Is the Canon 6D good for video

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: testing the full-frame DSLR

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II scores with top quality photos. This is where the new full-format sensor can show its qualities to the full. Unfortunately, the 6D Mark II only records videos in Full HD; it does without 4K video. In terms of equipment and speed, you have to make slight compromises compared to the professional models, but the price is also significantly lower.

  • Very high photo quality
  • Very accurate auto focus
  • Very light sensitive sensor
  • Built-in GPS and WiFi
Single-lens reflex cameras with a large full-frame sensor deliver great images, but they can also be quite expensive. One of the cheapest models with a full-frame sensor was the Canon EOS 6D. The thoroughly renovated successor is called the Canon EOS 6D Mark II. COMPUTER BILD has tested the new full-format entry-level model.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: More pixels, better pictures

The full-frame sensor (sensor size millimeters) of the EOS 6D Mark II is brand new, it now works with 26 instead of 20 megapixels. Despite the higher resolution, the new sensor is somewhat more sensitive to light - the ISO scale therefore extends up to ISO 40,000 (predecessor ISO 25,600). In the test, the new sensor still delivered good images even at ISO 10,000, as the following picture gallery shows. With such an extreme ISO setting, the new camera is a tad better than its predecessor and loses a little less sharpness despite the higher resolution. As with the predecessor, there is hardly any ugly image noise. A clearer difference in the image quality is shown by pictures of high-contrast subjects, for example in backlight or with a larger portion of the sky. The EOS 6D Mark II copes much better with this than its predecessor Canon EOS 6D. Even with very large differences in brightness, the images of the EOS 6D Mark II hardly show any erosion (light areas completely white) or drowning (dark areas completely black).

Sample photos from the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II with dual pixel technology

As with most of the newer Canon models, the sensor is equipped with in-house dual-pixel technology, which is also found in a similar form in the Canon EOS 80D or the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. With Dual Pixel there are two photocells for each pixel. In LiveView, the autofocus evaluates the cells separately from one another and can determine the sharpness more quickly from the differences than with a contrast measurement, as is usual with SLR cameras. As a result, the autofocus of the EOS 6D Mark II also reacts really quickly in LiveView. However, the EOS 6D Mark II does not quite reach the speed of a system camera with phase change autofocus, such as the Sony Alpha 7 II, in Live View.

More auto focus

With the predecessor Canon EOS 6D, the autofocus still had to make do with eleven measuring fields, the new EOS 6D Mark II takes over the autofocus measuring system of its smaller sister EOS 80D with 45 measuring points. This allows the autofocus measuring point to be determined much more precisely. Due to the larger image sensor, however, the measurement sensors are concentrated quite strongly in the center of the image. The new autofocus should also be significantly more light-sensitive than the predecessor EOS 6D and work even with lenses with a light intensity of f8, such as the combination of the Canon EF 70-200mm f4 L IS USM and the Canon EF Extender 2x III. In the test, the EOS 6D Mark II also focused quickly and precisely with the Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM II - despite the moderate light intensity (f5.6) and very long focal length (400 millimeters). The new autofocus reacts fairly quickly: In good light, the 6D Mark II needs 0.20 seconds to focus and release, in dim light it takes 0.25 seconds - two tenths faster than its predecessor. However, the 6D Mark II does not quite reach the speed of the more expensive professional models Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. The autofocus of the EOS 6D Mark II works very precisely when adjusting the focus, even with longer series sharpness even if the subject is moving quickly.

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EOS 6D Mark II with Digic-7 processor

In addition to the new image sensor, there is also a new image processor from Canon's current Digic-7 series. This ensures a noticeable speed boost in the EOS 6D Mark II: In the test, it shot series with a good six frames per second, the EOS 6D only managed four frames per second in the test. As is typical for Canon, the 6D Mark II lasts a very long time in series, almost endlessly in JPEG format with a fast SD card. If you take pictures in RAW format, you can't do that. Here the fact that the 6D Mark II does not have a UHS-II slot for SD cards, but works with the older and significantly slower UHS-I technology, takes its toll. Around 25 to 30 RAW images in a row at full speed are easily in there before the camera slows down to write the photo data to the SD card.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II does not have a built-in flash. But it can be retrofitted, as can a battery grip - practical for portrait format shots.

NFC and Bluetooth are included

GPS receivers and WLAN were already part of the standard equipment on the EOS 6D. NFC and Bluetooth have been added to the EOS 6D Mark II. NFC makes it easier to establish contact between the camera and smartphone or tablet with the Android operating system - but you only have to do this once. Bluetooth, on the other hand, serves as a power-saving permanent connection between the camera, which should ensure a faster connection between the camera and the remote control app. In addition, the EOS 6D Mark II can not only be triggered remotely via WLAN, but also with the Canon BR-E1 mini remote control. If the power guzzlers GPS and WLAN are switched off, the battery of the 6D Mark II lasts a very long time: In the test, the power storage was only empty after 2,821 images.

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Revised housing

At first glance, the EOS 6D Mark II is very similar to its predecessor, the EOS 6D. However, the EOS 6D Mark II is a bit thinner, despite the slightly more pronounced handle. In terms of weight, the new camera has increased slightly against the trend. With the battery and memory card, the case of the EOS 6D Mark II weighs 765 grams - 10 grams more than its predecessor. This means that the new Canon is still one of the lightest cameras with a full-frame sensor. With the tested zoom Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM, the Canon weighs just under 1.3 kilograms - still light enough to dangle from your shoulder all day. For the most part, the extra weight in the case is due to the new display bracket - in the EOS 6D Mark II the display is not fixed, but rotatable and foldable. An advantage for shots close to the ground, overhead or selfies from a tripod. Another advantage of the new display: the practical touch operation and a very bright and high-contrast image - the predecessor was weak here.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is available in two versions: as a housing and together with the Canon EF 24-105mm f3.5-5.6 IS STM zoom.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II unfortunately without 4K video

Too bad: Canon does not record video with 4K in the EOS 6D Mark II. There is a maximum of full HD videos (1920x1080 pixels) with 60 frames per second. A special feature for high-contrast film motifs: In Scene mode, the 6D Mark II can record HDR videos. The camera alternately exposes something below and something above and then combines the two individual images. But that only works with a maximum of 30 frames per second in the finished video - no problem for landscape shots, nothing for quick pans or action videos. It is better to use the normal video mode with up to 60 frames per second. The full HD videos of the EOS 6D Mark II are not as detailed as the 4K videos of many competitors, but they are also very attractive: Even in the dark parts of the picture there are still many details to be seen, not all cameras manage that. If you want to film with a Canon in 4K, you have to resort to a much larger and more expensive professional model, the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV. The electronic image stabilizer for video recordings is new. When switched on, the EOS 6D Mark II uses a slightly smaller part for the image recording and the surrounding frame to compensate for the movements of the video film maker. The EOS 6D Mark II does bring a bit of 4K with it: With time-lapse recordings, it can combine the individual photos into a 4K video.

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