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Canon 6D Mark II vs Canon 7D Mark II


For some people, having a camera can really be something that satisfies them, whether it is just a hobby, or for their work. Personally, I like to express myself through photography, and I use social media to share my work and everything, and depending on what kind of photography you desire the most, that’s how you’re going to find out what camera you need.

In my website, I’ve tried reviewing different cameras, while I’ve also made many head-to-head comparisons about different models and camera brands. However, for this article, we have two cameras from the same brand, while they are also both at a similar price range, they also share similar specs and performance.

Today, it’s the Canon 6D Mark II versus the Canon 7D Mark II.

In cases like this, it’s really hard to try to take one camera out in the spotlight, and leave the other behind, because as I said, they are pretty similar, and for some people, small details and differences won’t matter. Nonetheless, I’m going to try to point out even the slightest details and differences between them, so you can find the one that meets your requirements the most.

Now, just to make this clear, one of these cameras has a full-frame CMOS sensor, while the other has a typical DSLR CMOS sensor, so that can be counted as a start and the first difference between them, although, we’re going to talk more about the specifics during the reviews, so let’s not wait for any further and get straight into the topic to see what these cameras are truly capable of.

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Head To Head Comparison

Canon 6D Mark II

The Canon 6D Mark II is a very versatile camera that delivers superb image quality while putting the full-frame performance into one compact fully-featured DSLR package. I’ve tested this camera for over a week, and all I can say is that you can’t go wrong with this one. Now, even though there might be some features and things missing, the camera still pays the debt in performance, but we’ll talk about that later.

First, let’s start off with the design, shall we?

The first thing to mention is the weather-resistant body, which is impressive and this type of thing can be rarely found in cameras of this price range, or even if it is, it’s not exactly as the manufacturer states. But that’s not the case here, since I’ve tested this camera under different weather conditions, and I can safely say, you can use this camera when it rains, while the camera is also dust-resistant, so in whichever situation, you’re still good to go.

Now, if you’ve noticed, I’m a really big fan of touchscreen LCDs, and you should be too. I mean, a touchscreen simplifies everything, from scrolling to images to messing up and optimizing settings, and using features, everything is better. Therefore, I’m really happy that this camera has touchscreen capabilities, but that’s not all since the screen features an articulating flip-out design which is very useful for taking shots from different angles and viewing positions, as well as customization.

So, in terms of the design, I don’t really have any complaints, but let’s see how this camera performs though.

Under this remarkable camera, there are also impressive specs as well. The Canon 6D Mark II has a 26.2-megapixel sensor, whereas it runs the Digic 7 image processor which enables the camera to be fast while allowing it to burst shoot at an impressive rate of 6.5 frames per second. It’s not that impressive if you compare it to Canon 7D Mark II’s 10 fps burst shooting, but it’s is actually enough if you just ignore the specs of the other.

In addition, it also has an improved ISO range of 40,000, higher than most predecessors, while this range can also be expanded to up to 102,400. So as you can see, this camera is well-packed indeed.

The autofocus is something that really needs to be acknowledged, since it has a pretty big boost compared to its predecessors, having a 45-point AF system, all cross-type autofocus sensor, it’s simply impressive and due to these specs, the Canon 6D Mark II ranks with some of the most premium cameras out there.

To continue, the video resolution has not changed a bit from its predecessor, so it can still shoot 1080p at 60fps, which is not bad, but I’m really disappointed that this model lacks 4K resolution.

Another good yet not so good thing about this camera is that it offers digital image stabilization for movie recording, however, this comes with a cost, since it reduces the resolution. For some people that record video all the time, this may be really useful, however, if you don’t really need it, you should just leave it off.

In terms of connections, this camera has a built-in Wi-Fi, while it is also NFC & Bluetooth enabled, which means remote shooting is available, as well as easy image transfer and sharing.

Overall, I really like the Canon 6D Mark II, it definitely delivers great value for the money, and you simply can’t go wrong with it.

Canon 6D Mark II Sample Images:

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Canon 7D Mark II

Just a quick note before we start, this is not a full-frame DSLR like the Canon 6D Mark II. The 7D Mark II has been around for many years now, but yet it is still a popular option among many professionals, hobbyists, and photography enthusiasts.

I’ve had the chance to use this camera for over a month, it is a solid DSLR with some impressive features and fluid performance. It has a variety of advantages over the Canon 6D Mark II, but it also has some disadvantages, so let’s get straight into the topic and see what this camera can really do.

Design-wise, the build quality, and construction are as good as it gets, featuring a magnesium alloy shell with improved weather sealing, the camera feels pretty solid in hands while it has an eye-catching design that really shouts high-end. In addition, the large grip provides exceptional comfort, while the controls and buttons are placed well for easy optimization and reaching. It’s important to mention that the buttons on the camera are customizable whereas they can be set to perform different functions.

To continue about the design, the 3.0-inch 1,040,000 dot LCD is vivid and clear in most situations, however, I’m really disappointed that Canon didn’t bump it up to a larger size or add touch screen capabilities to it. Other than that, I’m also disappointed that the LCD screen doesn’t have a flip-out design, which as you know I’m a big fan of that since you can take shots from different angles and viewing positions, while it is also better for customization.

Simply put, when it comes to the design of this camera, the Canon 6D Mark II is better in many ways, and the addition of the touchscreen LCD in 6D Mark II definitely cuts the rivalry between the two.

Okay, enough said about the design, let’s see what specs does this camera have now.

This particular camera has a 20.2-megapixel sensor with a maximum native ISO of 16,000, and with a continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second. These are impressive specs already aren’t they?

The autofocus is also a tad head of the Canon 6D Mark II, sporting a 65-point AF system, all of which are cross-type, the 7D Mark II is clearly a better choice for use with teleconverters.

There is no 4K though, and this is a feature I really like to have, but if you don’t need that, then this camera is still a good option for you. The maximum video resolution is 1920x1080p at up to 60p.

What I like the most about this camera is the viewfinder, which is pentaprism and boasts 100% coverage, so you won’t miss out on any details or parts from the subject when you’re shooting. Now, as you might know, many other cameras and competitors out there have a 95% to 97% view coverage, so this is something that really puts this camera ahead of the majority of cameras in the mass market today. It’s basically great at shooting any kind of photos both indoors and outdoors, and it’s even one of the most popular cameras amongst dentists.

Although, when it comes to connections, sadly, there’s no built-in Wi-Fi available, although, there is a built-in GPS. Pretty much, you’re going to be limited in terms of connections, so this is an area where the manufacturer could have done a better job at, considering the price of the camera.

All and all, if I would need a camera for video recording, or for burst shooting, the Canon 7D Mark II would be my choice.

Canon 7D Mark II Sample Images:

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Canon 6D Mark II vs Canon 7D Mark II Feature Comparison

  Canon 6D Mark II Canon 7D Mark II
Camera Type Full-Frame DSLR DSLR
Megapixels 26.2 20.2
ISO Range 100-40000 100-16000
Flip-Out Screen Yes No
AF Points 45 AF points 65 AF Points
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Touchscreen Yes No
Video Recording Yes Yes
Sensor Size Full-Frame CMOS CMOS

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By now, I believe you have enough arguments to support your decision on which camera is the best, and which one do you need the most.

However, to break this down, I’ll make it simple for you.

The Canon 6D Mark II delivers great value for the money, it is better for still photography though, but I wouldn’t recommend this camera to people who are just starting out. It is more suitable for semi-professionals and professionals who’ve used different other premium cameras before, despite the fact that it has an easy-to-use operation, there are still quite some features which are more oriented towards professionals.

As for the Canon 7D Mark II, it is a great all-rounder camera, which is better than the Canon 6D Mark II in many aspects, while it also has quite some disadvantages, such as the touchscreen LCD, or the full-frame sensor, etc. I recommend this camera more to people who want to use this camera for videography, although, it’s still great for photography if you simply ignore the sensor specifications and the LCD touchscreen of the Canon 6D Mark II.

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