Canon EOS 6D

$1,899
  • 20.9 MP
  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3" LCD
Released December, 2012
The EOS 6D ticks off many of the things an APS-C DSLR owner could want in a full frame upgrade: great image quality, excellent handling, light weight and a sub-$2100 price tag.
Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

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First reviewed December, 2012

Features Key features of the Canon EOS 6D

Angle view of Canon EOS 6D
Weighing in at a considerably lighter weight than its full frame sibling, the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 6D is still a solid-feeling camera with a magnesium alloy body (with polycarbonate top plate) that balances very nicely with medium focal length zooms like the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.
Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

megapixels

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24.2 MP

15.1 MP
20.9 MP
30 MP
All of the sample images in this review were taken using the 20 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 6Mb.
EOS 6D by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
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EOS 6D by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

sensor size

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Accessing live view on the Canon EOS 6D is the same as on its full frame sibling, the 5D Mark III; via a live view/movie switch located next to the viewfinder.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
Anyone coming from an APS-C SLR will particularly appreciate the large, bright and clear viewfinder that's a characteristic of all full frame models.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

viewfinder size

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Canon EOS 650D
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Magnification is set at 0.71x, and the viewfinder also offers dioptre correction control.
EOS 6D by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)
And in scenarios where precise framing is absolutely critical, you can always shoot in live view mode to preview full scene coverage.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

body size

145 x 111 x 71 mm
152 x 116 x 76 mm
141 x 113 x 82 mm
But keeping body size and weight to a minimum was important for the Canon EOS 6D's designers.
EOS 6D by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
Those upgrading from the 60D should feel at home with how the 6D feels in the hand – at 755g without a lens, the two cameras weigh practically the same.
EOS 6D by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)

focus points

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And only the center AF point is cross-type (with both horizontal and vertical lines detected simultaneously), the remaining 10 being either vertical or horizontal-line sensitive.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
We found that although the Canon 6D can focus quickly when the peripheral points are used, it doesn't track moving subjects quite so well as when the centre point is used.
EOS 6D by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Canon EOS 6D

DxOMark image quality

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I'm extremely impressed with the EOS 6D's photo quality; it delivers excellent JPEG processing and noise reduction, great dynamic range and tonal quality, and accurate colors if you change the defaults.
EOS 6D by c|net (Sep, 2012)
Looking at the lab data, we can see that despite relatively average dynamic range scores for the JPEG files, the images themselves have good contrast and punchy.
EOS 6D by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

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Even the EOS 7D feels more responsive in low light.
EOS 6D by c|net (Sep, 2012)
In low light there is a large difference in the exposures needed to capture this landscape.
EOS 6D by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

shutter lag

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In terms of core photographic specifications, concert and event shooters will enjoy the ability to autofocus in extremely low light and the impressively quiet shutter release is tailor-made for the needs of wedding and event photographers.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
The Canon EOS 6D's maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds and there's a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you're seriously interested in night photography.
EOS 6D by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)

continuous shooting

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When shooting fast action sequences, the great benefit to shooting in JPEG mode is of course that you can shoot uninterrupted bursts in continuous shooting mode.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
For continuous shooting, the 6D maintains a solid rate of 4.5 frames per second for either raw or JPEG.
EOS 6D by c|net (Sep, 2012)

battery life

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The 6D is also the only DSLR on the market to offer built-in GPS and Wi-Fi connectivity (both are optional extras for the Nikon D600), although there's the inevitable drain on battery life if you leave them permanently switched on.
EOS 6D by Photography Blog (Jan, 2013)
It's got a capacity of 1800 mAh which, according to Canon, is good for as many as 1,090 shots (CIPA standard) when shooting through the viewfinder.
EOS 6D by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
  • Generic
  • Full frame
  • Yes
  • 0.23 fps
  • Opaque
  • Records the location of your photos automatically
  • Yes
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 71 mm
  • 145 x 111 x 71 mm

cons

  • 3"
  • 82.0
  • 4.5 fps
  • 97%
  • 12.1 ev
  • 11
  • 1
  • 290 ms
  • The screen is fixed in place
  • 23.8 bits
  • Taking quality photos in low-light will require external hardware
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 80%
Read the review (Jan, 2013)
When shooting in Raw, you have the choice of shooting in full resolution (i.e. 5472x3648 pixels), along with M-Raw (3468x2432 pixels) and S-Raw (2736x1824 pixels).
Rated 83%
Read the review (Feb, 2013)
Because it works by using a lower-than-usual signal amplification, HTP cannot be employed at base ISO - the minimum value that can be used is ISO 200.
Rated 90%
Read the review (Jan, 2013)
We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the auto-focus system for movies is still decidedly clunky when compared to mirrorless cameras, but otherwise the 6D handles both stills and video with aplomb.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Dec, 2012)
Looking at the size and control layout of the Canon EOS 6D quickly confirms that it is a mix of both the Canon EOS 7D and Canon EOS 60D, with the size, weight and control layout being similar to the Canon 60D but with the Canon 7D's movie and stills live view switch on its back.

Sensor

JPEG shots are relatively clean through ISO 800 and still quite good through ISO 1600, even for large prints.
Canon EOS 6D | by c|net (Sep, 2012)
The 6D's viewfinder displays basic shooting information such as shutter speed, aperture, exposure compensation and ISO, alongside AE lock status, battery and flash information.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
In shutter priority mode, ISO and aperture are set automatically, you select shutter speed by turning the front dial.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Focus

Using the camera in Live View mode (to shoot either still images or record movies) automatically switches the camera’s autofocus method from phase-detection to contrast-detection, which isn’t quite as speedy as it is when shooting though the viewfinder using the traditional phase-detection autofocus method.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)
There's no on-chip phase-detection to aid autofocus in live view or movie mode, nor does Canon's superb touchscreen interface make an appearance.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
You get class-leading low-light autofocusing capability with a very impressive -3 EV sensitivity (from the central AF point).
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Lens

The lab tests were performed with the 24-105mm f4L IS lens, but I shot with a variety of lenses during my field tests.
Canon EOS 6D | by c|net (Sep, 2012)
This allows for both a faster shutter speed to capture the movement of the pedestrians as well as a reasonably narrow aperture setting to increase depth of field.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
The depth of field preview button is poorly-positioned for portrait format shooting, and the location of the power switch behind the mode dial is far less convenient than placing it around the shutter button (as Nikon, Pentax and Sony all do).
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Image quality

Canon's familiar Picture Style options offer the ability to tweak not only color response but sharpness, contrast and saturation settings on the fly.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
For maximum image quality, we’d advise to stay clear of the 6D’s expanded ISO settings, although the in-camera noise reduction options for JPEGs aren’t quite as destructive as expected.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 80% by by TrustedReviews (Jan, 2013)
Marginal lighting conditions aside, the EOS 6D produces pleasing color, saturation and contrast in a wide variety of situations.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)

Iso

In the A+, CA and Scene modes the ISO is set automatically between ISO 100-12800.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 83% by by DPReview (Feb, 2013)
The ISO button that sits in the middle of the group has been moulded with a recessed textured top, making it easier to identify with your finger when you're holding the camera to your eye.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)
At ISO 25600, despite the smoothing effect of the JPEG noise reduction, the image is still usable with good levels of colour and tone.
Canon EOS 6D | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Dec, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III Many many cross-type focus points 5D Mark III vs 6D
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Nikon D600 Best image quality as rated by DXOMark Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D
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Canon EOS 5D Mark II 3-way tie: Largest sensor 5D Mark II vs 6D
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Canon EOS 50D 3-way tie: Fastest to start up 50D vs 6D
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Canon EOS 7D Fastest rapid fire mode 7D vs 6D
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Canon EOS 60D Most shots per battery charge 60D vs 6D
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Canon EOS 650D Has a touch screen 650D vs 6D
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Nikon D7100 Highest resolution screen Nikon D7100 vs Canon EOS 6D
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Editions Editions of the Canon EOS 6D

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  • Full frame CMOS
  • 3.2" LCD
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Get the 6D and use the saved money on a quality second lens. For that kind of product photography you can't go wrong with a 50mm prime like the canon or sigma f/1.4, though the Tamron 24-70 2.8 a...

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For any reasonable professional use, the sensors on the 5dm3 and 6d are the same. You money is better invested in lenses - the 24-70ii is the standard of sharpness. The tamron 24-70 2.8 vc is a...

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The 6D has a new auto focus that is more sensitive in low light. It can also go 2 stops higher in ISO than the 5DII. On top of that, the 6D takes SD cards which is the same as your 60D.  You'd to...

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The 6D is much newer and uses SD cards. You didn't mention what you're upgrading from... so I'm going to assume it's something that also uses SD cards.  If you go with the 5D Mark II then you'll...