Canon’s RF mount mirrorless digital cameras are becoming more and more mature. After the release of EOS R6 and R5, everyone already thought that Canon had done their homework, and the later EOS R3 was an excellent flagship product. Canon EOS R6, which is regarded as the entry-level full-frame product, launched the second-generation product Canon EOS R6 Mark II. The price (suggested retail price) will remain unchanged, but the resolution of 4 million pixels will be upgraded to 24.2 million pixels. The system also continues to be upgraded, the first to enjoy the animal eye focus tracking function, the anti-shake inside the camera has also been upgraded to a maximum level of 8.5, and RAW pre-shooting has been added, which is encouraging for our friends who love photography upgrade. The following editor will write this camera review with the camera function as the main point of view after trying it out for a period of time. You can also notice that there are over 100 test photos of this machine in our Flickr album, all of which can be zoomed in and viewed, and downloaded to your mobile phone or computer to take a closer look.
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The lens used in this test is Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM, and the standard portrait lens Canon RF 50mm/1.8 STM that can be purchased together with the host for only $1,580. You can enlarge and download the full photo in the Flickr album for the test photo. All photos are only properly adjusted for brightness and darkness, without any adjustments for color, clarity, or noise.
Canon EOS R6 Mark II can be positioned as an advanced entry-level product in the entire product line (subjectively). For beginners, you can choose EOS R, or even EOS RP, but for friends who have certain requirements for cameras, Canon EOS R6, which has made significant improvements compared to EOS R and RP, and even the Canon EOS R6 Mark II introduced this time are all Popular choice. It can be seen from the price range that EOS R5 and R3 are not affordable for general entry-level users, while EOS R6 Mark II has a suggested retail price of 20,000 yuan. In terms of Canon’s RF adapter full-frame product line, it is relatively affordable. It is welcomed by entry-level users and users who have certain requirements but do not necessarily need the ultimate sense of operation and image quality.
The fuselage has a very stable grip and improved operability
First of all, starting from the fuselage, Canon EOS R6 Mark II has made a lot of subtleties compared to the previous generation, but the design has greatly improved the usability. First, they put the camera switch at the position where the index finger on the right hand touches. After taking the camera out of the camera bag with one hand, they can start the camera with the same hand at the same time, and even press the shutter with the same hand to take pictures. If you are still not used to Canon’s design that the power switch of the camera is always on the left hand side, the new design of Canon EOS R6 Mark II is good news for you.
The second Canon EOS R6 Mark II inherits the body design of the previous generation EOS R6. The handle part can cover five fingers for an average adult male, and it feels very comfortable to hold the camera tightly. Moreover, the weight of the camera is only 670 grams (including the memory card and battery). Together with a mid-range lens, the entire camera system is relatively light and has a good balance. Although this is not a special upgrade of the Mark II, I think it is necessary to mention it again.
Thirdly, the part that used to be a power switch is now a switch for photo shooting/video recording. The operation is more clear and easy, and it is easier to switch shooting modes. There is a small improvement, which satisfied the editor during the trial period, and that is the design of the Joystick. The joystick of the EOS R6 has a sunken design, while the EOS R6 Mark II uses a flatter design. The new machine design allows the action of “press to confirm/select” to be pressed with less effort than before. The editor can clearly feel it during the test machine, this small improvement is actually a big upgrade for the overall operation.
▲The rocker position of the EOS R6 Mark II uses a flatter and more attractive design
▲The picture above is the first-generation joystick of the EOS R6 back then. The sunken design requires more force to press down to confirm the action
The EOS R6 Mark II uses the same 3-inch 1.62 million-dot, multi-angle curved Clear View II LCD touch screen, and the electronic viewfinder also uses the same 0.5-inch 3.69 million-pixel OLED screen as the previous generation. The LCD touch screen can also operate menus, select focus points, objects, and more. There are also 2 slots for SD memory cards that support the UHS-II standard.
▲Various output sockets next to the fuselage
Explosive battery life!truly memorable for a day
The editor has tried different cameras, big and small, and the battery of each camera can only be used for more than half a day at most. But this Canon EOS R6 Mark II can be said to be “nuclear power”. Although it uses the same battery, the number of shots that can be taken in the second-generation new machine can reach 760 (compared to 510 in the first generation of EOS R6) It can be said that there has been a substantial increase. The editor used it as a whole, from morning to dusk, there is still 30% of the battery, and then the battery is almost exhausted when the night is full. The actual number of photos taken exceeds 750, which is very close to the official figure. For general users to take travel photos with the camera, one battery is enough for a whole day’s use.
The main body recognition function derived from the R3 flagship machine has made great progress
The three major improvements of the EOS R6 Mark II this time include an upgrade of the resolution of the photosensitive element from 20.1 million pixels of the previous generation to about 24.2 million pixels of the R6 Mark II, a maximum continuous shooting (electronic shutter) of up to 40fps, and the inheritance of the self-identification function Features of the flagship EOS R3. Let’s talk about the subject recognition function first. This function is created by machine learning technology to detect and track the subject from the image. In the current generation EOS R6 Mark II, the person priority recognition has added “left eye priority” and “right eye priority”. There is also an “automatic” option; animal priority recognition supports dogs, cats, and birds, and then a new “horse” recognition is added; vehicle priority recognition adds “railway” and “aircraft” to vehicles and motorcycles.
The priority recognition of people and animals supports three levels of recognition effects: eyes, face, and body; the priority recognition of vehicles can also distinguish the head and body parts of airplanes, railways, and cars. When the eyes cannot be found, it will automatically track the face, and then track the body of the subject. The recognition speed and accuracy are improved compared with the previous generation. This time, the editor specially borrowed Canon RF 24-105mm F4-7.1 IS STM, which is a great opportunity for entry-level users, to test. In terms of performance, although it is not as good as the real flagship machine R3 and top-level lenses, the overall characters and animals, Even the vehicle tracking response is very fast, and the bite is very tight. Although the same as the EOS R6, the number of frames in the autofocus range is still up to 1053 frames, but the switching of tracking eyes, faces, and body drives is also very smooth (for example, if the eyes of the subject cannot be detected, it will switch to tracking the face, and so on. ), which has improved a lot compared to the previous generation, especially the eye tracking performance of the characters, which can be felt to be significantly improved. For a full-frame entry-level machine, it is already a big surprise for users.
EOS R6 Mark II has also added the “automatic” subject recognition function. Users do not need to pre-set characters, animals, and vehicles. Manual switching, it is possible to track the subject fully automatically with the push of a button. (Of course, if the user specifies the type of subject, the accuracy will be better)
Enhanced pixels and richer details
The resolution of the EOS R6 Mark II sensor has been increased from 20.1 million to 24.2 million pixels. This upgrade is so obvious. It can be seen from the photo test that the fineness of the photos has been significantly improved, and the resolution of the images has been improved. Although both cameras use the same DIGIC X image processor, the definition processing added by the new camera can further improve the image clarity, and users who like to directly use JPEG will be more impressed. The distant scenes captured by the new machine can be seen more clearly after zooming in on the photo.
▲The full-frame camera can experience the scene with large light difference, and the post-production restores much more low-light details
ISO 12800 can become a commonly used upper limit sensitivity
In terms of ISO sensitivity, the sensitivity range for still photos of this generation is the same as that of the previous generation is ISO 100~102400. We can see that at ISO 100, Tsim Sha Tsui looks at the Hong Kong Island buildings, of course, clear, until ISO 3200 can get a good sense of resolution. The fuzziness will start from ISO 6400 until ISO 12800, and I think it is still an acceptable range in my personal opinion. The photos taken at ISO 12800 can maintain certain details. As for above, there will be a more obvious gap in details.
▲The portrait mirror Canon RF 50mm/1.8 STM used this time only costs $1,580 together with the main unit, which is very suitable for general users
The fastest continuous shooting of 40 frames per second, faster than the flagship machine
With a higher continuous shooting speed and more continuous shooting numbers, the relatively low-pixel EOS R6 Mark II can be said to be more capable than the high-end cameras above it. Lower pixel count results in less data processing, improving continuous shooting performance. The EOS R6 Mark II has a maximum continuous shooting speed of 40 frames per second when using the electronic shutter, and 12 frames per second when using the mechanical shutter (same as the EOS R6). Considering that the maximum continuous shooting speed of the EOS R6 is only 20 frames per second, even the flagship EOS R3 can only reach 30 frames per second. So in terms of continuous shooting, EOS R6 Mark II will be more beneficial. However, everyone should be aware that the “jelly” phenomenon will still appear on this camera. The electronic shutter is suitable for shooting without high-speed and large-scale movement and requires a pan lens.
Summary: Higher pixels and greatly improved user experience, a must-see choice for advanced entry-level phones
Canon EOS R6 has increased the photo resolution to 24.2 million pixels, which meets the requirements of most users for general photography. More importantly, its weight is very suitable for users who travel with a camera. Moreover, the subject automatic detection, tracking function, and continuous shooting function must have greatly met the requirements of travel users for cameras. The battery is even more surprising. I believe that if you have not taken thousands of photos, one battery a day is enough. Coupled with the improved operation of the fuselage, it has become suitable for users of other brands to “transfer”. Canon EOS R6 Mark II can be said to be a reasonable choice for advanced entry-level machines and special-purpose travel machines in the market.
That’s all for the good words, but the camera is only for people to buy, and the price is still an absolutely important factor. The official suggested retail price of EOS R6 Mark II is close to 20,000 yuan. Many users know the price at camera shops. Its first-generation product has become its biggest competitor, and there are many other brands that cost more than 10,000 yuan. There are options for transactions. If the user is not a Canon supporter and does not have a lot of Canon lens assets on hand, and can choose freely, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II is not necessarily the first choice for the most budget-oriented users. But if you have seen the test photos in the editor’s Flickr album this time, you feel that the image output of this camera meets your expectations, and you want the body to be more grippy, the battery life is longer, and you need high-speed continuous shooting. It has the characteristics of this machine – 4K 60fps uncropped video shooting (other brands may not be able to match you), which can touch your desire to buy, don’t think too much, EOS R6 Mark II is also a very good choice for you.