Review: Canon EOS 6D Mark II, Great Camera for Semi-Profs

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Canon EOS 6D mark II

Canon EOS 6D mark II


User friendly


Battery life


Video quality


Improvements from previous model



  • Full frame
  • Fully articulating touchscreen
  • Good high ISO performance
  • Fast, 45 point viewfinder autofocus
  • 26 megapixels


  • No 4K video
  • Only one card slot
  • No built in flash

I’m a photography enthusiast for already some years. I started with a beginner’s model (Canon EOS 1300D). A couple of months back I decided to treat myself with quite an upgrade, and after extensive research I decided to buy the Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is Canon’s latest full-frame DSLR (digital single-lens reflex) camera aimed at advanced amateurs and enthusiasts like me. The step from a beginner’s model such as the 1300D, to the 6D mark II is quite big. I needed some time to get used to the new menu, new features and the changes between the two. Fortunately, Canon has more or less the same menu for all its cameras so it was not that hard to figure out. Further, I find the menu in general very user friendly and clear.

One of my favorite features this camera offers, is the fully articulated touchscreen, what makes it easy to capture different angles without the struggle of not being able to see what you shoot properly. Also the touch screen makes it easy to make quick adjustments while shooting.

The 6D mark II is a lot bigger and heavier. This is understandable, given all the semi-professional functionalities it has. If someone is looking for just a simple travelling camera, I would not recommend this one as it will end up being a burden.

The EOS 6D Mark II model, includes WIFI and Bluetooth. So you can transfer anywhere the pictures to your phone to instantly upload them to social media. It also has GPS built in. Personally I don’t need this feature, but there are some people who find it very handy to Geo-tag their pictures.

The dynamic range of this camera is definitely not the best, same with the auto-focus when tracking fast moving objects. But for the price it has, there is no complaining here about it. The other negative point I’ve been reading about is the video options. For example, this camera does not include 4K and does not have a headphone jack which are essential features for video . For me video is not important. For pictures, this camera performs just great!

Battery life and energy efficiency are two other areas where the Canon 6D Mark II has a slight edge over other models. This camera, has the same battery as other models, but it can manage around 1200 shots where other models can only manage 800. It’s quite significant when you are out shooting.

Do I recommend this camera?

Yes! Definitely yes. But, it depends on what you are looking for. I would recommend this to advanced amateurs who want to upgrade to a full frame camera but don’t have a high budget. So far I’m super happy with it and don’t regret my decision to purchase it at all.

Disclaimer: this review purely reflects my personal experience, and is not in any way paid for or sponsored by Canon. Nor influenced my company my review for commercial purposes.

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