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Canon EOS 6D mk2

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The EOS 6D mk2

An updated full frame Canon DSLR


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 now appear in 2017.

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

June/July 2017 look the best options for an announcement at the moment with shipping in August.

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eos 6d mk2

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

The timeline is always useful to look at…

  Crop  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
            1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Best Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
1.3     1D 1D Mk II 1D MkIIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV                    
video                             1D C          
High Full                               5Ds/5Dsr
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk IV
1.6                     7D 7D Mk II
'Better'  Full                             6D        
1.6 D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D
Mid 1.6         300D
Rebel
Kiss
350D
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
760D
T6s
77D
        750D
T6i
800D
T7i
Micro 1.6                           100D SL1 X7        
Entry 1.6                   1000D / XS / F 1100D / T3 / X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6
Mirror
-less
1.6                               M5
                            M M2 M3 M6
                              M10

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

Video capable 4k | Digic | Digic 2 | Digic 3 dual | Digic 4 dual | Digic 5 dual | Digic 6 dual | Digic 7 dual

Latest info

See also the main rumours update page

2017 June

21st The real leaks start to arrive [Nok]

  • Number of pixels: 26.2 MP
  • Dual pixel CMOS AF
  • AF point: 45 points cross type
  • Continuous shooting: 6.5 fps
  • Maximum ISO sensitivity: 40000 (extended ISO: 102400)
  • Video: Full HD, 5 axis electronic image stabilization
  • Rear LCD: 3.0″ multi angle angle, touch panel
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
  • Built-in GPS
  • Size: 144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm
  • Weight: 765 g

canon 6D2 front

canon 6d mk2 top

canon 6D2 back

15th More ‘features’ appear, such as  ‘approx. 100% viewfinder’

Of course just what ‘approx. 100%’ means isn’t defined, but it doesn’t stop some claiming that they had it first on their site (Shakespeare, monkeys and typewriters spring to mind [WP]). I expect more bits of info to arrive until someone gets sent a manual for the camera or some promotional materials and we see a more definite list.

14th The 6D2 is suggested as having a new 26MP DPAF sensor [CR]

There have been quite a lot of patents recently appearing related to Canon sensor design and given it’s nearly a year from the 5D mk4, an all new sensor may see some new features aimed at performance (ISO/DR). A few less MP than the 5D4 and a lower frame rate, with DIGIC 7 processor, could give very good stills performance.

13th June 29th is suggested for the new 6D mk2…

9th It seems that the leakage process has started [Nok] with the kit options for the 6D2 and SL2

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon EOS Rebel SL2

  • Body Only | EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (Black) | EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM (White)

May

26th Some more info about the 6D2 via a certification notice [Nok]

DS126631 (6D mk II)
Digital single-lens reflex camera
Made in Japan
SKU: 1897C003AA, 1897C010AA, 1897C015AA, 1897C022AA
Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed
Reverse back and open 180 degrees Back LCD
Size: W 144.0 mm x H 111.8 mm x D 75.5 mm

9th Whilst I’ve had no reliable confirmation of 6D specifications, the current ones seem to gravitate around this set. I’ve no reason to put any of these I’ve been sent beyond ‘guesswork’ status at the moment.

  • Sensor: <30MP – keeps the 5D Mk4 suitably ahead
  • AF: 45  crosstype | Dual Pixel AF – seems pretty standard now
  • DIGIC 7 processor  – Digic 8 is a year or two away (look at the timeline above)
  • Built-in GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth all likely
  • Touchscreen LCD – yes, tiltable – maybe
  • 5-6 FPS
  • Video – likely to have some 4k options
  • Storage – still single card

8th A July announcement date is suggested for the 6D mk2 [CR] – add that to the regulatory notes in March and we could finally start to see some details in June…

No doubt a few guesses at specs will be posing as rumours over the next few weeks ;-)

March

26th Both the 6D mk2 and SL2/150D appear in regulatory submissions [Nok]

6D2 Body and three kit options?

  • DS126631: Digital single-lens reflex camera
  • SKU: 1897C003AA, 1897C010AA, 1897C015AA, 1897C022AA
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed -Made in Japan (Oita)

For the 100D follow-up maybe for different colours and regional model names?

  • DS126671: Digital single-lens reflex camera
  • SKU: 2250C001AA, 2250C002AA, 2250C011AA, 2253C001AA, 2256C001AA
  • Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed – Made in Taiwan

24th No details about the April release, and several suggesting later in the year [CR] might reduce the size of any bet I’d make quite a bit.

22nd A direct comment at a stand (not Canon! at the UK Photo Show, where I’ve been at for the last four days) saying that the Canon launch for the 6D mk2 is the 21st of April, just before the NAB show in the US (22nd-27th).
No detail/specs so I’d only put a small bet on it, unless we see some firmer rumours in the next week or so.

7th Two as yet unannounced Canon DSLRs – from wireless comms registration. One has the same ES200 wireless unit as the 800/77D and would seem most likely to be the 150D/SL2 could the other be the 6D mk2?

The info [nok]

  • DS126631 -Digital single-lens reflex camera
    Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed – Equipped with latest wireless module ES202
  • DS126671 – Digital single-lens reflex camera
    Wi-Fi · Bluetooth installed – ES 200 wireless module

February

23rd Thanks for all the comments, but there really is no 6D mk2 news worth repeating (again) at the moment, other than we (and all the links sent) have nothing but guesses as to what will appear and when ;-)

January

18th Likely a few months off, some 6D2 specs are suggested [CR]

  • All new 28MP sensor /DPAF / Dual SD slots
  • Tilting LCD / Touchscreen / Larger viewfinder / DIGIC 7
  • 4K in some capacity.
  • Wifi, NFC & Wireless charging
  • Sub $2000 USD body only price

Specs look reasonable, but they often do… ;-)

2016 December

23nd There’s been no solid 6D mk2 info for a while now. I’d still put my pennies on a late spring launch for a modestly improved 6D mk2. This is probably not the model for huge change – look for more features that now look standard elsewhere.
Note that I’m not counting the ‘6D2 will be full frame mirrorless’ stuff that seems to have been doing the rounds of late, on some of the more sensationalist sites ;-)

I’ve seen nothing to suggest that Canon are ready for such a big change (yet). I’ve not yet seen any reliable discussion over whether the EF-M mount could support a larger sensor – simply overlaying a 24mm x 36mm rectangle over the mount suggests maybe not, but…
The throat diameter of the EF mount is 54mm
The diagonal of a 24 x 36mm sensor is 43.3mm
The EF-M mount throat diameter is 47mm, so it’s possible, and you have to assume Canon thought of the possibility when devising the EF-M mount.

The alternative is to have an EF mount mirrorless, with the same 44mm flange distance.
Removing the mirror box and pentaprism could make for some interesting design options – does Canon have the will to be truly adventurous here? (I hear a groan from seasoned Canon followers ;-) Are they selling DSLRs to an audience that is willing to embrace radical design?

November

3rd Some 6D specs (~24MP etc) … nothing coming soon though [CR]

October

31st The lack of any camera pushes rumours back to 2017 Q2 [CR]

September

27th Right on cue, after Photokina we get some suggestions for a 25MP 6D2 in early 2017 [CR]

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…

2015 September

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]

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 (1DXC300,) 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

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