With the 20.2-megapixel Canon EOS 6D, Canon has created a smaller, lighter, and less expensive full-frame digital SLR for enthusiast photographers. The well-designed Canon 6D is a mini 5D Mark III for regular users. This enthusiastic DSLR does not feature a robust camera build like its predecessor, and its autofocus system is primary.
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Canon EOS 6D: Price
The Canon 6D is a fantastic, responsive enthusiast DSLR. It offers the glories of full-frame with a trim but comfy camera body. Plus, you get to enjoy its full-featured built-in Wi-Fi and GPS to boot.
Canon EOS 6D: Design and Build
At the front, the Canon 6D has a simple look. It has a high forehead due to the large pentaprism located behind that logo. Note that it lacks a pop-up flash, unusual for a high-end enthusiast camera. But, it is consistent with Canon enthusiast models. Its infrared remote receiver is embedded into the contoured grip.
A self-timer lamp sits between the grip and the lens mount. It’s barely noticeable to the lower left of the mount is the Depth-of-field preview button. A large lens release button sits in the usual position, and three microphone holes peek out from beneath the Canon EOS 6D logo.
Canon EOS 6D: Performance
The Canon 6D is an excellent performer for an enthusiast, full-frame DSLR. Start up and shut down times for the Canon 6D are fast enough at 0.5 and 0.3 seconds. The Canon 6D does well in clearing its buffer, taking just two seconds to get ready to take a photo after firing off 20 consecutive fine JPEGs. It takes about 9 seconds to clear the buffer. It is after shooting 17 RAW images and 7 seconds after 7 RAW+L/F JPEG photos.
Canon EOS 6D: Images
The Canon EOS 6D’s CMOS sensor is smaller than the 5D Mark III’s at 35.8 x 23.9mm vs. 36 x 24mm making it not technically full frame. That’s not that big of a deal, however. It doesn’t seem to compromise image quality. Image quality from the Canon 6D is about equal to the results you can get from the 5D Mark III.
Canon EOS 6D: Video
The Canon 6D’s HD video quality is stellar. Enthusiast photographers who are upgrading from another entry-level or compact camera should love the video results. They get along with how easy the Canon 6D is to use for quickly shooting video on the fly. You will appreciate Canon 6D’s Live View/Movie Record switch. There’s also a button cluster on the back of the Canon 6D. Just a flip of the switch to the red movie camera icon and you are off and recording a video.
Canon EOS 6D: Specifications
|MSRP||Body: $2,099.00/£1,799; with 24-105mm f/4L IS USM $2899/£2,519|
|Body type||Mid-size SLR|
|Body material||Magnesium alloy, polycarbonate top plate|
|Max resolution||5472 x 3648|
|Other resolutions||3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480|
|Image ratio w:h||3:2|
|Effective pixels||20 megapixels|
|Sensor photo detectors||21 megapixels|
|Sensor size||Full frame (36 x 24 mm)|
|Color space||sRGB, Adobe RGB|
|Color filter array||RGB Color Filter Array|
|ISO||Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option|
|Boosted ISO (minimum)||50|
|Boosted ISO (maximum)||102400|
|White balance presets||6|
|Custom white balance||Yes|
|JPEG quality levels||Fine, Normal|
|Optics & Focus|
|Autofocus assist lamp||by optional dedicated Speedlite|
|Number of focus points||11|
|Lens mount||Canon EF|
|Focal length multiplier||1×|
|Screen / viewfinder|
|Screen type||Clear View II TFT LCD|
|Viewfinder type||Optical (pentaprism)|
|Minimum shutter speed||30 sec|
|Maximum shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|External flash||Yes (Hot shoe)|
|Flash X sync speed||1/180 sec|
|Continuous drive||4.5 fps|
|Self-timer||Yes (2 or 10 sec)|
|Exposure compensation||±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|AE Bracketing||±3 (2, 3, 5, 7 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)|
|WB Bracketing||Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)|
|Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)|
|Videography notes||1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame|
|USB||USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)|
|HDMI||Yes (HDMI Mini)|
|Remote control||Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)|
|Environmentally sealed||Yes (Splash and dust resistant)|
|Battery description||Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1090|
|Weight (inc. batteries)||770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)|
|Dimensions||145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8″)|
|Timelapse recording||Yes (by cable and PC)|
|GPS notes||Image tagging and tracking modes|
Canon EOS 6D: Conclusion
The Canon EOS 6D is an outstanding choice for fans and club photographers looking for a full-frame DSLR, all things considered. These users will learn that they have just about everything they need, plus a little bit more besides.
It may take them a while to come to grips with the subtleties of the AF system of the camera, and by using the iFCL assessment system in high contrast situations, they will have to learn some of the fundamentals of metering, but they may enjoy the end results.