-frame mirrorless camera designed to address what was missing from the previous model. The EOS R6 was a capable camera that moved Canon forward as a late bloomer in the mirrorless space, but there were functional elements holding it back from even greater performance.
To do this, Canon didn’t change the outside as much as it did the inside. The Mark II looks very similar to its predecessor, only shoots very differently because of the new components and mechanics involved.
Canon EOS R6 Mark II details
Canon did make a few changes to the body, not so much the construction, but more with placement. It moved the power/lock/off switch to the right below the video recording button. On the left, there’s a photo/video switch to change modes more easily, and also keeps their respective settings apart from each other. That also means Canon split the menus, so when you switch between them, the menu options onscreen also change.
Other key design points remain, like the same grip, same weight, electronic viewfinder and the LCD screen that tilts and flips, including for selfie videos or photos. There are dual UHS-II SD memory card slots and ports for both headphones and microphones.
Inside, the EOS R6 Mark II sports a newer 24.2-megapixel image sensor. It also has new in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and an improved autofocus system that can better recognize people, animals, vehicles and other objects. Burst shooting remains unchanged 12fps, but can speed up to 40fps if you use the electronic shutter, which means turning off the mechanical shutter entirely. When shooting in RAW, the camera is able to capture an image by just half pressing the shutter, helping you catch a moment in case you’re a split second too slow.
On the video side, the EOS R6 Mark II deals with one of the big drawbacks of the previous model. You can now shoot video in 4K at 60fps for up to 30 minutes without worrying about overheating issues. In fact, Canon raised the limit to 40 minutes uncropped, and 50 minutes if you do shoot with a crop. The autofocus for still images applies to video as well.
A new Canon lens
Canon also introduced a new lens in the RF 135mm F1.8 IS USM, a telephoto lens with a really wide aperture capable of taking portraits and action shots. Think of this like a prime telephoto where you may be limited to one focal length, only have a wide open aperture that really helps when shooting sports or an event indoors. You will have to wait a bit for this lens, as it won’t be available before January 2023.
The Canon EOS R6 Mark II will come out in late November 2022, either body-only or possibly with an RF 24-105mm kit lens to go with it. You can check out all the latest Canon cameras and gear available now.