Canon has certainly made the EOS 6D Mark II a more well-rounded and better specified camera than the EOS 6D, but it’s not without its issues. These niggles dull what is otherwise a very nice full-frame DSLR that’s a pleasure to shoot with. It will certainly please Canon users looking to make the move into full-frame photography, but others might be better served elsewhere.
Does impressive full frame DSLR image quality in a light, compact, nicely-featured body with a very modest price tag sound good to you? The Canon EOS 6D Mark II might be your camera.
Positioned below the 5D series in their EOS lineup, Canon envisions the 6D series as a step-up from an APS-C model or as an entry-level DSLR for those who know the light-capturing value of a full frame sensor’s significantly larger surface area. In many ways, the EOS 6D series is to Canon’s full frame sensor camera lineup what the Rebel series is to their APS-C sensor lineup. As the original Digital Rebel brought affordability to the DSLR market, the original 6D brought affordability to full frame cameras. While the 6D series of cameras will not be mistaken for the most-advanced and powerful full frame models available, these cameras are very feature-filled, benefiting significantly from recently-introduced technology, yet they are small and light with a highly attractive price and especially high image quality for that price.
That the original Canon EOS 6D remains one of the most popular cameras on this site even at nearly 5 years of age (as of the 6D Mark II’s introduction) attests to its value in the eyes of photographers. While maintaining the spirit of the original 6D, the Mark II comes with very significant upgrades including a current-technology-roll-up and it will have no problem taking the popularity handoff. While the 6D Mark II may be light on brand new camera features, it benefits heavily from existing ones and you are going to recognize many features from the excellent general-purpose EOS 80D inherited by this camera.
Summary of Canon EOS 6D Mark II Features
- New 26.2 MP CMOS imaging sensor featuring Dual Pixel CMOS AF
- 45-point AF system (all cross-type)
- ISO 40000 expandable, to 50 (L), 512600 (H1) and 102400 (H2)
- DIGIC 7 processor
- Intelligent viewfinder featuring 98% view
- First full frame model to feature Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD (1.04 million dots)
- 6.5 fps
- Flicker Mode adjusts shutter release timing to avoid flickering light issues
- Full HD 1080p 60p movies with 5 axis electronic image stabilization
- WiFi, NFC, Bluetooth & GPS
- Continuous shooting after 10 sec. self-timer (2 to 10 shots)
- Intervelometer with 4K Timelapse Movie Mode featuring 3840px UHD resolution
- Deeper grip design for better control
- Dust- & Water-resistant
- Only 685g