- EOS 6D Mark II vs EOS 6D: Key Features and Comparison
The EOS 6D Mark II has arrived, and we know you’ll have a tonne of questions about it.
Things like: How does EOS 6D Mark II compare to the original 6D? What are the key features of the EOS 6D Mark II? Who should buy an EOS 6D Mark II?
In this article, we outline the important details you need to know, plus share some input from the photographers who played with EOS 6D Mark II* before its launch. Those four lucky people are time-lapse extraordinaire Matthew Vandeputte, travel and adventure photographer Melissa Findley, lifestyle photographer Alex Spurway and Canon Collective Member Danny May.
Let’s get into it!
26.2 Megapixel Full Frame Canon CMOS Sensor
This is a brand new, Canon-developed Full Frame CMOS sensor. Full frame CMOS sensors offer better image quality compared to smaller APS-C sized sensors, and also eliminate the crop factor so your wide-angle lenses are still wide as can be.
This is important for landscapes, travel and especially low-light photography. The sensor delivers outstanding detail from both highlights and shadows. The additional megapixels—compared to the 20.2 megapixels of the original EOS 6D — also give greater flexibility to crop or print larger.
“The fact that it is Full Frame is essential to my body of work”Melissa Findley
Learn more about Sensor Size
3” Vari-angle Touch LCD Screen
This is the first time any Full Frame DSLR has featured a vari-angle screen. Having a vari-angle screen means it’s now much easier to find new creative angles to shoot. This is perfect for astrophotography for example, when the camera’s needs to be pointed to the sky.
The touch screen also enables touch auto focus so that you can easily—and precisely—lock focus on your subject. Plus you can quickly review images in playback mode, and navigate through menus.
“This screen helps me find new angles I couldn’t shoot before! Especially that feature where you can touch, focus and shoot straight away”Danny May
This camera excels in low-light conditions — carrying on the strong reputation of the original EOS 6D. It’s perfect for sunrise, sunsets and astrophotography in particular.
With fewer megapixels than the EOS 5D Mark IV, each individual pixel is slightly bigger, which allows the EOS 6D Mark II to surpass the EOS 5D Mark IV in ISO capability.
Learn more about ISO
“I was mightily impressed with the low light performance of the pre-production models I was shooting with”Matthew Vandeputte
Watch Matthew Vandeputte’s world-first EOS 6D Mark II Astrophotography time-lapse.
“Built in 4K time-lapse movies will speed up my workflow for many time-lapse productions”by Matthew Vandeputte
45-point All Cross-type AF System
“For the astro time-lapse, I used one battery per night of shooting per camera. Temperatures dropped down to 3 degrees and at the end of every shoot I had at least 40% battery life left. That is very impressive performance!”Matthew Vandeputte
Learn about AF points
“Changing auto focus points through the touch screen makes things so easy”Danny May
Aside from the seven features listed above, other noteworthy features are Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus, Full HD 60p movies, bulb and interval timer modes, intelligent viewfinder, and a compact, lightweight body.
“Often my work features a human element in a vast landscape. Spending a lot of time on the road solo, there are occasions when I need to place myself in the frame for that perspective. With the new Bluetooth and Wifi connectivity to my smart phone, I am now able to see a live view of what the camera sees, making this so much easier then setting a 10 second time and running.”Melissa Findley
Canon photographer Mark Clinton put his 5D Mark IV kit to the ultimate test when partnering with professional skiier, Fraser McDougall in New Zealand's Wanaka wilderness in a high-flying collaboration to get the shot. Watch the video here.
Dr. Chris Brown journeys to Northern Japan for the ultimate test in low light performance – astrophotography with the EOS R and RF lenses. Check what he captures in this 24-hour challenge
Travel photographer Jarred Seng captures the intricate art of Samurai sword manufacturing with the new EOS R. See his first impression and what he captures on his 24 hours with the new EOS R.