Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

September 1, 2017 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star


Aimed at photographers who are looking to make their first move into full-frame photography, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II follows on five years after the original 6D made its debut.

As you’d expect, it features a range of improvements from its predecessor. There’s a new sensor, which now boasts 26.2 megapixels. It is paired with Canon’s most advanced processor, the DIGIC 7, which should mean we see considerable improvements in speed and in noise performance at high ISOs. This is the first time that the newest DIGIC 7 processor has been used with a full-frame Canon DSLR.

Other new features include the addition of inbuilt connectivity options (Wi-Fi, NFC, Bluetooth), a touch-sensitive articulating screen and Full HD video recording at 60p. It’s also possible to record 4K time lapses in-camera.

When the 6D was launched in 2012, it didn’t have too much in the way of competition when it came to entry-level full-frame models. These days, it not only has to compete with the likes of the Nikon D750, but also full-frame mirrorless models from Sony - such as the A7 II. At the time of writing, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II retails for around £2,000 / $1999 (body only).

Ease of Use

Side by side, you’d be hard pushed to spot much of a difference between the original 6D and the Canon EOS 6D Mark II (the latter is actually a tiny bit smaller) - the only obvious marker from the front is the name badge. The camera doesn’t have quite the same top-end feel of something like the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, but regardless of that, it still feels very well-built. Indeed, the camera has dust and weather-sealing, giving you confidence to use it outside during less than favourable conditions.

The grip is nice and large, featuring a textured coating to help it feel secure in the hand. The range of dials and buttons on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is almost identical to its predecessor, so if you’re thinking of upgrading from your existing camera, you should be at home. There’s also quite a few similarities between the 6D Mark II and something like the 7D Mark II, so if you’re making the leap from APS-C to full-frame, you should also feel comfortable.

On the top of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, there’s an LCD screen which displays key shooting information, such as aperture and ISO - this was also found on the original 6D, too. You can use a button to illuminate the panel, which is handy if you’re shooting in low light conditions and want to check your settings. Across the top of the LCD screen is a set of buttons which have a variety of functions. There’s one to allow you to change the AF type (single shot, AI Focus, AI Servo), another for choosing a drive mode, another for adjusting ISO, and one for choosing the metering mode.

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Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

A scrolling dial is found just behind the shutter release button, and is conveniently located for your forefinger to find when holding the Canon EOS 6D Mark II in the normal way. The dial adjusts shutter speed or aperture, depending on which mode you’re shooting in. A small button to the side of the scrolling dial is used to select AF point selection - this is a new addition to the camera, as the 6D Mark II has a much more advanced AF system than its predecessor.

There are now 45 cross-type AF points, up from the 9-point (1 cross-type) AF system found on the 6D. The 45 points are still clustered towards the centre of the frame, meaning you will have to focus and recompose if your subject lies towards the outer edges of the frame.

On the top left of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is a mode dial, which features the usual range of manual and semi-automatic options (including aperture priority, shutter priority). There’s also fully automatic, creative auto, scene modes, Bulb and space for two groups of custom settings to be accessed - these can be very useful if you often find yourself photographing one particular type of scenario (such as low light).

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Rear of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Switching to the back of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II and there’s a familiar layout. There’s a scrolling dial which you can use for various functions, including setting the aperture when shooting in manual mode. There’s a Live View button, which is also how you activate video recording. New for the 6D Mark II is the ability to shoot at 60p when recording in Full HD - previously it was limited to 30p. You can change this setting in the main menu - sadly there’s no 4K shooting available here.

A quick menu is very useful for speedily accessing different shooting settings and can be activated by pressing the Q button. When in the Quick menu, you can either make changes by tapping on the screen, or by using the directional keys to choose the settings you wish to alter. Several of the buttons on the 6D Mark II can be customised to control different options, depending on your preferences - you’ll find the option to do this in the main menu.

Perhaps one of the biggest enhancements to this model is that the screen is now both fully articulating and touch-sensitive. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the smallest full-frame DSLR in the world, a feat made all the more impressive by being the only one to include a fully-articulating device. Other cameras, such as the Nikon D850, have tilting screens, but an articulating screen is more useful for shooting portrait format images, or images from the front. The touch-screen is also very well implemented, being available for use for changing settings in the menu, but also for setting the AF point when shooting in Live View. You can also set it to fire off the shutter release if you like, which can be useful for photographing things like macro subjects.

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Top of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

The viewfinder has been marginally improved from its predecessor. This optical device features 98% coverage, up from the 97% of the 6D. While it’s a bright and clear display, not being able to view 100% of the scene can occasionally lead to something creeping into the edge of your shot when you don’t want it to. You get used to composing with that in mind, but it’s a little bit of a disappointment for a camera at this price point.

When it comes to autofocus, this is another vast improvement over the original 6D. The 45-point system is similar to that which is found in the Canon EOS 80D, rather than the more advanced 61-point system found in the  5D Mark IV. Further good news is that all of the points are the more sensitive cross type, which is useful when attempting to lock onto focus in tricky conditions, such as low light.

Generally speaking, the autofocus system locks onto the target very well and very quickly, with the only hesitation taking place in very dark conditions - the camera is sensitive down to -3EV though so you may find that there aren’t too many occasions that the Canon EOS 6D Mark II can’t perform. In Live View, the 6D Mark II has Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF on board to help produce fast and precise autofocusing - it’s a definite marked improvement from the original 6D which struggled in this area.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II
Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

If you’re looking to tackle moving subjects, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II copes well if you’re tracking something which is moving at a reasonable pace and in an obvious pattern. The camera has seen a boost in frame rate, and can now shoot at 6.5fps. While that’s not on a par with the likes of some of the best cameras out there at the moment, it’s a good improvement from the 4.5fps of the original 6D, and is enough to capture the odd sporting moment or two. If you’re frequently shooting sports and action above anything else, you may be better off with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II, which although APS-C is better suited to this kind of subject.

Just like the original 6D, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II is equipped with a single memory card slot. Enthusiasts may be disappointed to note that this is an SD card slot, but if you’re coming from Canon’s APS-C line-up and have a stock of SD card slots already, you might be more pleased. Bad news is that the 6D Mark II is not compatible with the ultra-fast UHS-II format - you’ll be able to use UHS-II cards in the camera body, but there will be no speed advantage to using much cheaper UHS-I cards.

Although mirrorless cameras have been giving traditional DSLRs some serious competition for a little while, one area where the DSLR is still king is battery life. The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is officially rated for 1200 shots, but it’s possible to get more from it, depending on what you do. If you use the Wi-Fi a lot you may see a drain in battery life, but otherwise, this is a camera you can rely on to last you a good long while longer than the average mirrorless model.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 26 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 8Mb.

Upping the pixel count from the original 6D sees the Canon EOS 6D Mark II capable of resolving a little more fine detail than its predecessor. The new processor works with the sensor to put in a very good low-light performance too. The best results can be seen if you keep the ISO at 12800 or below for the best mix of detail and noise - speeds above that are best avoided unless absolutely desperate. With the previous model, noise started to become problematic from ISO 3200 upwards, so it’s a strong improvement that makes the camera a lot more usable for everyday shooting scenarios.

By checking corresponding raw files, it’s clear that JPEG images are subject to quite a fair bit of noise reduction when you stray into the high ISO territory, but generally speaking the results are quite natural.

Colours are vibrant and well-saturated, displaying a good level of warmth that Canon cameras are generally known for. Exposures are usually about accurate, but since Canon’s metering system works off the active AF point, if you’re photographing something which is reasonably high-contrast you may find you have to adjust exposure compensation accordingly.

The automatic white balance setting copes well with a range of different lighting conditions. It moves slightly towards warmer colours when faced with some kinds of artificial lighting, but generally keeps things just about accurate. When shooting in shady conditions, the results can be a little on the cool side - switching to a more appropriate white balance setting can yield better results.

There’s no inbuilt flash on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, so if you need to use artificial lighting, you’ll also have to invest in a flashgun.


There are 11 ISO settings available on the Canon EOS 6D Mark II which you can select at any time. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting, with the JPEG version on the left and the RAW on the right:



ISO 50 (100% Crop)

ISO 50 (100% Crop)

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 400 (100% Crop)

ISO 400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 800 (100% Crop)

ISO 800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

ISO 3200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

ISO 6400 (100% Crop)

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ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

ISO 12800 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

ISO 51200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

ISO 102400 (100% Crop)

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Long Exposure

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in long exposure photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 32 seconds, aperture of f/9 at ISO 100.


Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Canon EOS 6D Mark II camera, which were all taken using the 26 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below link to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.

Sample RAW Images

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II enables users to capture RAW and JPEG format files. We've provided some Canon RAW (CR2) samples for you to download (thumbnail images shown below are not 100% representative).

Sample Movie & Video

This is a sample movie at the highest quality setting of 1920x1080 pixels at 50 frames per second. Please note that this 21 second movie is 156Mb in size.

Product Images

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Rear of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Rear of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Image Displayed

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Rear of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Turned On

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Rear of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Main Menu

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Rear of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II / Vari-angle LCD Screen

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Top of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Bottom of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Side of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

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Front of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II


The camera market has changed significantly in the five years since the original EOS 6D was launched. These days, you can enter into the full-frame market at an affordable price via a variety of different brands, so Canon has its work cut out to make the 6D Mark II remain an appealing prospect. 

In many ways, it does just that by packing a lot of enticing features into a solid and dependable body. If you already own a Canon APS-C camera, it’s a tempting idea - but bear in mind that the cost of upgrading may also have to incorporate the cost of upgrading any EF-S lenses, which are not compatible with the EF mount. If you already own a 6D, there is enough to tempt you to upgrade here - but you may be more likely to be drawn towards the 5D Mark IV. 

The positive points of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II include its improved AF system, the fantastic articulating touch-screen and a new processor which facilitates a better high noise performance. However, there are sadly a few downsides too. Having a single SD card slot is disappointing at this price point, while 4K video is starting to become so standard that to see it left out of a £2,000 camera is definitely a let-down (though that’s less of a concern to people not interested in video). A viewfinder which only offers 98% coverage is also something which you usually find in cheaper models. 

It’s a tricky task for Canon to produce a camera which is appealing to those looking to buy their first full-frame model, without taking sales away from its more expensive 5D Mark IV camera. 

Overall, the Canon EOS 6D Mark II represents a solid and capable all-rounder for those who are new to the full-frame game, but with a more crowded and diverse market place than we had in 2012, it struggles to truly excite. It’s also quite a high asking price for something which is missing a few longed-for features. 

4 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4
Image quality 4
Value for money 4

Main Rivals

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

The long-awaited Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR has now arrived, improving on its predecessor, the incredibly popular 5D Mark III, in almost every way. Does the new 5D Mark IV offer enough to justify the £3629 / $3499 asking price? Read our Canon EOS 5D Mark IV review to find out...

Nikon D750

The Nikon D750 is a brand new full-frame DSLR camera aiming to occupy the middle ground between the D610 and D810 models. The D750 features a 24.3 megapixel FX sensor, 1080p/60fps HD video, ISO range of 50-51200, 51-point AF system, 3.2-inch tilting LCD screen, and built-in wi-fi. Read our in-depth Nikon D750 review now...

Pentax K-1

The new K-1 is the long-awaited full-frame DSLR camera from Pentax, based around a 36.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. Is this the best ever Pentax DSLR? Read our in-depth Pentax K-1 review to find out...

Sony A7 II

The Sony A7 II is the first full-frame compact system camera in the World to feature built-in 5-axis stabilisation. Other key improvements include better ergonomics and build quality, faster auto-focusing and startup, a wider range of video options, and greater customisability. Is this the best ever Sony full-frame compact system camera? Read our Sony A7 II review to find out...

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II from around the web. »

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the company's latest full-frame DSLR aimed at advanced amateurs and enthusiasts, and even professionals looking for a second Canon DSLR body. Its all-new 26MP sensor has Dual Pixel technology for accurate autofocus during live view shooting, and it gains the same 45-point autofocus system from the crop-sensor EOS 80D for viewfinder shooting. A fully articulating touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capability, and 6.5 fps burst shooting round out the package.
Read the full review » »

With the recent release of the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, there’s a new, junior full-frame DSLR for enthusiasts to get excited about. It positions itself below the EOS 5D Mark IV and above the EOS 7D Mark II, entering the market with a price of £1999.99 (body only).
Read the full review » »

That the original Canon EOS 6D remains one of the most popular cameras on this site even at nearly 5 years of age (as of the 6D Mark II's introduction) attests to its value in the eyes of photographers. While maintaining the spirit of the original 6D, the Mark II comes with very significant upgrades including a current-technology-roll-up and it will have no problem taking the popularity handoff. While the 6D Mark II may be light on brand new camera features, it benefits heavily from existing ones and you are going to recognize many features from the excellent general-purpose EOS 80D inherited by this camera.
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Image Sensor


Approx. 35.9 x 24.0 mm CMOS

Effective Pixels

Approx. 26.2 megapixels

Total Pixels

Approx. 27.1 megapixels

Aspect Ratio


Low-Pass Filter

Built in/Fixed

Sensor Cleaning

EOS integrated cleaning system

Colour Filter Type

Primary Colour

Image Processor




Lens Mount

EF (excludes EF-S, EF-M lenses)

Focal Length

Equivalent to 1.0x the focal length of the lens

Image Stabilisation

Optical Image Stabilizer on compatible lens
Movie: In-camera 5-axis Digital IS available.1



Via optical viewfinder:
TTL secondary image-forming phase detection system with AF dedicated sensor
Via liveview on LCD screen:
Dual Pixel CMOS AF System. Phase detection pixels built onto imaging sensor2

AF System/ Points

Via optical viewfinder:
45 cross-type AF points
(45 f/5.6 cross-type AF points, 27 f/8 points (9 cross-type), centre point is f/2.8 and f/5.6 dual cross-type)
Via liveview on LCD screen:
Maximum 63 AF points (Fixed location on 9x7 grid) via camera automatic selection3

AF working range

Via optical viewfinder:
EV -3 - 18 (at 23 °C & ISO 100) with centre AF point & f/2.8 or brighter lenses
Via liveview on LCD screen:
EV -2.5- 18 (at 23 °C & ISO 100) with One-Shot AF

AF Modes

Via optical viewfinder:
One Shot AF
Predictive AI Servo AF (AI Servo II algorithm)
AI Focus AF
Via liveview on LCD screen:
One-Shot AF
Servo AF

AF Point Selection

Via optical viewfinder:
Automatic selection: 45 point AF
Manual selection: Single point/ Spot AF
Manual selection: Zone AF
Manual selection: Large Zone AF
AF points can be selected separately for vertical and horizontal shooting
Via LCD screen:
Automatic selection: Face AIAF + Tracking, up to 63 AF points when no subject/ face detected
Manual selection via touch screen or freely position 1 AF point/ 1 AF Zone (9 points, 3x3 grid).4

Selected AF point display

Superimposed in viewfinder and indicated on top LCD panel and Quick Control screen

Predictive AF


AF Lock

Locked when shutter button is pressed half way in One Shot AF mode or AF-ON Button is pressed.

AF Assist Beam

Emitted by an optional dedicated Speedlite or optional Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2

Manual Focus

Selected on lens

AF Microadjustment

C.Fn II-16
+/- 20 steps (wide and tele setting for Zooms)
Adjust all lenses by same amount
Adjust up to 40 lenses individually
Adjustments remembered for lens by serial number

Exposure Control

Metering modes

Via optical viewfinder:
7560-pixel RGB+IR metering sensor
Metering with the area divided into 63 segments (9 × 7)
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.5 % of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 3.2 % of viewfinder)
(4) Center-weighted average metering
Via liveview on LCD screen:
(1) Evaluative metering (315 zones)
(2) Partial metering (approx. 6.3 % of LCD screen)
(3) Spot metering (approx. 2.7 % of LCD screen)
(4) Center-weighted average metering

Metering Range

Via optical viewfinder:
EV 1-20 (at 23 °C , ISO 100)
Via liveview on LCD screen:
EV 0-20 (at 23 °C, ISO 100, evaluative metering)

AE Lock

Auto: In 1-shot AF mode with evaluative metering exposure is locked when focus is achieved.
Manual: By AE lock button in creative zone modes.

Exposure Compensation

+/-5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments (can be combined with AEB).


2, 3, 5 or 7 Shots +/-3 EV 1/3 or 1/2 stop increments

ISO Sensitivity

Stills: Auto (100 - 40000), 100 - 40000 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), Manual ISO can be expanded to L: 50, H1: 51200, H2: 1024006
Movie: Auto (100 - 25600), 100 - 25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole stop increments), Auto ISO/ Manual ISO settings can be expanded to H1: 51200. H2: 1024007



Electronically-controlled focal-plane shutter


30-1/4000 sec (1/2 or 1/3 stop increments), Bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode)

White Balance


Auto white balance with the imaging sensor


AWB (Ambeince priority/White priority), Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting (Approx. 2500 K - 10000 K)
White balance compensation:
1. Blue/Amber +/-9
2. Magenta/ Green +/-9.

Custom White Balance

Yes, 1 setting can be registered

WB Bracketing

+/-3 levels in single level increments
2, 3, 5 or 7
Selectable Blue/Amber bias or Magenta/ Green bias.




Coverage (Vertical/Horizontal)

Approx. 98 %


Approx. 0.71x8


Approx. 21mm (from eyepiece lens centre)

Dioptre Correction

-3 to +1 m-1 (dioptre)

Focusing Screen

Fixed (Transmissive LCD screen)


Quick-return half mirror (Transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60, no mirror cut-off with EF600mm f/4 or shorter)

Viewfinder Information

AF information: AF points, focus confirmation, AF area selection mode, AF mode
Exposure information: Exposure mode, Shutter speed, aperture value, ISO speed, AE lock, exposure level/compensation, Metering mode, spot metering circle, exposure warning, AEB.
Flash information: Flash ready, high-speed sync, FE lock, flash exposure compensation, red-eye reduction light.
Image information: Card information, maximum burst (2 digit display), Highlight tone priority (D+).
Composition information: Grid, Electronic level, Aspect Ratio
Other information: Drive mode, Battery level, Alert symbol, Flicker Detection, Image Quality (RAW/ JPEG)

Depth of field preview

Yes, with Depth of Field preview button.

Eyepiece shutter

On strap

LCD Monitor


Touch screen Vari angle 7.7cm (3.0") 3:2 Clear View II TFT, approx. 1040K dots


Approx. 100%

Viewing Angle (horizontally/vertically)

Approx. 170°


Anti smudge

Brightness Adjustment

Adjustable to one of seven levels

Display Options

(1) Quick Control Screen
(2) Camera settings
(3) Electronic Level



E-TTL II Auto Flash, Metered Manual


1/180 sec

Flash Exposure Compensation

+/- 3EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments

Flash Exposure Bracketing

Yes, with compatible External Flash

Flash Exposure Lock


Second Curtain Synchronisation


HotShoe/ PC terminal

Yes/ No

External Flash Compatibility

E-TTL II with EX series Speedlites, wireless multi-flash support (with optional accessory)

External Flash Control

via camera menu screen



Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Special Scene (Portrait, Group Photo, Landscape, Sports, Kids, Panning9, Close-up, Food, Candlelight, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Program AE, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure, Custom (C1/C2)

Picture Styles

Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Fine Detail, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined (x3)

Colour Space

sRGB and Adobe RGB

Image Processing

Highlight Tone Priority
Auto Lighting Optimizer (4 settings)
Long exposure noise reduction
High ISO speed noise reduction (4 settings + Multi Shot Noise Reduction)
Auto Correction of Lens Peripheral illumination, Distortion correction, Chromatic aberration correction and Diffraction correction
HDR Mode
RAW image processing - during image Playback only
Resize to M or S1, S2

Drive modes

Single, Continuous L, Continuous H, Self timer (2s + Remote, 10s + Remote, Continuous), Silent single shooting, Silent continuous shooting

Continuous Shooting

Max. Approx. 6.5 fps. (speed maintained for up to 150 images in JPEG, 21 images in RAW)1011


Built-in, number of shots selectable from 1-99 or unlimited. Bulb timer available
Timelapse Movie mode available12

Live View Mode


Electronic viewfinder with image sensor


Approx. 100% (horizontally and vertically)

Frame Rate

29.97 fps


Manual Focus (Magnify the image 5x or 10x at any point on screen)
Autofocus: Dual Pixel CMOS AF13, Tracking sensitivity (-3 to +3) and Movie Servo AF Speed (-7 to +2)


Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor
Active metering time can be changed

Display Options

Grid overlay (x3), Histogram, Aspect ratios, Electronic Level

File Type

Still Image Type

JPEG: Fine, Normal (Exif 2.30 [Exif Print] compliant) / Design rule for Camera File system (2.0),
RAW: RAW, M-RAW, S-RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition),
Digital Print Order Format [DPOF] Version 1.1 compliant

RAW+JPEG simultaneous recording

Yes, any combination of RAW + JPEG, M-RAW + JPEG, S-RAW + JPEG possible.

Image Size

JPEG 3:2: (L) 6240 x 4160, (M) 4160 x 2768, (S1) 3120 x 2080 (S2) 2400 x 1600
JPEG 4:3: (L) 5536 x 4160, (M) 3680 x 2768, (S1) 2768 x 2080, (S2) 2112 x 1600
JPEG 16:9: (L) 6240 x 3504, (M) 4160 x 2336, (S1) 3120 x 1752, (S2) 2400 x 1344
JPEG 1:1: (L) 4160 x 4160, (M) 2768 x 2768, (S1) 2080 x 2080, (S2) 1600 x 1600
RAW: (RAW) 6240 x 4160, (M-RAW) 4680 x 3120, (S-RAW) 3120 x 2080

Movie Type

Movie: MPEG4 AVC / H.264 (Video: H.264 inter frame, Sound: Linear PCM / AAC, recording level can be manually adjusted by user)
Motion JPEG (4K 29.97/25.00, time-lapse movies only)
ALL-I (FHD 29.97/25.00, time-lapse movies only)

Movie Size

1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) IPB Standard or Light
1280 x 720 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25 fps) IPB Standard or Light
HDR movie14:
1920 x 1080 (59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, 23.976 fps) IPB (Standard, Light)
Time-lapse movie:
3840 x 2160 ( 29.97, 25 fps) Motion JPEG
1920 x 1080 ( 29.97, 25 fps) ALL-I

Movie Length

Max duration 29min 59sec, Max file size 4GB (If file size exceeds 4GB a new file will be created automatically except in Timelapse Movie mode)


New folders can be manually created and selected

File Numbering

(1) Consecutive numbering
(2) Auto reset
(3) Manual reset

Other Features

Custom Functions

28 Custom Functions

Metadata Tag

User copyright information (can be set in camera)
Image rating (0-5 stars)
GPS coordinates: Latitude, Longitude, Elevation, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), Satellite signal acquisition status

LCD Panel / Illumination

Yes / Yes

Water/ Dust resistance


Sound Memo


Intelligent Orientation Sensor


Playback zoom

1.5x - 10x

Display Formats

(1) Single image with information (2 levels)
(2) Single image
(3) 4 image index
(4) 9 image index
(5) 36 image index
(6) 100 image index
(7) Jump Display
(8) Movie/edit

Slide Show

Playback time: 1/2/3/5/10/20 seconds
Repeat: On/Off
Background music: On/Off
Transition effect: Off, Slide in 1, Slide in 2, Fade 1, Fade 2, Fade 3


Brightness: Yes
RGB: Yes

Highlight Alert


Image Erase/Protection

Erase: Single image, All images in folder, Checkmarked images, unprotected images
Protection: Erase protection of one image at a time

Menu Categories

(1) Shooting menu (x5)
(2) Playback menu (x3)
(3) Setup menu (x5)
(4) Custom Functions menu
(5) My Menu

Menu Languages

25 Languages
English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukrainian, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, Korean and Japanese


Compatible satellites: GPS satellites (USA), GLONASS satellites (Russia), Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) MICHIBIKI (Japan)15
Position update interval: 1 sec., 5 sec., 10 sec., 15 sec., 30 sec., 1 min., 2 min., 5 min.
Time setting: GPS time data set to camera
Log data: One file per day, NMEA format

Firmware Update

Update possible by the user.



Hi-Speed USB (USB 2.0)


Wi-Fi (2.4GHz) Channels: IEEE802.11b, IEEE802.11g, IEEE802.11n16

Wi-Fi Security

Camera Access Point: WPA2-PSK with AES encryption or open
Infrastructure: Shared key, with WEP encryption, WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK with TKIP/AES encryption or open


Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1 compliant (Bluetooth low energy technology)17


NFC Forum Type 3/4 Tag compliant (dynamic)


HDMI output (Type-C), External microphone (3.5 mm Stereo mini jack)

Direct Print

Canon Printers

Canon Compact Photo Printers and PIXMA Printers supporting PictBridge


Yes (PictBridge via WLAN compatible)



SD, SDHC or SDXC (UHS-I) card

Supported Operating System

PC & Macintosh

Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 (With Microsoft .NET Framework 4.5 is installed)18
Mac OS X 10.9 / 10.10 / 10.11 / 10.12


Browsing & Printing

Image Processing

Digital Photo Professional 4


EOS Utility
EOS Lens Registration Tool
EOS Web Service Registration Tool
EOS Sample Music
Picture Style Editor
Map Utility

Power Source


Rechargeable Li-ion Battery LP-E6N (supplied)

Battery life

Approx. 1200 shots (at 23°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)19
Approx. 1100 shots (at 0°C, AE 50%, FE 50%)

Battery Indicator

6 levels + percentage

Power saving

Power turns off after 1, 2, 4, 8 or 15 mins.

Power Supply & Battery Chargers

AC Adapter AC-E6(N), DC coupler: DR-E6, Battery charger LC-E6E, Car Battery charger CBC-E6



Eyecup Eb, E-series Dioptric Adjustment Lens, Eyepiece Extender EP-EX15II, Angle Finder C


Protecting Cloth PC-E1

Wireless File Transmitter

Built in Wi-Fi transmission


All EF lenses (excludes EF-S lenses & EF-M lenses)


Canon Speedlites (90EX, 220EX, 270EX, 270EX II, 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EX II, 430EX III-RT, 550EX, 580EX, 580EX II, 600EX, 600EX-RT, Macro-Ring-Lite MR-14EX II, Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E2, Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT)

Battery Grip

Battery Grip BG-E21

Remote Controller/ Switch

Remote Switch RS-80N3
Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3
Remote Controller RC-6
Wireless Remote Control BR-E1 (via Bluetooth)


Hand Strap E2
Interface Cable IFC-400PCU
Directional Stereo Microphone DM-E1

Weight and Dimensions

Body Materials

Chassis: Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate resin with glass fiber 

Body: Polycarbonate resin with special conductive fiber & Polycarbonate resin with glass fiber on some parts

Operating Environment

0 – 40 °C, 85% or less humidity

Dimensions (W x H x D)

144.0 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm

Weight (including battery and card)

Approx. 765 g

All data is based on Canon standard testing methods except where indicated.

Subject to change without notice.

  1. Following lenses are not compatible with in-camera digital stabilisation: EF50mm f/1.0L USM, EF300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF600mm f/4L USM, EF50mm f/1.2L USM, EF400mm f/2.8L USM, EF600mm f/4L IS USM, EF85mm f/1.2L USM, EF400mm f/2.8L II USM, EF600mm f/4L IS II USM, EF85mm f/1.2L II USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF800mm f/5.6L IS USM, EF200mm f/1.8L USM, EF400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF1200mm f/5.6L USM, EF200mm f/2L IS USM, EF500mm f/4L IS USM, EF28-80mm f/2.8-4L USM, EF300mm f/2.8L USM, EF500mm f/4L IS II USM, EF200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Extender, EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM, EF500mm f/4.5L USM
  2. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  3. Maximum number of AF frame is dependent on selected image aspect ratio
  4. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  5. With EF300mm f/2.8L IS USM at 50kph
  6. Recommended Exposure Index
  7. Recommended Exposure Index
  8. With 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 dpt
  9. Available when using Liveview via LCD. Maximum effect in Panning Mode available when using following lenses: EF 24-105mm f/4L II IS USM
  10. Based on Canon's testing conditions, JPEG, ISO 100, Standard Picture Style. Varies depending on the subject, memory card brand and capacity, image recording quality, ISO speed, drive mode, Picture Style, Custom functions etc.
  11. Sustained continuous shooting speed is tested based on Canon's testing standard. Function requires compatible SDHC/SDXC UHS Speed Class 1 memory card, total number of frames captured varies depending on shooting subject, settings and brand of memory card
  12. Following lenses are not compatible with in-camera digital stabilisation: EF 50mm f/1.2L USM, EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM, EF 200mm f/2L IS USM, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM, EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM and EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM
  13. Dual Pixel CMOS AF - AF is possible over an area of approx. 80% Vertical x 80% Horizontal of the frame
  14. HDR Movie available in some SCN Modes only
  15. GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of electronics.
  16. Wi-Fi use may be restricted in certain countries or regions.
  17. Bluetooth connection requires smart device to be equipped with Bluetooth version 4.0 (or later). Also requires smart device to be using operating system iOS 8.4 (or later) or Android 5.0 (or later) as well as latest version of Camera Connect app installed
  18. Software applications compatible with Windows 10 in Windows 10 Desktop Mode only
  19. Based on the CIPA Standard and using the batteries and memory card format supplied with the camera, except where indicated

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