Canon 6D Mark II hands-on review shows why you should (not) buy it

Aug 1, 2017

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Canon 6D Mark II hands-on review shows why you should (not) buy it

Aug 1, 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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Reviews of the new Canon 6D Mark II keep coming in, and the feelings of users still seem mixed. Chris and Jordan from The Camera Store TV made a fantastic hands-on review with the latest Canon’s model. They will give you all the good and the bad sides of this camera, both for photography and the video. There definitely are both sides, and it’s up to you to choose which ones will prevail when it comes to your decision to buy this camera.

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Advantages

The first advantage Chris points out is that Canon 6D Mark II is very good at high ISO. It doesn’t produce much grain even at very high ISO values, which makes it a great camera for low light conditions.

He also notices a good anti-flicker ability in sodium-vapor lights. You may find yourself shooting under those in some halls, sports arenas or gymnasiums, and 6D Mark II deals with these lights without any white balance issues.

6D Mark II features 45 AF points, all of them being cross-type. According to Chris, the AF tracking is good, and the shutter is stable.

Finally, the camera is fairly easy to operate, and everything is familiar. If you are already a Canon user, you shouldn’t find anything difficult to get used to.

Disadvantages

Judging from Chris’s and Jordan’s experience, Canon 6D Mark II seems to have more disadvantages than advantages. Or at least, they are more serious.

First of all, it only has one SD card slot. Considering that even some cheaper and crop sensor camera have two slots, Canon should have definitely reconsidered this before production.

Chris discusses the relationship between cost and value of this camera. Does it really give you what you should be getting for $2000? One of the points here is the lack of pop-up flash. Although it’s a full frame camera, it’s an entry-level full frame, so it should probably have a feature like this. There’s also the 90% viewfinder coverage, which isn’t a deal-breaker, but it would be expected.

Although the 6D Mark II features a new sensor, it was the biggest disappointment for Chris. It has a low dynamic range, which means you can’t get as many details in post-processing. Even some official comparative tests show that the dynamic range results are disappointing in comparison with other cameras. For example, Canon 5D Mark IV is better at pushing shadows and highlights than the 6D.

When it comes to the video, Jordan jumps in with a few of his conclusions. The first comment, of course, is the lack of 4K video. It has the 1080p, but the quality isn’t as good as you’d expect, according to Jordan. The headphone jack is also missing, and it seems like there is a place where it should have been integrated. All in all, Jordan definitely don’t recommend it as a primary video camera.

So, is the 6D Mark II good for anything? According to Chris, it could be good as a backup camera. But neither he nor Jordan recommends it as the primary one. After all the hype about this model from Canon, it seems that its performance is not exactly stellar. But of course, it all depends on your wishes, needs, and preferences.

[Canon 6D Mark II Hands-On Field Test | TheCameraStoreTV]

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8 responses to “Canon 6D Mark II hands-on review shows why you should (not) buy it”

  1. Darren Littlehales Avatar
    Darren Littlehales

    Think that video made my mind up

  2. Cynicaleye Avatar
    Cynicaleye

    One card slot? So what?

  3. Chris Hutcheson Avatar
    Chris Hutcheson

    I shoot in burst mode, which is useful in some performance and sports contexts. A second slot is useful as a single card in RAW mode can fill up relatively quickly over a couple of hours. That second slot is also really useful as a backup, which on a paid gig, is good practice.

  4. Erik Westby Avatar
    Erik Westby

    I shoot video professionally … lots of it handheld, documentary style. And I’ve been waiting for Canon to introduce a proper articulating screen on a full-frame camera for years. The 60D and now the 80D have served me well, but the ability to shoot with a full-frame sensor AND the articulating screen sounds very appealing. I would have bought the 5D instead of the 80D last year if it had that feature, so the 6D MkII would probably work for me.

    1. Valdimir Sputnik Avatar
      Valdimir Sputnik

      Complaining about dynamic range is in vogue now.
      Truth is with the naked eye you won’t notice 1 stop.
      Comparing it to the 5dIV that costs $2200 more is unfair to say the least.
      I guess I should complain about my 5DIV 7 fps because th 1DXII has 14fps.
      I do wish my 5d had at least a horizontal screen but oh well.
      Anyone considering a 6DII go for it it looks like a great camera nevermind the nit pickers and know it alls photography just isn’t fun for them.

      1. EsaKivivuori Avatar
        EsaKivivuori

        100% :D

  5. skydvr Avatar
    skydvr

    “it would be good as a backup camera”: what is a 6DII a backup camera to? If I was shooting with (or had the budget for) a 5D, I wouldn’t be considering a 6DII as a primary anyway. So, if I was considering upgrading to a 6DII, but it’s “not worthy” of being a primary, what should I be looking at?

  6. Gurnam Singh Avatar
    Gurnam Singh

    in my opinion every Camera has some flops. In the case of 6D Mark ii, second slot of Memory Card and 4K can be compromised but Canon must address the improvement in ISO dynamic range through software upgrade.
    This is a serious issue which Canon can take care.