John Scott puts the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera through its paces.
When the new Canon EOS 6D Mark II arrived at my office, I was very excited. I love new gear and the chance to test this new camera thrilled me.
I have been shooting with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Canon EOS 5D Mark III for some time now. So, I thought would this smaller Canon EOS 6D Mark II be a huge departure from what I have been shooting? Would there be a difference in the image quality?
To test the camera, I devised a plan. Canon EOS 6D Mark II, 6 styles of shooting x 6 different tests.
Test 1. Autofocus
The challenger: Dual Pixel CMOS AF System, 45-point all cross-type autofocusing vs. my 5-year-old. FIGHT!
My son moves around A LOT. I have shot with many camera systems but keeping up with my boy is always a challenge. When I picked up the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, I was slightly apprehensive. I could nail focus! My shots in AI Servo were delivering. I had so much more keepers than I expected. Little did I realise that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II had a secret weapon – Dual Pixel CMOS AF system and a shooting speed of 6.5 frames-per-second.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 100 | F/1.6 | 1/800s
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 100 | F/1.6 | 1/2000s
Test 2. Full frame image quality.
I am used to shooting full frame with my EOS 5D’s so I wasn’t expecting there to be a huge difference here. To my pleasant surprise, Canon EOS 6D Mark II’s full-frame quality is a solid as ever. The new full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 7 processor deliver the goods. The colour rendition of the files and huge image files deliver a superb image that can be cropped down.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 1600 | F/6.3 | 1/125s
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 1600 | F/20 | 1/125s
Test 3. ISO.
For this test, I purposely wanted to push the ISO. I waited for a gloomy rainy day and vowed to only shoot once the weather was at its worst. Click, click, click – I was again blown away by the colour quality and relatively noiseless images delivered by the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. I was again pleasantly surprised by the low light quality of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. It must be the native ISO of 100 to 40,000.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 100 | F/1.4 | 1/320s
Canon EOS 6D Mark II Workflow GIF
Test 4 & 5. Video.
I film a lot these days, vlogging and creating films on my YouTube channel. I was interested in two features this new Canon EOS 6D Mark II had. The vari-angle screen and the digital in-body image stabilisation (IBIS).
Let’s start with the vari-angle screen. This screen is amazing. Really it is. The ability to twist, flip, turn and rotate the screen to pretty much any angle I wanted is a huge benefit. Suddenly with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, I could see everything without the need to add on an additional LED screen to view what I was shooting.
This feature combined with the IBIS made shooting video a dream. I thought, “Wow, I can actually shoot footage handheld without a gimbal, what magic is this?!” There are even a few hidden gem features like 60 FPS at 1080 resolution, which is good for shooting slow motion footage.
Canon BTS Video
Test 6. Commercial shoot.
This was a big one. I felt confident at what I saw the Canon EOS 6D Mark II could deliver. I brought the Canon EOS 6D Mark II along and decided to use the camera solely for all the portraiture work I would do at my commercial shoot. At first, I was a little nervous about bringing out the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, but 30 minutes in and any woes were put at ease as the Canon EOS 6D Mark II delivered the shots I wanted and more.
Smooth operation, fast focus, great colour rendition, excellent metering in variable lighting situations.
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 1600 | F/2.8 | 1/60s
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 640 | | F/2.8 | 1/320s
Canon EOS 6D Mark II | ISO 640 | F/4.5 | 1/125s
If you are looking to get into the full frame zone then the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the camera for you. The files are gorgeous, the operation smooth. Take your photography to the next level with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.