Canon 6D Mark II Leaked Specs Include an Articulating LCD | Updated

For those wanting to make the jump to a Canon full frame but disappointed in the lack of an articulating LCD (swivel screen), Canon may have just fixed that with the Canon 6D Mark II LCD. Via NokishitaCamera, with the Canon Bodies going through certification at the moment a few specs have been leaked. If rumors hold true we'll be seeing the 6DMII announced in July with the SL2 and shipping shortly thereafter.Canon 6D Mark II Articulating Screen Composite - Photoshopped ImageAs Toby has said before having an articulating LCD is a must with today's cameras. Beyond just selfies the variable angles allow you to get shots that otherwise would be more than a bit difficult. Out of all the things for the 6DMII this was the one make it or break it item for many photographers I've talked to recently. Unfortunately playing devil's advocate though this does have its drawbacks. It's yet to be known how this affects the standard waterproofing found in Canon's higher end cameras. For those looking for a rugged full-frame camera, this might be an issue as well as adding another breaking point for their gear.With this leak is somewhat confirmed it's an interesting development and we'll find out shortly in the official announcements. As of this point with the SKU number's we should be seeing three different kit options and the 6DMII available as body only as well.Overall it's an exciting change as I expected it to go without the articulating LCD, we'll have more information out come July.Updated additional specs leaked (Via Nokishita Camera) :Following the updated specs of the t7i/77D the 6DMII looks like it's specs are roughly the same coming out as the recently released rebels. For current 6D owners getting 45 cross-type AF points using dual pixel autofocus should be a welcome upgrade. Missing unfortunately, is no 4K video, being a dealbreaker for some I'll bet.New specs coming out this week

  • 26.2 MP
  • 45 cross-type AF points
  • Dual-Pixel AF
  • DIGIC 7
  • 98% viewfinder coverage, .71 magnification
  • 6.5 frames/sec, 4 when using servo AF in live view
  • ISO 100-40,000 (extended ISO 50, 51200, and 102400)
  • Shutter speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, 1/180 flash sync speed
  • Single SD card slot
  • Media: SD / SDHC / SDXC card (UHS-I card compatible)
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, and GPS
  • Electronic level
  • 100% Viewfinder
  • Video Full HD 1080P at 60fps
  • 5 Axis electronic image stabilization for video
  • HDR movie mode, 4K timelapse movie mode
  • Battery: LP-E6N / LP-E6
  • New BG-E21 battery grip
  • Package kits include Canon EF 24-70mm f/4.0L IS USM, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM, and EF 24–105mm f/3.5–5.6 IS STM options.
  • Announcement due June 29, 2017
  • $1999 price
Updated images leaked (via Nokishita)

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Buy the Canon 70D or Wait for the Canon 7D Mark II

Too early to call this post a 70D vs 7D Mark II and let's throw in the Canon 6D as well (as it is similar in price), but I did want to take a few moments and share some highlights from each camera to help you decide which would be best for you.Screenshot 2014-09-15 08.19.57

Canon 7D Mark II

Price: $1799 Body Only $2149 with 18-135 STM- Pre order from B&H Photo Video or AmazonStrengths:

  • Blazingly fast Autofocus System
  • 10 FPS with a big enough buffer to capture 31 full RAW images before slow down
  • Canon's best performing APS-C sensor* We need more data to determine how much better this sensor is than the existing 70D.
  • Dual Card slots - automatic backup or twice the memory or shoot RAW to one card and JPEG to the other
  • On board flash
  • 1080/720p video at 60FPS
  • Servo AI mode in video for reliable video focus on moving subjects
  • Headphone jack for real time audio monitoring
  • Built tough and weather sealed
  • Built in GPS

You buy this camera if you are shooting fast action - sports, birds in flight and/or need a camera that can travel with you and shoot in all weather conditions. Video shooters have better options elsewhere (see my GH4 vs 70D video) unless you need or want to rely on autofocus during video of moving subjects.Want to hear more about the Canon 7D Mark II? Watch my First ThoughtsScreenshot 2014-09-15 16.54.59

Canon 70D

$1099 Body Only $1449 with 18-135 STM - Buy from B&H Photo Video or AmazonStrengths:

  • Articulating touch screen with. . .
  • Excellent touch to focus control for photo and video (especially video) - focus and menu navigation is very easy for beginners- touch to manipulate.
  • On board flash
  • Competent focusing system and 7 FPS
  • Leaves room in budget for lenses (especially primes) see 6 reasons you should own a prime lens
  • Slightly smaller and more portable. 70D weight= 755g (1.66lbs) 7D Mark II weight = 910g (2.1lbs) and 6D = 770g (1.7lbs)
  • Wifi for remote control and image download.

Very good all around DSLR. User friendly touchscreen, Wifi and in a size that won't break your neck. Focusing is very good though not at the level of the 7D Mark II and tracking in video is also slower than 7D Mark II.Watch my Full Review of the Canon 70DScreenshot 2014-09-15 16.54.43

Canon 6D

$1,899 body only $2,499 ($2,299 after rebate) with EF 25-105 IS - Buy from B&H Photo Video or AmazonStrengths: 

  • Full Frame Sensor - low light performance and detail in images is noticeably improved over 70D and 7D Mark II
  • Low Light performance (yes repeating myself here but that is the real strength of a full frame sensor like the one in the Canon 6D
  • GPS and WiFi built in

The Canon 6D is actually very similar in size to the Canon 70D - quite portable for a full frame camera but it does not provide an on board flash and just one SD card slot.  The Focusing system is SLOW and frame rate is just 4.5 fps. The center focus point is quite capable, especially in lower light but overall this is NOT the camera to use for any type of action.Watch my 6D vs 70D (Full Frame vs Crop Sensor) video 

Summary of Canon 7D mark II vs Canon 70D vs Canon 6D

If the contest was decided by bullet points the 7D Mark II would be the clear winner, but not all these bullet points are equal for all photographers/videographers.  Each has its strengths as I have outlined.My Overall pick remains the Canon 70D - a good value with a solid feature set and image quality.  But if you will consistently be shooting fast action it will be worth the extra cost to buy the 7D Mark II. If you will find yourself in low light often and you don't mind buying an external flash - the Canon 6D would be your best bet.Still undecided? Pop over to my Facebook Page - Hit the like button and leave a message - we will do our best to help you determine the best camera for you.