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As you’d expect in a Mark II upgrade,
the second-generation 6D gets a
number of improvements: more
resolution, more AF points and some
The EOS 6D Mark II sports a
26.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS
sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF and a
DIGIC 7 processor. There are 45 cross-type AF points with a working range
of down to - 3 EV at the center. It offers
a native ISO range of 100-40,000 with
expansion options that push the ISO
range from 50 to 102,400.
Unlike almost every other new
camera at this price point, the 6D Mark
II doesn’t record 4K video. It’s an
incomprehensible omission given that
action cams costing a fraction of the
6D Mark II’s price tag—not to mention
smartphones and every mirrorless
model at the 6D Mark II’s price point—
can handle 4K recording.
There’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and NFC
for connectivity and remote control.
The 6D Mark II is Canon’s first full-frame camera with a swivel LCD—a
terrific improvement. Beyond the
display, Canon shooters will be right
at home with the design which is
unsurprisingly comfortable and
lightweight, despite its weather
sealing. It’s significantly lighter than
Pentax’s K- 1 but a bit heavier than
We did find our finger instinctively
probing for a scroll wheel on the front
hand grip—sadly, you’re relegated to a
less-convenient multifunctional wheel
on the back of the camera.
Patiño says he was miffed by the
viewfinder’s 98 percent coverage
where other Canon models, like the
less expensive 80D, offer 100 percent.
He was also less enthused that the
camera used a slow USB 2 connection
versus USB 3.
Patiño says shooting with the 6D
Mark II at low ISOs produces solid,
color-accurate images. Skin tones
reproduced nicely and fans of Canon
color science won’t be disappointed.
However when pushing the camera
into higher ISOs, Patiño says, the
image quality tended to fall apart and
dynamic range shrank.
The camera’s video quality was also
something of a letdown for Patiño.
“No 4K is a non-starter” for him,
he says. “There’s full HD recording,
but why couldn’t we at least get 120
fps?” Patiño wondered. You will enjoy
full HD frame rates up to 60p and
while there is a mic jack there’s no
headphone jack for audio monitoring.
Patiño tells us the AF was responsive,
though the camera’s AF points are
fairly tightly clustered toward the
center of the frame. Dual Pixel CMOS
Kodak PixPro Orbit360 4K
PrOs: Easy to use; reliable app; multiple image
formats; removable battery; excellent design.
cOns: Image quality trails competitors;
slow burst mode.
canOn 6D marK ii
When Canon’s original 6D was launched in 2012, it was pitched
as an easy on-ramp to full-frame photography or a less expensive
second body for 5D owners. It was, by all accounts, a hit. Five
years on, Canon is refreshing the 6D with a Mark II edition,
but the world is a very different place since
the original hit the scene. Where the 6D
had to contend with competition from
Nikon, the Mark II competes with
Nikon, Sony and Pentax—to say nothing
of the expectations of photographers
primed by half a decade’s worth of
The 6D Mark II, in other
words, has a lot to live up to.
We turned it over to N.J.
photographer and director David
Patiño ( www.davidpatino.com)
to see if it was worth the wait.
better viewed on smartphones and browsers than in a
high-powered VR headset.
You’re best shooting the Orbit during the day as its
low-light capabilities are (not surprisingly) constrained
by its small sensors. Colors are accurate, if a bit undersaturated at times. It’s definitely lagging GoPro when it
comes to standard format (16: 9) video quality, but is on
par with comparably priced 360 rivals when it comes
to spherical footage.
We enjoyed a very seamless wireless experience remotely
operating the Orbit360. Battery life is pretty average
at 160 stills per charge and about 55 minutes of 4K
recording with Wi-Fi enabled.
The camera’s 5 fps burst mode is fairly poky by
action camera standards, though rapid bursts aren’t all
that important when shooting 360 (at least to us).
If you’re in the market for a compact 360-degree
camera, the Orbit’s most direct competitor is Nikon’s
KeyMission 360. Unlike the Orbit, the KeyMission
is waterproof and shockproof without requiring a
housing. It also has better battery life, though it has
been dogged by reports of poor mobile connectivity—
something we never experienced with the Orbit.
If durability is less critical than image quality and
functionality, Ricoh’s recently updated Theta V offers live
streaming plus what looks like a nice roadmap of future
features thanks to its Android OS and open software
platform. Then there’s GoPro’s forthcoming Fusion, which
will be pricier than the Orbit but works with the universe
of GoPro mounts and looks to have some novel software.
BelOW: The Orbit360 4K has three framing modes,
including the dome view below.