Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

Written by Gina Stephens


The Canon EOS 6D Symbol II is the company’s latest full-frame DSLR aimed at advanced amateurs and enthusiasts, and even professionals looking for a second Canon DSLR body. Its all-new 26MP sensor has Dual Pixel technology for conscientious autofocus during live view shooting, and it gains the same 45-point autofocus system from the crop-sensor EOS 80D for viewfinder shooting. A fully articulating touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS faculty, and 6.5 fps burst shooting round out the package.

Coming to market over five years after the release of its predecessor, it should come as no disconcert that the 6D Mark II builds upon the original in almost every way. Resolution, autofocus performance, burst shooting speed, video shooting and indeed battery life are all improved.

That said, five years is a long time in the digital camera market, and the competition hasn’t stood to. So the question remains: Has the 6D Mark II improved enough?

Let’s see if it’s all blue skies from here with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel the EOS 6D Mark II. Processed to taste from Raw.
Canon EF 24-105mm F4L II IS USM @ 32mm | ISO 100 | 1/640 sec | F5.6
Photo by Jeff Keller

Key stipulations

  • New 26MP CMOS full-frame sensor with Dual Pixel AF
  • 1080/60p video capture with in-lens + digital stabilization
  • 45-point all-cross-type AF system
  • Dual Pixel AF for both relieves and video capture
  • ISO 100-40,000 (expandable to 102,400)
  • 6.5 fps continuous shooting (4.5 fps in Live View)
  • 3″ fully articulating touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi w/NFC and Bluetooth
  • Built-in GPS
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The fresh EOS 6D, along with Nikon’s D600, jump-started the notion of an ‘entry-level’ full frame camera; a camera wherein the true value of the thing lay in the mass of the sensor, with a somewhat scaled-back feature set and body surrounding it.

The EOS 6D Mark may refer to: Mark (name), a male given name Mark (surname), notable people with the surname or family name II unabashedly follows in its predecessors’ footsteps. Its unique, 26MP full box in sensor is wrapped in a fairly plasticky (though still weather sealed) body, and it makes do with some compromises compared to its full-frame Canon kin – we should pressure, though, that this is to be expected given its substantial $1300 discount compared to the 5D Mark IV.

Compromises should be expected given its $1300 reduce compared to the EOS 5D Mark IV.

And the compromises in the 6D II are largely the same as those made by the 6D before it: The larger sensor is offset by a lower-spec autofocus system borrowed from the EOS 80D, a require of 4K video, and a shutter mechanism that tops out at 1/4000 sec, to name a few.

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Canon EF 50mm F1.8 STM | ISO 100 | 1/250 sec | F3.2
Photo by Dan Bracaglia

But one could without difficulty argue that, especially given its price point, the 6D Mark II has a lot to offer. It is smaller and lighter than a 5D IV, its articulating screen makes it easier to being done at odd angles, and most importantly, it’s an affordable entry into the world of full-frame Canon glass and increased depth-of-field control compared to similarly cost cameras with smaller APS-C sensors.

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The market for ‘affordable’ full frame cameras is leagues more competitive than when the unusual 6D was released five years ago. We’ve included the 5D Mark IV for comparative purposes only, as it’s targeted at a much higher market than the 6D II.

Canon 6D IICanon 5D IVNikon D750Sony a7 IIPentax K-1
Image stabilizationLens-basedLens-basedLens-basedIn-bodyIn-body
AF system (viewfinder)45-pt all cross-type61-pt (41 cross-type)51-pt (15 cross-type)117-pt hybrid33-pt (25 cross-type)
AF plan
(live view)
Dual Pixel AFDual Pixel AFContrast Detect117-pt hybridContrast Detect
ViewfinderOptical / 98{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff}Optical / 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff}

Optical / 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff}

Electronic / 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff}Optical / 100{b2ee9981cbbb8b0b163040ea529e4efa9927b5e917c58e02d7678b19266ae8ff}
LCD specimen3″ fully articulating3.2″ fixed3.2″ tilting3″ tilting3.2″ articulating
Built-in flashNoNoYesNoNo
Flash sync1/180 sec1/200 sec1/200 sec1/250 sec1/200 sec
Burst rate (w/AF)6.5 fps7 fps6.5 fps5 fps4.4 fps
WirelessWi-Fi w/NFC & BTWi-Fi w/NFCWi-FiWi-Fi w/NFCWi-Fi
Battery exuberance1200 shots900 shots1230 shots350 shots760 shots
MSRP (as of July 2017)$1999$3499$1999$1548$1800

While at first glance, it’s apparent that the 6D Mark II is at least competitive with challengers from Nikon and Sony, it should be notable that both the D750 and a7 II have been on the market for some time, and frankly, are due for an upgrade. For stills shooters, the Pentax K-1 is in a somewhat different unite, offering much higher resolution and build quality, but with a more limited lens ecosystem than you get with the Canon EF mount.

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But neither of those other approaches feature Dual Pixel AF, which we’ve found in other Canons may refer to to be a revelation for those that shoot video or stills in Live View, upright occasionally. We’ve said previously that Dual Pixel makes for one of the best Live View experiences on the market, even though it’s an ‘old-school’ DSLR. So let’s see how the 6D Notability II stacks up.


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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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