Sure, it is a small system in comparison with the 5D Mark IV. The very best a part of any mirrorless is how compact the lenses are.


It was just a few days in the past that I used to be congratulating Canon on an incredible job of protecting its first full-frame mirrorless digicam underneath wraps. Then increase — what appears to be like very very similar to an official PDF with the entire specs and a few tiny photographs of the digicam and lenses showing to be official advertising images pop up on the internet. 

And it appears to be like like Canon’s beginning off with a digicam that is least prone to cannibalize its full-frame DSLR best-seller, the 5D Mark IV, as an alternative slotting into the identical area of interest because the enthusiast-oriented 6D Mark II, taking up Sony’s A7 III and ultimately, Nikon’s still-an-unknown-quantity Z6. 

The digicam is predicted to be introduced throughout the subsequent 24 hours. In that case, I will be again to replace on September 5.

That positioning presupposes that Canon’s pricing shall be round $2,000 for the physique as rumored (no satisfying leaks on that), which is the place it appears to belong. Its standout characteristic appears to be a brand new autofocus system with 5,655 phase-detection factors and a sensitivity all the way down to -6EV; that means it may well focus at nighttime. 

I do assume that beginning off with the cheaper mannequin, assuming that is the entry-level mannequin in a brand new line, is a great transfer. If there are any points, Canon has the possibility to iron out the bugs earlier than unleashing it on extra demanding execs. Plus, it offers the digicam an opportunity to construct up some word-of-mouth buzz (or not) earlier than the patron vacation procuring season begins. A professional digicam has the luxurious of releasing somewhat later — however not too late, because the high-resolution 5DS and 5DS R turned three in June, and Canon has fallen behind each Nikon and Sony in that class. Even the two-year-old 5D Mark IV may use an replace.

There is a programmable multifunction pad subsequent to the viewfinder, a spot simply accessible along with your thumb.


The specs appear like a well-rounded general-purpose digicam that is rooted firmly within the current: Canon’s the final holdout sticking with optical stabilization, which is just too unhealthy, because it makes the lenses larger, heavier and costlier, and places you on the mercy of Canon’s deciding which lenses deserve IS. 

It is also obtained an odd mixture of options. For example, it helps 4K all-I video recording, but it surely solely has a single card slot and so far as I can inform, there aren’t any log-anything Image Types. It is not clear whether or not it helps 10-bit output (or clear HDMI output in any respect — the specs simply record HDMI for simultaneous monitoring). 

It is in all probability an honest step-up mannequin for Canon fanatics who need higher picture high quality than their their APS-C DSLR or EOS M just like the 80D or M5 delivers, however like the thought of the smaller mirrorless physique and lens, or who need the significantly better video-shooting expertise a mirrorless provides. Its steady capturing pace is simply okay, however would not even match the 7D Mark II. 

There would not appear to be something right here to woo individuals away from the competing choices, and actually is bigger than each the Z6 and the A7 III. 

The physique is smaller and lighter than the 6DM2, however not by quite a bit: about Zero.four in/10mm in each dimension and fewer than four oz/105g lighter. It appears to be like like there is a neat little multifunction-mappable touchpad by your proper thumb, which is a intelligent contact. It additionally has a high standing LCD, OLED EVF, a hefty grip and an articulated again show.

It is anticipated to launch with 4 RF-mount lenses: a 35mm f1.eight, 50mm f1.2L, 28-70mm f2L and 24-105 f4L. Different lenses it is anticipated to debut are an EF-M 32mm f1.four — the primary actually wide-aperture lens for its APS-C mirrorless line, and since that angle of view is equal to a regular 51mm, possibility for portrait pictures — and revs to its EF 400mm f2.eight and EF 600mm f4L lenses.

RF-mount adapters for EF and EF-S lenses shall be obtainable, however not for EF-M. The RF mount design has a 20mm flange distance — the space between the sensor and the mount — whereas Canon’s APS-C mirrorless EOS M fashions have an 18mm flange distance. That leaves solely 2mm/Zero.08 in for an EF-M to RF adapter, which is nothing to cry over, however lower than zero for an RF to EF-M. In different phrases, you may by no means be capable of use the brand new, higher-quality lenses on the APS-C mirrorless fashions. 

As Canon Information factors, out, meaning one in all two issues: both the EOS M line won’t ever get an honest number of quick, high-quality, lighter-weight lenses (even when Canon is as much as managing merchandise for 3 energetic lens-mount traces), which supplies you no strategy to up your images with out shopping for a completely new digicam, and rener any EOS-M digicam a extremely unhealthy purchase. Or it can obsolesce the EOS M in favor of a revised APS-C line with the RF (or suitable) mount. During which case, individuals who’ve already sunk cash into the system are, properly, you do the mathematics.

And, like each different new child mirrorless line, the battery life is meh, rated at 350 photographs utilizing the viewfinder. Like Nikon, Canon determined to stay with an current DSLR battery, which is totally inadequate for a power-draining mirrorless. Canon will supply a grip for a second battery, however then it is bigger than a DSLR and nonetheless has a shorter battery life.

Comparative specs

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon EOS R

Sony A7 III

Sensor efficient decision

26.2 Twin Pixel CMOS 14 bits

30.1MP Twin-Pixel CMOS n/a 14-bit

24.2MP Exmor RS CMOS 14-bit

Sensor dimension

35.9 x 24mm

36 mm x 24mm

35.eight x 23.8mm

Focal-length multiplier








Sensitivity vary

ISO 50 (exp)/ISO 100 – ISO 40000/102400 (exp)

ISO 50 (exp)/100 – ISO 40000/102400 (exp)

ISO 50 (exp)/ ISO 100 – ISO 25600/ISO 204800 (exp)

Burst capturing

3fps (As much as 6.5fps with focus and publicity mounted on first shot) n/a

5fps 47 uncooked/100 JPEG (8fps with focus and AE mounted on first shot; 3fps with confintuous focus/monitoring)

10fps 172 JPEG/89 uncooked

Viewfinder (magazine/ efficient magazine)

Optical 98% protection Zero.71x/Zero.71x

OLED EVF 100% protection Zero.71x-Zero.76x/Zero.71x

OLED EVF Zero.5-inch 2.four million dots 100% protection Zero.71x

Scorching Shoe





45-point phase-detection all cross-type 27 to f8, 9 cross-type 1 to f2.eight

5,655-point part detection AF

693-poing phase-detection AF; 25-area distinction AF

AF sensitivity (at heart level)

-Three to 18 EV

-6 to 18 EV

-Three – 20 EV

Shutter pace

1/four,000 to 30 secs; bulb

1/eight,000 to 30 secs; bulb

1/eight,000 to 30 secs; bulb; 1/250 sec x-sync

Shutter sturdiness

100,000 cycles




7.560-pixel RGB+IR, 63 zones

384 zones

1,200 zones

Metering sensitivity

1 – 20 EV

-Three to 20 EV


Greatest video

H.264 QuickTime MOV 1080/60p, 30p, 25p, 24p

H.264 MP4 4K UHD 2160/30p @ 480Mbps, 1080/60p HDR; 1080/30p HDR, 720/120p

XAVC S 4K 2160/30p, 25p, 24p @ 100Mbps; 1080/120p @ 100Mbps


mono; mic enter

n/a; mic enter

Stereo; mic enter; headphone jack

Guide aperture and shutter in video




Most best-quality recording time



29:59 min

Clear HDMI out







Sensor shift 5-axis


Three in/7.7 cm Articulated contact display 1.04m dots

Three.2 in/8cm Articulated contact display 2.1m dots

Three in/7.5cm Tilting 1.2m dots

Reminiscence slots

1 x SDXC (UHS I)


1 x SDXC (1 x UHS I, 1 x UHS-II)

Wi-fi connection

Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth





Wi-fi flash




Battery life (CIPA score)

1,200 photographs (VF), 380 photographs (LV) (1,865 mAh)

370 photographs (LCD), 350 photographs (VF) (1,865 mAh)

710 photographs (LCD), 610 photographs (VF) (2,280 mAh)

Dimension (WHD)

5.7 x four.four x 2.9 in 144 x 111 x 75 mm

5.four x Three.9 x Three.Three in. 136 x 98 x 84mm

5 x Three.9 x Three in 127 x 96 x 74 mm

Physique working weight

27.Zero oz (est.) 765 g (est.)

23.four oz (est.) 660 g (est.)

23 oz (est.) 650 g (est.)

Mfr. value (physique solely)

$1,600 £1,730


$2,000 £2,000 AU$Three,100

Launch date

July 2017


April 2018


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