What I Love & Hate about Canon’s 6d Mark II

Ok so here is the run down… around 4 months ago I upgraded from a Canon 80D to a 6DMK2 and overall I gotta say I’m satisfied. As a bit of a freelance videographer and photographer I am quite satisfied with the 6DMK2’s specs that compliment both photo and video. I find it’s the perfect video camera for me and other budget run and gun videographers. Even if you have a decent budget (ok so I am still workin on it!) and are looking to take beautiful full frame photos and video I’d also recommend it. Or, if you don’t want to get so close to breaching that $2000 mark, the 80D is still a killer entry level DSLR.

There are a few things that don’t need to be altered in settings menus and these definitely deserve a mention, one of which being the dual pixel auto focus. Like most of Canon’s cameras, the auto focus is fantastic and very consistent. Being able to rely on smooth snap focusing on any subject at any time is one of the reasons I love the Canon cameras for videography. Another one is Canon’s colour science. The 6DMK2 like all the others, produce beautiful colours and skin tones right off the camera.

The camera also has a FLIP OUT SCREEN. The benefits of having a flip out LCD screen is HUGE when shooting video. Whether you’re into shooting your self vlog style or getting those shots close to the ground, you can be assured that you will be able to maintain that perfect composition all the time. If you are just a person who likes snapping photos or video for family memories, or a young minded filmmaker/photographer out to shoot and make passionate films, this is an overall beast of a camera for mid-range productions.

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As for my personal settings for the 6DMK2 when shooting video, I make a few adjustments, to squeeze out the best quality video/photo that I can. Pretty much all these settings can be copied across all the Canon bodies with a few alterations of course, to get a much better overall end product. Firstly and obviously, switching from JPEG to high quality RAW images enables you to capture more dynamic range to then fix later in post. As an editor, the difference is tremendous when shooting RAW over JPEG. Colour grading in both video and photo will improve DRASTICALLY when shooting only in RAW. Also I find it very comforting to be able to shoot and not worry so much if I slightly under or overexpose an image.

 

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Secondly, turning down your colour profiles in camera to fix later in post production is a must. If you’re not interested in taking your clips and producing high quality, perfectly colour graded videos then I wouldn’t worry about doing this however for the rest of us, who want to maximise video and photo potential with the help of post production softwares, then this will definitely help! Higher end Canon cameras are all stocked with Canons colour profile, C-LOG, which is basically just a desaturated colour profile to help out high quality post productions. Unfortunately C-LOG isn’t shipped on Canon’s hobby, entry and mid range DSLRs so turning down your saturation, contrast and colour tones essentially creates your very own version of C-LOG to also assist you in colour grading later on.

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If you own a Rode mic or any other version of external microphone I’d definitely recommend turning this down in camera audio settings to further enhance the overall audio for your external microphone. Just make your way over to sound recording and turn it on manual mode and then lower the rec level to almost 0.

Unfortunately a major loss for video with the 6DMK2 for me and many others is no inclusion of 4k video or 1080p 120p. No 4K video in 2018? Come on Canon! Give the people what they want! As I only upload to social media platforms like YouTube and Facebook, I don’t really have a huge issue with 4K not being included. I’d most likely be downgrading my footage to 1080P anyway as personally I think that rendering 4K video for people to watch on their iPhones is a little inefficient and overkill but as for the lack of 120p… that’s a real bummer. I’d benefit tremendously from a higher frame rate as I’m sure many others would too. Sony have managed to include frame rates up to 240p in affordable cameras so WHY CAN’T CANON? Don’t buy the 6D expecting to crack open the video settings and see any 4k or 120p options unfortunately. You’re gonna have to bust out $8000 on a 1DXMK2 for that super slow motion B-roll and if you’re not already single you will be after doing that!

So there you have it, my little overview of my experience with the Canon 6DMK2 for shooting both video and photo. For creating videos for YouTube and other social media platforms, I find it an awesome match for me.

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Written by Daniel Dickman. You can follow Daniel on Instagram.

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