Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon On Monday launched the EOS 6D Mark II in India. It is arguably the company’s most important camera of the year for photography enthusiasts given that it makes the Canon full-frame more affordable for users with a starting price tag of Rs 1,32,995. This price is for the body-only version. The camera will cost Rs 1,84,995 with the 24-70mm F4 lens and Rs 2,02,995 with 24-105mm lens.

The EOS 6D Mark II comes with a price of Rs 1,32,995 (for body only), Rs 1,84,995 with EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens and Rs 2,02,995 with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens.

Canon EOS 6DAlthough to casual photographers the price may look a tad high, the EOS 6D Mark II is priced quite aggressively in India. In the market, where its price will be somewhat lower, it will fight with the aging — but still brilliant — Nikon D750, which had debuted at a similar price but is now selling for around Rs 1,20,000 with its kit-lens.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II succeeds the extremely popular Canon EOS 6D Mark, a camera that Canon enthusiasts love because its low-light performance and a more compact body compared to the 1D and 5D series cameras. This year too when Canon has the 5D Mark IV already in the market, chances are that it will be selling more 6D Mark II because of its almost half the price and a smaller body while retaining the most of the features that are there in the 5D series cameras. Talking of features, here are the key specifications of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II:

— Full-frame 26.2 megapixel sensor. Full frame means that there is no crop factor with the lenses that you will use. A 24mm lens will theoretically capture an image with 24mm with this camera. This also seems to be a new image sensor, and although chances are that it may still not match the Sony sensors — used in Sony and Nikon DSLR cameras — in terms of pure image quality, difference should be much narrow with the other cameras compared to say the difference in image quality between the earlier 6D camera and the Nikon D750.

— DIGIC 7 image processor. It allows the camera to shoot at 6.5 frames per second when Viewfinder is used. In live view the speed is going to be 4 frames per second.

— The camera supports Dual Pixel CMOS AF. This will help those who record a lot of videos with a DSLR camera. Also, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II comes with 45-point focus system with all points being cross type, which is going to help users who lots of low-light photography.

— A native ISO range of 100-40000. Extended ISO is also available.

— Weight of around 685 grams without body, which is very reasonable for a full-frame camera.

— A 3-inch screen with swivel mechanism and touch support.

— Support for Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth.

— The Canon EOS 6D Mark II has a 7560 pixel RGB+IR metering sensor. This is one area where Canon is relatively behind compared to Nikon so I don’t expect it to match the metering and tracking abilities of something like Nikon D750 but the difference should be minimal.

— Finally, the EOS 6D Mark II supports that brilliant line-up of lenses that keeps Canon on top in the camera market. This is one area where Canon is relatively ahead of Nikon.

Overall, the EOS 6D Mark II seems like a good update to the earlier 6D. we don’t yet know if it is a radical update or not until we have a chance to try the image sensor in this camera because that is one area where Canon really needs to pull up relative to its competitors. But in other areas, EOS 6D Mark II already looks like a winner, particularly because of its size and price.