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With the EOS 6D Mark II Canon has certainly made some significant improvements over the outgoing EOS 6D, packing in a host of new features including a fresh sensor, a faster processor, a much more credible AF system and a stronger burst rate. It's a much more well-rounded and better specified camera than the EOS 6D, but it's not without its issues.
The poor dynamic range is disappointing, and while the boost in AF performance is definitely welcome, coverage is too heavily weighted to the centre. The lack of a 100% viewfinder is also a pity, and the fact that the model misses out on 4K video will disappoint some.
These issues take the shine off what is otherwise a very nice full-frame DSLR that's a pleasure to shoot with, with the vari-angle touchscreen a nice bonus. It will certainly please Canon users looking to make the move into full-frame photography, but others might be better served elsewhere.
The nearest rival to the EOS 6D Mark II, the Nikon D750 is a brilliant full-frame DSLR. It can't match the 6D Mark II's Live View AF performance, but the D750 does offer a broader dynamic range, and a more advanced 51-point AF system with a clever 3D-Tracking system.
Read our in-depth Nikon D750 review
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
It may be getting on a bit, but the EOS 5D Mark III is a very capable camera, and it now costs about the same as the EOS 6D Mark II. The 6D Mark II is faster and lighter, while the more sensitive AF points make it a better option if you're using a teleconverter. However, the 5D Mark III's wide 61-point AF arrangement shouldn't be overlooked, and neither should its more robust feel.
Read our in-depth Canon EOS 5D Mark III review
Canon EOS 80D
If you're looking to upgrade from something like the EOS Rebel T6i / 750D or T7i / 800D, and you've invested in some EF-S lenses, you might be better served by the EOS 80D, which has a very similar set of features to the 6D Mark II, with the exception of the latter's full-frame sensor.
Read our in-depth Canon EOS 80D review
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