Faster, More Resolution And Reduced Heating Issues

Simply two years after the launch of the unique EOS R6, Canon has unveiled its successor, the $2,500 EOS R6 Mark II. It brings quite a few key enhancements, like a higher-resolution 24.2-megapixel sensor and sooner taking pictures speeds. Most significantly, Canon has considerably diminished the earlier mannequin’s points with overheating.

The EOS R6 was one of the best digicam on this essential worth vary when it launched, due to the velocity, highly effective video options and wonderful Twin Pixel hybrid autofocus. Nonetheless, as soon as Sony’s $2,500 A7 IV got here together with comparable skills, extra decision and no overheating issues, the R6 misplaced that specific crown.

At a preview occasion in San Diego, Canon let me shoot with R6 Mark II prototypes for a few days in quite a lot of sports activities conditions. Because it’s not a manufacturing mannequin and nonetheless had just a few bugs, this isn’t a last overview – nevertheless it gave us an opportunity to share some early impressions.

Physique and dealing with

The EOS R6 II isn’t only a barely up to date ‘A’ model of the unique. It has vital bodily and efficiency modifications, beginning with the brand new 24.2-megapixel sensor. It’s not, as rumors instructed, the stacked backside-illuminated (BSI) sensor from the EOS R3; there’s a cause that mannequin prices a lot. Nevertheless it does provide some advantages over the 20-megapixel chip on the R6.

Canon guarantees improved picture high quality past simply the additional megapixels, due to the up to date picture processing. It additionally gives improved low-light sensitivity regardless of the marginally smaller pixels. And Canon says that rolling shutter is diminished over the R6.

The R6 options some modifications on the surface as nicely. The facility/lock/off change is now positioned on the proper the place it’s simpler to entry but tougher to hit by chance. It additionally has a brand new video/picture mode change that retains these capabilities, and all their settings, separate. Flipping it additionally modifications the menus, and Canon has launched a handy video-spec ific Q menu.

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In any other case, it’s roughly the identical weight and dimension because the R6, and has an an identical grip, menus, management format and dealing with. It additionally makes use of its predecessors good flip-out show for vlogging or selfies, twin UHS II card slots and three.67-million-dot digital viewfinder. And, after all, it comes with microphone and headphone ports, together with a USB-C socket and (sadly) a microHDMI jack.

The battery is an identical, too, however Canon has boosted effectivity, from 510 pictures max on the R6 to 760 on the R6 Mark II. In someday, I shot over 2,000 pictures with out altering the battery, principally utilizing the mechanical shutter – fairly spectacular.

Efficiency and picture high quality

Mechanical shutter bursts speeds are unchanged at 12fps (RAW, full-frame), which is sweet contemplating the additional decision. Nonetheless, now you can fireplace RAW pictures in silent mode at an exuberant 40 fps. What’s extra, the R6 II now comes with a pre-shooting choice (RAW burst) that captures RAW recordsdata for a half second earlier than you push the shutter. That allows you to catch a second even for those who react slowly, albeit on the expense of some battery life. When making an attempt the fe ature, I discovered that it maybe let me seize just a few pictures (out of hundreds) that I would’ve missed in any other case.

Canon R6-II Hands-on: Faster, more resolution and reduced heating issues

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These speeds are excellent, but when pictures are marred by extreme rolling shutter (hi there Sony), they aren’t that helpful. Fortunately, rolling shutter is current however higher managed than on the R6, and far much less extreme than I noticed on the A7 IV. It may well take a reasonably large variety of pictures (about 70-75 RAW) earlier than the buffer fills, and it resets pretty shortly with quick UHS-II V90 playing cards. Nonetheless, it could have been good to see a CFexpress slot for sooner taking pictures and higher high quality video recordsdata.

The autofocus on the R6 II is extra superior than any Canon mannequin so far, together with the R3, the corporate says. It now handles individuals, animals and automobiles, together with bikes, vehicles, trains and horses. And it now has an auto-select choice that lets the AI resolve what to trace, which ought to be a requirement on each mirrorless digicam.

The AI easily tracked my topic’s eyes, nevertheless it sometimes obtained misplaced and wasn’t fairly as much as Sony’s excessive requirements. In common spot steady mode (no AI), the autofocus appeared as correct because the R6, nailing pictures in most circumstances. It was sometimes confused by the background or shut topics, however once more, this was a prototype unit; these points may very well be improved by the December launch date.

Gallery: Canon EOS R6 Mark II digicam pattern photographs | 27 Images

Gallery: Canon EOS R6 Mark II digicam pattern photographs | 27 Images

Picture high quality can also be arduous to evaluate at this level, as RAW recordsdata aren’t but able to be seen. However JPEG recordsdata regarded nice, with typical Canon-like heat pores and skin tones and correct hues. Low-light functionality was surprisingly stable, with noise well-controlled at ISO 6400 and even past.


My largest situation with the unique EOS R6 was video, and particularly the overheating points. That mannequin might solely shoot 4K 60p for half-hour, and just for one other 10 minutes or so after it cooled sufficient to shoot once more. Suffice to say, that’s a major problem for skilled shooters.

These points are successfully gone, and Canon additionally eliminated the 30-minute time restrict for recording. Now you can shoot 4K 60p uncropped for 40 minutes and it might usually go nicely past that. Cropped 4K 60p has a 50 minute restrict, and supersampled 4K 30p has no limitations.

Canon R6-II Hands-on: Faster, more resolution and reduced heating issues

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It additionally has higher video specs total. Internally, you may shoot 4K 60 fps supersampled video with much less of a crop than earlier than. 4K at 30 fps is supersampled from 6K utilizing the complete sensor width. And it now helps 180 fps for 1080p, up from 120 fps earlier than. Seize recordsdata are nonetheless restricted to MP4 and Quicktime with no ProRes internally – probably a limitation of the UHS II playing cards.

Moreover, the digicam helps 10-bit 4K video and elevated dynamic vary with both HDR PQ or CLog3. And you may even shoot 6K RAW to an exterior Atomos recorder, although that characteristic wasn’t prepared but for testing.

As with pictures, AF for video tracks people, animals and automobiles. In my restricted testing, it carried out nicely, solely sometimes specializing in the background. Thus far, topic monitoring isn’t fairly as dependable as I noticed on the A7 IV, however once more, it might enhance with some firmware or different tweaks.

Video was sharp and I didn’t run into any overheating points in San Diego, the place temperatures hit about 80 levels within the solar. 1080p 180p video appears a bit comfortable, because it’s captured with some pixel binning, and cropped 4K additionally lacked sharpness in comparison with full-frame 4K. I used to be proud of the colours, and low-light video functionality was good to wonderful.


Canon R6-II Hands-on: Faster, more resolution and reduced heating issues

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By minimizing warmth points, the R6 II is already a giant enchancment over the unique R6. Nevertheless it additionally appears to be like like a greater digicam for pictures due to the upper decision, sooner speeds and improved picture high quality – with no stacked sensor required.

Canon’s total RF ecosystem retains getting higher, too. Its newest lens is the spectacular 135mm f/1.8, becoming a member of 26 different full-frame prime and zoom lenses. So, this method has grow to be surprisingly mature, contemplating it solely launched 4 years in the past. I can’t provide you with a last analysis for key options like picture high quality and autofocus, because it’s nonetheless within the prototype stage. Nonetheless, we anticipate to revisit the Canon EOS R6 Mark II within the type of a full overview as soon as it launches in December.

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