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Canon EOS 6D Mark II DxOMark Review: “Great Color and ISO Performance”

DxOMark has published their Canon EOS 6D Mark II sensor review and test results – The Canon 6D Mark II’s new 26.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor delivers very good overall performance, achieving a DxOMark sensor score of 85 points with a combination of 24.4 bits color depth, 11.9 EV dynamic range, and 2862 ISO low-light score, to rank as the 5th best Canon sensor DxOMark has tested.

Its stand out performance is in the Sports (Low-Light ISO) category, where a very good score of ISO 2862 ensures well-controlled noise on unprocessed RAW files up to mid ISO sensitivities. Its headline score for Portrait (Color Depth) is also very good at 24.4 bits, putting it inline with recent Canon sensors we’ve tested and ensuring excellent color using low to mid ISO settings.

For Landscape (Dynamic Range) its headline score of 11.9 Ev is a slight step back compared to the original 6D however, and remains off the pace compared to the best performing new sensors from both Canon, as well as its main Nikon and Sony competition.

Conclusion from DxOMark:

Canon’s 6D proved a popular and affordable DSLR for serious-enthusiasts looking to step up to full frame, or pros after an affordable second body.

Five years on, it was crying out for an upgrade however, and the 6D Mark II’s resolution boost, improved autofocus system, faster frame rate and touch-screen LCD make it a more viable option in the modern market.

Its sensor performance continues the upward trend for Canon chips too, although it doesn’t quite hit the dizzy heights of Canon’s best sensor to date in the 5D Mark IV. This is a result of notably lower dynamic range recorded by the 6D Mark II at base ISO, which is a concern for photographers after the best image quality in good light. From ISO 800, dynamic range is much closer to the performance of semi pro rivals such as the Nikon D750 and Sony A7 II however, and with good color sensitivity at all settings and well-controlled noise the 6D Mark II lends itself better to low light photography.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II: $1,999 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama.

Read more: Best Lenses for Canon EOS 6D Mark II.

Read the full review at DxOMark.

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