Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Can Canon’s latest ‘affordable’ full-frame shooter still tempt the enthusiast?
When the first generation Canon EOS 6D launched about five years ago, it instantly became a popular choice for many who wanted to take their photography seriously. After a long wait, the second iteration is here with improvements that make the EOS 6D Mark II a well-rounded camera for anyone looking for an affordable full-frame DSLR. Canon has increased the pixel count in the Mark II, adding a brand-new 26.4MP sensor (up from 20MP) with Dual Pixel technology that improves on the camera’s autofocus (AF) system when using Live View during shooting. The new sensor also bumps the native ISO range to 100-40,000, but still has the same expanded ISO of 50-102,400 as in the original 6D and the 5D Mark III. That said, the 6D Mark II boasts Canon’s latest DIGIC 7 image processor, which is capable of processing information about 14 times faster than the DIGIC 6 (the 6D had the DIGIC 5 engine) and improves the new shooter’s noise performance.
The 6D Mark II has inherited the 45-point all-cross type AF system from the EOS 80D – a massive improvement from the 11 AF points on the 6D – with the central point being a dual cross-type. And despite the higher burst speed of 6.5fps (as compared to 4.5fps in the 6D), the Mark II doesn’t quite cut it as a sports camera as autofocus performance in burst mode is a bit hit-and-miss. Canon has steered clear of 4K video capture with the 6D Mark II, which makes it hard to recommend for professional use. The 1080p recording (at 60fps) on the camera, however, is smooth and stable, keeping the casual shooter quite happy.
Add to that the improvements to the viewfinder, the addition of articulating LCD screen and connectivity via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC make the EOS 6D Mark II a much better camera than its predecessor.
Verdict: Competing camera manufacturers seem to have evolved their tech by leaps and bounds, leaving some to think the 6D Mark II a lazy upgrade. But given the new camera’s price point, it is a feature-packed all-rounder that could still please many a hobbyist and enthusiast.
Score: 4 out of 5