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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Expert Review - Verdict

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Canon EOS 6D MarkII (1)

Value For Money

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is available for £1999 body only, which makes it one of the more expensive "entry-level" Full-Frame DSLRs, particularly up against the following cameras. Alternative full-frame cameras to look at include the following:

Pentax K-1, 36mp, 4.4fps continuous shooting, GPS/Wi-Fi, £1999 body only 
Nikon D750, 24mp, 6.5fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi, £1299 body only 
Sony Alpha A7 Mark II, 24mp, 5fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi, £1199 body only 

Have a look at more options in our Top 10 Best Full-Frame DSLR Cameras, or Best Premium Mirrorless Cameras. You'll also need to buy a memory card and a case or bag to keep your camera safe and protected - have a look at our complete guide to camera bags.


Canon EOS 6D Mark II Verdict

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II gives increased resolution compared to the 6D it replaces, with no reduction in noise performance. You also get great colour reproduction, and an easy-to-use menu system and controls. There's also a welcome update to the number of AF points, although the area is very centrally located.

The price compared to the original 6D is a little high. When the 6D was originally reviewed, it was one of the cheapest full-frame (FF) Digital SLRs available, and there were no full-frame mirrorless cameras (the Sony Alpha A7 wasn't announced till October 2013). The 6D was also one of the most compact full-frame DSLRs available. So it had two massive selling points, price, and size. Now, the 6D Mark II no longer offers one of the cheapest FF DSLRs, and it's no longer particularly small when compared to FF mirrorless cameras. However, it does offer excellent battery life, particularly when compared to mirrorless cameras on offer.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II does enough to keep Canon shooters happy, delivering excellent colour, and high image quality, along with fast focus in both normal and live view shooting. For those looking for a full-frame camera with no prior lens preferences, there's little reason to pay more for the 6D Mark II over a Sony Alpha A7 II, or Nikon D750. Why not save yourself £700 to £800 and buy some lenses instead?

If you already have the lenses, and want to upgrade from another Canon DSLR, then the 6D Mark II will make a great full-frame Digital SLR. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II does everything asked of it, delivering great image quality. 

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Pros

  • Dual-axis electronic level
  • Excellent battery life
  • Good continuous shooting speed
  • Good noise performance
  • Excellent Canon colour 
  • 26mp Full-Frame sensor

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Cons

  • AF points centrally located 
  • Does not feature a headphone socket
  • Does not feature 4K video
  • Price increase 

Overall Verdict

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JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2017 10:52AM
Drool - better focusing and low light performance and an extra 25% more pixels for a bit more detail.

Can we see some test images at the upper ISO limits, and get a feel as to how much better focus tracking is on moving subjects in moderate light situations?
Also is colour richness / dynamic range still good at say ISO 800?

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themak 6 1.0k Scotland
29 Jun 2017 2:18PM
26.2Mp must be the Canon 'this one goes to 11' moment.
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2017 2:40PM

Quote:26.2Mp must be the Canon 'this one goes to 11' moment.

I though the main trade off was ISO noise vs pixels, and Canon potentially have improved usable ISO somewhat AND also got more pixels. so maybe this even goes to 12.5 now. More pixels is generally not a bad thing apart from the file sizes. And you don't need to shoot full size if you don't wish to.

BTW - thanks before this i had no idea what up to 11 meant.
ChrisV Plus
13 2.3k 26 United Kingdom
29 Jun 2017 3:26PM
Predictably massively overpriced for what it is. Yes there are now a lot of smaller sensor cameras on the market in the same price bracket, but they all offer something that is in some way top specification - this Canon, like all Canon's pitched at a lower price level, gives the usual impression of being deliberately hobbled to differentiate it from its higher priced stablemates. There are other full frame DSLRs on the market that are much older, but don't look out of date next to the 6DII and are far more keenly priced.
themak 6 1.0k Scotland
29 Jun 2017 4:14PM

Quote:Predictably massively overpriced for what it is.

To be fair, they're all at that game - mk 2 models at double the price across the board, it seems.
banehawi Plus
16 2.2k 4149 Canada
11 Aug 2017 2:41PM
Ill stay with the 6D, which by all accounts has a greater dynamic range. Way too pricey.
JackAllTog Plus
11 6.1k 58 United Kingdom
11 Aug 2017 3:08PM
I'm watching the prices on this swing widely, AmazonUUK is +/- 300 in the last few days, Digital Rev (Grey importer) is 500 below launch price on a special 2 day deal - are people worried that they have ordered to much stock and need to shift it - is the MK2 still a good FF entry but no longer a 6D mk1 upgrade step?

I like what Willie says above as i have a 6D, but wanted the MK2 to offer more DR.

11 Aug 2017 6:39PM
Lack of 4K video and mediocre dynamic range at this price? What was Canon thinking?
I predict there will be a lacklustre response in as far as sales go for Canon for this Full frame upgrade. Sony just over took Nikon in sales-Canon can't be far behind with missed opportunities like this .Very disappointed in the 6D MK 11
Walt Knox
11 Aug 2017 7:44PM
There is a lot of talk about the reduced DR on this camera; take everything on the internet with a large pinch of salt.
1. Canon do not clip the lower levels of the sensors range, so when you increase the shadows you will get some red banding. This can be removed in post processing, so do not believe it is the disasters some sites would have you believe.
2. Nikon clip,the blacks in their sensor output at about 15%, so there is no red banding.
3. The photographic DR in Canon and Sony (Nikon) sensors is about 1 EV difference or less. A 14 bit ad converter cannot give a DR greater than 14, and the widely used DXO DR numbers are mathematical projections. ( see their methodology)
4. So if you like the camera, don't be swayed by its 'poor DR' there is a lot more to photography than that.

And, finally, 'weather sealing' is not complete around all the ingress points - see Canon's own diagrams of the rubber sealed areas and the 'tight body seal' junctions. It will not object to a bit of light rain, but I wouldn't want to use it in a continuous Lancastrian downpour without a cheap bag cover.

It is expensive, but since last year with the drop,in the value of the pound against the foreign currencies, everything has gone up, and will continue to do so. The Pentax K1 was 1699 at launch, now 1999, Canon lenses have also gone up about 20%. It may not come down in price that quickly.

Nigeyboy 12 927 United Kingdom
13 Aug 2017 7:53AM
The bonus here is there will now be a flood of 6D MkI's on the used market places - time to grab a bargain I think . . . .

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