It’s a battle for the ages: the legendary Canon 5D Mark IV vs. the Canon 6D Mark II, its upstart challenger. Both are full-frame masterpieces. They deliver excellent image quality and a stunning user experience.
The 6D Mark II made vast improvements to its ancestor’s autofocus system. They also improved its LCD touchscreen and energy efficiency.
However, the powerhouse 5D still holds an edge in areas like video quality, shooting speed, and build quality. Read on to learn more which of these astonishing DSLR cameras will suit you best.
|Canon 5D Mark IV||Canon 6D Mark II|
|Best For||Aspiring Professionals||Frequent Travellers|
|Processor||DIGIC 6||DIGIC 7|
|Max Shutter Speed||1 / 8000||1 / 4000|
|Weight||890 g||765 g|
|Dimensions||5.5 x 4.1 x 3.1||5.7 x 4.2 x 3.1 in.|
|Touchscreen Size||3.2 in.||3 in.|
Here’s what we cover in the review:
Obviously, image quality is every photographer’s primary consideration when choosing a camera. Both the 5D Mark IV and the 6D Mark II are virtually guaranteed to produce brilliant colors and stunning detail. However, each will deliver slightly different results.
The 5D Mark IV squeaks past its competitor in terms of megapixels. It tantalizes with 30.4, while the 6D Mark II boasts a still impressive 26.2.
However, its DIGIC 6 sensor is slightly older than the 6D’s DIGIC 7. The 6D Mark II adds a little extra breathing room to the top of its ISO range. It extends up to ISO 40,000. In comparison, the 5D Mark IV only reaches ISO 32,000.
It might be difficult to tell the difference between images shot with these two cameras. However, video is another story entirely. The 5D Mark IV offers a luxurious gamut of video recording options. They include 4K DCI at up to 30fps and slow-motion 720p footage.
It even has a headphone jack and a 3.5mm microphone input. In sharp contrast, the 6D Mark IV only shoots 1080p video. In addition, aside from a microphone socket, it offers none of the additional bells and whistles that make the 5D Mark II so desirable to DSLR videographers.
Regardless of the style or subject, your camera’s ability to lock onto objects and keep them in focus is an indispensable feature. Here’s yet another area in which these two cameras are running neck-and-neck.
Both cameras implement Canon’s innovative phase-detect Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus. It offers fast, precise focusing in both photo and video modes. Both cameras focus beautifully in low light. Both cameras can pull off advanced video tricks like focus pulls.
So what’s the difference? The 6D Mark II boasts a terrific 45-point, entirely cross-type autofocus system. The 5d Mark IV’s autofocus system looks more impressive on paper.
However, only 45 of its 61 AF points are cross-type. That means that the 6D is significantly more adept at handling off-center subjects and wide landscape and street views.
The maximum shutter speed of the EOS 5D Mark IV is a blistering 1/8000sec. The EOS 6D Mark II is just a little bit slower at 1/4000sec.
Look And Feel
Now you know how the tech measures up. Therefore, it’s time to consider which camera is more enjoyable and comfortable to use. Remember that the flashiest, fanciest features mean nothing if you hate lugging your camera around and never take it out of its bag.
Both cameras look absolutely fantastic. They feature streamlined bodies, easy-to-use controls, and pleasantly ergonomic designs. Their grips are sturdy enough to stay comfortable all day. In addition, their water-resistant bodies are tough enough to stay out all day.
The 5D Mark IV is slightly bulkier and heavier than its rival, weighing in at around 890g. That weight mainly derives from a rugged magnesium alloy construction, dual memory card slots, a USB 3.0 port, and professional-quality weather sealing.
A few years younger and trendier, the 6D Mark II is fashioned from a clever combination of glass fiber, aluminum alloy, and hardy polycarbonate resin. Those lightweight materials shave off quite a bit of bulk.
The 6D Mark II weighs just 765g, but still stands up to the elements admirably. However, it doesn’t feel as rugged or durable in the hand as its competitor, and it only has a single memory card slot.
There’s also the LCD touchscreen to consider. Both cameras come equipped with similarly sized screens—the 5D has a 3.2-inch one, and the 6D’s is just a tad smaller at 3 inches—that offer the same 0.71x magnification factor.
However, the 5D’s screen offers a 1.62 million dot resolution and 100% coverage, which means that your photos will look exactly the same on your computer as they did in the viewfinder. The 6D Mark II doesn’t lag far behind, with 98% coverage and a 1.04 million dot resolution.
If you enjoy getting up close and personal with your subjects, then the 6D might be a more sensible solution. Its touchscreen has a nimble and flexible Vari-angle design that makes it easy to find the perfect angle, no matter your subject or situation
The 6D’s screen seems better suited for videography than the 5D Mark IV’s, even though the 5D has more highly developed video capabilities. This is a perplexing choice.
Both the 5D Mark IV and the 6D Mark II connect you to Wi-Fi and GPS, enabling you to add geotags to your images and instantly upload photos to social media. Since it’s a little younger, the 6D’s wireless features are much more modern and streamlined.
Battery life and energy efficiency are two other areas where the 6D Mark II has a slight edge over its competitor. Although both cameras use the same LP-E6N battery, the 6D can manage around 1,200 shots in comparison to the 5D’s 800. That might not sound like a huge difference, but it’s quite significant in the field.
Price is obviously an important differentiator when comparing two cameras that are otherwise so strikingly similar. Even after seasonal promotions and discounts, you can expect to shell out about $1,000 more for the 5D Mark IV than for the 6D Mark II. While that cost isn’t too big of an issue for a professional photographer, it might be prohibitive for enthusiasts who are just dipping their toe into the world of DSLR photography on a light budget.
When all is said and done, the 5D Mark IV is simply the better machine. Its sensor and autofocus system are more powerful, its features are more robust, and its user experience is generally smoother and slicker.
Although the 6D Mark II is a more affordable entry point for enthusiasts and even professionals who want to explore the DSLR market, the 5D Mark II still reigns supreme. It’s not just the better choice between these two cameras. It’s also one of the most impressive Canon cameras on the market today.Back to Top