Canon EOS 6D Mark II Frequently Asked Questions

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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.

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Is the Canon 6D Mark II Full Frame?

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.

eos 6d mark ii front sensor

Is the Canon 6D Mark II Weather Sealed?

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.

Is the Canon 6D Mark II Waterproof?

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.

Is the Canon 6D Mark II Mirrorless?

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.

Does the Canon 6D Mark II Have A Touch Screen?

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.

Does the Canon 6D Mark II Have Bluetooth?

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.

Can the Canon 6D Mark II Shoot Slow Motion?

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.

Can the Canon 6D Mark II Shoot 4K?

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.

What Lens Mount is the Canon 6D Mark II?

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.

Can the Canon 6D Mark II do Time Lapses?

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.

Can You Charge a Canon 6D Mark II With USB?

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.

Canon 6D extra Batteries

How do I Check my Canon 6D Mark II Shutter Count?

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.

How do I Connect a Canon 6D to a Computer?

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.

SmartQ USB 3.0 SD card reader

How to Update Canon 6D Mark II Firmware

To update the firmware on Canon’s 6D Mark II, there are a few steps.

  1. Go to the Canon USA product page for the camera
  2. Select downloads & drivers, and select firmware (6D Mk II firmware page)
  3. Download the most recent firmware
  4. Extract the files and place them on a blank SD card
  5. Make sure your camera is fully charged
  6. Place the SD card with the most recent firmware in the camera
  7. Navigate to and select the firmware menu item (picture below)
  8. Follow the on-screen instructions

What Lens Should I Get for the Canon 6D Mark II?

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.

What Flash Should I Get for a Canon 6D Mark II?

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.

what flash to get for a canon 6d mark ii

What SD Card is Best for a Canon 6D Mark II?

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.

SanDisk Extreme PRO 64GB


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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