Canon 6D Mark II dynamic range results are disappointing

Jul 20, 2017

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Canon 6D Mark II dynamic range results are disappointing

Jul 20, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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There has been a great hype about the new Canon 6D Mark II. Now that it’s officially released, the first dynamic range test results are coming in – and they are not good. As it turns out, the 6D Mark II has less dynamic range than models like 5D Mark IV or 1D X Mark II. What’s more, the results show that it even has less dynamic range than some of the APS-C bodies like Canon 80D. While this may not be a deal breaker for some photographers, it does affect your shots and the amount of detail you can get in editing.

DPReview has performed a dynamic range test, comparing the Canon 6D Mark II with a range of other cameras. They brightened a series of increasingly dark sets of exposures and compared the results between the cameras.

The 6D Mark II starts to get noisy sooner than the comparable Nikon D750, and even before the APS-C Canon 80D at the same settings.

They also performed the ISO invariance test, taking the same exposure shot at different ISO settings. This is one of the examples how Canon 6D Mark II compares with Nikon D750.

If you process RAW images from low ISO and what to get more details from the shadows, you will have much less flexibility. The electronic noise starts appearing sooner than you may expect from a camera like this, especially when compared to the APS-C model 80D.

According to DPReview, Canon’s metering system tends to underexpose the images when the subjects are backlit, and it doesn’t properly expose for the faces. So in situations like this, when you want to brighten up the subject, you may get a noticeable amount of noise in the shadows.

DPReview has compared the 6D Mark II with a range of cameras at different settings, and you can check it all out in more details here and see for yourself.

[via DPReview]

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40 responses to “Canon 6D Mark II dynamic range results are disappointing”

  1. Will Bartels Avatar
    Will Bartels

    I’ll be ordering.

    1. Bill McKenzie Avatar
      Bill McKenzie

      a Nikon?

  2. Hans van Vrouwerf Avatar
    Hans van Vrouwerf

    Scheelt weer sparen Johan ???

  3. Thomas Joseph Avatar
    Thomas Joseph

    Nope moving over to Fuji.

    1. Ondřej Konopásek Avatar
      Ondřej Konopásek

      And another move to Nikon after few weddings ;)

    2. Philipp Buchecker Avatar
      Philipp Buchecker

      Keeping my old 6D only as long as there are native Sigma Art lenses for the Sony E-Mount … then my Canon time is over … after almost 20 years …

    3. Sam Torres Avatar
      Sam Torres

      The fuji system is great.

  4. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    I did see that it seems like added global sharpening to the 6d2 that is not applied to the 1dx2 shots. So whilst I expected the 6d2 to be better, it’s not a fair comparison.

  5. Vitaliy Hawaiian Avatar
    Vitaliy Hawaiian

    Its a Canon DR

  6. Ron Pearman Avatar
    Ron Pearman

    Why didn’t they compare it to the old 6D? Is dynamic range improved over the old 6D?

    1. Dean Nixon Avatar
      Dean Nixon

      It has been compared, and the old 6D is better.

    2. Rob Dickinson Avatar
      Rob Dickinson

      True dat

  7. Busch Avatar
    Busch

    Typical Canon.

  8. newworld666 Avatar
    newworld666

    I have no real interest for those bodies, but it seems they are just
    ridiculous .. a correct JPG from their raw 6DII file at -3EV seems to be
    really good (at least much better than what they compare :

    =>
    https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-t3GmbdG/0/37c7bdfb/O/i-t3GmbdG.jpg
    issued from 6DII File is plenty of details and no noise, jpg size is
    still 14896kb
    compared to their 6D acr file which is noisy and only 9490kb
    => https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-sFMZt3z/0/ffdb3a2e/O/i-sFMZt3z.jpg
    ..
    I really don’t know how they can’t get such terrific result with their
    6DII raw file
    https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-3pWZzvV/0/e0382e4f/O/i-3pWZzvV.jpg
    12712Kb .. noisy and no details.
    ..
    I imagine those blogers from
    dpreview haven’t any idea how to use ACR and they are just used compare
    pre-washed exmor raw files to full Canon Raw files without correcting
    things between those types of files.

  9. Brian Drourr Avatar
    Brian Drourr

    I was not going to get it before this came out I am definitely not going to get it now. thanks for nothing Canon

    1. Johan Saarela Avatar
      Johan Saarela

      So you where not going to get it anyway and still thanks canon for nothing…

  10. Jacob Lloyd Avatar
    Jacob Lloyd

    Nope ??

  11. Youenn Thomas Avatar
    Youenn Thomas

    Thierry L’élagueur tu vois que t’en as pas besoin

  12. Hugh Mobley Avatar
    Hugh Mobley

    Exactly what does everyone expect when Canon takes 4 years to come out with a 4 year old camera, they have done this again and again and again!, I compared many images from the orig 6D to this one, Cannot see a $1000 difference.

    1. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
      Sergi Yavorski

      But don’t you see any other differences?

    2. Hugh Mobley Avatar
      Hugh Mobley

      basically NO

    3. Hugh Mobley Avatar
      Hugh Mobley

      Sergi Yavorski spend a few hours and download a bunch of 6D images from Flikr like I did, then download the ones from Canon for the 6D MK II zoom in on every one and there is no difference that can be seen in fact the orig 6D has better micro contrast and color rendering on some images all were on the 24-105 L Canon, AND the only TRUE test is raw straight out of the camera with no processing at all,

    4. John Russell Avatar
      John Russell

      Well compare a Nikon D5 to a Nikon D3300 and take photos of a bowl of bananas and apples. Gee I don’t see a $5000 difference.
      Look at pictures from a Nikon D90 and a D5. Gee I don’t see a $7000 difference.
      I don’t see a difference between a Sony RX100 v1 and the Sony A9. What $difference…$4000

      The 6D ii has lots of improvements over the 6D.

      Raw means you get a full digital file. It doesn’t mean the company does not do some processing to it. All camera companies do some processing to their RAW files. It is something that we have no control over and they choose what they want to control.

  13. John Wylie Jr Avatar
    John Wylie Jr

    Is anyone really surprised it has less DR that a 5D Mark IV ? ROFL. Not even in the same price range. It is what it is , entry level full frame.

    If you want the utmost dynamic range , pony up the $$$$ and pay for it !

    1. Christian Clowes Avatar
      Christian Clowes

      What a crock of absolute shit. Even Nikon’s lowly beginner bodies share the same 24mp sensor as the mid tier models that pump out 14 stops of dynamic range. If you want the utmost dynamic range, switch to Nikon. End story.

    2. John Wylie Jr Avatar
      John Wylie Jr

      Fanboi up……

    3. John Wylie Jr Avatar
      John Wylie Jr

      and you mean Sony parts made for Nikon….

    4. Sergi Yavorski Avatar
      Sergi Yavorski

      Christian Clowes Fanboy alert?

    5. Kristijan Keretic Avatar
      Kristijan Keretic

      Switched to Nikon (D750) autumn last year only because of Canon’s disappointing dynamic range even in their latest sensors. Had hope that 6D MkII would be some kind of a game changer. Unfortunately, as it is obvious, it is not. Not even close to two years old Nikons. Only in price, and that should be an entry FF? Yea, maybe for a half of the price. Sorry Canon, still keep the trusty old 5D MkII for 135L and STM 40mm, but D750 for everything else.

    6. Christian Clowes Avatar
      Christian Clowes

      I used to shoot a 7D many moons ago actually, but then realised how poor the flexibility the files had, and how inferior their flash system was compared to Nikon. Haven’t looked back since.

  14. Martijn Hermans Avatar
    Martijn Hermans

    Floris

    1. Martijn Hermans Avatar
      Martijn Hermans

      Ja en nee, de 6D was qua image quality het zelfde als/beter dan de 5D III. Je hebt allen een heel ander feature pakket en ergonomics. Zeker als je nu gaat kijken naar de concurrentie doet de 6D II gewoon echt onder aan de rest.

  15. hırkadan Fikirler Avatar
    hırkadan Fikirler

    but at 0 ev it sharper than all

  16. Redowan Nafi Avatar
    Redowan Nafi

    no 4k….no party

  17. dosporuno Avatar
    dosporuno

    You mean the same DPReview that used to compare different cameras by using different lenses “to normalize field if view?” That one? They throw up a ton of content masquerading as sound testing but they will always be hacks. FWIW, I’m f****** sick of Canon and how they manage their lineup by nerfing certain features so I’m no fanboy, but DPR has zero cred as far as I’m concerned.

  18. James Thomas Avatar
    James Thomas

    This is the single biggest reason I don’t shoot much with my Canon bodies; well that and I don’t have may Canon lenses. But I mostly shoot deep shade available light, and my Nikons just eat Canon’s lunch in dynamic range at lower ISOs. I can deal with Canon’s weird colors, but not the one to two stop lower DR

  19. Chris McGathey Avatar
    Chris McGathey

    Only if there is a significant price drop in six months. Will this sell well regardless?

  20. Alan Amos Avatar
    Alan Amos

    Who cares?
    Canon have been left in the dark ages lately.

  21. Daniel Hager Avatar
    Daniel Hager

    I have to say this test is not about dynamic range at all. A bit of a click baiting article. Which is sad