• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 21.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 26.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 40,000

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark II advantages over Canon 6D Mark II

  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 6D Mark II advantages over Canon 5D Mark II

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,862 vs 1,815 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1200 vs 850 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    45 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    16 months vs 10 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More pixels
    26.2 vs 21.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • More AF points
    45 vs 15
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    6.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    6.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    20 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 HDMI output 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

  • 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
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • 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

  • Great vari-angle touchscreen; Dual Pixel CMOS AF; Good image quality in most situations; Impressive performance for its class.

  • Disappointing dynamic range; No 4K video; Optical viewfinder comes up short; Narrow AF point coverage through viewfinder.

The Competition

Compared to Nikon D700

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D700
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • External Mic Jack
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 6D Mark II
Nikon D700
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Internal flash

Compared to Sony A900

Canon 5D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon 6D Mark II
Sony A900
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Dual card slots

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D600
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D Mark II
Nikon D600
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D610
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • More telephoto lens reach
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 6D Mark II
Nikon D610
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon 5D Mark II
Nikon D750
  • $2098
  • 35mm
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • Faster shutter
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon 6D Mark II
Nikon D750
  • $1299
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Touchscreen
  • $1397
  • 35mm
  • More dynamic range
  • Internal flash
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