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Canon EOS 6D Review

The Canon EOS 6D is the company’s first digital camera aimed squarely at photography enthusiasts that utilize a full-frame sensor. Although the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EOS 1DX both contain a full-frame sensor, the Canon EOS 6D’s design and handling are much more similar to those of the APS-C size Canon EOS 60D. This is because the Canon EOS 6D has a smaller sensor.

[As of today, the EOS 6D has been on the market for more than six years, and it has been succeeded by far more capable EOS 6D Mark II. This has increased performance, as well as an overhaul of the AF system, which has resulted in a DSLR that is considerably more modern and up-to-date. Since the EOS 6D is an older model, we suggest that you check into other options until you come across an incredible sale on one. The following are the full-frame cameras that made our top picks list.]

Even though the Canon 7D is significantly more affordable, the Canon 6D is positioned directly below the Canon EOS 7D and directly above the Canon EOS 60D in a mix of numbers. But then they released the Canon EOS 7D in 2009, and even though it has high-end capabilities that are perfectly matched to photographers who take pictures of nature and sports, the camera’s price has gone down.

Canon EOS 6D Build Quality

It is easy to see that the Canon EOS 6D is a hybrid of the Canon EOS 7D and the Canon EOS 60D simply by looking at its size and control layout. The Canon EOS 6D is comparable to the Canon 60D in size, weight, and control layout; however, it incorporates the movie and stills live view switch found on the back of the Canon 7D.

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The Canon 6D has a height that is half a centimeter higher than the Canon 60D, but it has a depth that is somewhat less than the Canon 60D. As a result, the grip on the Canon 6D is slightly more substantial. This makes a surprising amount of a difference, and it indicates that the grip provides improved purchase.

Because of the intelligent arrangement of the camera’s buttons, several of the camera’s most important functions, including the autofocus technique, the sensitivity, and the exposure compensation, are immediately accessible. Additionally, rapid adjustments to the parameters are possible.

Canon EOS 6D Performance

There is a good amount of variety thanks to the 11 AF points clustered around the center of the frame; nevertheless, only the central point is of the cross kind. When we tested the Canon 6D, we discovered that while it can focus swiftly when using the periphery points, it does not track moving targets quite as effectively as it does when using the center point.

When photographing deer, we achieved an almost perfect success rate when we used the center point of the camera; nevertheless, many of the photographs might be improved by cropping to get a better composition.

The Canon EOS 6D utilizes the iFCL metering system with a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor, the exact mechanism used by both the Canon EOS 60D and the Canon EOS 7D. This technique is incredibly accurate, taking into consideration the focus point, the colors present in the scene, and the quantity of light accessible, as we have seen in prior Canon EOS models.

Canon EOS 6D Image Quality

During this evaluation, the Canon EOS 6D generated photographs of exceptional quality. An astounding performance for a 20-megapixel, 35-mm SLR, this camera shoots noise-free JPEG photos from ISO 50 up to ISO 3200, with the first appearance of noise occurring at ISO 6400. The faster levels of 6400, 12,800, and 25,600 exhibit relatively little noise; ISO 51,200 is excellent for small prints and online photographs; the quickest setting of 102,400 should be saved for optimal use in emergencies. The JPEG photographs were a touch soft right out of the camera when using the default Picture Style.

If you want them to look their best, you should sharpen them some more in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you may alter the option on the camera itself. The nighttime shot turned out well thanks to the camera’s Bulb mode and a maximum shutter speed of 30 seconds, which enabled you to catch sufficient light in any given environment.

When applied in the appropriate contexts, the Highlight Tone Priority and Auto Lighting Optimizer custom settings may benefit JPEG photographers. This is also true of the six various Picture Styles that can be employed, plus the possibility to build one’s own. Using the HDR mode, you may generate a single image with a higher dynamic range by combining three shots captured at various exposures.

Canon EOS 6D Specs

Body typeMid-size SLR
Body materialMagnesium alloy, polycarbonate top plate
Sensor
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
Image
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 formatJPEG (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
AutofocusContrast Detect (sensor)Phase DetectMulti-areaSelective single-pointSingleContinuousFace DetectionLive View
Autofocus assist lampby optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focusYes
Number of focus points11
Lens mountCanon EF
Focal length multiplier
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 modesMultiCenter-weightedSpotPartial
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)
FormatH.264
Videography notes1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
MicrophoneMono
SpeakerMono
Storage
Storage typesSD/SDHC/SDXC
Connectivity
USBUSB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMIYes (HDMI Mini)
Microphone portYes
Headphone portNo
WirelessBuilt-In
Remote controlYes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Physical
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)
GPSBuilt-in
GPS notesImage tagging and tracking modes

Canon EOS 6D Verdict

When everything is considered, the Canon EOS 6D is a fantastic option for the hobbyist and club photographer searching for a full-frame digital single-lens reflex camera. These customers will discover that they have all they require and a little more on top of that.

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