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EOS 6D mk2The EOS 6D mk2

An updated full frame Canon DSLR

Nothing in detail so far

The 6D arrived in 2012, so here we are with a page devoted to its follow-up, we'll assume it will be the 6D Mk2 and appear in 2016/17.

Ever since the EOS 5D appeared in 2005 I've seen (and noted) rumours of a 'cheap' or 'affordable' full frame Canon DSLR.

I can't say I'm expecting to see much appear until well into 2016 or even 2017, but this is the page it will appear on ;-)

This page covers all our EOS 6D mk2 info since the mk1 appeared...

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2016 June

  • 24th With no 5D mk4 appearing until Photokina time, Canon are likely to let it soak up pent up full frame demand for a while, and a recent report [CR] suggests that a 6D mk2 won't be here until early 2017
  • As such, any specs should be viewed with great skepticism for several months yet
  • A look at the timeline always helps...
  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                        
Video                             1D C      
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III      
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D      
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D
Mid APS-C         300D
Rebel
Kiss Digital
350D
Rebel XT
Kiss N
400D
XTi
Kiss X
450D
XSi
X2
500D
T1i
X3
550D
T2i
X4
600D
T3i
X5
650D
T4i
X6i
700D
T5i
X7i
750/760D
T6i/s
X8i
     
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7      
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6
Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3      
                              M10

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    9th Some loose 'specs' for a 6D2 [CR]
    • Canon EOS 6D Mark II Rumored Specifications:
      24mp Full Frame CMOS
      1.5 stops better at higher ISO
      Low-light autofocus (centre point) at -5 EV
      Two AF systems are currently being tested or the EOS 6D Mark II and which was chosen is unknown at this time. There will be more AF points than the current camera.
      WiFi with NFC and GPS
      Wireless battery charging with the Qi standard
      Internally Canon switches from VxWorks (Could have meant DRYOS) to an Android-based embedded OS, 6D Mark II will be the first Android-based camera from Canon.
      Dual-pixel autofocus technology
      Touchscreen
      Swivel LCD
      Will ship in a new box design in gold colour (Yay!)
  • As ever - big pinch of salt required ;-)
  • However, the change of operating system is an interesting twist.
  • Update - seems to come out of nowhere from a new DPR poster, so an even bigger pile of salt [DPR]
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August

  • 4th We're sent (thanks) a mention of an advert in the UK 'EOS' camera magazine that includes a "6D Mark 2 day out" later this year.
    • Maybe a typo?
    • Then again there has been a flurry of 1Dx2/5Dx/6D2 'rumours' of late (see main Canon page)
    • I'm still minded to think that whilst we'll see a sucessor to the 1D X announced fairly soon, that the follow up to the 5D3 and 6D will be later.
    • If the 5D4 becomes some 'X' model with 4k video and other whistles and bells, then it might leave space for a move upwards in 6D2 specs.

June

  • 2nd The 6D mk2 gets a mention [CR] - Turning up next year, slightly smaller and moving upmarket a bit. Too soon for any specs.

April

  • 20th It's suggested [CR] at the 6D mk2 won't appear until after the 5D4 ships, which would likely push it well into 2016.

February

  • 5th The 5Ds due tomorrow with its 50MP sensor, and current lack of 5D mk4 raise interesting questions as to where the 6D will fit in the model range by the end of the year, especially now the 750/760D moving to a 24MP APS-C sensor.

2014 December

  • Canon 6D30th With a rumoured high MP DSLR from Canon (main rumour page) I note that at [CR] they have been told that the camera could be the 5D mk4.
  • This could also fit in with suggestions that the 6D2 will move upmarket.
    • Mind you, I'm still hopeful that we'll see a 3D one day ;-)

    October

    • 29th In the UK, AP magazine checks with Canon, who say that the 6D is still a current model.
    • 25th In what's unlikely to be true, the 6D is marked as discontinued at Amazon.co.uk
    • 15th A suggestion [CR] that the 6D2 will move 'upmarket'.
      • With the 6D2 not expected until after any 5D mk4 appears, this could allow the 5D4 to be higher spec too, although there have been no firm rumours about any of Canon's full frame cameras as yet.

    March

    • 19th The 6D gets a firmware update to V1.1.4 - mentioned here, since it's not a 'new features, keep it going longer type update'
    • 1. Fixes a phenomenon in which some images cannot be transferred to mobile devices running the EOS Remote app.
      2. Corrects an error in the German language Feature Guide.
      3. Corrects an error in the Korean language Feature Guide.

    2012 December

    • 6th The 6D is shipping - replacement in 2015 anyone?

    September

    • 17th The EOS 6D is announced.
    • 6D specs FYI
      • 20.2 MP, Full Frame
      • Digic 5+, 11 AF
      • 3.2" screen, 4.5 fps
      • GPS built in, SD card
    • Below, some of our historical 6D rumours and of course, the EOS DSLR timeline.
    • 9th A rush of comments (thanks) about an upcoming full frame base level camera to replace the 5D Mk2. All the specs gravitate towards a camera smaller than the 5D2, heavily influenced by 7D features.
      • At the moment I'm still not seeing any signs of the sorts of detailed specs that tend to appear in the Far East just before 'real' camera launches. With a Nikon D600 looking a dead cert for an upcoming announcement, one source (thanks) said that we won't see any 6D announcement until October.

    August

    • 9th One of our previous sources has said that the new FF camera will come in at 22MP and looks very much like a 7D at first glance.[thanks]
    • The emphasis was on making a smaller FF DSLR.
    • It's suggested that the new 'cheaper' FF camera will not appear until October and that Canon will not have a new DSLR for photokina. We're told that sales of the 5Dmk2 at its lowered price (UK ~£1500 [includes 20% tax]) and in particular, associated lens sales, are still going strong.
      • Trade shows such as photokina are not so important as they once were to the big manufacturers, so I suppose 2011 cameras (1DX, C300,) the 1D C, the 5D3, the 650D and the EOS-M will make for a decent stand, particularly if you add the expected new large format printers (iPFx400), a slew of point 'n' click updates, the finally announced EF200-400, and maybe a lens or two this month...

    July

    • 25th Two different sensor specs received (thanks) for a 'cheaper' FF DSLR.
    • One suggests an 18MP sensor and the other 22MP
      • Looks like straightforward remodelling of either the 1DX or 5D3 sensors
    • Other features:
      • Design closer to 7D than 5D3 (smaller and with flash)
      • 7D style AF system (19 pt) and VF LCD
      • 7D metering
      • Single Digic 5+
      • 3.9 fps
      • 3 inch LCD
      • 51200 max ISO
      • sub - $2000 price point at introduction
    • This is the sort of detail that suggests an announcement fairly soon. If so then expect a bit more info in the run up to photokina in September (18-23).
    • I still have my doubts, wondering how much this is just a response to Nikon D600 rumours? Canon's announcements usually start getting some attention a few weeks before they happen, but I've seen nothing yet? The other camera(s?) we're hearing of is a higher end (think D800) 3D or even 1DXs
    • 16th In a scattering of reports, we're once again hearing of a 'cheaper' full frame DSLR from Canon. Several may be related to the $1999 22MP camera mentioned at CR

    June

    • 8th It's 650D/T4i announcement day and whilst we're still getting comments about a Canon 'entry level FF' camera, there are no real details apart from it being an answer to the rumoured cheaper FF Nikon D600 [NR] that might well be along later this year.
    • The only more detailed Canon info I've seen over the last few weeks was much more aimed at a possible EOS 3D (i.e. D800/800E wishlist inspired ;-)

    2012 March

    • 26th Renewed suggestions for a lower MP 'introductory' FF camera at CR
      • Oh and yes, we've been following 8D and 9D rumours for years too ;-)

    2011 January

    • 25th The 6D gets suggested as a possible number in the Indian edition of PCW where they pitch in with some 5D3 thoughts.

    2010 August

    • 22nd No mention of a 6D in the last two years

    The two 5D replacements

    Canon digital EOS timeline
      Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
    1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
    Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
    APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D Mk IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                        
    Video                             1D C      
    High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
                5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III      
    APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II
    'Better'  Full                             6D      
    APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D
    Mid APS-C         300D
    Rebel
    Kiss Digital
    350D
    Rebel XT
    Kiss N
    400D
    XTi
    Kiss X
    450D
    XSi
    X2
    500D
    T1i
    X3
    550D
    T2i
    X4
    600D
    T3i
    X5
    650D
    T4i
    X6i
    700D
    T5i
    X7i
    750/760D
    T6i/s
    X8i
         
    Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7      
    Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6
    Mirrorless APS-C                             M M2 M3      
                                  M10

    Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

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