The Canon 6D mark II cannot come soon enough.

The Canon 6D Mark II

The image shown above is not the official Canon 6D mark II, neither is it a leak or a render based on leaks. This is an image of the 6D with mark 2 photoshopped on it. Why? Because the photography world is desperate for the 6D mark II, that’s why.

The Canon 6D was announced on 17th September 2012, around 6 months after the announcement for the legendary 5D mark 3. It has already been 7 months since the 5D mark 4 was announced and there are still no signs of the next 6D. With questions surfacing about whether there will be another 6D at all, we try to clear the cloud.

Why the Hype?

Canon 6D mark II

For years, the Canon 6D has been the perfect choice for photographers who want to shoot on a full-frame Canon body without shelling out 3 grand for a 5D mark 3. The 6D turned out to be such a good camera that many professionals continued using it for most of their work disregarding the fact that it is only canon’s entry level full frame DSLR. The fact that the 6D gets the job done, and then some has made it the workhorse for countless Canon shooters. No wonder that there is a ton of hype for its successor, which is now overdue.

The Rumors

Rumors and leaks for the Canon 6D Mark II have been surfacing since the last few months, with the most recent set from canonrumors.co suggesting the following:

  • 24-28mp Full Frame CMOS sensor
  • 45 AF Points (all cross-type)
  • 6 FPS
  • 4K video
  • DIGIC 7 processor
  • 1.5 stops better than Canon 6D at higher ISO
  • Low-light autofocus (center point) at -5 EV
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • NFC
  • Bluetooth
  • Dual-pixel autofocus technology
  • Touchscreen, articulating screen
  • HDR Movie & Time Lapse Movie
  • Movie electronic image stabilization
  • Dual SD card slots
  • 100% coverage optical viewfinder
  • New connectivity feature on 6D Mark II
  • Priced higher than the 6D
  • Slightly smaller form factor and a reduction in weight

A few of the above are obvious and will make their way to the new 6D, but many are just wishful thinking. Canon likes to maintain a clear distinguishing line between the cameras in its lineup. This being the reason the 5D Mark 4 has a video mode almost unusable for 4k recording for professional work.

There were recent rumors about Canon never updating the 6D. A full frame mirrorless instead of the 6D had quite a backing from various leaks recently. There might just be a Canon Mirrorless full frame in the near future, but not at the cost of the next 6D.

Canon 6D Mark II

The good news for us is that the 6D Mark II is coming out and we can be sure because Canon registered a new camera in Taiwan under the 6D name. A new series of digital cameras from Canon are now registered at Taiwan NCC gov website. Amongst others, one of the camera codes includes Canon EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera.

Whether the Canon 6D Mark II comes with the hard to believe specs that the leaks suggest or not, it is definitely going to be a much sought after DSLR.

Are you waiting for the new 6D? What do you think about the rumors?

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