I rarely do write articles in English but today I thought it is necessary. Recently there have been a lot of YouTubers commenting on using or switching to the 6D Mark II. Also to some, it is the most underrated Canon camera. Recently a video by Jared Polin (aka The Fro) made me think:
Why are so many people do enjoying the 6D Mark II but I just can't like this camera?
The answer came to me very easy: That camera is missing the point. It has a wonderful screen on the back which can be rotated in all directions, it has great video features including Dual Pixel Autofocus and I do like all of this features but this are only video features. We are still talking about an SLR camera – it has a mirror inside and that mirror has a reason. An SLR camera should be good for still images which are the main emphasis in photography. It is a full frame camera and from a camera, with 24x36 mm sensor I expect to be a fairly professional camera especially in the €2000 price range. Unfortunately five years after the original 6D there has not been a leap forward in this direction. The original 6D had an awesome 20-megapixel sensor and was in many ways the successor of the 5D Mark II. Image quality is wonderful AF is based on the 5D Mark IIs diamond array. When I heard the first rumours of the 6D II my reaction was like: shut up and take my money. They claimed SD dual card slots, improved autofocus and a new interesting sensor with approximately 25 megapixels. That sounded like all we ever asked for still images.
Now the problems: we haven't been given the dual card slots, only one slow UHS I SD card slot (that is a big deal since Nikon even gives even cheaper Cameras the ability to write the images on two cards and all other companies also tend to have two slots for memory cards). I can't say they didn't give the camera better autofocus for stills but the way is the problem: The 6D II has the 80D AF module and this is a wonderful AF module for an APS-C camera but on the bigger full frame sensor those AF points are tightly packed in the middle which means I still have to use the focus and recompose technique (it works but I am getting tired of it since I am losing photos I could take otherwise). Finally the imaging sensor: we now do have the dynamic range of the 5D II in an 8 years younger body. That is not the way to go. Updating the original 6Ds sensor would have made more sense than the new sensor that looks bad in comparison to other brands.
One side note on the vlogging aspect: the vloggers I heard that liked the 6D Mark II (for example Jared Polin, Peter McKinnon and Casey Neistat) are all from North America (either USA or Canada). There is a difference to Europe. In the EU there is a difference in taxes between still cameras and video cameras and a camera that can record 30-minute videos or longer are automatically video cameras. This puts some additional limits on usability on cameras for video work. Also, none of them thinks that the video quality is great, most of them rather call it sufficient.
So let's do a recap: the 6D II is a wonderful vlogging camera. It would have been an awesome full-frame mirrorless camera but the problem is that this camera is still an SLR and not a mirrorless camera. So Canon: Please! If you are listening: get things straight. Let us photographers have the right camera for the right job. A 6D II-ish mirrorless camera with Dual Card Slot in the same price range would be the way to go and Please! Be fast! Competition is big and Sony and Nikon are doing great jobs with their cameras.