Canon 5D Mark II
This photo illustration show a Canon 5D mark II camera (R) and a Hasselblad XPAN panoramic film camera (L) in Shanghai April 7, 2011. Reuters/Carlos Barria

Those who are a bit reluctant to shell out big bucks for the Canon 5D, may choose to settle for the Canon 6D Mark II that boasts of the same full-frame capabilities and high profile features as that of 5D.

The Canon 6D Mark II is expected to release in 2017, possibly in the second quarter of 2017. Earlier some reports pointed at a February 2017 launch. However, that does not seem a possibility anymore. Thus, the camera in unlikely to make an appearance at the CES 2017 in January or CP+ in February.

It is perhaps too early to speculate on the features that Canon will choose to include in the 6D Mark II device and all rumours must be taken with a pinch of salt. Still, certain specs and features are highly likely to make its way into the device.

Canon Watch has speculated certain specs and they include a 24/25MP sensor, 1080p/60, Dual Pixel AF, Dual SD Card slots, Touchscreen, Full tilt-able display, GPS, Wi-Fi, NFC and new AF system. The Canon 6D Mark II may not have 4K capability and could be slightly smaller as well as lighter than its predecessor.

As already mentioned, the Canon may announce the 6D Mark II in the second quarter of 2017 and the camera may have an introductory price of US$1,999 (AU$2,650). Canon introduce the 6D camera with a price tag of US$2,099 (AU$2,780) and it was a best seller for years.

However, certain reports claim that the company may lower the price tag of the entry level full-frame DSLR, Canon 6D Mark II to go for blockbuster sales. Canon Rumours is expecting to see the camera get unveiled at the NAB 2017 in April.

Meanwhile, Canon has taken to Instagram to launch the #tagyoureit campaign to increase awareness about its recently launched EOS M5 mirror-less camera. The camera is known for its speed and easy-sharing options. Hence, the coal media campaign challenges participating influencers to complete spontaneous photo challenges, reports Digital Trends.

Stay tuned on IBT AU for more updates on the Canon 6D Mark II.