Canon EOS 6D Mark II Review

September 1, 2017 | Amy Davies |

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.

Noise

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:

JPEG

RAW

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.

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