Canon EOS 6D Mark II review (DPReview)

Canon Eos 6d Mark Ii Deal

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available almost everywhere: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

Photographic authority DPReview posted their Canon EOS 6D Mark II review.

Some excerpts from the conclusion:

[…] the EOS 6D Mark II is a classic Canon DSLR. Is it particularly exciting? No, but really, neither was the original 6D aside from its fairly accessible price point. What the 6D Mark II is, though, is a solid, well-built camera that is capable of producing great images while improving upon its predecessor in almost every measurable way.

[…] the 6D II excels at high ISO values. Once you get past ISO 1600, the 6D II handily pulls away from its crop-sensor cousins and is broadly competitive with market peers.

Comparison with other cameras:

For the same price, Nikon’s D750 offers nearly the same resolution, loads more dynamic range and a far more sophisticated autofocus system. Same goes for the Sony a7 II, though that camera is even cheaper. The Pentax K-1 is an incredible value and gives you even better build quality, unique and innovative features like Pixel Shift, and far more resolution. The only thing that makes the EOS 6D II stand out is Dual Pixel AF, which turns out is only of real value in this camera when shooting single shots of slow-moving subjects or HD video.

That’s why they didn’t give the EOS 6D Mark II the highest award but an 80% score. Sample pictures from the review are here. A closer look to the EOS 6D Mark II image quality is here.

Canon’s Picture Styles explained (video)

Canon Picture Styles, available in almost all Canon cameras, are a cool way to shot a JPG the way you intend, without the hassle of post-production. Above you can watch a short introduction video. To use Picture Styles you need Canon Picture Style Editor and Canon EOS Remote Utility (here an easy to grasp tutorial for both). Both software come with your Canon camera or an be downloaded on Canon’s support pages.

Canon U.S.A. Officially Announces A Newly Designed Website

We reported about Canon’s new website one month ago. Today Canon published a press release for the new site.

Canon U.S.A. Unveils A Newly Designed Website

MELVILLE, N.Y. — A company’s website is an important tool customers utilize to research products and services in order to make educated purchasing decisions. Canon U.S.A., Inc., has recently launched a new design for its company website, www.usa.canon.com, with a responsive design that offers an inviting and enjoyable experience for its customers. This new design features beautiful, vivid imagery befitting of Canon’s position as a leader in the imaging industry. The website homepage provides an attractive, easy-to-navigate interface with featured content focused on the company’s mission to provide customers with up-to-date product information and knowledgeable insights in the area of digital imaging solutions.

“One of the main goals we wanted to achieve when designing the new website was to help our customers and business partners get to know us better and get a feel for who we are as a company,” states Ellen Pitchford, vice president and general manager, Digital Marketing Services Division of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “This new website enhances the power of the Canon brand and further demonstrates our commitment to our customers and business partners.”

Seamlessly viewable from any compatible device, customers will have access to engaging stories, informative video content and in-depth product details. The new website is optimized to be viewed across a variety of platforms – desktop, tablet or mobile – and makes it easier for visitors to get the information they need no matter what type of compatible device they are using to connect to the Internet.

Built with bringing a fun, intuitive, user-friendly customer experience in mind, features include:

  • The ‘Product Showcase’ section shows visitors the full breadth of product offerings.
  • The ‘Explore’ section demonstrates how Canon products can be used in daily life, workplace and industry settings.
  • The ‘Learning Center’ features tips, tricks and tutorials on how to make the most of Canon’s products.

Visitors also have the option of creating a ‘My Canon’ account, in order to manage their product library, expedite product registration and quickly gain access to order status.

Visit the new website at www.usa.canon.com.

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What did we learn from Canon Expo 2015 in NYC?

First and foremost: It’s Canon to decide when we shall know what they are doing in their labs, and what will go into production in the next 2-3 years. Canon gave us more clues during Canon Expo 2015 than we were able to collect through rumors in the last year. So much about rumors.

So, what can we learn from Canon Expo 2015?

  1. The 120MP full-frame sensor, working in a prototype DSLR, is in an advanced stadium of development. Good enough to showcase it to the public and to let people play around with it. It’s safe to assume that Canon will release a full-frame DSLR with such a sensor around 2018. No one saw it come. Educated thougths about Canon’s upcoming full-frame 120MP DSLR at PetaPixel.
  2. A development version of Canon Connect Station was on display. This version can wirelessly charge a camera. It’s pretty obvious to assume that Canon will soon produce cameras that can be charged wirelessly. No one saw it come. More about this is here.
  3. Canon is clearly committed to being the leader in sensor tech & development. Stuff like the ISO 4.5M camera and the 250MP APS-H sensor may be prototypes, but they are working prototypes. Taking in account how conservative Canon is, if a piece of gear is showcased that way, it means something. There were some patents in the past, but no one saw it clearly come. More about the 250MP sensor here. Info about the ISO 4.5M camera are here and here.
  4. Canon is researching and investing in Virtual Reality technologies. While not being directly related to photography, this is a domain where a company that’s leading the camera industry can play well. More about Canon’s VR projects here.
  5. Canon clearly thinks further than 4K, researching and developing professional 8K video systems. It appears (to me, at least) that Canon thinks 4K is not worth the effort, 8K comes soon. This is pure speculation, however. More info here.
  6. Canon has the skills and guts, and the labs, to develop what they think is worth to be researched and developed. Few understand that technology never is just the hype of the moment. If taken seriously, technology that’s worth the efforts is always a long term affair. Canon and Fuji understand it, Sony not.

Maybe the best lesson we learned from Canon Expo 2015 is that all the Canon rumors mean very little at the end of the day. If it wasn’t for the Canon Expo, most of the stuff listed above would still be unknown to us.

No company nor technology are 100% perfect, but do not tell me that Canon is not innovating. There was more trendsetting at Canon Expo 2015 than we saw in the last 3 years from all other companies in this industry.

Btw, the next Canon Expo will be in Paris, in less than a month. Your thoughts and comments are welcome…

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Everything you want to know about Canon Expo 2015 told in 5 minutes

Want to get a quick insight into what Canon presented at Canon Expo 2015 in NYC? Don’t have much time? Then this video by Tony Northup is right for you. In just 5 minutes he tells about the most important features of the Canon Expo 2015 .

It’s all there. Canon’s 250MP APS-H sensor, the ISO 4.5M camera, the 120MP full-frame prototype, the (somewhen) upcoming 600mm f/4 DO BR lens, Canon’s Virtual Reality efforts, and all the rest Canon showcased at the Expo, some lens anatomy included. Forget rumors, that’s what coming in the next 2-3 years.

Another Canon Innovation: 250 megapixels APS-H CMOS sensor, the world’s highest pixel count for this size

Did you think the Canon EOS 5Ds and EOS 5Ds R with their 50 megapixel were the ultimate resolution monster out there? Think again.

Canon announced another technological innovation today: a 250 Megapixel APS-H sensor, and a working prototype is also ready. This APS-H sensor measures 29.2 x 20.2mm and has a resolution of 19,580 x 12,600 pixels. That’s 30 times more than 4k video, and 125 times more than  HD video. Kudos Canon!

TOKYO, September 7, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that it has developed an APS-H-size (approx. 29.2 x 20.2 mm) CMOS sensor incorporating approximately 250 million pixels (19,580 x 12,600 pixels), the world’s highest number of pixels1 for a CMOS sensor smaller than the size of a 35 mm full-frame sensor.

When installed in a camera, the newly developed sensor was able to capture images enabling the distinguishing of lettering on the side of an airplane flying at a distance of approximately 18 km from the shooting location.2

With CMOS sensors, increases in pixel counts result in increased signal volume, which can cause such problems as signal delays and slight discrepancies in timing. The new Canon-developed CMOS sensor, however, despite its exceptionally high pixel count, achieves an ultra-high signal readout speed of 1.25 billion pixels per second, made possible through such advancements as circuit miniaturization and enhanced signal-processing technology. Accordingly, the sensor enables the capture of ultra-high-pixel-count video at a speed of five frames per second. Additionally, despite the exceptionally high pixel count, Canon applied its sensor technologies cultivated over many years to realize an architecture adapted for miniaturized pixels that delivers high-sensitivity, low-noise imaging performance.

Video footage captured by the camera outfitted with the approximately 250-megapixel CMOS sensor achieved a level of resolution that was approximately 125 times that of Full HD (1,920 x 1,080 pixels) video and approximately 30 times that of 4K (3,840 x 2,160 pixels) video. The exceptionally high definition made possible by the sensor lets users crop and magnify video images without sacrificing image resolution and clarity.

Canon is considering the application of this technology in specialized surveillance and crime prevention tools, ultra-high-resolution measuring instruments and other industrial equipment, and the field of visual expression.

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