Canon Launches 6D Mark II and Rebel SL2 Cameras, Still no 4K Video

Canon officially announces the arrival of the new full-frame EOS 6D Mark II, confirming much of the leaked features last week. With a price of $1,999, users get a full-frame 26.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with DIGIC 7 image processing. It is capable of up to 40,000 ISO from the original 6D’s 32,000. This means it performs even better at low-light photography than its predecessor which was already incredible. The new EOS 6D Mark II also has 45 cross-type autofocus points, upgrading significantly the original 6D’s measly 11-point AF. It is also capable of 21-frame RAW maximum burst and 150 continuous JPEG shots. The new EOS 6D Mark II also finally adds a 3-inch Vari-Angle articulating LCD screen, the first full-frame DSLR to do so.

Missing 4K Video Capability

With all those features at a lower price than the original, why are some people disappointed? The biggest missing piece is the lack of 4K video support, a feature which many of Canon’s competitor’s flagship offerings support. Professionals could argue that the high-end EOS 6D Mark II is designed specifically just for photography so adding a 4K video feature is unnecessary. Canon is mum on the subject, but they did add video HDR support. Fans would just have to wait for MagicLantern to add the 4K video feature later on.

Canon Rebel SL2

With the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Canon also released the new Rebel SL2 camera. It is a smaller and lighter weight DSLR option for beginners. This is basically a 200D, replacing the SL1 which is now formerly the smallest and lightest DLSR introduced in 2013. The compact nature of the EOS Rebel SL2 makes it ideal for travellers, and as a jumping point from phone cameras. It uses a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with an ISO range up to 25600. The camera also has dual-pixel CMOS AF, boasting the fastest autofocus speed in its class.

Like the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the new EOS Rebel SL2 also sports a 3-inch vari-angle LCD touchscreen. It also features an external microphone input, pop-up flash, NFC, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity. This entry-level DSLR will start selling in late July with a $550 USD price tag for the body only. A $700 USD version is also available which comes with a Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/4-5.6 IS STM lens.

Ron Perillo

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