Canon 6D Mk II

26MP Full-Frame, 6.5 FPS, ISO 102,400, 1,080/60p HDR, 4K Time-Lapse Stereo

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Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 6D Mark II (27.0 oz./765g with battery and card, about $1,999) and 24-105mm IS L II. bigger. I'd get mine at Adorama, at Amazon or at B&H. It comes as body-only for $1,999, kit with 24-105mm STM for $2,599 (lens review) or as a kit with 24-105 L IS II for $3,099 (lens review) as shown.

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Original Canon 6D (2012-).

Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 6D Mk II. bigger.

 

Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 6D Mk II. bigger.

 

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The Canon 6D Mark II is a fantastic and inexpensive full-frame DSLR, offering extraordinary technical image quality in a lightweight package.

It is a new version of 2012's original Canon 6D.

The low cost comes from having fewer controls than fancier Canons like my 5DSR. The image quality is the same, but it may take some more fiddling to make changes to settings than with more expensive cameras.

 

New

New since the original Canon 6D:

● 26 MP, up from 20 MP.

● 6.5 FPS, up from 4.5 FPS.

● 45 AF points, up from 11.

● As-shot 4:3, 1:1 square and 16:9 crop modes (even the 5D Mk IV doesn't have these!).

● New, additional control button near the shutter button.

● Flipping LCD.

● Touch-screen LCD.

● Bluetooth.

● NFC.

● GPS now has a Mode 2 option that turns off the GPS when the camera is off to save your battery. The original 6D left the GPS on all the time if you had it activated.

 

Good

● Superb technical image quality.

● Works flawlessly with all Canon EF lenses made for the past 30 years; never any incompatibilities which are a growing sore spot with the once-great Nikon system.

● Quiet shutter mode.

● Weather resistant.

● 100% USA-based high-quality technical support at (800) OK-CANON.

 

Missing

● No rear thumb-nubbin controller.

● No built-in flash.

● 45 AF points, but like all full-frame DSLRs, they're all in crammed into the center.

● No second card slot.

● No automatic LCD brightness control.

● No battery percentage indicator; just a 6-segment icon.

● 4K video only in Time Lapse mode; regular video is 1,080 maximum.

 

Lens Compatibility

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Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 6D Mk II. bigger.

The 6D Mk II works flawlessly with all Canon EF lenses made since 1987.

It won't work with EF-S or EF-M lenses, which are for APS-C cameras.

 

Specifications

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Image Sensor

26 MP.

24.0 × 35.9mm CMOS.

Anti-alias filter.

5.67 µm pixel pitch.

3:2 aspect ratio.

1.0× crop factor (full-frame).

Ultrasonic cleaner.

 

ISO

Stills

ISO 100 ~ 40,000 in normal modes.

ISO 50 ~ 102,400 in expanded mode (you have to enable ISO 50, ISO H1 51,600 and ISO H2 102,400 in a menu if you want to use them).

 

Video

ISO 100 ~ 25,600.

 

Auto ISO

Yes, should be very flexible.

 

Image Sizes

Native 3:2

JPG

6,240 × 4,160 pixels Large (native, 26 MP).

4,160 × 2,768 pixels Medium (11.5 MP).

3,120 × 2,080 pixels Small 1 (6.5 MP).

2,400 × 1,600 pixels Small 2 (4 MP).

 

Raw

6,240 × 4,160 pixels RAW (26 MP).

4,680 × 3,120 pixels mRAW (14.6 MP).

3,120 × 2,080 pixels sRAW (6.5 MP).

 

4:3 crops

JPG

5,536 × 4,160 pixels Large (23 MP).

3,680 × 2,768 pixels Medium (10 MP).

2,768 × 2,080 pixels Small 1 (5.6 MP).

2,112 × 1,600 pixels Small 2 (3.4 MP).

 

Raw*

5,536 × 4,160 pixels RAW (23 MP).

2,768 × 2,080 pixels sRAW (5.6 MP).

*all data is saved and the desired crop is included in the file data.

 

Square (1:1) crops

JPG

4,160 × 4,160 pixels Large (17 MP).

2,768 × 2,768 pixels Medium (7.7 MP).

2,080 × 2,080 pixels Small 1 (4.3 MP).

1,600 × 1,600 pixels Small 2 (2.6 MP).

 

Raw*

4,160 × 4,160 pixels RAW (17 MP).

2,080 × 2,080 pixels sRAW (4.3 MP).

*all data is saved and the desired crop is included in the file data.

 

16:9 crops

JPG

6,240 × 3,504 pixels Large (22 MP).

4,160 × 2,336 pixels Medium (9.7 MP).

3,120× 1,752 pixels Small 1 (5.5 MP).

2,400 × 1,344 pixels Small 2 (3.2 MP).

 

Raw*

6,240 × 3,504 pixels RAW (22 MP).

3,120 × 1,752 pixels sRAW (5.5 MP).

*all data is saved and the desired crop is included in the file data.

 

Still Formats & Color Spaces

JPG and/or raw.

sRGB and Adobe RGB.

 

Video

File Format

MP4 file holding MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 video and AAC audio.

 

Frame Sizes and Rates

1,920 × 1,080 at 59.94 IPB Standard (60 MBPS), 29.97 IPB Standard (30 MBPS) or Light (12 MBPS), 23.976 IPB Standard (30 MBPS).

There's an option for HDR at 1,080. This preserves highlight and shadow detail.

1,280 × 720 at 59.94 IPB Standard (26 MBPS), 29.97 IPB Light (4 MBPS).

 

Time-Lapse Movies

MOS (no sound).

4K/29.97: MOV file holding Motion JPEG (500 MBPS).

1,080/29.97: All I-frame (90 MBPS).

 

Audio

Recorded only along with video.

Stereo microphones built in.

Mic-in jack with plug-in power overrides built-in mic.

No headphone jack.

 

Autofocus

Canon 6D Mk II finder

Canon 6D Mk II finder.

45 AF points, all in the center of the frame as with all full-frame DSLRs.

All 45 points work with lenses not slower than f/5.6 and focus on both horizontal and vertical lines (cross-type) and work down to LV -½.

The center point offers extra precision with f/2.8 lenses and works down to LV -3 with an f/2.8 lens, or works down to LV -2 with an f/5.6 lens.

The central 27 points also work with lenses or teleconverter combinations as slow as f/8, however at f/8 only the central 9 are still cross-type. You need f/5.6 for the rest to work as cross-points.

There's an AF assist light.

 

Light Meter

7,560 pixel RGB + IR sensor.

63-zone (7 × 9) metering.

Modes:

1.) Evaluative, keyed to active AF point.

2.) 6.5% partial metering.

3.) 3.2% spot.

4.) Center-weighted.

Rated to work from LV +1  ~  LV +20, but they usually work well beyond this.

 

Finder

98% coverage.

0.71× magnification with 50mm lens.

33.3º apparent angle.

21mm eyepoint.

-3 ~ +1 diopters.

Fixed focus screen.

 

Shutter

1/4,000 ~  30 seconds, Bulb.

Vertical metal focal plane.

2- or 10-second self timer, one to ten shots each time.

Shutter delay rated 60 milliseconds.

Turn-on time rated 200 milliseconds.

 

Frame Rates

6.5 FPS with tracking autofocus and exposure.

3 FPS in Continuous Low setting.

 

Buffer (Burst) Sizes

100 frames JPG; 150 frames with a UHS-I card.

18 frames RAW, 21 frames RAW with a UHS-I card.

21 frames mRAW, 23 frames mRAW with a UHS-I card.

25 frames sRAW, regardless of card type.

25 frames RAW + JPG, regardless of card type.

18 frames mRAW + JPG, regardless of card type.

19 frames sRAW + JPG, regardless of card type.

 

Remote Release

Phone app.

 

Flash

Sync speed not specified.

E-TTL II system, which has been Canon's standard for years.

 

Built-in Flash

NO.

 

External Flash

Dedicated hot shoe.

Prontor-Compur (PC) sync terminal.

 

Live View

For video and for stills.

5× and 10× magnifiers.

Meter works from LV 0  ~  LV +20.

 

LCD Monitor

Canon 6D Mk II flipping LCD

Canon 6D Mk II flipping LCD. bigger.

3" (77 mm) diagonal touch screen.

1,040,000 dots.

3:2 aspect ratio.

Swivels up, down, left and right.

Smudge-resistant coating.

No anti-reflection coating.

 

Connectors

Canon 6D Mk II flipping LCD
Canon 6D Mk II flipping LCD
Look right. bigger.
Look left. bigger.

3.5mm mic-in jack.

USB 2.0.

Type C analog video (NTSC or PAL).

HDMI.

 

WiFi

For remote control and image transfer.

IEEE 802.11b/g/n.

2,412 ~ 2.462 GHz.

Channels 1 ~ 11.

DS-SS modulation (IEEE 802.11b).

OFDM modulation (IEEE 802.11g/n).

Range rated 50'/15m.

Camera Access Point and Infrastructure modes.

Authentication method: Open system, Shared key, WPA/WPA2-PSK .

Encryption: WEP, TKIP, AES.

 

NFC

NFC Forum Type 3/4 Tag compliant (dynamic).

 

Bluetooth

4.1 low energy.

GFSK modulation.

 

GPS

GPS (NAVSTAR from the mind of the USA).

GLONASS (from the mind of Russia).

QZSS MICHIBIKO (Japan).

Mode 1 leaves the GPS on all the time, even if the camera is off. THis is great for log files, but crummy for battery life.

Mode 2, new since the original 6D, turns off the GPS when the camera is off. THis is great for battery life, but means the first few shots when you turn on the camera miught not have location data until the GPS relocks.

Position updates selectable at 1, 5, 10, 15, 30, 60, 120 or 300 seconds.

Can set camera clock.

One NEMA log file per day.

 

Storage

One slot for an SD, SDHC or SDXC card.

UHS-I and Eye-Fi compatible.

Doesn't work with Multimedia cards (MMCs), whatever they were.

 

Body

Canon claims some weather sealing:

Canon 6D Mk II

Canon 6D Mk II seals.

 

Power & Battery

Battery

Both the LP-E6N (new, included) or the old LP-E6 batteries work. The new one has more capacity than the older LP-E6 battery, and they are interchangeable and both charge in the usual Canon LC-E6 charger.

The LP-E6N is rated for 1,200 shots. (1,100 at 0ºC/32ºF; 380 with live view or 340 with live view at 0ºC/32ºF.)

When used with a second battery in the BG-E21 grip, the rated number of shots doubles.

 

LP-E6N Battery

LP-E6N Battery (looks the same as the older LP-E6).

 

Charging

LC-E6 Charger

Battery Charger LC-E6.

LC-E6 folding plug 100-240V 50-60 cps charger.

 

Clock Battery

Internal rechargeable battery for the clock: charges in 8 hours and then runs for three months if you take out the LP-E6N.

 

Size

4.35 × 5.67 × 2.94 inches HWD.

110.5 × 144.0 × 74.8 millimeters HWD

 

Weight

Rated 27.0 oz. (765g) with battery and card.

Rated 24.16 oz. (685g) stripped.

 

Operating Environment

0 ~ 40º C (32 ~ 104º F).

To 85% RH.

 

Announced

29 June 2017, 12:01 AM NYC time.

 

Promised for

Late July 2017.

 

Price, USA

June 2017

$1,999, body-only.

$2,599, kit with 24-105mm STM.

$3,099, kit with 24-105mm L IS II.

 

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Included

LP-E6N battery.

LC-E6 charger.

 

Optional

BG-E21 grip.

Protecting Cloth PC-E2.

 

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See also Pro DSLRs Compared.

 

Versus the Original Canon 6D

I've covered the differences at New.

 

Recommendations

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This is easy: the original Canon 6D has always been the world's best low-cost full-frame digital camera, and this new 6D Mark II is even better — but costs more.

To me, since I shoot every day, the extra features, especially the new function button near the shutter and crop modes, is more than worth the extra price, but for this same reason I own the 5DSR which is what I actually shoot every day.

See Is It Worth It. It all depends on how much money you have and how much you use the camera.

 

Lens Suggestions

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In addition the the plain body, it comes as a kit with 24-105mm STM for $2,599 or as a kit with 24-105 L IS II for $3,099 as shown at the top.

The less expensive 24-105 STM is optically excellent and light weight, while the 24-105 L IS II is faster at 105mm (f/4 vs. f/5.6) and is more toughly made. Either is an excellent choice regardless of price; choose based on whether you prefer toughness or light weight.

For the lightest weight, the 50mm f/1.8 STM is a superb optical performer, as well as being Canon's lightest and least expensive lens. I use mine all the time when I want to travel light.

I'd get my 6D Mk II at Adorama, at Amazon or at B&H.

This ad-free website's biggest source of support is when you use those or any of these links to approved sources when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Canon does not seal its boxes in any way, so never buy at retail or any other source not on my personally approved list since you'll have no way of knowing if you're missing accessories, getting a defective, damaged, returned, store demo or used camera. I use the stores I do because they ship from secure remote warehouses where no one gets to touch your new camera before you do. Buy only from the approved sources I use myself for the best prices, service, return policies and selection.

Thanks for helping me help you!

Ken, Mrs. Rockwell, Ryan and Katie.

 

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29 June 2017