The Canon EOS 6D Mark II is the newest version in the 6D series. People have a lot of questions about this new entry level full frame DSLR. This article answers them.
The Canon EOS 6D Mark II has a 26.2 Megapixel full frame (36mm x 24mm) CMOS sensor. This sensor is capable of ISO sensitivities from ISO 100 to ISO 40000. At 26.2 MP, the resulting image size is 6240 x 4160 pixels. The sensor full frame sensor supports Dual Pixel Autofocus, a faster and more accurate AF.
The Canon 6D Mark II is weather sealed to be dust and water-resistant. The card slot cover, lens mount, battery compartment cover, and buttons are all weather sealed. According to Canon, the weather resistant sealing is as protective as the sealing on the much more expensive 5D Mark IV.
No. The Canon 6D Mark II is water resistant, but not waterproof. Do not submerge your 6D Mark II or expose it to heavy downpours. It can take light to medium rain. The following video provides more information from a Canon representative.
No. The Canon 6D Mark II is not mirrorless. It is a Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera. This means it has an internal mirror which optically shows what the lens sees to the photographer through the viewfinder. This mirror normally obstructs the camera’s sensor and flips up when taking a picture.
Yes. The Canon 6D Mark II has a fully articulating touch-enabled 3-inch LCD screen. The screen is attached by a two-axis hinge, allowing 180 degrees of lateral movement and a full 360 degrees of rotation. The 6D Mark II provides touch controls for menu and quick control settings, focus selection and adjustment, and photo and video review and manipulation.
Yes, the Canon 6D Mark II has Bluetooth. It can pair to smartphones through the Canon Camera Connect app for easy photo transfer. The camera can be set to automatically connect when pairing. Bluetooth in the camera can also be used with a BR-E1 wireless remote control for remote shooting.
The Canon 6D Mark II can shoot at up to 1920 x 1080p 60fps, allowing for mild slow motion and action video. On a 30fps video editing timeline (standard), this means you can slow the footage to 50%. The 6D does not shoot at 120fps like the EOS 90D. At 120fps, footage can be slowed to 25% speed.
No, the Canon 6D Mark II cannot shoot in 4K. The maximum resolution of the 6D is 1920 x 1080 pixels (FHD). It can shoot at this resolution at 60 frames per second (fps), 30fps, or 24fps. The 6D is also capable of shooting at 1280 x 720 (HD) 30fps.
Like all Canon full frame DSLRs, the 6D Mark II is compatible with EF mount lenses. It is not compatible with EF-S or EF-M mount lenses. EF-S is for Canon’s crop sensor line of cameras and EF-M is for their mirrorless cameras.
The Canon 6D Mark II has an internal time lapse function capable of outputting either FHD or 4K video time lapses. They can be created at either 25fps or 30fps for both resolutions. You can set the number of shots to take, the interval between shots, and see the end video duration before you start the time lapse.
No, according to the instruction manual, only the LC-E6 or LC-E6E external wall chargers included with the camera can be used to charge the battery. The charge indicator LED will be a blinking orange until fully charged, when it will turn a solid green.
Getting extra batteries is a great way to not have to worry about charging. My recommendation for Canon 6D Mark II extra batteries is below.
There is no way to check the shutter count on the 6D Mark II on the camera. External third-party software is required to check. There are many reputable places that offer this type of software for free. Do not pay for shutter count checking software.
Video on finding shutter count.
The Canon 6D Mark II can be connected to a computer by using a USB cable or SD card. To use a USB, open the flap on the left side of the camera and plug in an interface cable (sold separately from camera). To connect using an SD card, simply remove it from the right side of the camera, attach it to a SD to USB interface, and plug the SD to USB interface into your computer.
I prefer the SD card method and use the following USB reader.
To update the firmware on Canon’s 6D Mark II, there are a few steps.
The Canon 6D Mark II is compatible with all EF mount lenses. Answering this question depends on what type of photography you intend to do. For a better idea of features and capabilities of different Canon EF lenses, see my article on The Best Canon Lenses.
I use the Neewer TT560 Speedlight with my Canon 6D Mark II. I recommend this flash because it works with rechargeable batteries, it has a decent flash recycle rate, can slave flash, is easy to use, works across brands, is very inexpensive, and can function as a remote flash.
The best SD memory card for a Canon 6D Mark II is the SanDisk Extreme PRO. I use this card in my 6D and it works perfectly. It has fast transfer speeds, is reliable, and offers multiple capacities, and is inexpensive. I explore the topic of SD cards more in my article, The Best SD Card for Photography.
There are many questions worth asking about this camera. I hope this article answered all of them. If you have additional questions, please leave a comment below and I will attempt to answer it. Thanks for reading!
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