The Jakarta Post
First snap: A photographer tries out the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera to capture the mountain scenery in Malang, East Java. (JP/P. J. Leo)
In an effort to serve photography enthusiasts in Indonesia, Canon, one of the world’s leading digital camera producers, introduced its latest generation digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, during a recent press tour in Malang, East Java.
Although its specifications differ from those of the Canon EOS 6D launched five years ago, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II remains a full-frame camera that is fairly lightweight.
The most noticeable physical difference between the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and its predecessor is the new Timelapse 4K function that makes it unnecessary to use a remote cable as it can be directly set from the camera. This function enables the user to add dramatic moments and effects to the film with picture bits taken in the time lapse mode, like sunrises, shifting clouds and traffic jams.
“The other physical distinction is the Canon EOS 6D Mark II’s three inch multiple angle liquid crystal display [LCD] with a touch screen sensor, so that the user can produce creative photos at various angles. The camera also has a high degree of clarity and details of the pictures snapped,” the marketing manager of Canon Image Communication Product Division, PT Datascrip, Yase Defirsa Cory, said. “The LCD can turn 360 degrees that is useful for photos or videos to form low-angle compositions. It also has a touch screen function suitable for making video blogs.”
In terms of the sensor, the camera features a full-frame complementary metal-oxide semiconductor (CMOS) with a resolution of 26.2 megapixels to produce high quality photos and it also applies dual pixel CMOS AF technology that enables users to focus on objects and snap them quickly.
In addition, the digital imaging integrated circuit (DIGIC) 7 processor inside the camera facilitates shooting to create attractive pictures at a high ISO level under minimum lighting. Its ISO rate reaches 40,000 and can be raised to 102,400, thus allowing it to aim during dimly lit and night time settings with ease.
Versatile and agile: The new Canon EOS 6D Mark II comes with a liquid crystal display (LCD) that can be turned and twisted by 360 degrees. (JP/P. J. Leo)
The camera also comes with a RGB+IR 7560-pixel metering sensor and AF (auto focus) system for color detection that are consistent and accurate in focusing under various lighting conditions.
The aberration correction regulator feature allows the camera to automatically detect if the lens is fixed and correct distortions and diffractions at the time of taking pictures.
The AF system comes with 45 focus points so that the camera can take quick pictures at 6.5 fps (frames per second) in the continuous shot mode and 4.0 fps in the live view. This capacity gives photographers a lot of freedom to shoot moving targets. However, some users said the camera was still incapable of capturing images of fast sports.
Apart from taking pictures, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II also records videos with 60p Full HD resolution.
The camera’s dual pixel CMOS AF technology enables quick and fine focus changing during shooting, in both live view and movie modes. The user only needs to push the area to be recorded through the LCD touch screen.
Canon also includes a movie digital IS five-axis feature that can reduce vibrations and jolts when the photographer walks and shoots.
Sadly, however, Canon hasn’t yet upgraded its video resolution to 4K for EOS 6D Mark II. New 4K technology in a camera allows the user to record videos in high detail without fear of losing the image quality when editing them.
Introduction: Canon Singapore President and Chief Executive Officer Noriko Gunji (left) and Merry Harun, the Canon division director of PT Datascrip, the Indonesian sole distributor of Canon cameras, test the new camera. (JP/P. J. Leo)
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II has wireless technology as featured in its near field communication (NFC) and Wi-Fi that facilitate photo and video file transfers from the camera to various supporting gadgets, as well as low-energy Bluetooth for various operations from picture viewing to remote photographing and recording. Its GPS receiver memorizes shooting locations and the user can share locations with other EOS 6D Mark II operators.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II current price stands at Rp 28.5 million (US$2,100). Customers need to invest more if they want to combine the camera with lenses.
“We hope the Canon EOS 6D Mark II can win the market of DSLR full-frame cameras in Indonesia,” Noriko Gunji, the president and chief executive officer of Canon Singapore Pty Ltd., said.
Along with EOS 6D Mark II, Canon also presented its newest EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens that it is selling for Rp 21.5 million. It is said to be capable of producing quality pictures and a blur effect on photo backgrounds to make them more refined and beautiful. The lens is compact and lightweight with a dustproof and waterproof casing.
For perfect picture quality from the central point to the edges of a photo, the elemental optic technology of the aspheric lens will correct distortions and curves. Moreover, air sphere coating (ASC) technology can minimize ghosting and flaring, which is effective when taking pictures in a position facing a light source.
The Canon EF 85mm f/1.4L IS USM lens can also detect the use of a tripod so that it will automatically stop the IS function, which makes the user save battery consumption.