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Canon EOS 6D Mark II Camera Review

Tested using Methodology v0.10
Reviewed Mar 01, 2021 at 11:55 am
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Picture
7.1
Travel Photography
7.4
Landscape Photography
7.0
Sport & Wildlife Photography
5.6
Vlogging
5.5
Studio Video
3.1
Action Video
Body Type
DSLR
Mirrorless
No
Sensor Size
Full Frame
Tested Lens
Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a full-frame DSLR camera. It's well-built, comfortable to use, has an intuitive menu system, and offers an excellent overall battery life. It also delivers excellent image quality, with little apparent noise or graininess present in images and an okay dynamic range. Unfortunately, its video qualities are somewhat limited, with no support for 4k recording and mediocre video quality in FHD. It's also big and bulky, making it a challenge to carry around for long periods.

Our Verdict

7.1 Travel Photography

The Canon 6D Mark II is decent for travel photography. Images are sharp and mostly clear of visual noise when shooting at high ISO levels. You can use its long minimum shutter speed to take complex long-exposure shots. It also has a fantastic battery life for photos, depending on how you use it. Unfortunately, its autofocus performance is mediocre, especially with tracking faces, and its bulky design can make it a hassle to carry around.

Pros
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Good build quality.
  • Great ergonomics.
Cons
  • Slow maximum shooting speed.
  • Bulky design with heavy kit lens.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance in photography.
7.4 Landscape Photography

The Canon 6D Mark II is good for landscape photography. Images are sharp, color-accurate, and mostly free of visual noise even at high ISO levels, good for nighttime shooting conditions. It's also quite sturdily built, with an aluminum and polycarbonate construction that's rated as being weather-sealed. It's comfortable to use and has a bright screen that you can easily read under direct sunlight. However, its bulky size and considerable weight with its kit lens attached can be a bit of a hindrance on long hikes to remote shooting locations.

Pros
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Good build quality.
  • Bright, sharp, fully-articulated screen.
  • Great ergonomics.
Cons
  • Bulky design with heavy kit lens.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance in photography.
7.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography

The Canon 6D Mark II is a satisfactory option for sports and wildlife photography. Its maximum shooting speed isn't especially quick, making it hard to capture distinct images of subjects that can move across the frame quickly, though its rapid buffer-clearing time means that continuous bursts don't lead to long interruptions. Image quality is excellent, and the camera's short maximum shutter speed is good for freezing the movement of fast-moving subjects. Unfortunately, its autofocus system can occasionally struggle with tracking and maintaining focus on moving subjects.

Pros
  • Excellent image quality.
  • Good build quality.
  • Great ergonomics.
Cons
  • Slow maximum shooting speed.
  • Bulky design with heavy kit lens.
  • Mediocre autofocus performance in photography.
5.6 Vlogging

The Canon 6D Mark II is a poor fit for vlogging. It's bulky and has a heavy kit lens, making it difficult to carry around for extended recording sessions. It also can't record 4k footage, and its video quality in FHD isn't especially sharp. Its stabilization performance is also disappointing, leading to shaky handheld recordings. That said, its autofocus system does an amazing job of maintaining and tracking. Its fully-articulated screen makes it easy to see yourself when the camera is held in a selfie position.

Pros
  • Excellent autofocus performance in FHD recording.
  • Bright, sharp, fully-articulated screen.
Cons
  • Bulky design with heavy kit lens.
  • Mediocre video quality in FHD.
  • Sub-par video stabilization capability.
5.5 Studio Video

The Canon 6D Mark II is bad for studio video work. It can't record in 4k, and its video quality in FHD is mediocre. It also lacks a clean HDMI output to use an external recorder free of any overlays or a headphone jack to let you monitor audio more precisely. However, its autofocus system is consistent, reliable, and quick while recording, and its menu system is easy to understand.

Pros
  • Excellent autofocus performance in FHD recording.
  • Easy-to-use menu interface.
Cons
  • Mediocre video quality in FHD.
  • Limited frame rate selection.
  • No headphone jack or clean HDMI output.
3.1 Action Video

The Canon 6D Mark II isn't designed for action video. It's much too big to be mounted to a chest or helmet rig and can't record at very high frame rates in FHD for generating smooth slow-motion video. Its video stabilization performance is also middling, which can give recorded footage a somewhat shaky quality. Thankfully, it feels well-built.

Pros
  • Good build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky design with heavy kit lens.
  • Mediocre video quality in FHD.
  • Limited frame rate selection.
  • Sub-par video stabilization capability.
  • 7.1 Travel Photography
  • 7.4 Landscape Photography
  • 7.0 Sport & Wildlife Photography
  • 5.6 Vlogging
  • 5.5 Studio Video
  • 3.1 Action Video
  1. Updated Sep 23, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.10.
  2. Updated Aug 31, 2022: Updated 'Advertised Battery Life in Photo' to show the advertised battery life when using the viewfinder rather than Live View, since this aligns more closely with real-world DSLR usage and better reflects the camera's capabilities.
  3. Updated Aug 16, 2022: After running into issues with RawTherapee during retesting for Test Bench 0.9, we decided to process the 'Photo RAW Dynamic Range' test scene in Lightroom instead. The test scene photo has been reuploaded.
  4. Updated Jul 29, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.9.
  5. Updated Apr 22, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 0.8.
  6. Updated Jun 30, 2021: Amended shutter type from 'Mechanical and Electronic' to 'Mechanical'.
  7. Updated Jun 23, 2021: Amended 'Manual Focus Assistance' to 'Yes.'
  8. Updated Mar 08, 2021: Corrected input error in the 'Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)' field inside the 'Lens' section.
  9. Updated Mar 01, 2021: Review published.
  10. Updated Feb 26, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
1.9
Design
Portability
Height
4.4" (11.2 cm)
Width
5.7" (14.5 cm)
Depth
3.2" (8.2 cm)
Volume
81.3 in³ (1,331.7 cm³)
Weight
1.72 lbs (0.78 kg)
Weight With Lens
2.83 lbs (1.28 kg)
7.5
Design
Build Quality

  • Body is made of aluminum and fiberglass-reinforced polycarbonate resin
  • Command dials, mode wheel, and buttons offer good physical feedback
  • Articulated screen hinge feels solid
  • SD card compartment features a solid hinged door

Design
Body
Water Resistance
Weather-Sealed
Rugged
No
Hot Shoe
Yes
Customizable Button
Yes
Command Dial
2
Tripod Mount
Yes
Lens Mount
EF-S Mount
Built-In Flash
No
Design
In The Box

  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II body
  • Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens
  • Lens cover
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • 1x LP-E6N battery
  • Sensor cap
  • Battery charger
  • Basic instruction manual

8.0
Design
Ergonomics & Comfort
Hand Grip: Small Hand
No
Hand Grip: Medium Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Large Hand
Yes
Hand Grip: Extra-Large Hand
Yes

  • Hand grip is quite large
  • Plenty of room for a wide variety of hand sizes, so fingers shouldn't get pinched between the body and lens
  • Hand grip has a textured surface that provides a secure hold
  • Dedicated controls for shutter speed, aperture, and ISO
  • Weight is unevenly distributed toward the front of the camera due to its heavy kit lens

Design
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Optical
Advertised Coverage
98%
Advertised Resolution
N/A
Advertised Magnification
0.71
9.0
Design
Screen
Screen Articulation Type
Fully-Articulated
Screen Max Brightness
585 cd/m²
Advertised Resolution
1.04 million dots
Size
3.0" (7.6 cm)
Touchscreen
Yes
9.0
Design
Menu System
Guide Mode
Yes
App Name
Canon Camera Connect

  • Menu is easy to navigate with physical buttons or via touchscreen interface
  • Guide mode helps provide a brief explanation of some functions
  • Q menu lets you quickly access frequently used features and settings

7.1
Design
Lens
Lens Type
Interchangeable
Maximum Aperture
3.5 - 5.6
Max Aperture (Full-Frame Equivalent)
f/3.5
Minimum Focal Length
24 mm
Maximum Focal Length
105 mm
Max Focal Length (Full-Frame Equivalent)
105 mm
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Luminance
79%
Light Falloff
53.5%

Update 03/08/2021: Corrected input error in the 'Max Aperture (Full Frame Equivalent)' field. The score has been updated.

Design
Sensor
Sensor Type
CMOS
Advertised Effective Pixels
26.2 MP
Processor
Digic 7
Extended ISO Minimum
50
Native ISO Minimum (Base ISO)
100
Native ISO Maximum
40,000
Tested Firmware
Ver. 1.1.1
8.5
Design
Battery
Battery Type
Canon LP-E6N
USB Charging
No
Use When Charging
No
Advertised Battery Life In Photo
2,400 photos
Tested Battery Life In Video
180 min
Photo General
Photo General
Photo Features
JPEG File Format
Yes
Raw File Format
CR2
Shutter
Mechanical
Slowest Shutter Speed
30 s
Fastest Shutter Speed
1/4,000 s
Silent Shooting
Yes
HDR
Yes
Time Lapse
Yes

Update 06/30/2021: We've updated the shutter type from 'Mechanical and Electronic' to 'Mechanical' only. According to Canon, this camera uses a mechanical shutter that is electronically controlled. Because of this, its 'Silent' shooting mode isn't true silent shooting, as you can still hear a mechanical shutter sound.

5.7
Photo General
Photo Shooting Speed
Low Speed Continuous
4 fps
High Speed Continuous
6 fps
Silent Shooting Continuous
3 fps
Raw Buffer Size
27 Photos
JPEG Buffer Size
10,000 Photos
Buffer Empty Time
6 s
6.7
Photo General
Photo Autofocus
Object Tracking Success Rate
71%
Face Tracking Success Rate
58%
Face Detection Distance
102" (260 cm)
Eye Detection
No
Advertised Coverage
N/A
Advertised Focus Points
45

Update 06/23/2021: We previously indicated that this camera didn't have manual focus assistance. It does in fact have a focus magnification feature to help check if your image is in focus.

8.3
Photo General
Photo Image Stabilization
Minimum Shutter Speed Achieved
1/8 s
In-Body Image Stabilization
No
Photo Image Quality
6.4
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Dynamic Range
Dynamic Range At Base ISO
8.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/500s Exposure Time
8.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/2000s Exposure Time
7.0 f-stops
Dynamic Range At 1/4000s Exposure Time
6.8 f-stops
8.0
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Sharpness
Vertical Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,733 LW/PH
Horizontal Edge MTF50 At Base ISO
1,882 LW/PH
9.5
Photo Image Quality
Photo JPEG Noise
SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.33 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 800
41.11 dB
SNR 18% At ISO 3200
39.52 dB
8.7
Photo Image Quality
Photo RAW Noise
RAW SNR 18% At Base ISO
40.51 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 200
39.58 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 400
38.32 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 800
36.59 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 1600
34.23 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 3200
31.81 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 6400
29 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 12800
28.44 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 25600
23.35 dB
RAW SNR 18% At ISO 51200
N/A
Photo Image Quality
Test Scene Pictures Download
JPEG Picture At Base ISO Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 1600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 3200 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 6400 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 12800 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 25600 Download
JPEG Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
RAW Picture At Base ISO Download
RAW Picture At ISO 400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 1600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 3200 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 6400 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 12800 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 25600 Download
RAW Picture At ISO 51200 N/A
Pictures Sample Gallery
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Skate Park Picture
JPEG Skate Park Picture Download
RAW Skate Park Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Polish Church Picture
JPEG Polish Church Picture Download
RAW Polish Church Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Studio Picture
JPEG Studio Picture Download
RAW Studio Picture Download
Pictures Sample Gallery
The Stairway Picture
JPEG Stairway Picture Download
RAW Stairway Picture Download
Video General
Video General
Video Features
Full HD Video
Yes
4k Video
No
6k Video
No
Clean HDMI Output
No
Advertised Max Chroma Sampling Over HDMI
Not Advertised
Advertised Max Bit Depth Over HDMI
N/A
Log Picture Profile
No
Recording Light
No
Video General
Audio
Audio Test Sample
Audio Recording
Stereo
Microphone Level Display
No
Video General
Video File Format And Compression
MP4 H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MP4 H.265 / HEVC
No
MOV H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Yes
MOV H.265 / HEVC
No
AVCHD H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
No
All-I Compression
Yes
4k Video
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Frame Rate
240 fps In 4k
N/A
120 fps In 4k
N/A
60 fps In 4k
N/A
30 fps In 4k
N/A
24 fps In 4k
N/A
4k Crop At Max Available fps
N/A
0
4k Video
4k Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In 4k
N/A
Bitrate Minimum In 4k
N/A
Chroma Sampling In 4k
N/A
Bit Depth In 4k
N/A
Record Time Limit In 4k
0 min
Overheat Recording Interruptions in 4k
N/A
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In 4k
N/A
Face Tracking In 4k
N/A
Face Detection In 4k
N/A
Eye Detection In 4k
N/A
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Quality
Low Light Capability In 4k N/A
Test Scene Extract In 4k N/A
not tested
4k Video
4k Video Rolling Shutter Effect
4k Rolling Shutter
N/A
Full HD Video
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Frame Rate
240 fps In FHD
No
120 fps In FHD
No
60 fps In FHD
Yes
30 fps In FHD
Yes
24 fps In FHD
Yes
FHD Crop At Max Available fps
1 x
7.6
Full HD Video
FHD Video Internal Recording
Bitrate Maximum In FHD
60 Mbps
Bitrate Minimum In FHD
30 Mbps
Chroma Sampling In FHD
4:2:0
Bit Depth In FHD
8 Bit
Record Time Limit in FHD
30 min
8.5
Full HD Video
FHD Video Autofocus Performance
Object Tracking In FHD
9.3
Face Tracking In FHD
8.9
Face Detection In FHD
Yes
Eye Detection In FHD
No
6.7
Full HD Video
FHD Video Quality
Low Light Capability In FHD
7.0
Test Scene Extract In FHD
6.3
7.1
Full HD Video
FHD Video Rolling Shutter Effect
FHD Rolling Shutter
3.7°
Storage And Connectivity
Storage And Connectivity
Storage
Card 1 Slot
SD Card UHS-I
Card 2 Slot
No 2nd Card Slot
7.0
Storage And Connectivity
Inputs / Outputs
USB
Mini USB
HDMI
Mini (Type C)
Headphones
No
Microphone
Stereo
Wi-Fi
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Canon 6D Mark II is only available in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see its label here. We tested it in conjunction with the Canon EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM lens, but it can be purchased with other EF-mount lenses, including the Canon EF 24-105mm USM lens. However, we haven't tested it in any other configuration. It can also be purchased without a lens at all.

Let us know in the discussions if you come across a different variant, so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Cameras

Nikon D780

The Nikon D780 is better overall than the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. Both are full-frame DSLRs that can take high-quality images, but the Nikon is a higher-end camera aimed at more advanced shooters. It has a faster max burst rate and a more effective autofocus system, which borrows from the mirrorless Nikon Z 6 when shooting in Live View, giving you more versatility for different shooting situations. Unlike the Canon, the Nikon can also record 4k video and offers more frame rate options in 1080p, including 120 fps for slow-motion footage. The Nikon also has a longer battery life, although it's slightly heavier and bulkier than the Canon.

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