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Canon EOS 6D Mark II high ISO performance appears worse than original EOS 6D

EOS 6D Mark II

EOS 6D Mark II at a glance:

  • 26.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 45-Point All-Cross Type AF System
  • Full HD Video at 60 fps; Electronic IS
  • 3.0″ Vari-Angle Touchscreen LCD
  • Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  • Native ISO 40000, Expanded to ISO 102400
  • 6.5 fps Shooting; Time-Lapse & HDR Movie
  • Built-In GPS, Bluetooth, & Wi-Fi w/ NFC
  • Dust and Water Resistant; SD Card Slot

More bad news for Canon’s new EOS 6D Mark II.

Alan Dyer posted an EOS 6D Mark II review on his site of The Amazing Sky, with an eye on the performance for night photography, i.e. “nightscapes” shot with long exposure and high ISO settings. What he found out is pretty disappointing.

According to Dyer’s tests, you are better done with the original EOS 6D when it comes to high ISO settings. Dyer photographed the same scene with both cameras in RAW at ISO 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, and 25600. He used the same lens and same aperture, and applied no noise reduction. As you can see in the pictures below, results are not exciting (picures shared by PetaPixel on Flickr, where you can dowload the original files).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon 6D Noise Comparison at 5 ISOs

Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Canon 6D Mk II Noise Comparison at 5 ISOs

Writes Dyer:

Comparing the sets, the 6D MkII shows a much greater tendency to exhibit a magenta cast in the shadows at very high ISOs, plus a lower contrast in the shadows at increasing ISOs, and slightly more luminance noise than the 6D.

While this is not a scientific tests, the results are never the less worrying. After the debacle caused by the lack of 4K video and a slightly reduced dynamic range (both exaggerated in my opinion), this report will add new passion to the already heated discussion about the EOS 6D Mark II.

Dyer also made some tests on the ISO invariance and the noise reduction, Unfortunately, the EOS 6D Mark II didn’t perform very well here either. Read the full article to learn more.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II is now available everywhere: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA


[The Amazing Sky via PetaPixel]
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