Canon EOS 6D Mark II
I’ve been shooting with the 6D, paired with Canon’s EF 24-105mm lens kit, for the last eight months and it has performed well in every scenario I’ve used it in—from capturing the Great American Solar Eclipse in Tennessee in August to a rainy fly-fishing trip in Cape Cod in November to a backcountry ski trip in Colorado in January. It has a 26-megapixel sensor with Canon’s Dual Pixel technology for accurate autofocus during live view shooting, and it’s 45-point autofocus system is great for burst shots (such as high-speed powder photos when skiing).
It lacks 4K video, which has been one of the main criticisms among hardcore photographers, but I’m not my hosting my videos on a Times Square billboard anytime soon, so its video functionality (1080/60p video capture with in-lens + digital stabilization) is more than enough for me. After all, this is a camera designed for advanced amateurs and enthusiasts, and its price point ($1,999), is at least a grand cheaper than most pro models.
The feature that I like the most, though—and one admittedly not unique to digital SLRs these days—is it’s WiFi capability, which allows me to pair it with my phone and directly download images to my phone. From there I can edit and post on Instagram much more easily, which, let’s be honest, is the primary venue for images these days. [$1,999; amazon.com] —Ryan Krogh, features editor
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