Most Canon-related rumors lately have been regarding the 5D Mark IV, with the latest claiming there will also be a Mark IVc video version, and we’ve seen very little being said about the other models.
There’s finally some new information about the 6D Mark II, stating it will be smaller and lighter, but once again Canon’s top attraction is involved – the 6D replacement will not come before the 5D Mark IV is already shipping.
If this and the rumor claiming the 5D Mark III replacement will be released only after the 5DS is shipping are true, Canon seems to be releasing new cameras from the top down with each camera being given a chance to sell before offering cheaper alternatives.
Despite this (unverified) information, you may not want to hold on your 6D purchase. According to the info posted by Canon Rumors, the 6D Mark II will not be available before the first quarter of 2016.
The 5D Mark III was announced in March 2012 and the 6D followed in September, so if the 5D Mark IV will be announced around August-September as rumored the replacements will maintain the 6-month gap between announcements.
There’s very little being said regarding the actual specs of the camera but a new battery may replace the LP-E6/E6N in order to help reduce weight. The cynics might say that the slight weight reduction is just an excuse to sell a new battery and line Canon’s pocket.
Users hoping for an articulated screen or electronic viewfinder will be disappointed to hear neither are planned to be included, and they will have to settle for an increase of up to 4 megapixels. The 24mp-or-less sensor is said to likely be unique to this model, as is the current sensor of the 6D.
There’s no word on other features but judging by reviews of current 6D owners, an improved autofocus system will be appreciated. Obviously this is not supposed to be an advanced full frame camera but 11 focus points, with just one cross-type point, might be too limiting even for this level.
[via Canon Rumors]