Is the Canon 6D MKII the BEST Vlogging Camera?
By Steve Huff
Vlogging is getting huge. It seems that 80% of camera reviews on Youtube today are from Vloggers, and that is blowing my mind (in a good way as the more information the better). Much like this website is considered a “BLOG” by some, a “VLOG” is basically a video version of what is now becoming old school (websites). Video is in, and video is hot. This is clear to see for anyone who happens to go over to YouTube and type in camera names. Go ahead, give it a go and you will find hundreds of videos, if not thousands of videos with people sharing their experiences and images and footage with all kinds of cameras.
These days, many vloggers produce AMAZING content day in and day out. It’s a serious thing for SO MANY out there and this is why cameras like the A7III have been sold out for weeks and weeks. VLOGGERS are buying them up more so than photographers! It is true..more video oriented shooters are out there today and they are buying these new cameras for VIDEO over PHOTO. Times are a changing indeed. Sure, many are buying the for stills but video is gaining steam which is why we are seeing these cameras take on more serious video specs.
But what makes a good vlogging camera? Well, for starters a swivel screen. Vloggers film themselves and are often out in the wild where they need to not only ensure the auto focus is working, and on their face…but they also need to make sure the shot is framed up right. Some vloggers use Sony, some Canon. No one really uses Nikon as the AF for video is not up to the standards of the others for video and this is the same with Fuji (though some do use Fuji). So mainly we have Sony and Canon being used for video creation by creators out there in the world, on a daily basis.
A video about the 6DII for Vlogging
Without the swivel out LCD screen, the Sony seems like the weaker camera for Vloggers which is why we see so many still using Canon, and yes, the tiny little M50 is huge for vloggers starting out, and I also see quite a few using the 1dx MKII for vlogging, which is nuts. That camera (I own it) is HUGE and heavy. Has no swivel screen but the AF is so good, you can trust it. Even so, I see it as more of a pro stills camera and tripod video camera as the photos and video it produces are very nice and the video is cinematic looking as it provides a softer look, like film does, with a gentler color profile.
So many are using cameras like the 1dX II for that cinematic video vibe, and having tested both Sony and Canon, I can say the Canon does offer nicer color and a more film like look over the more “video” look of the Sony. It’s there, so this is why some prefer Canon over Sony for video even today. But keep in mind, Sony has improved their color performance over the years and the new III versions are different from the II’s in regards to color.
A few test photos from the 6DII, click ’em for larger! ISO 1250 to 40,000! All with the 24 L f1.4
The Sony A7III is becoming the go to for many even without the swivel screen but I am also seeing some use it for video with mis-focused shots due to this. There is a give and take here. With Sony you get a lower price, superior sensor, better dynamic range and superior low light for video. With Canon you get (slightly) better Auto Focus, better out of camera color and with a camera like the 6DII, a swivel screen WITH a full frame sensor. In fact, the 6DII is the only camera in the world right now that combines a full frame sensor and a swivel screen. For vloggers this is huge.
If the A7III had a swivel out screen, the would sell even more than they are now.
If the upcoming A7SIII can incorporate one, look out. It will be THE HOT camera of 2018 and 2019 and the new NikonCanon will not be able to compete. Mark my words, that’s my prediction.
This begs the question. Which one is better when it comes to Vogging? The A7III or the 6DII? Well, if you do not need 4K which the Sony offers, the 6DII wins SLIGHTLY IMO. Here is why…
The 6DII is $400 cheaper than the A7III, and is easy to get a hold of (The Sony has been sold out since Launch). It gives off the full frame look and has nice out of camera color without the need to do a ton of color work (as you usually need with the Sony) as the out of camera video looks great if not a tad soft (for vlogging, does it matter)? It has dual pixel auto focus which is the best auto focus I have experienced for shooting video. It has good low light performance and most importantly, a swivel out screen so you can frame your shot.
There are weaknesses to the 6DII though. No 4K and the 1080P is a little “soft” when compared to Sony and even the 1dx II. It’s much larger than a Canon M50 (but better quality of course) and heavier. But if quality is your #1 concern and you want a swivel screen and do not need 4K, then the 6DII is, IMO, the best vlogging camera you can buy as of August 2018.
This camera was trashed by many at launch due to the omission of 4K and having no real upgrades to the original 6D from years ago (which is understandable) but many of the negative reviews are overblown as for the cost of $1599 the 6DII takes beautiful photos, has nice low light performance and offers 1080 full frame video with dual pixel AF and a swivel out screen so you can see what you are doing.
PROS for the 6DII for vlogging:
- Full frame with a swivel screen. No other camera has this.
- Best Auto Focus in the business for video. Dual Pixel does beat Sony.
- Great lenses like the 24 1.4 works wonderfully with video and offers a gorgeous look.
- Great battery life
- Easy menu system, and control
- It does have some image stabilisation (beats the 5 Axis of Sony for video)
- Out of camera color is nice and doesn’t need any work
- Audio meters visible for audio recording
- Great photos as well! I may prefer the photos to the Sony.
CONS for the 6DII for Vlogging
- It’s larger than an A7III
- NO 4K at all
- 1080 is a tad soft compared to Sony and even the 5DIV and 1dXII
- Dynamic Range is limited compared to Sony
The A7III is also a wonderful camera for video and vlogging but if you shoot yourself, you will find the swivel screen a VERY welcome addition. Without it, you basically have to pray that you are in focus and if you are not, your video may be ruined or have to be reshot. THAT is the ONLY weakness of the Sony and the is only in the context for VLOGS, so it is up to you is the extra $400 is worth it for the pros of the Sony over the Cons of the Canon and vice versa. Either way, in this case the camera REALLY doesn’t matter much but who is using it to create. Both are highly capable of producing wonderful images and video.
I own a Canon M50, a 6DII (may get returned) and a 1dXII, all used for video. I also own an A7III (comparison soon). The 1dXII is a beast and offers the best 1080 of them all in regards to picture, color and overall vibe (for my tastes) but it is not a vlog camera. The 6DII loses some of that crispness and color but gains usability and to some, that is most important. To date, I feel there is no better camera over the 6DII for VLOGGING if you want that full frame quality and ease of use. BUT!!! The A7III will give you crisper video quality even at 1080, that is a fact. Canon crippled the 6DII for serious video work IMO with a lower quality video codec so it is a good thing that they lowered the price to $1599 from the over $2000 that it started at, otherwise Canon would have been stuck with many cameras on the shelves.
As I have always said, shoot with what motivates and inspires you no matter the brand. Use what works for YOU. BTW, the Canon 24 1.4L has become one of my fave lenses. It truly is a stunning lens for Canon shooters.