Sony has been making waves with their mirrorless cameras in recent years, but the reliability and quality that Canon and Nikon are known for have kept them and their DSLRs relevant. But, the old guard can’t just sit there and do nothing, so this week, Canon is upping their game with improvements to their enthusiast and entry level DSLR cameras.
The big prize is the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the successor to the original 6D. The camera body features a 26.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor and the DIGIC 7 image processor (with an ISO range of 100 – 40000). The autofocus system is pretty impressive, too — dual pixel CMOS phase-detect autofocus and an optical viewfinder with 45 points of focus. In burst mode, the 6D Mark II will be able to shoot at 6.5 fps.
It’s going to be an excellent option for anyone taking stills, but those interested in video might want to look elsewhere as the 6D Mark II maxes out at 60 fps 1080p recording. It’s definitely been specialized for still photography, so keep that in mind when shopping around.
An enhanced suite of connectivity features makes the camera a lot more convenient for anyone who wants to share photos immediately or offload them up to an external storage drive — it’s got Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS. If you need to capture something at an awkward angle, the 3″ touch LCD can be pulled out, tilted, and swiveled to help you keep track of your shot.
The EOS Rebel SL2 is a scaled back version of the 6D Mark II that will cost beginners a lot less money. While the specs aren’t as impressive, there is a pretty cool feature called Feature Assistant that Canon has added. It’s possible to get some incredible shots out of a DSLR, but it’s a tool you need to know how to use — the automatic settings always fall short of expectations. Feature Assistant lets photographers figure out what kind of shot they want to take, then learn how to adjust the settings to get what they want. For would-be enthusiasts who can’t find the time to take a photography class, it’s a pretty nice reference.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II and EOS Rebel SL2 will both be available in July for $2,000 and $550, respectively, for just the bodies. Canon will bundle with the 6D Mark II with an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM II lens or an EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 STM lens for $3,100 and $2,600, respectively. The Rebel SL2 will get a bundle with the good old EF-S 18-55m f/4-5.6 IS STM lens for $700.