Canon EOS R6 Mark II

in PHOTOGRAPHY [DAC]5 months ago


“If you wait by the river long enough, the bodies of your Canons will start looking like Nikon bodies.”
― Sun Tzu

Big, big news, dear friends! The incredible day has cometh! You may not believe, Canon finally did a logical design thing!

In a completely unbelievable and unexpected turn of events, Canon today announced an improved version of its second-to-lamest R body – R6. The new model got an appropriate marking – Canon EOS R6 Mark II. And it finally has some substantial enhancements. Like new sensor with a decent minimal resoluton of 24 Mpix. It has better battery life & better video with no overheating problems. And the most important:

It finally has on/off switch under index finger!


I’ve started dreaming of digital camera around the year 2000, and got my first one (Nikon Coolpix 4500) in 2004. My first DSLR was wonderful Canon EOS 350D in 2007. Since then, Canon kept moving that power button further and further away from its most logical position. Disgusting…

When Fuji X-T20 came into my life, with almost all things made just as God ordered, I have parted with my Canon EOS 60D, – a beautiful machine but – with a power switch on the left side!

I thought I will never look at another Canon body again… I don’t know what obsessed them to do the right thing, but I am extremely pleasantly surprised. And I won’t go by one immediately. Why, you ask? Well, two reasons: with the glacier speed of Canon, they will made a classic controls on any of their models in about three centuries. When I say classic, you would say vintage, but in short, the controls should look like we had them on the good old Canon F1 New.

Source: Canon Camera Museum

So, they did it. Power switch is at the almost perfect position. Can you imagine they will now remember they could that Photo/Video switch on the left side made multifunctional? No… Doubt that will happen before the alien invasion.

I won’t live long enough to see the Canon dream machine. Still, comparing it to the competition, this one becomes my most desirable FF camera:

Feat.EOS R6 IIEOS R6Sony a7 IVNikon Z6 II
Resolution24 Mpix FF20.1 Mpix FF33 Mpix FF24 Mpix FF
MountRFRFSony ENikon Z
AdaptedEFEFSony ANikon F
ISO100-102400 (50-204800)100-102400 (50-204800)100-51200 (50-204800)100-51200 (50-204800)
Stabil.8-Axis IBIS
(8 Stops)
8-Axis IBIS
(8 Stops)
5-Axis IBIS
(5.5 Stops)
5-Axis IBIS
(5 Stops)
Burst (M)12 fps16 fps10 fps14 fps
Burst (E)40 fps (12-bit)20 fps10 fps14 fps (12-bit)
Flash Sync1/250 (fce)1/250 (fce)1/2501/200
VideoUHD 4K/60p (full width, from 6K)UHD 4K 60p (1.05x crop)UHD 4K 30p (full width) UHD 4K 60p (1.5x Crop)UHD 4K 30p (full width) UHD 4K 60p (1.5x Crop)
Rear screen1.62M-dot fully articulated touchscreen1.62M-dot fully articulated touchscreen1.04M fully-articulated touchscreen2.1M-dot tilting touchscreen
CardDual UHS-II SDDual UHS-II SD1xCFe Type A / UHS-II SD, 1xUHS-II SD1xCFe Type B,
Battery (LCD/EVF)580/510/380580/410 / 330

See full spec for R6 Mark II at this link.

Chris and Jordan did get a pre-production model for a test drive:

Duration: 14:50

0:00 - Intro
1:09 - Sensor
2:24 - Handling
4:06 - Rolling shutter
5:13 - Burst rates
5:58 - Battery life
7:09 - Autofocus
8:21 - Pre-shooting modes
9:28 - Video performance
13:03 - The wrap

And they did have many nice words for the improvements… except the power switch relocation. People are soooooooo strange!

So, what’s the other reason I won’t be buying this one? Well, on the same day Fujifilm launched a new model:


Duration: 10:16

See how it has to be done, Canon?

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