This is NOT a review of EOS 6D Mark II.
Canon has recently launched EOS 6D Mark II on June 29, 2017, along with the EOS 200D. EOS 6D Mark II, is Canon’s entry level full-frame DSLR. After the launch, negative reviews surfaced on the internet, regarding the dynamic range of this camera. It brought questions to the dynamic range performance; they even said it is inferior to the APS-C DSLR.
Meanwhile, at the time of writing, I came upon another article criticizing the noise performance; here is the one I read at PetaPixel. (Canon 6D vs. 6D II: Here’s a High ISO Noise Comparison)
Despite so, I still looked forward to meeting this new camera from Canon. Canon Malaysia arranged a nationwide tour earlier this month, and it was a good opportunity.
Canon flew their team which included their product specialist, one of their ambassadors and few technical crews for the event. Kudos to Canon!
In brief, Canon 6D Mark II is packed with 26.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS Sensor, with up to 45 AF points (cross-type AF points). It also comes with a fully articulating LCD screen, good for video or vlogging.
After presentation from the product specialist and also Adam, the ambassador, we were given opportunity to test out the camera. That is the main objective of the event, isn’t it?
I have always found it a little bit difficult to handle 6D, as the button placements differ from those of 5D. I am sure given the time, I’ll be able to get used to it. I felt pretty awkward to use to camera initially, despite so, I still managed to get a few test image, to be viewed on a later time.
The first couple of shots I fired, I got it under-exposed. That was how awkward it was to handle the camera, at least it was for me.
For both the images above, I managed to correct the exposure by bringing the slider, even up to +3.0. The image looked clean enough. I still think it felt somewhat grainy, but it was alright.
After fiddling with the camera for a while, I felt quite comfortable with it. I even tried shooting with Live View on, and the impression was it was fast and responsive.
Both images above, only adjusted the exposure. There was not other adjustments or preset applied.
Here are some of the photos I took with 6D Mark II.
Despite spending the afternoon at the touch and feel session, I think it wasn’t enough for me to judge on this camera. It would be fairer to do so, if I had the chance to put it in real world test, to use it as how I would normally use.
Nonetheless, after this brief session, and despite all the negative review, I still think 6D Mark II is still a decent camera, and I trust it still can deliver. Sure, it may not have 4K video recording. The dynamic range and noise performance may not be ideal, I still have faith in it.
Will I get one for myself? Sure, I will. As the matter of fact, I am considering it to replace my ageing, yet trusty 5D Mark II. EOS 6D Mark II retails at just below MYR 9,000.