Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review – Various Professional Improvements

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Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the newest full-frame camera with more various improvements than the 5-year-ago predecessor.

Among DSLR EOS full-frame cameras, EOS 6D mark II has the most compact design in the current market but enough functions of a DSLR full-frame line.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

According to photographyprof.com, this Canon 6D mark II is very suitable for those who need to upgrade their crop-sensor camera or look for a hubrid one.

Equiped with the 26.2MP CMOS full-frame sensor with the Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology, this 6D mark II can focus quickly for Live View mode. DIGIC 7 image processor helps allow the highest image quality even under the low-light conditions.

This is the first DSLR full-frame camera with the multi-direction rotatinh touchscreen, which allows users to record movie and shoot at both high and low angles.

I’m strongly sure that the 6D mark II is completely better than the 6D, in general. In terms of the image quality, 6D mark II isn’t much as overwhelming as 6D. But, the sharpness and details are remarkably different.

6D mark II seems to use the same algorithm as 5D mark IV, so the colors are similar but slightly excellent. All shortcomings of 6D don’t appear at 6D mark II at all.

This Canon 6D EOS mark II is a suitable full-frame for crop improvements with many more advanced functions than those of the predecessor 6D and even the legendary 5D mark III (but less advanced than EOS 5D mark IV).

You’re looking for a hybrid camera for both recording and shooting with a more reasonable price than 5D mark IV, aren’t you? Or if you want to upgrade your srop camera, this Canon EOS 6D mark II is the best choice.

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • High ISO performance with 26MP sensor
  • Great JPEG color
  • Effective Dual Pixel AF
  • Good controls and ergonomics
  • Good weather resistance
  • Multi-direction rotating touchscreen
  • Wifi and NFC connection, GPS
  • Execellent Video and image stabilization
  • 6.5 fps burst shooting via optical viewfinder

Cons

  • Limited AF spread
  • Less accurate-laged viewfinder AF system
  • Less low ISO dynamic range than crop lines
  • Super slow burst shooting with AF
  • Lack of headphone port
  • Mushy and imprecise rear control dial
  • Soft and detail-lacked 1080/60p video

Canon EOS 6D mark II specifications

  • Body type: Mid-sized SLR
  • Material: Magnesium alloy
  • Image ratio: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
  • Max resolution: 6240 x 4160
  • Sensor photo detectors: 27 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 26 MP
  • Sensor: CMOS full-frame
  • Processor: DIGIC 7
  • Color filter array: Primary
  • Color Space: sEGB, Adobe RGB
  • ISO image: auto,100-40000 (expanding to 50-102400)
  • Customer white balance: Yes
  • Image stabilization: No
  • Uncompressed format: RAW
  • JEPG quality: Fine, normal
  • File format: Raw (14-bit Canon CR2), JPEG (Exif v2.3)
  • Autofocus: Contrast Detect, Phase Detect, Center, Multi-area, Continuous, Live View, etc.
  • Manual focus: Yes
  • Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi w/NFC
  • Built-in GPS

Prominent Features

  • DIGIC 7 image precessor
  • 26.2 megapixel sensor for 6240 × 4160 pixel images ( 25% larger than 6D)
  • 45-point focus (more than 11 points)
  • Continuous shooting upto 6.5 frames (more than 4)
  • Additional functions: HDR, multi-exposure, timelapse
  • Excellent video recording: Full HD 50fps, autofocus, 4K timelapse
  • Multi-direction rotating touchscreen

Full Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review – Various Professional Improvements

It’s high time to give you a full Canon EOS 6D mark II review with all seperate creterion, respectively. Let’s take more carefull looks!

Design and Appearance

Canon EOS 6D mark II has a quite “modest” design in comparison with the current DSLR camera lines of Canon such as 5D mark IV, 1DX mark II.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The front face has a lens slot, on/off switch button with the Canon logo and the product-line name. It also has a tiny corner at the right bottom.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

In the back of this camera, there are many function buttons, a convenient view finder and a multi-direction rotating touchscreen for high and low-angle shooting.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The 6D mark II’s LCD screen can display 1.04 million image points and support the multi-point sensor. It’s capable of rotating 360 degrees as the photo below.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The rorating wheel allows customizing the shooting modes by pressing the latch of the rotating gear. There is micro USB, HDMI and mic ports to the left while it has only one sd card slot to the right.

The bottom of 6D mark II has a battery-charging slot and a circular bezel so as to add more accessories or camera tripods.

Canon 6D mark II has the touchscreen for easy customization of shooting parameters and subject-focusing quickly and accurately.

Compared to Canon EOS 6D review with only cross-shaped 11-point focus, EOS 6D mark II is upgraded with cross-shaped 35-point focus. Thus, it can focus better even in the edge of the viewfinder.

Addtionally, EOS 6D mark II has the continuous shooting speed up to 6.5 images per second. So, it records easily such motion-subjected images.

The ISO dynamic rane of the 6D mark II is well improved up to 40,000 (expanding to maximum 102,400) for the sharpest photos under the even low-light conditions.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II
6D mark II is simultaneously sold optionally with the EF 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 STM or EF 24-105mm F4L IS USM II lenses. Remember to choose the most suitable attached grip for ease of holding the camera for vertical shooting and longer life span.

Image quality

Canon EOS 6D mark II has higher image points than that of the predecessor. The DIGIC 7 is the Canon’s newest image processor. The ISO range is higher with ISO 10,000.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II/ EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM/ FL: 46mm / Aperture-priority AE (f/11, 25 giây, EV +0,7)/ ISO 100/ WB: Auto
By Ryo Ohwada

This photo is taken at night. You can see obviously the transitions from the dark to the bright areas. It shows the changes of the color tones with the diverse details.

The foreground seems more notable than the background, which brings the feeling of the depth.

Video recording and quality

Basically, 6D mark II’s dramatic changes help shoot and record videos more quickly and easily than ever. The increase in the ISO range and low-noised ISO processing helps produce sharper images under the low-light conditions.

With 45-point focus (more than the predecessor of 34 points) is a good improvement. It means that the cameramen can easily choose the layouts.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The DPAF focusing technology and the rorating touchscreen support recording videos more easily than ever. Video frame rate 60p allows users to record the motions more smoothly or such good slow-motion shots.

A good news for those who were looking forwards to this Canon EOS 6D mark II is the capability of AF video recording.

While many crop and full-frame camera types can record 4K videos, escpecially the predecessor EOS 6D with various small production house, this Canon 6D mark II doesn’t have but at the timelapse movie.

Autofocus Improvements

I’m really into the AF performance with 45 points (11 points more than Canon EOS 6D). Also, the color-detection AF improves the face detection for the outdoor photos.

The Intelligent viewfinder II enables cameramen to see the AF points and electronic balance even while setting the layouts.

AF system operating well for the Live View are Dual Pixel CMOS AF with the high speed of focusing, and high accuracey via the AF phase-detection images.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II/ EF100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM/ FL: 100mm/ Shutter-priority AE (f/2.8、1/4,000 giây, EV-0,7)/ ISO 8000/ WB: Auto
By Ryo Ohwada

To take these water drop, the cameraman use the shutter speed of 1/4,000, which is the fastest speed of this Canon 6D mark II. The shapes not seen clearly with normal eyes are described accurately and in details.

Best Lenses for Canon EOS 6D mark II

The 2 lenses below are perfect choices to combinate with 6D mark II camera.

EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Being a compact and strong lense, EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM is an awesome combination for a compact camera, specially for street photography. The macro mode allows users to shoot insects and any tiny things.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II/ EF24-70mm f/4L IS USM/ FL: 39mm/ Manual exposure (f/11, 1/80 giây)/ ISO 320/ WB: Daylight
ByJiro Tateno

EF35mm f/1.4L II USM

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

With the high resolution and aperture, this lens will enhance the shooting flexibility. What you need is this lens with a standard zoom lens with the suitable IS.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II/ EF35mm f/1.4L II USM/ FL: 35mm/ Aperture-priority AE (f/8, 25 giây, EV+0,7)/ ISO 800/ WB: Auto
By Ryo Ohwada

Verdict

Canon EOS 6D mark II meets all demands and expectations of the Canon enthusiasts. More AF points, higher megapixel sensor, strong noise processing are super excellent.

In addition, the faster shooting speed and, most interestingly, the rotating touchscreen with the DPAF mode are the most prominent features.

Compared to other full-frame cameras, Canon EOS 6D mark II has a quite reasonable price. It’s an awesome replacement of a crop-sensor camera or a hybrid one.

Read more in-depth: Best cameras under $300

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