Canon 6D Mk II and EOS Rebel SL2 – HD cameras trapped in a 4K world

Canon have officially launched the Canon 6D Mk II and the EOS Rebel SL2. On paper they both look like decent stills cameras, but if you’re still holding out for affordable 4K video from a Canon DSLR then you will be disappointed. Both cameras are limited to HD resolution with capture up to 60p.

This latest announcement only reaffirms what we already know. If you want a Canon camera for video, you need to get a C100, C300, or C700. Yes, I almost forgot the 5D Mk IV, but you can only record 4K using a crop of the sensor. In 2017 there is absolutely no reason why a camera like the 6D Mk II or EOS Rebel SL2 shouldn’t be able to record UHD or 4K. All of Canon’s main competitors have 4K-capable mirrorless or DSLR cameras.


Canon 6D mark II
6D Mk II

The EOS 6D Mk II camera uses a full frame 26.2 Megapixel (approx. 35.9mm x 24.0mm) CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 image processor in a DSLR body that weighs 765g. The camera features Dual Pixel CMOS AF that enables continuous automatic AF and AF tracking for stills and video. The camera features an ISO range of 100–40,000 for still and video capture.

6D mark II

The 6D Mk II also gets a Vari-angle touchscreen three inch ClearView LCD II monitor which makes it the first full frame Canon camera to have an articulating screen. This is really something they should have put on the 5D Mk IV.

For video shooters the 6D Mk II records in MOV, MP4, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 @ 1920 x 1080: 59.97fps, 50fps, 29.97fps, 25fps, and 23.98fps. Video record times are limited to 29 Minutes, 59 Seconds. There is a 4K (UHD) time-lapse mode that connects still pictures to create a movie at either 29.97p or 25p at 500Mbps in Motion JPEG.

HD capture is at the following bitrates when recording in MP4:
59.97p and 50p: 60Mbps
29.97p, 25p, 23.98: 30Mbps

6D mark II

There is a built-in mic and Canon offers a small external video microphone. Also available is an HDMI out, but the camera doesn’t have a headphone jack.

The camera has built-in Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth, and GPS capability. You can use the free Canon Camera Connect app on a compatible iOS or Android device to shoot remotely from a distance, with control of settings such as aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focus and shutter release. Still images can be transferred between two wireless-enabled Canon cameras over a Local Area Network (LAN). Images and video can also be uploaded to the Canon Image Gateway.

The Canon 6D Mk II is now available to pre-order for $1,999 US.

EOS Rebel SL2

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 camera uses a 24.2 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor and DIGIC 7 Image Processor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF. It also has Vari-angle touchscreen LCD which should make it a good option for Vloggers.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2
The Rebel SL2

Just like the 6D Mk II the EOS Rebel SL2 camera can capture Full HD movies at up to 60p at the exact same bitrates. The camera has an external microphone input as well as its internal microphone. Again there is no headphone jack.

The EOS Rebel SL2 will retail for $549 US

Canon 6D Mk II and EOS Rebel SL2: is this enough for video shooters?

Even though these cameras are aimed squarely at photographers, a lot of shooters now want to record both video and stills. The lack of 4K and no headphone jack on either of these cameras is a major oversight in my opinion and is sure to send potential buyers straight over to Sony or Panasonic.

What do you think about the canon 6D Mk II? Has Canon missed the boat again? Let us know in the comments section below.

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