The New Canon 6D Mark II – Hands-On Previews and Thoughts


Recently Canon announced the release of their update to the 6D, its popular full frame camera body, with the Canon 6D Mark II. It’s getting some mixed reviews – let’s see what these reviewers thought:

PhotoRec TV – too many deal breakers?

Things many consider this camera to be lacking include:

  • No 4K video capability
  • No headphone jack (but there is one for a microphone)
  • Flash sync speed of only 1/180th of a second
  • Only one memory card slot


  • Finally a fully reticulating/tilting (touch) screen on a full frame camera
  • A full frame Canon body that includes WiFi and Bluetooth finally (and GPS)

digiDIRECT – hands on first impressions

Some points from this review:

  • Improved battery life
  • Body has improved weather sealing
  • New 26.2 megapixel sensor
  • Increased low light performance (native ISO up to 40,000)
  • 45 cross-type autofocus points (over 11 on the original 6D)
  • Dual pixel focus
  • A burst rate of 6.5 fps (compared to the 6D which does 4.5 fps)
  • This camera is aimed more towards still photographers, not those doing video because of some thing it lacks (no 4K video, no headphone jack)
  • It does, however, have a new time-lapse feature

Thorough overview of the 6D Mark II by Tony Northrup

In this video, Tony goes over most of the new features of the Canon 6D Mark II as compared to other camera bodies in the Canon line-up and other brands. See what he thinks are the pros and cons of this new Canon.

Ready to buy the 6D Mark II?

If you feel this is the camera for you – they are supposed to be available by the end of July, order yours on Amazon now.

Have you tried it out, is it on your wish list? Share your thoughts on the Canon 6D Mark II below.

Read more from our Cameras & Equipment category

Darlene Hildebrandt is the Managing Editor of dPS. She is also an educator who teaches aspiring amateurs and hobbyists how to improve their skills through articles, online photography classes, and travel tours. Get her free ebook 10 Photography Challenges to help you take better pictures or join a photo tour to some exotic places.

  • I wish I knew how to use Photoshop, or some other photo editing software. I can do a good job taking photos but using the software I need to learn.

  • tobiasg1

    Hi Rick, Consider joining my support group where you get access to over 6 hours of Lightroom training – designed to get beginners up and running. Learn more

  • Geniusknowsnobounds

    Canon make at least 5 cameras that record 5K video. 3 of them are intended on being video cameras. Why should the entry level full frame still photography camera record a format of video that is not being broadcast day to day around the world? Furthermore, why would anyone actually want to record 35mm film quality to a format like h.264 (a distribution format, not nearly appropriate for real motion picture pat production requirements) with the appalling ergonomic restraints of a stills camera. Get a 4K handicam and use it to play. Then, if you get inspired, go spend $4-7k and get a 4K camera with which you can actually make a living. You’ll be amazed at how much better your images and the experience of creating those images will be. This is what 30+ years in motion pictures and the last 10 with a DSLR has taught me.

  • Geniusknowsnobounds

    Rick, get online and go to YouTube. There are literally thousands of tutorials on using Photoshop, from first principles to really high level stuff. Go take a look, you’ll be amazed!

  • Joel

    Want a video camera ? Buy one. There are lots to choose from.

  • Albin

    My daughter shoots professionally (local fashion, music, events, editorial) with a 6D and has been drawn into video over the past several years, as a regular offering to clients. She loves the camera, especially for performance for the purpose, comparable to what she’d get with the 5D series, in a size and weight a petite woman is comfortable with. She’d been very much looking forward to this camera specifically anticipating 4k, and now it’s simply crossed off the shopping list. Don’t know what Canon is thimpking, except to prevent cannibalizing 5D sales.

  • Bj Clayden

    I received my 6D at the end of July, and have to say I am very happy. I made my decision based on the fact that I do not shoot video on what is essentially a stills camera. The versatile viewing angles, actually came in useful within the first week. As I have neck issues, I wanted a full frame that is as light as possible. Focusing has been an issue in the past with my older equipment, and although I understand the limitations, so far this system has performed perfectly every time and nailed focus even under conditions where I didn’t expect perfection. And surprisingly, the ergonomics seem to be perfect for my big hands and thick fingers. I almost decided against this based on preliminary reviews, but am so glad I purchased according to my specific needs.

Join Our Email Newsletter

Thanks for subscribing!

DPS offers a free weekly newsletter with: 
1. new photography tutorials and tips
2. latest photography assignments
3. photo competitions and prizes

Enter your email below to subscribe.
Get DAILY free tips, news and reviews via our RSS feed