• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Canon 6D

  • Less shutter lag
    0.21 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More AF points
    15 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 6D advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Less expensive
    $1269 vs $2999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,340 vs 1,815 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1090 vs 850 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Newer
    5 years vs 9 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.4 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 75 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    4.4 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    17 vs 11 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality on par to more expensive full-frame DSLRs (including the 5D Mark III); Responsive all-around performer; Superior HD video-shooting chops; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features, Built-in GPS and geotagging.

  • Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; No external headphone jack; Rather basic 11-point autofocus system; Mediocre burst speed.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3118
  • 35mm
  • $2899
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1289
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2899
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D610
  • $3118
  • 35mm
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $1289
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 5D Mark II
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $3118
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1366
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1289
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1366
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $3118
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
Canon 6D
Sony A900
  • $1289
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon D3X

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D3X
  • $3118
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
Canon 6D
Nikon D3X
  • $1289
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $6999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range
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