Canon EOS 6D review

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

MSRPBody: $2,099.00/£1,799; with 24-105mm f/4L IS USM $2899/£2,519
Body type
Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy, polycarbonate top plate
Max resolution5472 x 3648
Other resolutions3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480
Image ratio w:h3:2
Effective pixels20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors21 megapixels
Sensor sizeFull frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorDigic 5+
Color spacesRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter arrayRGB Color Filter Array
ISOAuto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
Boosted ISO (minimum)50
Boosted ISO (maximum)102400
White balance presets6
Custom white balanceYes
Image stabilizationNo
Uncompressed formatRAW
JPEG quality levelsFine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW: RAW (5472 x 3648), M RAW (4104 x 2736), S RAW (2736 x 1824) (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lampby optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier1×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCDFixed
Screen size3
Screen dots1,040,000
Touch screenNo
Screen typeClear View II TFT LCD
Live viewYes
Viewfinder typeOptical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage97%
Viewfinder magnification0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed30 sec
Maximum shutter speed1/4000 sec
Built-in flashNo
External flashYes (Hot shoe)
Flash X sync speed1/180 sec
Continuous drive4.5 fps
Self-timerYes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
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 BracketingYes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Resolutions1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
Remote controlYes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealedYes (Splash and dust resistant)
BatteryBattery Pack
Battery descriptionLithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA)1090
Weight (inc. batteries)770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)
Dimensions145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8)
Other features
Orientation sensorYes
Timelapse recordingYes (by cable and PC)
GPS notesImage 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.


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