4K Video With A Major Catch In Canon’s New EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera

by on July 5, 2017

Juan Carlos Ropel, July 5, 2017

Canon is celebrating Camera Day with the introduction of its Canon EOS 6D Mark II but they “forgot” to add one of the most important and no longer even that cutting-edge video features that virtually all new digital cameras come with now, 4K video recording. This is a rather surprising omission from a company that has already delved into 4K UHD recording and in a market where even cell phone cameras now often come with 4K recording.

It has been five years since the original Canon EOS 6D was introduced, but after a long wait, its successor, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II has now officially arrived. The completely new full-frame digital SLR camera, aimed both at professionals and hobby photography enthusiasts, offers numerous advances and incorporates the latest of Canon technology.


To name some examples, the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II offers several enhancements over its predecessor model. It comes with a 26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor (the previous 6D was 20.2Mpx), DIGIC 7 Image Processor with ISO range of between 100-40,000 (which is a significant increase over the first 6D that went up to 25,600), an Optical Viewfinder with a 45-point All Cross-type AF System1, Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-detection and High-speed Continuous Shooting at up to 6.5 fps (it was 4.5 in the 6D). Furthermore, the EOS 6D comes with an important additional innovation that’s lacking in its predecessor: this 6D Mark II is built with a Vari-angle 3-inch touchscreen, which is a big add-on that helps make this model worthy of its higher price.

On the exterior there are few design differences with respect to the first Canon 6D. The main improvements on the EOS 6D Mark II are found in the sensor and in the focus system, There are also a couple of positive points in the Mark II to make up for the camera’s lack of conventional 4K video recording First, it can push out 1080p video at 60fps instead of its predecessor’s 30fps and secondly, oddly, 4K video can be captured in time-lapse video mode with the help of the Mark II’s large sensor. Canon has also given the EOS 6D Mark II a 5-axis Movie IS as a further enticement to buy this model. Full, normal 30fps 4K video recording is however a feature that only appears in the next Canon DSLR model up in price and specs, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV.

Canon still gave the EOS 6D Mark II a 4K label because it can at least shoot 4K time-lapse video

Canon still gave the EOS 6D Mark II a 4K label because it can at least shoot 4K time-lapse video

This notorious absence of full 4K video has caused some complaints from people on the Internet, since the incorporation of 4K recording should have been a no-brainer by Canon in a market where even many of the most affordable compact cameras now come with the resolution. This is an inconvenience that may deter photography enthusiasts who want the whole photo-video package at the highest resolution possible from buying it.

The EOS 6D Mark II DSLR camera will be available at the end of July 2017 for an estimated retail price of $1,999.00 for body only, $3,099.00 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II lens and $2,599.00 with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens.

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