Canon EOS 6D Mark II review

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We've been ready quite some time for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II to reach. In reality, it's some five years because the unique Canon EOS 6D was announced – and on the time it was probably the most reasonably priced full-frame DSLR out there.

While it lacked a number of the more desirable features discovered on Canon's pricier models additional up the range, it provided users a reasonably reasonably priced approach into full-frame images.

Quite a bit's modified because the arrival of the EOS 6D though, with not only Nikon providing some very tempting competition in the shape of the D610 and D750, however Sony's Alpha A7 and A7 II providing another reasonably priced route into full-frame images.

So does the arrival of the EOS 6D Mark II shift the advantage again to Canon in the contest to attract those trying to make the change to full-frame images?

Features

  • Full-frame CMOS sensor, 26.2MP
  • 3.Zero-inch vari-angle touchscreen, 1,040,000 dots
  • 1080p video seize

As you'd anticipate after a five-year gap, the EOS 6D Mark II comes with a wealth of improvements over the EOS 6D. 

Maybe the headline change is the brand new sensor, with the EOS 6D Mark II sporting a 26.2MP CMOS sensor that not only presents a sizeable increase in decision over the 20.2MP chip within the EOS 6D, but in addition much more pixels than the EOS 5D Mark III's 22.3MP sensor.

The new sensor brings with it a local sensitivity range of ISO100-40,000 which might be expanded to an equivalent of ISO50-102,400, matching the expanded sensitivity ranges of both the EOS 6D and EOS 5D Mark III.

Whereas these cameras might all share the identical ISO ceiling, the EOS 6D Mark II boasts Canon's latest DIGIC 7 processing engine, which is able to processing info some 14 occasions quicker than the earlier DIGIC 6 (the EOS 6D featured the DIGIC 5 engine), and will see it handling image noise higher at greater sensitivities.

It's also the first time the DIGIC 7 engine has been utilized in a full-frame EOS DSLR; till now it's only featured in a few of Canon's current APS-C DSLR bodies and PowerShot compact cameras.

One of many compromises with the unique EOS 6D was its 97% viewfinder protection – that three% shortfall might not sound like a lot, however stray parts can still creep into the edge of the body should you're not careful, and you're more likely to only notice these once you're reviewing your pictures on the rear display.

The good news is that this stat has been improved on the EOS 6D Mark II – however solely by 1%, to supply a protection of 98%, so still not quite matching the likes of the D750's approximate 100% protection. 

Whereas the viewfinder might appear to be a minor improvement, the rear display is sort of a special story. Not sitting flush to the body as it did on the EOS 6D, the three.Zero-inch vari-angle display cannot solely be pulled away from the body,  it's also now touch-sensitive.

The expected trio of connectivity options – Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth – can be found, with the latter being a low-energy connection, which means you possibly can all the time be related to the digital camera and enabling the speedy remote transfer of photographs out of your digital camera to a suitable sensible system. 

Also on-board is Canon's five-axis digital picture stabilization for hand-held video recording. Designed to work with video but not stills, the system works together with the brand's IS-equipped lenses. 

Staying with movie capture, Canon has opted to not embrace 4K capabilities on the EOS 6D Mark II, as an alternative limiting it to Full HD with body rates up to 60p. That's an enchancment on the 30p provided by the EOS 6D, but we're positive some individuals can be scratching their heads making an attempt to work out why 4K seize has been left off the EOS 6D Mark II – especially as that is an space where Canon has excelled at up to now.

There is a 4K timelapse choice nevertheless, which stitches photographs collectively into a 4K-resolution video. There's additionally a microphone input, though there's no headphone socket should you want to monitor audio. 

Construct and handling

  • Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate body
  • Dust- and moisture-resistant
  • Weighs 765g

Like the original EOS 6D, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is crafted from a mix of aluminum alloy and polycarbonate with glass fiber, and whereas it doesn't have quite the same 'pro' really feel as the likes of the EOS 5D Mark III or Mark IV, it nonetheless feels very nicely put together.

It's also good to see the digital camera that includes mud and moisture seals – having used the 6D Mark II in some very moist circumstances in Norway, with the digital camera getting drenched on multiple occasion, we will affirm that this digital camera will greater than maintain its personal when the elements are towards you.

Proportions-wise, the digital camera is ever so slightly more compact than the EOS 6D – those trying to upgrade from the older model may be somewhat disillusioned to hear that the BG-E13 battery grip designed for the 6D isn't suitable with the EOS 6D Mark II, with a new BG-E21 battery grip accompanying the brand new digital camera. 

The grip on the body of the 6D Mark II is excellently sculpted, and ensures the digital camera matches very comfortably in the hand, whereas the load of 765g with battery and card in place is just 10g heavier than the unique 6D (although it's truly not much lighter than the 800g EOS 5D Mark IV). It also felt very properly balanced within the hand when teamed with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM we shot with.

As for the format of buttons and controls, in case you're coming from the EOS 6D you must really feel proper at house with the EOS 6D Mark II, as the control format on the two cameras is just about similar.

There's a large LCD display on the highest plate with loads of info on tap, whereas there are controls for the AF, drive, ISO and metering between the LCD and the entrance command dial. The one new addition is a small button next to the command dial that affords access to the digital camera's focusing modes to enrich the 6D Mark II's extra refined AF system.

Sticking with the same control format as the EOS 6D means the EOS 6D Mark II forgoes a joypad on the rear of the digital camera to shortly transfer the AF point, as we've seen on some other EOS DSLRs; as an alternative you employ the multi-directional controller to do that. While it will have been nice to see this additional control included into the digital camera, AF level choice continues to be fairly fast to realize using this technique.

That simply leaves the rear display, which as we've mentioned can now be angled away from the body to go well with a plethora of capturing angles. Whereas its decision doesn't get a boost over the display on the EOS 6D, the 1,040,000-dot display seems respectable enough, whereas the touch interface on the EOS 6D Mark II is likely one of the greatest round – from adjusting settings to flicking by means of pictures, it really works a treat. 

This shot was framed utilizing the vari-angle display, with focus acquired using the touchscreen

Autofocus

  • 45-point AF, all cross-type
  • Sensitive right down to -3EV
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF system

The 11-point AF system on the original EOS 6D seemed outdated even when that digital camera was launched, and it came in for a little bit of stick – notably as only the central level sported a cross-type sensor. So it's no surprise to see the EOS 6D Mark II get a hefty bump in AF protection. 

Quite than borrowing the 61-point AF system from the EOS 5D Mark IV, the 6D Mark II appears to its APS-C stablemates and employs a 45-point AF system that's very similar to the one inside the current EOS 80D and EOS Rebel T7i / 800D.

And the good news is that moderately than featuring one lone cross-type point (cross-type factors are sensitive in each the horizontal and vertical planes for larger accuracy), all 45 factors are cross-type, with the central point being twin cross-type, featuring a second point oriented at 45 degrees to the regular level for even larger precision. Moreover, 27 of these remain operational when utilizing a lens, or lens/teleconverter combination, with a most efficient aperture of f/8, with 9 remaining cross-type.

The EOS 6D Mark II's AF locked on shortly to fast-moving subjects

The EOS 6D Mark II provides an honest amount of control over customizing the AF setup too, with some 16 options to tweak do you have to want. Nevertheless, there are not any AF 'case research' (which specify the tracking sensitivity, acceleration and deceleration tracking and AF point switching depending on the topic you're capturing) as we've seen on the likes of the EOS 7D Mark II and EOS 5D Mark IV. 

Protection of the 45 AF points is sort of closely weighted in the direction of the central portion of the body, which means you'll should commonly recompose photographs in case your topic is off-centre. 

That aside, AF performance is excellent. We shot underneath quite a lot of lighting circumstances on our trip to Norway and found focusing to be excellent, with topics acquired swiftly and accurately in most situations. Even in poor mild the EOS 6D Mark II didn't actually wrestle – thanks partially, little question, to the digital camera's AF system being sensitive right down to -3EV.

The focusing system did an excellent job of tracking the automotive in entrance as we followed behind

The EOS 6D Mark II additionally will get Canon's spectacular Twin Pixel CMOS AF for Reside View images and video seize. It's an enormous enchancment over the EOS 6D's somewhat clunky system, delivering clean and quick focusing, especially when utilized in tandem with the touchscreen to pick your desired point of focus.

Performance

  • 6.5fps burst capturing
  • Burst depth as much as 21 uncooked frames / 150 JPEGs
  • 1,090-shot battery life

It's no surprise to see that Canon has upped the burst price of the EOS 6D Mark II to 6.5fps, from the 6D's four.5fps. Not solely that but the burst depth has additionally been improved, with the brand new digital camera able to capturing 21 raw information in succession compared to its predecessor's 17.

Apparently for many who wish to shoot JPEGs, nevertheless, the 150-frame burst depth provided by the EOS 6D Mark II is definitely quite a drop from the 1,250-shot restrict on the EOS 6D, though a 150-frame burst depth is hardly limiting. It’s also fascinating to see that Canon hasn't included UHS-II help for the EOS 6D Mark II's single card slot, which could have improved that number, though any profit would depend upon how shortly the digital camera can cope with the knowledge to begin with.

Both method, this isn’t a digital camera aimed notably at sports activities photographers, and 6.5fps is a very credible burst price for a full-frame digital camera at this worth point, probably suiting it to conditions the place the original EOS 6D might have fallen brief.

The 7560-pixel RGB+IR performs nicely in most conditions

The 6D Mark II makes use of the same 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor because the Rebel T7i / 800D, with 63-zone Evaluative, Partial, Centre-weighted and Spot metering choices. 

As we've found with other Canon DSLRs that use this technique, the evaluative system does a sound job most of the time, nevertheless it’s value holding in thoughts that the weighting is utilized to the lively AF level, which may mean you want to use publicity compensation in high-contrast conditions; we experienced a few occasions where the same shot threw up two totally different exposures simply because we shifted the AF point slightly.

The EOS 6D Mark II's auto white stability does a very good job. There are literally two auto white stability choices: Ambient Precedence mode delivers barely warmer outcomes, helping you retain the general atmosphere of the scene, whereas White Priority can deliver clear, neutral results even underneath artificial lighting.

Canon has additionally added the sparkle detection choice we’ve seen on previous EOS DSLRs, to help keep consistency when capturing underneath synthetic mild sources. That is great information for those capturing indoors, maybe events or sports activities, where such lighting is usually used.

Battery life is excellent, with the LP-E6N unit rated for as much as 1,200 photographs. Over the course of two days of in depth capturing the 6D Mark II's battery standing bar hardly budged.

Picture quality

  • ISO100-40,000, expandable to 50-102,400
  • +/-5 EV publicity compensation in 1/three or 1\/2-stop increments
  • Disappointing dynamic range

The EOS 6D Mark II is exclusive at this degree in that it contains a 26.2MP sensor; 24MP is the norm, so the 6D Mark II has a 2MP edge over its closest rival, the Nikon D750. In actuality though, this makes a negligible distinction to the quantity of extra element the EOS 6D Mark II can resolve – it's similar to the D750, permitting you to happily print A3+ photographs, and even squeeze out giant prints if essential. 

The complete-frame 26.2MP sensor produces good levels of detail

Taking a look at ISO efficiency and the EOS 6D Mark II puts in a strong, if unremarkable efficiency. JPEG information appear very clear throughout the ISO vary, however once you take a look at the corresponding uncooked information, it turns into how much noise discount is being utilized to these JPEGs.

Raw information examine properly to pictures from the EOS 5D Mark III, though we'd have anticipated issues to have improved somewhat given the five-year gap in know-how. Outcomes at ISO800 hold up properly, with minimal indicators of noise, whereas outcomes at ISO4000 are fairly good too; there are definitely indicators of luminance noise at this sensitivity, but surprisingly little chroma noise (colour speckling). 

Past that, while both luminance and chroma noise grow to be more pronounced, at ISO12,800 and with some post-processing it's still potential to get a passable end result, with an honest quantity of element; we'd in all probability keep away from going any greater than that until absolutely vital.

At ISO4000, outcomes hold up fairly properly contemplating the sensitivity

Dynamic range is an space where Canon DSLRs have lagged behind a bit compared to rival cameras from Nikon and Sony, so there was a specific amount of expectation positioned on the brand new 26.2MP sensor.

Nevertheless, while it's potential to recuperate a superb bit of misplaced element (as above), noise is rather more noticeable in comparison with an analogous image from a Nikon D750 if you look intently. And what's more disappointing is the fact that the 24.2MP APS-C sensor used by the likes of the EOS 80D truly holds up barely higher when photographs taken at decrease sensitivities are pushed in post-processing.

Verdict

With the EOS 6D Mark II Canon has definitely made some vital enhancements over the outgoing EOS 6D, packing in a number of latest options together with a recent sensor, a quicker processor, a much more credible AF system and a stronger burst price. It's a way more well-rounded and higher specified digital camera than the EOS 6D, nevertheless it's not without its points.

The poor dynamic vary is disappointing, and whereas the increase in AF efficiency is certainly welcome, coverage is too heavily weighted to the centre. The shortage of a 100% viewfinder can also be a pity, and the truth that the model misses out on 4K video will disappoint some.

These issues take the shine off what is in any other case a really good full-frame DSLR that's a pleasure to shoot with, with the vari-angle touchscreen a pleasant bonus. It'll definitely please Canon customers trying to make the transfer into full-frame images, however others is perhaps higher served elsewhere.

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