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THE EOS 6D has lived in the shadow of its 5D sib­lings de­spite of­fer­ing a lot of the same at­trac­tions for a lot less money. Af­ter five years we were start­ing to think Canon might have for­got­ten about it. The good news is that there’s now an EOS 6D Mark II which is again de­signed to be Canon’s most af­ford­able full-35mm D-SLR, but it boasts a lot of sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ments, so it’s not quite as pared-back as its pre­de­ces­sor.

The weather-sealed GRP-and-al­loy bodyshell re­mains much the same as be­fore in terms of size and styling, but the 7.62 cm LCD mon­i­tor screen is now ad­justable for tilt and swing (ac­tu­ally a first on a full-35mm for­mat Canon D-SLR). It has a res­o­lu­tion of 1.04 megadots and of­fers touch con­trols. The op­ti­cal viewfinder uses a proper pen­taprism and pro­vides 98 per­cent scene cov­er­age. A sin­gle slot for SD for­mat mem­ory cards is re­tained and, also as be­fore, there is no built-in flash.

On the in­side the 6D II has a new sen­sor, processor, aut­o­fo­cus­ing mod­ule and me­ter­ing sys­tem… so that’s ba­si­cally a com­plete over­haul. The sen­sor is an all-new CMOS with a to­tal pixel count of 27.1 mil­lion (26.2 MP ef­fec­tive) and it in­cor­po­rates Canon’s ‘Dual Pixel AF’ sys­tem for phase-dif­fer­ence de­tec­tion aut­o­fo­cus­ing in live view or when shoot­ing video. An op­ti­cal low-pass fil­ter is re­tained. The sen­si­tiv­ity range is equiv­a­lent to ISO 100 to 40,000 with ex­pan­sion set­tings to ISO 50 and 102,400. The processor is Canon’s lastest-gen ‘DiG!C 7’ engine which en­ables Full HD video record­ing at 50 fps and con­tin­u­ous shoot­ing at full res­o­lu­tion at up to 6.5 fps (4.0 fps in live view). A big­ger buf­fer mem­ory ex­tends the burst depths to 110 best-qual­ity JPEGs or 21 RAW im­ages (more with a UHS-I speed card). The op­ti­cal AF sys­tem em­ploys 45 mea­sur­ing points – all cross-type ar­rays with a dual crosstype ar­ray at the cen­tre – and has low-light sen­si­tiv­ity down to -3.0 EV (at ISO 100). Ex­po­sure me­ter­ing is based on a 7560 pix­els colour-sen­si­tive ‘RGB+IR’ sen­sor which de­liv­ers 63-zone multi-seg­ment mea­sure­ment with se­lec­tive area, spot or cen­tre-weighted av­er­age op­tions. The shut­ter speed range re­mains at 30-1/4000 se­cond with flash sync up to 1/180 se­cond.

Pre­sum­ably to keep some dis­tance from the EOS 5D IV, the new 6D doesn’t have 4K video, but its ca­pa­bil­i­ties have been up­graded to in­clude built-in stereo mi­cro­phones, in­creased bit rates for Full HD record­ing (up to 60 Mbps) and ob­vi­ously improved aut­o­fo­cus­ing per­for­mance – par­tic­u­larly sub­ject track­ing – via ‘Dual Pixel CMOS AF’. Time­lapse movie clips can be cre­ated in 4K at 25 fps.

Other no­table fea­tures in­clude flicker de­tec­tion, both WiFi/NFC and Blue­tooth LE wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, a built-in GPS re­ceiver, mul­ti­ple ex­po­sure fa­cil­ity (up to nine), in­ter­val­ome­ter and multi-frame HDR cap­ture. The Mark II also gets a hike in price to around $3000 for the cam­era body, but that’s still sig­nif­i­cantly cheaper than any 5D model. In­ci­den­tally, along with the orig­i­nal 6D, the 5D Mark III is also bow­ing out… so if you want one, get it now.

For more in­for­ma­tion about the new EOS 6D Mark II visit www.canon.com.au

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