GET INTO THE FULL-FRAME GAME

Call­ing as­tropho­tog­ra­phers, land­scape shoot­ers, and light chasers alike: Canon’s EOS 6D Mark II camera puts full-frame per­for­mance into a com­pact, fully fea­tured DSLR

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Nearly five years af­ter the orig­i­nal EOS 6D full-frame camera was launched, Canon has un­veiled a suc­ces­sor. The EOS 6D Mark II im­proves on the past model in prac­ti­cally ev­ery way, of­fer­ing in­creased res­o­lu­tion, faster aut­o­fo­cus, and higher sen­si­tiv­ity. It’s a con­sid­er­ably more pow­er­ful camera than its pre­de­ces­sor, all while re­tain­ing the light weight and good han­dling users loved about the orig­i­nal. At first glance, the EOS 6D Mark II is ex­actly what you’d ex­pect — the phys­i­cal in­ter­face of the camera is largely un­changed from that of the orig­i­nal 6D. Even when the two cam­eras are com­pared side by side, there are more sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween the mod­els than there are dif­fer­ences. Canon’s recipe clearly works: the body is er­gonom­i­cally ef­fi­cient and in­tu­itive, and any­one with ex­pe­ri­ence of a re­cent EOS-se­ries DSLR will be able to find their way around the camera with­out any trou­ble at all. For this rea­son, there’s a large pro­por­tion of APS-C shoot­ers for who the EOS 6D Mark II would be a very sen­si­ble up­grade — be­sides a quick crash course on focal lengths, there’d be vir­tu­ally no learn­ing curve. At its heart, the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II boasts a 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sen­sor, paired with a DIGIC 7 im­age pro­ces­sor for sharp, vivid im­age ren­di­tion. With in­cred­i­ble low-light per­for­mance, the camera’s na­tive ISO sen­si­tiv­ity span of 100–40,000 al­lows flex­i­bil­ity, so that pho­tog­ra­phers can shoot with the con­fi­dence that de­tails will be re­tained even in the dark­est nights. That’s a dra­matic in­crease from the 32,000 max­i­mum sen­si­tiv­ity of the orig­i­nal 6D, once cham­pi­oned as a low-light mar­vel. As­tropho­tog­ra­phers, get ex­cited: this camera is ca­pa­ble of tak­ing dark frames, bias frames; flat frames; and, most im­por­tant, the light frames you need. With Canon’s ul­tra-fast Dual Pixel aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem, pho­tog­ra­phers can com­mand greater

con­trol over their cre­ative vi­sion. With 45 crosstype aut­o­fo­cus points at its dis­posal cov­er­ing 80 per cent of the im­age plane, the EOS 6D Mark II ac­cu­rately locks on to sub­jects, even in the low­est light­ing. Now fully ar­tic­u­lat­ing and touch-sen­si­tive, the camera’s rear vari-an­gle LCD of­fers the op­tion to set fo­cus point by touch, too. This ad­di­tion brings the EOS 6D Mark II in line with re­cent Canon DSLRs — but it’s the first fully ar­tic­u­lat­ing screen of its kind on a full-frame DSLR. Whether you’re shoot­ing a starry night or the city lights, there’s never been more flex­i­bil­ity in get­ting your shot. As Canon’s first camera to of­fer both 4K time­lapse movie mode and a built-in in­ter­val­ome­ter, get­ting cre­ative is made even eas­ier. In ad­di­tion, the EOS 6D Mark II can record con­sec­u­tive frames in pre-se­lected in­ter­vals, and track auto ex­po­sure for each im­age taken dur­ing the time-lapse se­quence, al­low­ing pho­tog­ra­phers to cap­ture day-to-night time-lapse se­quences and prov­ing that this camera is ver­sa­til­ity at its finest. and NFC, mak­ing it a lot eas­ier to set up, shoot re­motely, and sync with your phone. Plus, with Canon’s Camera Con­nect app, im­ages can travel from the shut­ter straight to so­cial me­dia. And, if you’re trav­el­ling, the camera’s built-in GPS keeps track of lo­ca­tion, al­low­ing you to pin­point that favourite spot or shoot­ing lo­ca­tion. For more in­for­ma­tion on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, avail­able at lead­ing pho­to­graphic re­tail­ers from the end of July, visit canon.co.nz. On top of hav­ing Wi-Fi, as be­fore, new wire­less fea­tures in­clude Blue­tooth 4.0

CANON EOS 6D MARK II Sen­sor size........................................ 35.9x24mm Megapix­els...................................................... 26.2 ISO......................100–40,000 (exp. 102,400) Shut­ter..................................................... 1/4,000s Burst shoot­ing............................................. 6.5fps Aut­o­fo­cus.................................... 45-point PDAF Di­men­sions.................................. 144x111x75 mm Weight............................................................. 765g

CANON EOS 6D MARK I I, CANON EF 70–200MM F/4L IS USM LENS, 165MM, 6S, F/ 11, ISO 100

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