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Things you need to know about the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon has unveiled its latest full-frame camera, which arrives almost five years after its predecessor. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is aimed at those wanting to make that leap to full-frame photography for the first time.

Here we take a look at seven key things about the new release – are you tempted to get your order in?

Sensor

Canon’s new 6D Mark II model sees a bump in resolution up from 20.6 megapixels seen in the original 2012 camera. There’s now 26.2 megapixels available – and, just as before, it’s a full-frame CMOS sensor. A large sensor should mean great news for both general image quality and low light shooting – which takes us on to our next point…

Range

The maximum ISO speed of the 6D Mark II is now ISO 40,000, with an expanded setting of 102,400. That should mean that you can take sharp low light photos in a range of different conditions.

Focusing

An advanced focusing system makes the 6D Mark II ideal for capturing the moment as and when it happens. There is a 45-point cross type AF system, with 9 of these being the more sensitive cross-types. This is an upgrade from the original EOS 6D, which only featured 11 points, of which one was cross type. In Live View, the 6D Mark II makes use of speedy Dual Pixel CMOS AF that we’ve seen on other EOS models.

Screen

Most full-frame cameras feature a fixed screen. Not so with the 6D Mark II, which features a fully-articulating (vari-angle) touch-sensitive 3.0-inch LCD screen. This screen is useful for shooting at awkward angles when using Live View, especially when changing the AF point only requires a simple tap. It is joined by an optical viewfinder: great for seeing precisely what you’re about to capture on camera.

Connectivity

You never need to worry about missing the opportunity to share your latest great photograph, thanks to the connectivity options found within the 6D Mark II. It’s got both Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, meaning it can maintain a constant low-power link with your smartphone. You can transfer images across quickly, or take remote control of the camera. Furthermore, the built-in GPS can geotag images as you shoot.

Body

The 6D Mark II features a compact and lightweight body for a full-frame DSLR. It’s also dust and moisture resistant, giving you confidence to use it when the weather takes a turn for the worse. An optional, custom-built, battery grip is also available to give you extra power and give you different handling options.

Video

You can capture Full HD video with the Canon EOS Mark II, or, for extra creativity, why not give time-lapse video a go? This creative capture mode is also available in ultra high-definition 4K: great for replaying your creations on your HDTV.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available to pre-order either the body only or as part of a 24-70mm kit package. Will you be buying one? Let us know what you think on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.