At launch, the Mark II was nearly twice the price of the orig­i­nal 6D, but is it twice as good?

Digital Photograper - - Reviews -

An­nounced back in 2012, the orig­i­nal Canon 6D was a DSLR that brought full-frame pho­tog­ra­phy to the masses.

Five years down the line, the Mark ii launched with a gi­ant leap in fea­tures and spec­i­fi­ca­tions, as well as pur­chase price.

Key up­grades in­clude a higher-res im­age sen­sor that gains ‘dual pixel’ phase-shift aut­o­fo­cus for Live view and movie cap­ture, the lat­ter also ben­e­fit­ing from five-axis sta­bil­i­sa­tion. The im­age pro­ces­sor is two gen­er­a­tions newer, there’s a 45-point in­stead of 11-point aut­o­fo­cus mod­ule for reg­u­lar viewfinder-based shoot­ing, and a vari-an­gle touch­screen in­stead of a ba­sic, fixed screen. The max­i­mum drive rate is boosted from 4.5fps to 6.5fps and both NFC and Blue­tooth connectivity are added to the ex­ist­ing wi-Fi and GPS. All in all, that’s an im­pres­sive list.

As for han­dling, the grip ar­eas are large, com­fort­able and un­clut­tered, while the ar­ray of con­trols for quick, di­rect ac­cess to shoot­ing set­tings have a log­i­cal lay­out. Canon’s typ­i­cally ex­cel­lent and highly in­tu­itive ‘Quick’ menu ben­e­fits greatly from the rear LCD be­com­ing a touch­screen.

it’s not all good news, though. Com­pared with the orig­i­nal 6D, the Mark ii has been crit­i­cised for rel­a­tively dis­ap­point­ing dy­namic range and ad­di­tional High-iso im­age noise. To some ex­tent, that’s the price you pay for the jump from a 20.2MP to a 26.2MP im­age sen­sor. Even so, our lab tests re­veal that dy­namic range and sig­nal-to-noise per­for­mance are pretty much on a par with the other cam­eras on test. Over­all, the 6D Mark ii is a great cam­era and the price has come down con­sid­er­ably since launch, mak­ing it ex­cel­lent value.

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