The new Canon EOS 6D Mark II replaces the EOS 6D that was released way back in 2012. It's a great option for amateurs and professionals looking for a full-frame DSLR that’s pocket-friendly. With impressive upgrades, such as improved image processor and higher resolution, does the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II stand up to its competitors in 2019? Let’s find out.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review
- Great Live View focusing
- Highly responsive reticulating touch screen
- Excellent ISO performance
- Connectivity options
- Quality build providing a comfortable grip
- The 45-point viewfinder autofocus is fast.
- Lacks advanced video settings
- No 4K video
- A single SD card slot
- Limited AF coverage
- Base ISO dynamic range a disappointment
Specifications and Design
- 45-point all-cross-type AF system • 26MP CMOS full-frame sensor integrated with Dual Pixel AF
- 1080/60p video capture with in-lens and digital stabilization
- 6.5 fps continuous shooting (4.5 fps in Live View)
- Built-in GPS
- Three-inch touchscreen
- ISO 100-40,000 (can be expanded to 102,400)
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is big enough for easy grip but small enough to be carried around comfortably, even when shooting long videos like weddings. The build is plastic but the quality is so good that you don't realize it's plastic. Not forgetting, the body is weather resistant. The contours are smoothed out making it easy to handle and use. The buttons, both in front and back, are easily accessible, which come in handy when changing shooting settings. The three-inch reticulating screen is clear and vibrant, and considering that you can flip it out and rotate it to any angle makes it even more easy to use in different shooting angles. Everything from handling to build feels comfortable and sleek regardless of the situation or environment.
Features and Performance
The EOS 6D Mark II comes with built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity with connection to Android devices rather simple. However, if you use an iPhone, it will take a few tries. But once connected, using the 6D Mark II is slick and you can even operate the camera remotely. An improvement from its predecessor, the new Canon sports a 26.2 MP CMOS sensor. You get a sensitive range of ISO 100-40,000 which is expandable to ISO 50-102,400. Together with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF, you can expect smooth and prompt autofocus when shooting videos and using Live View.
One thing that this camera boasts of is the new processor, DIGIC 7, which is capable of processing data up to 14 times faster than the DIGIC 6 used in previous models. This means that the Canon 6D Mark II can handle image noise relatively well even at higher resolutions. However, one compromise you need to look out for is the 98 percent viewfinder coverage. Although the two percent may seem like a small margin, if you're not careful, unwanted elements can creep into the edge of the frame without your knowledge. You’ll only notice them when viewing the images using the rear display. Another downside is the lack of 4K capabilities, and instead, you get Full HD with frame rates of up to 60p. This is a sad fact, considering the EOS 6D has been on the market for more than four years, and one would expect 4K resolution to be included in this digital age. Furthermore, the Canon 6D Mark II lacks a headphone socket although there is a microphone input. The AF performance is quite impressive.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II captures accurate images even in poor lighting. You get more than 16 options to tweak the AF setup to your liking. Although there are some setbacks with the coverage of the 45 AF points, it acquires subjects swiftly delivering unbeatable colors. If you don't mind a camera that’s a bit hefty or doesn't fit into your pocket, then the Canon EOS 6D Mark II has a lot to offer. Plus, the ergonomics and comfy grip make it a camera for all occasions - whether it is travel, sports, weddings or indoor events. Battery life is exceptional with the estimated usage rated for up to 1,200 shots in moderate to heavy use, provided you don’t spend too much time using the camera in Live View.
To Consider Before Your Purchase
If you are looking to produce professional videos, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II may not be your best choice. You also want to consider the limited dynamic range that the 6D Mark II offers at low ISOs like sunsets and sunrises. However, in terms of ergonomics and grip comfort, you won't go wrong the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Additionally, picture quality is sharp and crisp and the camera is equipped with Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth connectivity for easy sharing of images.
- Price: Selling at around $1500, this is a good deal considering whats bundled in this camera
- Design: The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is has a quality build and is light enough to be used in almost any event, including traveling.
- Performance: Battery life is quite impressive and the 45-point autofocus system is brilliant, whether you're capturing static or moving subjects.
What Do They Say on Other Sites
“SO HAPPY Some of the reviews had me questioning if I should upgrade... I'm so glad I ignored them!! If you love your 6D - you will DIE and go to HEAVEN over the 6D mark ii. Literally everything is better. The articulating screen is a game changer. How have I survived without it so far?! The low light capabilities are OUT OF THIS WORLD! I'm so so happy I upgraded to the 6d mark ii!! I would 100% recommend it! The more I use it, the more I love it. It has everything I loved about my 6D, plus more.” (Hayley Bradshaw on Amazon)
“Canon EOS 6D II DSLR Body Moved up from the 80D. Reading the comparison reviews I wasn't sure about making that dollar commitment. In my opinion moving to the full frame is well worth it. Much sharper photo, color and over all a nicer photo. I questioned the loss of the on board flash, but haven't needed it yet. I do have another attachable flash but haven't found a need for that either.” (Bruce C. on Adorama)
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