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EOS 6D Mark II: Autofocus

Autofocus

The EOS 6D Mark II camera has a sophisticated AF system engineered for sharp, accurate AF with reliable performance no matter the subject. It has a 45-point all cross-type AF system* that’s complemented by numerous features designed to achieve and track focus for still photography and videos.

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45-point All Cross-type AF System

45-point All Cross-type AF System*

For next-level AF operation, the EOS 6D Mark II camera has a wide-area, 45-point all cross-type AF system*. It has low luminance performance to EV -3 which makes it excellent in dim light, and is compatible with an array of EF lenses (lenses with maximum apertures of f/8 or smaller, and some lenses with extenders attached may operate at a maximum of 27 points). The EOS 6D Mark II also features 4 types of AF area selection modes useful for a number of different AF situations. These include user-selectable Single-point AF; Zone AF, where users can select from one of 9 predefined AF zones; Large Zone AF, where one of three zones can be selected; and 45-point AF auto selection, where the camera detects the AF point automatically.

6.5 fps** & Mirror Vibration System

The EOS 6D Mark II camera’s remarkable shutter, advanced AF exposure and image processing system helps ensure virtually instantaneous response and performance at up to 6.5 fps**, even at full resolution. Whether searching for candid moments at a wedding or capturing a bird flying through the air, the EOS 6D Mark II doesn’t let file size compromise capture speed. Its advanced shutter has a direct drive motor and cam gear system that makes 6.5 fps** high-speed sequential shooting possible. This motor control and cam operation applies a break directly before the camera’s mirror to reduce shock, suppress camera vibration blurring and help keep operation quiet.

6.5 fps & Mirror Vibration System 6.5 fps & Mirror Vibration System
AI Servo AF II

AI Servo AF II

The EOS 6D Mark II camera is equipped with AI Servo AF II, which is optimized for use with the camera’s 45-point AF system*. The inclusion of a new metering sensor adds color detection, which references subject color information during Zone AF, Large Zone AF and Automatic AF Selection, for significant improvements in subject tracking even in dim light or highly reflective areas. A number of fine-tuning settings, available in the camera’s menu, enable further refinement of focus parameters for advanced operation.

Color Tone Detection AF & 7560-pixel RGB + IR Metering Sensor & EOS Scene Detection System

Among the advanced electronics onboard the EOS 6D Mark II camera, a fine-tuned RGB+IR metering sensor not only helps ensure accurate exposure, but also uses Color Tracking to detect skin tone and help provide precise AF. This is particularly useful when establishing focus for portraits in situations where other AF systems may falter. When a skin tone is detected, AI Servo AF II starts on skin-toned points, then tracks the subject based on the original AF point’s color information, maintaining focus on the person even when they’re in motion.

Color Tone Detection AF & 7560-pixel RGB + IR Metering Sensor & EOS Scene Detection System
Flickerless Shooting Flickerless Shooting

Flickerless Shooting

Especially helpful when shooting under fluorescent lights, the EOS 6D Mark II camera’s anti-flicker function detects the frequency and phase of a light source’s flicker and captures images near the point of peak brightness when the subject is most likely to be properly illuminated.

live view shooting
Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

Canon’s high-speed Dual Pixel CMOS AF offers fast, precise autofocus in Live View mode by using each and every pixel for both AF detection and image capture. For example, it can cover 80% of the horizontal and vertical area of the actual sensor. This is possible because each pixel is actually two separate, but closely adjacent, light-sensitive photodiodes.

How It Works

Incoming light is split, and each pixel has two light-sensitive areas to read the different wavelengths called “phase detection.”
The difference between these wavelengths is used to calculate how much to adjust the lens to focus the image. Not only is this method fast, but it’s also highly accurate thanks to the sheer number of pixels used.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF

How It Works

Incoming light is split, and each pixel has two light-sensitive areas to read the different wavelengths called “phase detection.”
The difference between these wavelengths is used to calculate how much to adjust the lens to focus the image. Not only is this method fast, but it’s also highly accurate thanks to the sheer number of pixels used.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF
Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Touch Screen

Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Touch Screen

The EOS 6D Mark II camera features a Vari-angle Touch Screen 3.0-inch Clear View LCD II monitor that can be ideal for composing and reviewing your shots, especially when recording video. Simply tap the screen during Live View while taking video or photos and thanks to Dual Pixel CMOS AF, it can quickly snap focus to that location. Dual Pixel CMOS AF comes equipped with phase-detection, helping to ensure your results are sharp, keeping the time it takes to lock focus onto your subject to a minimum and smoothly maintaining focus where you want it.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Servo AF

The EOS 6D Mark II camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is improved such that it can continuously track moving subjects across the image plane with high-speed focus using Servo AF in Live View. This means high-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of approximately 4.0 fps, and subject tracking priority low-speed continuous shooting at a maximum of approximately 3.0 fps. Compatible with all EF lenses, even with an extender attached, the EOS 6D Mark II’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Servo AF means more accurate recording of the action, time after time.

Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Servo AF

Tracking System

The EOS 6D Mark II camera’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system excels at achieving focus and tracking moving subjects, making it perfect for Live View action photography and movies. Whether the initial focus point is defined on the camera’s touch screen, or selected automatically, the EOS 6D Mark II’s focus system is capable of tracking movement throughout approximately 80% of the image plane.

  • Face + Tracking Priority AF

    Face + Tracking Priority AF

  • Smooth Zone AF

    Smooth Zone AF

  • Live Single-point AF

    Live Single-point AF

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* The number of AF points, cross-type AF points and Dual cross-type AF points vary depending on the lens used.
** Continuous shooting speed may vary depending on the shutter speed, the aperture, the lens being used, the battery charge and various camera settings.

Advanced Autofocus | EOS 6D Mark II | Canon USA

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Advanced Autofocus | EOS 6D Mark II | Canon USA