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BOUNDLESS CREATIVITY: CANON ANNOUNCES THE CANON EOS R6 MARK II HYBRID FULL-FRAME CAMERA

New RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM Lens and Speedlite EL-5 Flash Unit Also Announced

MELVILLE, NY, November 2, 2022 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the launch of the new EOS R6 Mark II camera body, Canon’s new hybrid full-frame camera, and the first EOS R series full-frame mirrorless to take the step into the second generation. In addition, Canon is also introducing the new RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM mid-telephoto portrait lens and Speedlite EL-5 flash unit.

Ideal for advanced amateurs and featuring user-friendly functions, the EOS R6 Mark II camera is a high-performance hybrid camera that’s designed to capture decisive moments in both photo and video formats. It will satisfy a wide range of needs including professional production, vlogging, still pictures, filmmaking, and more. The camera is also well-suited for various photography subjects such as portrait, landscape, sports and wildlife. With the EOS R6 Mark II camera, creativity has virtually no borders.

As the market share leader for mirrorless cameras in the United States through Q3 of 2022, Canon continues to strengthen its innovative EOS R lineup with the new EOS R6 Mark II camera. The EOS R6 Mark II offers enhanced video and photo functions, such as in-body Image Stabilization, as well as specifications that can satisfy video production needs, such as controlled focusing.

“As a filmmaker who is always on the move, I need a camera I can trust in a multitude of environments as well as keeping up with my fast paced style of shooting and the new Canon EOS R6 Mark II does just that.” said Canon Co-Lab Creator, Sam Newton.

In addition to its compact size and ease of use, the EOS R6 Mark II camera also features:

  • 24.2 megapixels, full-frame image sensor
  • 4K 59.94p video recording
  • External 6K RAW video recording / Internal 4K video recording oversampled from 6K
  • High-speed burst shooting
  • Canon Log 3 maximizing dynamic range
  • Autofocus (AF): highly accurate subject detection with human, animal, vehicle and automatic settings
  • Horses, trains, and airplanes are newly detectable through the use of deep learning technology
  • Continuous movie recording that exceeds 30 minutes
  • Up to 12 frames per second mechanical shutter
  • Up to 40 frames per second with electronic shutter
  • In-body Image Stabilization as effective as up to 8 stops faster shutter speed

Alongside the new camera body, Canon has announced a new addition to its growing line of innovative RF lenses – the RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM. This is a fixed focal length mid-telephoto portrait lens that is compatible with any EOS R-series camera. The RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM achieves beautiful and generous bokeh with the large-diameter F1.8 and comes equipped with in-lens Image Stabilization. The coordinated control of this IS coupled with the in-body IS present in the EOS R6 Mark II camera and other EOS R equipped IBIS cameras helps reduce camera shake and empowers photographers to express a feel of motion when shooting in dark areas with slow shutter speeds.

“The image quality and super smooth bokeh out of the new RF135mm F1.8 L IS USM lens is absolutely spectacular and superior to the EF version.” said Canon Explorer of Light, Vanessa Joy.

Additionally, Canon has announced the new Speedlite EL-5 flash unit, designed for superior compatibility with the new EOS R6 Mark II. The Speedlite EL-5 is Canon’s first flash product compatible with the new multi-function shoe present in the EOS R6 Mark II, EOS R3, EOS R7 and EOS R10 cameras.

“The new Canon Speedlite EL-5 flash will give that magical kiss of light that brings a picture to life and illuminates your creative vision.” said Canon Explorer of Light, Bob Davis.

Price & Availability

The Canon EOS R6 Mark II camera body only and kits with either the Canon RF24-105 F4 L IS USM or the RF24-105 F4.0-7.1 IS STM USM lens will be available in late November 2022 for estimated retail prices of $2499.00, $3599.00 and $2799.00 respectively*.

Notes

¹ As of November 2 2022, the MC-N10 Remote Grip is compatible with the Z 9, Z 7II, and Z 6II. Be sure to update camera firmware to the latest version.
² When two 1.2 V AA rechargeable Ni-MH batteries are used. Battery endurance may vary depending on batteries used, operating environment, usage conditions, and storage conditions.
³ Thorough dust- and drip-resistance is not guaranteed in all situations or under all conditions.

 

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The Canon EOS R6 Mark II is here, and we've been able to shoot sports with it in beautiful San Diego, California! Check out how the new sensor, 40 FPS shooting, autofocus and video capabilities perform while seeing fit people do impressive things!

  • 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

 

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A hands-on preview of the Canon EOS R6 Mark II featuring a variety of updates to this full-frame mirrorless camera including a new 24-megapixel sensor with 40 frame per second continuous shooting, enhanced autofocus, and more. Are the changes worth the upgrade? Watch to find out our first impressions. 

Sample tests were captured with a PRE-PRODUCTION Canon EOS R6 Mark II. NOT FINAL.

 

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Introducing the EOS R6 Mark II, latest in the Canon R Series! This mirrorless camera not only maintains beloved features from the mark I, but has major upgrades as well, including an expanded ISO range, 24MP sensor, 40fps shooting using the electronic shutter, 4K video at up to 60fps with no crop, expanded AF subject detection and much more! 

Canon has also announced a new RF lens, the RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS Lens. This lens will work well as a portrait prime, as the fast 135mm lens will create stunning images with a flattering perspective and exceptionally shallow depth of field. 

  • 0:00 R6 II Specs
  • 2:45 RF 135mm f/1.8 L IS
  • 3:22 Final Thoughts

 

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The Canon EF 135mm f/2 L Lens reached legendary status and was beloved so it was always on the cards for an RF update but how would it hold up? Well, Canon knew they needed to really nail this one and they did just that. This is one of those wonderful lenses that just impresses on every level. Let's talk about it.

 

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Ever since Canon announced the Canon R6MKII a few weeks ago we've received a TON of questions and DMs asking if Katelyn will be upgrading. So in this video we're going to break down what's new about the R6MKII and comparing it to the original R6. Is it worth the upgrade? Let's find out! 

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:55 Sensor Size    
  • 01:59 Continuous Shooting    
  • 02:25 AF Changes    
  • 03:32 Physical Changes    
  • 04:03 Video Changes    
  • 04:40 Price    
  • 05:14 Tips for When to Upgrade Equipment

 

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The Canon EOS R6 Mark II may not look like a big upgrade looking at the specs, but a huge number of small improvements add up to a much more capable camera than its predecessor. After weeks with a production model, Chris and Jordan present their final findings.

  • 0:00 - Intro
  • 1:03 - Stills autofocus
  • 2:30 - Stills image quality
  • 5:08 - Video performance
  • 8:05 - How it compares

 

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  • 00:00 - Introduction and alternatives
  • 02:04 - Canon EOS R6 II design and controls
  • 03:12 - Canon EOS R6 II screen and viewfinder
  • 03:41 - Canon EOS R6 II card slots, ports and battery
  • 05:18 - Canon EOS R6 II lens mount and lenses
  • 06:58 - Canon EOS R6 II image quality options
  • 08:11 - Canon EOS R6 II resolution vs A7 IV and S5 II
  • 09:42 - Canon EOS R6 II noise high ISO vs A7 IV and S5 II
  • 11:41 - Canon EOS R6 II dynamic range with mechanical shutter
  • 12:22 - Canon EOS R6 II IBIS stabilization
  • 13:55 - Canon EOS R6 II autofocus and subject tracking
  • 19:34 - Canon EOS R6 II burst speeds
  • 22:07 - Canon EOS R6 II wildlife bird and action photography
  • 23:23 - Canon EOS R6 II RAW burst mode
  • 24:52 - Canon EOS R6 II electronic rolling shutter skewing
  • 26:24 - Canon EOS R6 II lenses for fastest bursts
  • 27:04 - Canon EOS R6 II bulb timer
  • 27:24 - Canon EOS R6 II focus bracketing
  • 29:06 - Canon EOS R6 II multiple exposures
  • 29:36 - Canon EOS R6 II sample images and verdict

 

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