About the Canon EOS 6D Mark II (no lens included)
A wonderful camera for hobbyists and enthusiasts alike
A wonderful camera for hobbyists and enthusiasts alike
My main role at Crutchfield is researching and writing about home speakers. But I'm also an amateur photographer, and love exploring my home state of Virginia with my trusty Canon 6D Mark II by my side.
This versatile full-frame DSLR is an excellent choice for seasoned photo enthusiasts, as well as for avid hobbyists who want more from their shots. Read on for an in-depth look at what this camera is all about.
I used the Canon 6D Mark II to capture my buddy Eli on the Lawn at the University of Virginia.
A worthy upgrade
The original 6D body was a highly capable customer favorite. The Mark II offers several notable performance improvements, including a significantly improved autofocus system, a higher-resolution image sensor, a 3" rotating color touchscreen, and the addition of Bluetooth for remote control from your phone or tablet.
The 6D Mark II also features some more subtle upgrades, like increased battery life and longer continuous shooting. It's an all-around faster and more capable camera than its predecessor.
Making the transition from a crop-sensor body
I owned two Canon crop-sensor DSLRs before stepping up to the full-frame 6D Mark II. This allowed me to get comfortable shooting manually without making a significant investment in equipment. Eventually though, I found myself yearning for a larger field of view and higher-resolution images.
Right out of the box I found the 6D Mark II to be like an old familiar friend. Its operation is very similar to the 50D that I learned to shoot on, so getting acquainted with my new camera took almost no time at all.
If you've been considering taking the plunge from APS-C sensor to full frame, the 6D Mark II makes that transition simple and enjoyable.
Exceptional still image performance
Simply put, I've found the 6D Mark II to take marvelous photographs. Colors are rich and punchy. Edge details are sharp and crisp. And the controls are intuitive and easy to access in real time.
I also love the smartphone integration that this camera offers. Built-in Wi-Fi® lets me quickly transfer photos to my phone — handy if I want to post to Instagram on the go. I can even use my phone as a remote shutter release when shooting on a tripod.
A couple of notes on recording video
If you plan to use this camera for videography, there are a few things to keep in mind. The 6D Mark II records videos in 1080p, but doesn't offer 4K compatibility. It can produce 4K time-lapse videos, but it does so by snapping a series of high-res stills that it then stitches together.
It's also worth noting that there's no headphone jack on this camera. This means you can't monitor audio levels during recording. For most folks this isn't a big deal, but it's something to consider if you plan on using your 6D Mark II for video production.
Get the most out of your new camera
I've found having an extra battery goes a long way, especially if you're using the camera in Live View mode. And you'll want to have a high-capacity SD card or two on hand so you don't run out of storage while on vacation or at your friend's wedding.
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- 26.2-megapixel effective recording
- full-frame CMOS image sensor (35.9 x 24mm)
- 3" high-resolution (1.4 million dots) rotating LCD touchscreen
- DIGIC 7 image processor for exceptional image quality and high-speed shooting
- built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for easy file sharing and remote control from compatible smart devices
- NFC touch pairing with compatible Android™ devices
- built-in GPS provides geotag information including auto time syncing with Universal Time Code via satellites
- Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system for high speed, high frame rate and continuous autofocus during video shooting
- 45-point autofocus system with all cross-type sensors for rapid, precise autofocusing even in low-light
- compatible with all Canon EF lenses
Exposure Modes and Controls:
- continuous shooting up to 6.5 frames per second
- shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
- sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 200-25,600 (expandable to 102,400)
- exposure modes: auto, creative auto, program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual
File Formats and Storage:
- still image storage modes: JPEG, RAW, RAW+JPEG
- top JPEG resolution: 6,240 x 4,160
- MOV movie files (H.264) up to 1920 x 1080 resolution at up to 60 frames per second
- accepts SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
- High-speed USB 2.0 interface (cable not included)
- mini HDMI output (type C connector, cable not included)
- 3.5mm microphone input
- 5-3/4"W x 4-7/16"H x 3-1/4"D
- weight (with battery and media): 27 oz.
What's in the box:
- Digital camera body
- Body cap (installed)
- LP-E6N Lithium-ion rechargeable battery (7.2V 1865mAh 14Wh) with plastic terminal cover
- LC-E6 Battery charger (DC output: 8.4V 1.0A)
- Neck strap with attached eyepiece cover
- Basic Instruction Manual
- Warranty sheet
- Camera Registration form
More details on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II (no lens included)
Features & specs
|LCD Screen Size||3"|
|Lens 35mm Equivalent||None included|
|Image Stabilization||With optional lens|
|Highest Resolution||6240 x 4160|
|Video Resolution||1920 x 1080|
|Weight With Battery (ounces)||26.98|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
Package Overview: The Canon EOS 6D Mark II digital SLR has a standard Canon EF mount, and will accept EF lenses. (Because of the full-sized image sensor, EF-S lenses are not recommended. The camera is not compatible with EF-M lenses.) No lenses are included with this "body only" camera kit.
ClearView LCD II Monitor: The EOS 6D Mark II features a 3.0" Vari-angle ClearView LCD II monitor with approximately 1,040,000 dots which allows you to view and shoot real-time images. It has a 3:2 aspect ratio, and features the same capacitive touch technology as today's popular mobile devices with intuitive touch panel operation. The Vari-angle panel allows you to easily shoot at high or low angles, or turn it around for shooting self-portraits. The LCD monitor offers 100% viewing coverage and 7 brightness levels to choose from. In Live View, grid lines can be displayed in 9 sections (3x3), 24 sections (6x4), or 9 sections with diagonals, as well as an electronic level. The Live View function enables you to shoot your subjects while viewing them on the LCD monitor.
Viewfinder: In addition to the 3.0" LCD monitor, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II uses an eye-level SLR with fixed pentaprism viewfinder with 0.71x magnification for approximately 98% vertical and horizontal coverage. The Intelligent Viewfinder II has a built-in diopter to allow you to adjust the viewfinder to your personal eyesight.
26.2 Megapixel CMOS Sensor: The EOS 6D Mark II features a large, 26.2 MP full-frame CMOS sensor (35.9 x 24.0mm). The sensor captures images of 6240 x 4160 pixels with a pixel size of 5.67 µm square. For the flexibility to shoot in even the most dimly lit situations, the EOS 6D Mark II offers very wide ISO sensitivity, ranging from 100-40000 (expandable to ISO L: 50, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400).
DIGIC 7 Image Processor: The EOS 6D Mark II uses Canon's DIGIC 7 Image Processor to produce high quality images and fast operation, even in low light. The camera is capable of a maximum continuous shooting speed of 6.5 frames per second.
Self Cleaning System: Dust that settles on the sensor surface of the camera is removed using ultrasonic vibration. This Self Cleaning Sensor Unit routine is automatically activated whenever the camera is powered on or off. (It can also be manually activated.) A special collar positioned around the sensor collects the loosened dust. In case visible dust still remains, you can delete the effect of the dust particles from the image via the downloadable Digital Photo Professional software.
Recording Media: The EOS 6D Mark II can record still images and movies on SD cards (SD, SDHC, or SDXC). The camera is also compatible with the Ultra High-Speed (UHS-I) SDHC and SDXC cards. No recording media is supplied with the camera.
Image Recording Format: The camera records still images in JPEG and RAW (14-bit) formats. Simultaneous RAW + JPEG recording is also possible. The camera's image sensor has an aspect ratio of 3:2. The aspect ratio can also be set to 4:3, 16:9, or 1:1, and the area surrounding the Live View image is masked in black for those settings. JPEG images will be saved with the set aspect ratio, while RAW images will always be saved in 3:2. Movies can be recorded in the MOV format (Video: H.264, Audio: AAC). There are two compression methods to choose from: IPB Standard and IPB Light. Available image sizes include:
|Image Quality||Aspect Ratio|
|Large||6240 x 4160 |
|5536 x 4160 |
|6240 x 3504 |
|4160 x 4160 |
|Medium||4160 x 2768 |
|3680 x 2768 |
|4160 x 2336 |
|2768 x 2768 |
|Small 1||3120 x 2080 |
|2768 x 2080 |
|3120 x 1752 |
|2080 x 2080 |
|Small 2||2400 x 1600 |
|2112 x 1600 |
|2400 x 1344 |
|1600 x 1600 |
|Image Size||Resolution||Frames Per Second|
|Full HD||1920 x 1080||60, 30, 24 fps||50, 25 fps|
|HD||1280 x 720||60, 30 fps||50, 25 fps|
Time-Lapse Movies: You can shoot still photos at a set interval and stitch them together to create a 4K or Full HD time-lapse movie. A time-lapse movie shows how a subject changes in a much shorter period of time than the actual time it took. You can choose the total number of images (2 to 3600) and the length of the shooting interval (1 second to 100 hours). UHS-I compliant memory cards with 90 MB/sec write speed (4K) or UHS-I Speed Class 3 or higher (Full HD) are recommended.
Drive Modes: The Canon EOS 6D Mark II offers the following Drive modes:
- Single Shooting: When you press the shutter button completely, only one shot will be taken.
- High-speed Continuous Shooting: While you press and hold the shutter button, multiple shots will be taken continuously at a maximum speed of approximately 6.5 shots per second.
- Low-speed Continuous Shooting: While the shutter button is held down, you can shoot continuously at a maximum speed of approximately 3 shots per second.
- Silent Shooting: Silent Shooting is quieter than normal shooting. You can choose Silent Single shooting and Silent Continuous shooting with a maximum of approximately 3 shots per second.
- Self-Timer/Remote Control: The camera will record an image 2 or 10 seconds after pressing the shutter button on the camera. You can also shoot multiple shots (2-10) with the 10-second self-timer. Using the optional RC-6 Remote Controller, you can operate the camera from up to approximately 16.4 feet. With the RC-6, you can either shoot immediately or use a 2-second delay.
45-Point Autofocus System: The EOS 6D Mark II features a wide-area 45-point auto focusing (AF) system, with all Cross-type AF points. The system allows you to track fast subjects throughout the frame, even in EV -3 dim light. There are five AF Area Selection methods to choose from: Single-point Spot AF (manual selection), Single-point AF (manual selection), Zone AF (manual selection of zone), Large Zone AF (manual selection of zone), and Automatic Selection AF.
AF Operation: The camera lets you select one of three AF Operation characteristics to let you seize every photo opportunity with fast, accurate focus:
- One-Shot: suited for still subjects, the camera focuses only once.
- AI Servo: for moving subjects when the focusing distance keeps changing. The subject will be focused continuously while the shutter button is pressed halfway.
- AI Focus: switches from One-Shot AF to AI Servo AF automatically if the subject starts moving.
Shooting Modes: The EOS 6D Mark II's top-mounted Mode Dial offers the following shooting modes:
- Scene Intelligent Auto: The camera analyzes the scene and sets the optimum settings automatically.
- Creative Auto: In this fully automatic mode, you can easily change the depth of field and drive mode. You can also choose the ambience you want to convey in your images.
- Special Scene: You can choose a shooting mode that suits the scene, and the camera sets the optimum settings automatically. Scene modes include Portrait, Group Photo, Landscape, Sports, Kids, Panning, Close-up, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, and HDR Backlight Control.
- Program AE: The camera automatically sets the shutter speed and aperture value to suit the scene's brightness.
- Shutter-Priority AE (Tv): In this mode, you set the shutter speed and the camera automatically sets the aperture value to suit the brightness of the subject. A slow shutter speed can create a blurred effect, while a fast shutter speed can freeze action.
- Aperture-priority AE (Av): In this mode, you set the desired aperture value and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to suit the subject brightness. A low aperture number can create a blurred background (narrow depth of field), while a high aperture number can create a sharp foreground and background (wide depth of field).
- Manual Exposure: In this mode, you set both the shutter speed and aperture value as desired.
- Bulb: When Bulb is set, the shutter stays open as long as you hold down the shutter button completely, and closes when you let go of the shutter button. Bulb exposures are for night scenes, fireworks, the night sky, and other subjects requiring long exposures. It is recommended that you use a tripod and the BR-E1 Wireless Remote Control for bulb exposures.
- Custom Shooting Modes: You can register the shooting mode, AF mode, menu settings, etc. to the two Custom Shooting Mode positions (C1, C2) on the Mode Dial.
iFCL Metering: The EOS 6D Mark II features Canon's multi-layer 63-zone iFCL (intelligent Focus Color Luminance) Metering System that integrates the camera's AF system into its readings. By taking into account the color and luminosity surrounding the chosen AF points, this new system delivers an entirely new level of accuracy, especially in situations where the light changes quickly.
Metering Modes: The camera features a 7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor, with 63-zone (9x7) metering. You can select from the following metering modes:
- Evaluative Metering: The camera's standard metering mode suited for most subjects even under backlit conditions, after detecting the main subject's position, brightness, background, front and back lighting conditions, etc, the camera sets the proper exposure.
- Partial Metering: Effective when the background is much brighter than the subject due to backlighting, etc, uses approximately 6.5% of the frame at the center.
- Spot Metering: For metering a specific part of the subject, uses approximately 3.2% of the frame at the center.
- Center-weighted Average Metering: Metering is weighted at the center and then averaged for the entire scene.
ISO Speed: The camera's ISO speed can be set automatically or manually. The Auto Setting can vary from ISO 100 to ISO 40000, depending upon the shooting mode. Manually, you can set the ISO speed from ISO 100 to 40000 in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments in the Normal Range. Expanded ISO settings include L (equivalent to ISO 50), H1 (ISO 51200) and H2 (ISO 102400).
Picture Style: By selecting a Picture Style, you can achieve various effects matching your photographic expression or the subject. You can also adjust the Sharpness, Contrast, Saturation and Color tone of each Picture Style. Picture Style selections include: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, and User Defined 1-3.
High Dynamic Range (HDR): You can take artistic photos having a high dynamic range and preserving detail in highlight and shadow areas. HDR shooting is effective for landscape and still-life photos. With HDR shooting, three images of different exposures are captured for each shot (standard exposure, under-exposed and over-exposed), then merged together automatically.
Multiple Exposures: You can shoot two to nine exposures to be merged into one image. If you shoot multiple-exposure images with Live View shooting, you can see how the single exposures merge while shooting.
White Balance: White Balance is for making the white areas look white. You can choose from the following white balance settings: Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash Use, Custom, and Color Temperature.
EX-series Speedlite Compatible: The EOS 6D Mark II features the acclaimed E-TTL II flash metering system. With any of the flashes in the EX-series Speedlite line, E-TTL II provides reliable flash output whether shooting fill-in flash pictures in sunlight, or using flash in total darkness. You can adjust the Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 3 stops in 1/3-stop or 1/2-stop increments.
Note: The camera does not have a built-in flash.
Built-in GPS: The camera has built-in GPS functionality, which can record longitude, latitude, and altitude data from overhead satellites for imprinting into your photos. Its logging function can track movement at set intervals, while the GPS data can set your camera's clock to the precise local time. This data lets you see on a map the exact route you traveled, and the exact location and time you took each picture or movie.
Microphone Input: The EOS 6D Mark II has a 3.5mm input for an external microphone. An external microphone records stereo audio in much higher quality than can be recorded using the built-in monaural microphone.
Wireless Functions: The EOS 6D Mark II offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and NFC wireless communications:
- Bluetooth: You can connect the camera to your smartphone via Bluetooth to facilitate a Wi-Fi connection directly between the smartphone and the camera. You can also use a Bluetooth connection to pair the camera to the optional BR-E1 Wireless Remote Control for remote shooting.
- Wi-Fi: When connected via Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11b/g/n), you
can perform multiple tasks wirelessly within a range of 49.2 feet:
- Connect to a Smartphone: Connecting to a smartphone lets you view images stored in the camera. You can also operate the camera remotely from a smartphone or camera. The Canon Camera Connect app, available from the App Store or Google Play, must be downloaded to the phone.
- Transfer Images Between Cameras: You can transfer still images and movies shot with this camera to other Canon cameras with built-in Wi-Fi functions. The camera can be connected to only one camera at a time.
- Print Images to a Wi-Fi Printer: You can directly print images by connecting the camera with a wireless LAN-compatible printer supporting PictBridge (Wireless LAN). Up to 3 printers can be registered to the camera.
- Save Images to Connect Station: The optional CS100 Connect Station is a device that allows you to import captured still photos and movies for viewing your TV, tablet, or smartphone, or sharing them over a network. You can easily save still photos and movies to Connect Station by holding the camera close to the Connect Station.
- Send Images to a Web Service: You can share images with family and friends or share images using a range of Web services via the Canon iMAGE Gateway, a free online photo service for Canon users.
- NFC Function: The EOS 6D Mark II supports NFC (Near-Field Communication) which enables you to connect the camera to a smartphone or Connect Station by touching them together. While playing back images, you can send images to the smartphone by touching an NFC-enabled smartphone to the camera. NFC-enabled smartphones operate on the Android platform running OS version 4.0 or later, and are labeled with the NFC "N-mark." The camera's "N-mark" is located on the left side of the camera body.
App Compatibility: The Canon Camera Connect app, required for connecting the camera to a smartphone, is compatible with iOS version 8.0 or later and Android devices version 4.1 or later.
Single Image Playback: When playing back a single image, you can choose from four display options:
- No Information: Only the image is displayed on the monitor.
- Basic Information: The image is played back in full frame with minimal shooting information (aperture, shutter speed, compensation, and frame number) displayed at top and bottom.
- Detailed Information: A 1/4-frame image is displayed with a 1/4-frame histogram and additional shooting information.
- Shooting Information Display: The image is displayed as a 1/4-frame thumbnail, along with a single histogram and full shooting information displayed.
Image Magnification: When viewing a still picture in single image playback mode, you can magnify the image from 1.5x to 10x. While the image is magnified, you can scroll anywhere around the image.
Index Display: You can search for images quickly with the index display, showing 4 (2x2), 9 (3x3), 36 (6x6) or 100 (10x10) images on one screen.
Auto Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback.
Image Review: The image can be displayed on the LCD monitor immediately after you shoot. The review time can be set to off (not displayed), 2 seconds, 4 seconds, 8 seconds, or Hold, which keeps the image displayed on the LCD monitor until the camera is focused again.
Slide Show: You can view all images on the memory card one after another with the Auto Playback function (slide show). You can choose which recorded images will be displayed in the slide show by selecting All images, Folder, Date, Movies, Stills or Rating. The display time interval can be set to 1, 2, 3, 5, 10, or 20 seconds. There are two slide and three fade transition effects to choose from. You can also choose from a selection of background music to play during the slide show.
Jump Playback: During playback you can jump to images 1, 10 or 100 images at a time. You can also jump screens by date, folder, movies, stills, and image rating.
Rotating Images: You can rotate an image by 90° or 270° clockwise in the LCD monitor.
Protect Images: You can select specific images from being erased accidentally.
Post-Processing Images: You can process RAW images with the camera and save them as JPEG images while retaining the original RAW file. This allows you to process the RAW image according to different conditions to create any number of JPEG images from it. Only Large RAW images can be processed in the camera. M-RAW and S-RAW images must be processed using the downloadable Digital Photo Professional software.
Resize: Images shot with the camera can be resized to make the pixel count lower, and saved as a new image. You can only resize JPEG Large, Medium, and Small 1 sized images. JPEG Small 2 and RAW images cannot be resized.
Cropping: You can crop the image and print only the trimmed portion as if the image was recomposed. You can change the frame size, move the trimming frame, rotate the frame (vertical to horizontal or vice versa), and correct the image tilt up to +/- 10 degrees in 0.5-degree increments.
Direct Print/PictBridge Printing Capability: The camera is compatible with Direct Print (Canon) and PictBridge-compliant printers. With the supplied USB cable, you can connect this camera directly to a Canon Direct Print compliant printer or a PictBridge-compliant printer, and print without a computer. The PictBridge standard allows you to connect the camera directly to a PictBridge compliant printer and make prints, regardless of brand.
DPOF Print Settings: On the memory card, you can select which image or images you want to print and how many copies you want. This is convenient for printing images all at once on Canon Direct Print or PictBridge-compliant printers, at participating photo labs or at photo printing kiosks.
HDMI Outputs: The camera is equipped with a mini-HDMI jack (Type C) which allows you to connect the camera to an HDTV. The HDMI output terminal is CEC-compatible. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is required.
Digital Terminal: The Digital Terminal (Mini-B USB 2.0) allows you to connect the camera to your computer via a USB cable (sold separately) for downloading the recorded images and movies, or for connecting to a compatible printer.
Microphone: The camera has a 3.5mm minijack input for connecting an external microphone.
Remote Switch: You can connect any EOS accessory equipped with an N3-type terminal to the front right of the camera body. Such accessories include the optional RS-80N3 Remote Switch and the TC-80N3 Timer Remote Controller.
Power Options: The EOS 6D Mark II is powered by the supplied LP-E6N Lithium-Ion battery (7.2V, 1865mAh, 14Wh). The battery can be charged in the supplied LC-E6 battery charger in approximately 2.5 hours. The camera can also use the older LP-E6 batteries as well. The supplied battery performance specs are as follows:
23° C/73° F
|Approx. 1200 shots||Approx. 380 shots|
|0° C/32° F||Approx. 1100 shots||Approx. 340 shots|
Optional AC Power: With the optional ACK-E6 AC adapter kit, you can connect the camera to a household power outlet and not worry about the battery becoming exhausted.
Optional BG-E21 Battery Grip: With the optional BG-E21 Battery Grip, you can power the camera with two LP-E6N batteries to effectively double the battery capacity. Two LP-E6N battery packs in the BG-E21 Battery Grip will give you enough power for up to 2400 shots using the viewfinder, or 760 during Live View shooting.
Auto Power Off: To save battery power, the camera turns off automatically after a period of non-operation. The Auto Power Off time can be set to 1 minute, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, 8 minutes, 15 minutes, or 30 minutes. You can also disable the Auto Power Off function.
Note: The Auto Power Off function will not activate in Auto Playback Mode.
Software: The EOS 6D Mark II does not include any software in the box. The following camera software is available via download from the Canon website:
- Digital Photo Professional 4: Digital Photo Professional 4 allows you to browse, select, and develop RAW images. You can make image adjustments in the Picture Style format.
- EOS Utility: EOS Utility establishes communication between your computer and the camera. When connected, you can download images from the camera's memory card to your computer, plus change camera settings and shoot remotely from your computer.
- Map Utility: Map Utility allows you to display geotagged images on a map.
- Picture Style Editor: Picture Style Editor lets you edit Picture Styles and create and save original Picture Style files.
- EOS Movie Utility: The software allows you to play back the time-laps movies you have created. You can also select time-lapse movie frames to save as still photos (frame grab).
Operating Systems: The above software is compatible with the following operating systems:
- Windows: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7
- Macintosh: macOS Sierra v10.12, OS X El Capitan v10.11, OS X Yosemite v10.10
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