Canon EOS R6 Mark II review: the professional foundation of RF system, a one-step choice for newcomers

In recent years, camera manufacturers have accelerated the pace of product updates. Many products that are only updated every four years will now be updated in two to three years.

Not only that, but the positioning of the camera is constantly changing.

Just like the Canon EOS R6 series, which has transitioned from the SLR era to the mirrorless era and has completed an evolution, it has evolved into a balanced model EOS R6 Mark II with both picture and video shooting.

The sensor has been upgraded from 20.1 million pixels to 24.2 million pixels. After the update, it has enough external recording capabilities. At the same time, it has also obtained the functions of the CINEMA EOS professional video series. For entry-level users, it has also invested a lot of "one-click filming " function.

Coupled with the integration of Canon's own advantages, the EOS R6 Mark II is a very good choice for personal routine shooting, professional assistance, and advanced upgrades for ordinary users.

Familiar Canon design

After using EOS R7 last time, this is the second time I use a Canon EOS R series machine.

But compared to EOS R7, the design of EOS R6 Mark II will be more popular in some details.

switch and "video ↔ The mode switching gear of "Photo" is separated, and the mode switching is placed on the left side of the fuselage. The switch part only retains three gears: on, off, and locked.

The advantage of this is that you can save a few gears when switching modes or switching on and off, and you can finally turn on the EOS R6 series with one hand, which greatly increases the efficiency of use.

After "upgrading" from EOS R7 to EOS R6 Mark II, I think that the rear dial can be placed flat to meet my operating logic.

The rear dial of the EOS R6 Mark II will also be a little forward than the camera I use every day, and there will be no embarrassment of hitting the glasses like the EOS R7 when dialing.

The other button layouts have not changed much. The only thing I am not particularly used to is the rear dial without integrated four-way navigation keys.

Although the EOS R6 Mark II already has a three-dial design, there is basically no need to call out the secondary menu to adjust the basic parameters of the exposure triangle. But if you want to quickly switch parameters in the shortcut menu, especially if you want to move up and down quickly on the shortcut menu while looking at the EVF, you can only choose the joystick.

Fortunately, the joystick of the EOS R6 Mark II is very comfortable to operate and responsive. In addition, the original menu design is very suitable for touch operation. If it is on the tripod, you can directly use touch control. If you use EVF, you can use the joystick and three turntables to perform mixed operations. After getting used to it, the efficiency is still very high. of.

The interfaces of EOS R6 Mark II include 3.5mm microphone interface and monitoring interface, shutter remote control interface and external video recorder and display device. In addition to connecting the microphone through the 3.5mm interface, it can also be connected through the hot shoe on the top. Currently, TASCAM can be used The launched hot shoe audio accessory connects CA-XLR2d to connect the microphone of XLR interface (Canon port).

The interface is quite complete, but the HDMI still uses the micro HDMI interface. I still wish the EOS R6 Mark II could use a full-size HDMI cable.

As for the hot shoe, I would like to add that the hot shoe of the EOS R6 Mark II is a standardized Canon hot shoe design. In addition to being able to access new audio accessories, it is also compatible with the old on-camera flash and trigger.

The fuselage provides dual SD card slots that support UHS-II, and there is no problem meeting the 24.2-megapixel continuous shooting at 20 frames per second and daily 4K shooting.

The advantage of using an SD card is that it is close to the people. Even if it is the UHS-II standard, a 128GB SD card can be sold for less than 300 yuan. In addition, the card reader is not expensive, and it is not too expensive for advanced users who are just getting started or have a small budget.

EOS R6 Mark II uses LP-E6NH battery, which is compatible with LP-E6 series batteries. Old users like us who used to be Canon EOS 6D series, the old battery can continue to be used.

However, old batteries cannot be charged through the USB-C interface, which requires attention.

Finally, let’s talk about the bayonet. The EOS R6 Mark II uses the RF bayonet system. When the camera is turned off, the shutter curtain will drop to prevent dust from entering the CMOS.

This function is still very practical, especially when you need to change the lens outdoors, as long as you keep the habit of switching off the camera and changing the lens, you can save a few times of blowing.

But this function needs to be activated when the mechanical shutter is open. If the electronic shutter is set, the shutter curtain will not be closed when the camera is closed.

In terms of lenses, there are two commonly used lenses tested with EOS R6 Mark II this time, namely RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM.

The RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM is a mirrorless first-generation 2470 lens design, with an 82mm filter diameter and a 900g lens weight. It has a good hand-held balance with the EOS R6 Mark II.

It’s just that the grip part of the RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM is a bit thicker. When using it with the EOS R6 Mark II, it needs to be adjusted based on the thick handle and lens.

Canon RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM is quite a special one. It has been "switched" to an external zoom design and it has become a storage-friendly one, whether it is placed alone or placed in the inner tank together with the EOS R6 Mark II Everything is fine inside.

Even if you want to climb a mountain to shoot, the RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM will be easier to store.

But if you zoom internally, you will encounter another situation, especially when using it on a gimbal, the protruding lens barrel will change the balance, and you need to adjust the trim after zooming.

In addition, there will be problems such as lens barrel protection and dust ingress mentioned by users. If you are troubled by this, and you are still an old user of EF mount, you can use your own EF 70- through the official EF to RF adapter ring. 200mm f/2.8L IS III USM.

Youth Edition EOS R3

Since the launch of EOS R7, Canon has put the priority of performance display and update at the forefront. Such a feature is still applicable to the EOS R6 Mark II.

Canon equipped the EOS R6 Mark II with Canon's latest second-generation full-pixel dual-core CMOS AF. The official said that it can focus in 0.03 seconds at the fastest, and it can perform autofocus in the EV -6.5 environment. The lens aperture is received At F22, high-precision phase-difference detection AF is also possible within an area of ​​approximately 40% x 60% (horizontal x vertical) of the screen.

When the aperture is set to F22 and then focus on the object in the dark, the focusing speed will be a little slower, but it can still be focused, and the overall performance is good.

▲ Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM

However, this kind of situation is relatively rare, and if it does happen, it may only appear when using the RF600mm F11 IS STM and RF800mm F11 IS STM and using a teleconverter. For most people, this scene is still somewhat limited, and it is not used in many situations.

But these are not important. The focus is that the focus and response of the EOS R6 Mark II are really fast.

Whether you are in single-point focus or servo zone focus mode, use RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM together, EOS R6 Mark II It can focus, and the time difference between the two is very short, which can be said to achieve the effect of "press to focus".

The fuselage responds quickly, and the focus point switching on the touch screen can also be used to point and shoot.

If you are using the EVF to view the view, you can also use the joystick to switch the focus point. As long as the span is not particularly large, the focus switch of the EOS R6 Mark II is still very fast.

The effect of focus lock is the same, and the EOS R6 Mark II can firmly focus on the subject.

In the state of shooting people, the eye-controlled focus can be activated. In the focus GIF, you can see that the camera can be fixed on the eyes of the person in the shot. When you turn around, you can recognize the head of the person in the shot, and then turn it around to lock on the eyes immediately. This focusing efficiency is sufficient for both photo taking and video shooting.

▲ Shot with Canon EOS R6 Mark II + RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM

In addition, the operation response of the EOS R6 Mark II is really fast. Whether it is daily capture or standing on the side of the road "sniping" to shoot a car, the performance of the EOS R6 Mark II can be satisfied.

▲ Canon EOS R6 Mark II + RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM

Even if you are sitting in the car to capture things outside the car, EOS R6 Mark II can take pictures.

Maintaining the focus performance, Canon has upgraded the focus system of the EOS R6 Mark II.

For example, the recognition of aircraft has been added, and the part of eye-controlled focusing can be refined into focusing options for left and right eyes. In the focus test, it can be seen that the EOS R6 Mark II will switch the focus of the left and right eyes during the focus process, and there will be no out of focus during the whole process, and the stability is high.

After talking about focusing, let's take a look at continuous shooting.

The mechanical shutter of the EOS R6 Mark II supports 12fps continuous shooting, while the electronic shutter can reach 40fps. Both continuous shooting modes retain automatic focus and metering, but the shutter speed is different.

The maximum speed of the mechanical shutter is 1/8000s, and the speed of the electronic shutter can be increased to 1/16000s.

For users who adapt to the positioning of the R6 series, the continuous shooting with the mechanical shutter at 12fps is enough, and it is also possible to do some continuous shooting in the studio with the flash.

After turning on the electronic shutter continuous shooting, EOS R6 Mark II needs to turn off the full-pixel dual-core RAW, and the RAW specification is also reduced from 14bit to 12bit.

In addition, EOS R6 Mark II has added the pre-shooting function of RAW continuous shooting, which can keep the picture for 0.5 seconds more, and the autofocus and metering are still there. Although this function is slightly limited, the continuous shooting speed can only reach 30fps and the total number of continuous shooting is still 191, but in some instant scenes, the function of pre-photographing is still very practical.

Overall, the EOS R6 Mark II is the same as the EOS R7 that I have experienced before. The performance is based on the EOS R3 standard, and then adjusted according to different positioning. So you will see that the performance models of the two are somewhat similar, as are the feature delivery and performance enhancement points.

To put it simply, if we said that EOS R7 is the APS-C version of EOS R3, then EOS R6 Mark II is a youthful version of EOS R3 in terms of performance.

Behind the 4 million pixel upgrade

From 20.1 million pixels to 24.2 million pixels, the EOS R6 Mark II has achieved a slight upgrade, and it has better shooting adaptability for shooting different subjects.

The overall imaging performance is not bad, and the high-end lenses such as RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM can present a good picture.

Through the official adapter ring, we transfer the classic Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM to EOS R6 Mark II.

Although the focusing performance will be compromised, the effect of shooting is not bad.

EOS R6 Mark II provides full-pixel dual-core RAW function, simple light and dark adjustment, and color correction are naturally easy.

▲ Shooting at ISO 1600, turn on full-pixel dual-core RAW

▲ +1.4 100% magnification after exposure

▲ Shooting at ISO 1600, turn off full-pixel dual-core RAW

▲ +1.4 100% magnification after exposure

However, when the continuous shooting speed is exhausted, if the photo with full-pixel dual-core RAW is turned off and the light and darkness of the photo need to be greatly adjusted, a certain amount of noise will appear.

▲ ISO 800

▲ ISO 1600

▲ ISO 3200

▲ ISO6400

▲ ISO 12800

▲ ISO 25600

▲ ISO 51200

In the ISO test, the EOS R6 Mark II is still acceptable in the 3200-6400 gear.

For the photo taking part, EOS R6 Mark II provides the option to directly take HDR photos.

Compared with the traditional method of taking three shots and then combining them to get HDR photos, EOS R6 Mark II can output HDR photos in a single shot this time, improving the dynamic range of photos, and also avoiding the camera when shooting composite moving objects. The resulting smear.

Then look at the proofs:

Upper function reinvestment

▲ Full video specification selection, all are IPB encoding, no ALL-I

In terms of video, the EOS R6 Mark II after the upgraded sensor provides 4K 60P video recording without cropping, and supports oversampling from 6K to 4K.

▲ 6K oversampling to 4K video screenshots

The oversampling here uses the decentralized algorithm of CinemaEOS, and the imaging effect is sharper than that without oversampling.

Compared with a machine with a similar positioning, but shooting 4K 60P requires 1.5 times more cropping, the EOS R6 Mark II is much more comfortable. Especially when shooting wide-angle images, it is much easier to choose a lens without a 1.5x crop.

▲ 1080P 180FPS slow motion, GIF with compression

For high frame rates, Canon here also provides 180fps slow motion in 1080P.

As for the two external recording modes of 10bit 6K 60fps ProRess RAW and cropped 12bit 3.7K 60fps ProRess RAW mentioned at the release event, they need to be unlocked through official means later.

EOS R6 Mark II provides two shooting modes, HDR PQ and C-Log 3, which are convenient for users who need color correction in post-production.

▲ Normal mode

▲ HDR PQ

▲ C-Log3

▲ C-Log3 has been graded

Compared with the 8-stop dynamic range of the default BT.709 mode, C-Log3 can provide a 12-stop dynamic range, which can retain more details in highlights and shadows.

Compared with C-Log3, the dynamic range of HDR PQ mode is slightly lower, but the post-processing requirements are not high, and there is no need to use Luts or complex color correction. If you only need to simply increase the dynamics of the picture but do not need to do heavy color correction , you can directly shoot in HDR PQ mode.

When it comes to video shooting, focus and anti-shake are also important.

From the focus test above, we can see that the focus and follow-focus performance of the EOS R6 Mark II is already very good, and there is no limit to the focus performance when shooting videos. Even if it is placed in the video for focus tracking, the camera can firmly lock the focus on the subject.

Anti-shake is also the strong point of the new EOS R system. Before using the EOS R7 handheld shooting, you can feel the advantages of Canon’s anti-shake. I did not expect that the effect is still obvious after upgrading to a full-frame body.

The camera comes with a five-axis anti-shake structure, which can be linked with the lens anti-shake system. The camera still provides electronic anti-shake on, off, and enhanced three gears.

▲ Full anti-shake off

▲ Body electronic anti-shake on + lens anti-shake

▲ Body electronic anti-shake enhancement + lens anti-shake

In general shooting mode, the EOS R6 Mark II can easily cope with this instantaneous vibration. Shooting with the camera and RF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM hand-held in low-light environments and slow shutter conditions can reduce the impact of vibration.

▲ Full anti-shake off

▲ Body electronic anti-shake on + lens anti-shake

▲ Body electronic anti-shake enhancement + lens anti-shake

With the RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM selfie, simple walking selfie is not a big problem, the "pull" phenomenon at the edges and corners is not obvious, and the look and feel of selfie Vlog is not bad.

But it should be noted that the anti-shake cropping in enhanced mode is a bit obvious. The combination of RF24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM and EOS R6 Mark II is relatively heavy. If you want to take selfies, you should choose some lighter wide-angle lenses.

There are many new functions in the video shooting mode, including false color that can be used to judge the exposure of the picture, anti-flicker function that can avoid the influence of screen strobe by finely adjusting the shutter speed, pre-recording function that can record up to 5 seconds, and There is a subject detection function that can actively monitor the subject, stop focusing after the subject leaves, and refocus when re-entering the picture, etc…

▲ False color function

For example, the functions of false color and subject detection are distributed from the CinemaEOS system. It seems that Canon has also put a lot of effort into the video shooting of the EOS R system. If the function and control mode are more suitable for professional equipment, it will also make the work shooting of EOS R6 Mark II more comfortable.

If the HDMI interface on the body can also be replaced with a full-size, it will be more worry-free whether it is monitoring or external recording.

The new standard full-frame micro camera for a wide range of users

As mentioned at the beginning, the EOS R6 Mark II, the third-generation body of the EOS R system, is an all-round and balanced machine.

The degree of completion of the control is very high, and it can fully inherit the "good style and easy to use" emphasized by the EOS R system. The control of the joystick is comfortable, and it is equipped with a Quick Menu with complete functions and is very suitable for direct touch operation. When shooting, you can adjust all the parameters you need by using the combination of the joystick and the touch screen. In this way, the front and rear three dials can be fully used to control the three elements of exposure.

Even if you are used to the rear dial design with four-way navigation keys, you can use the joystick as a complete replacement here. Regardless of whether you use the EVF or the screen viewfinder, the control logic is very smooth.

After obtaining the configuration decentralization of EOS R3 and some practical functions of CINEMA EOS, the performance of EOS R6 Mark II in body performance and video shooting is particularly outstanding.

The performance improvement ensures that the body can cope with various environments. The pre-shooting function of the continuous shooting also reduces the pressure on us to grasp the timing, and can produce better and more stable films.

Compared with the image quality improvement brought about by sensor updates and over-acquisition algorithm upgrades, the video function update of EOS R6 Mark II will be more practical.

Things like false colors for easy exposure checks, video pre-recording, and subject detection and focus lock features are all inputs that actually help videographers on set.

In general, Canon EOS R6 Mark II is a product that is very suitable for individual creators, and it is also a machine that is very suitable for entry-level full-frame positioning.

If you want to enter the Canon EOS R system and want to start working with a more friendly storage device, the Canon EOS R6 Mark II is a very suitable device.

Authors of this article: Guan Wenjie, Liang Menglin

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