A discount plus cashback makes this a real snappy Canon EOS R6 Mark II deal

Canon EOS R6 Mark II body on a yellow background with the words "early Prime Day discount"
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It's got a 24.2MP sensor, is capable of shooting at 40fps, features new AF tracking modes and captures video as oversampled 6K – this is the Canon EOS R6 Mark II

It was announced in November 2022 as a replacement for the first-generation EOS R6, offering Canon fans a more powerful full-frame mirrorless option with plenty of bells and whistles. It's an excellent option for anyone looking to upgrade from the now-ageing EOS RP and EOS R, or for someone wanting to get their hands on one of the best hybrid mirrorless cameras on the market today.

Despite its better spec sheet, the EOS R6 Mark II didn't come with a marked-up price tag, launching at the same price as its predecessor at AU$4,499.

Since November, though, it's seen a few discounts, dropping to AU$3,389 at Georges Cameras for the body only earlier this year. In March, Amazon Australia beat that price, offering a generous 25% discount on the camera to bring it down to AU$3,368 for a short time.

Amazon has beaten its own price ahead of Prime Day 2023, with a 29% discount on the EOS R6 Mark II body, now down to just AU$3,186.65.

That's not all! You can save an additional AU$200 after you make the purchase, thanks to Canon's current Travel Cashback Promotion. That will make the final price a very tempting AU$2,986.65. All you need to do is hold on to your receipt and register your purchase by August 19, 2023.

Canon EOS R6 Mark II (body only)

Canon EOS R6 Mark II (body only) | AU$4,499 AU$2,986.65 on Amazon after cashback (save AU$1,512.35)

In our Canon EOS R6 Mark II review , we said that this camera "makes mincemeat of other hybrids" and we mean every word. It's Canon's fastest camera and with more AF tracking modes, it's a real beast. With a new sensor paired with the Digic X engine, it's a powerhouse as well. So if you've been considering a new camera, you should check this one out.

The EOS R6 Mark II is physically almost identical to the original R6, but there are some noteworthy changes that make this a better body to handle.

• Check out our comparison of the Canon R6 Mark II vs R6

The old power switch is gone from the left shoulder (long-time Canon mirrorless users will be familiar with this), now replaced by a dedicated stills/video switch. The power switch has been moved to the right shoulder, sitting just below the rear exposure dial – this allows stills photographers to handle the camera single-handed, something street photographers in particular will appreciate.

Those familiar with the joystick design on the EOS R5 and older R6 model will spot the difference here as well – the four notches at the cardinal points is gone, removing the tactile control when using the joystick.

Inside, the sensor resolution has been upped from 20.1MP in the older camera to 24.2MP. The sensor-based electronic shutter can now rattle off continuous shooting at up to 40fps, and Canon promises it has reduced the rolling shutter distortion compared to the R6. There's even a RAW Burst Mode that can capture raw images at 30fps with a 0.5 second pre-shooting buffer, making this ideal for sport shooters.

To complement the high frame rates, Canon has improved the AF performance here. In addition to the existing body, eye, face, head and animal recognition (now expanded to horses and zebras – yes, you read that right), the R6 II can recognise cars, motorcycles, aircraft and trains too.

In terms of video capture, the R6 II now shoots 4K/60p using the full width of the sensor (the Mark I R6 has a 1.07x crop). It can also output 6K ProRes RAW to select Atomos external recorders along with focus breathing compensation with compatible lenses, finally catching up with Sony.

That's a lot of camera for your money. We don't typically see discounts like this outside of big sales, so here's hoping the price might just dip further when Amazon Prime Day 2023 comes knocking on July 11. However, there are no guarantees and we think this is a great price to take advantage of, particularly with the additional AU$200 cashback redemption via Canon.

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Sharmishta Sarkar
Managing Editor (APAC)

In addition to looking after they day-to-day functioning of Digital Camera World in Australia, Sharmishta is the Managing Editor (APAC) for TechRadar as well, and helps produce two of Future's photography print magazines Down Under. Her passion for photography started when she was wandering the wilds of India studying monkeys (yes, life took a sharp turn somewhere along the way) and is entirely self-taught. That puts her in the unique position of understanding what a beginner or enthusiast is looking for in a camera or lens, and writes to help those like her on their path to developing their skills or finding the best gear. While she experiments with quite a few genres of photography, her main area of interest is nature photography – wildlife, landscapes and macro. She still prefers an optical viewfinder but is utterly fascinated with what mirrorless technology has been able to achieve. 

With an ear to the ground in the Asia-Pacific territory, she is constantly on top of camera news and breaking developments in the Australian region, in addition to sourcing local deals during big retail events like Amazon Prime Day and Black Friday / Cyber Monday. 

She’s also a skilled stargazer, always eager to share astrophotography tips such as photographing the blood moon without even using a tripod!