Canon EOS 6D review

White balance and colour

Image: This portrait was taken in end-of-day light with the camera set to ISO 3200 and AWB. The colours are still punchy, if a touch on the cool side 

Canon DSLRs have rightly gained a good reputation when it comes to colour rendition, and there is no real difference in the EOS 6D.

In the standard picture style (colour mode), colours are punchy yet realistic. Provided that raw is used, adjustments to the picture style can be made post-capture in the raw image processing menu.

In the monochrome mode, any of four filter effects can be applied, as can one of four toning effects. Up to three user-defined picture styles can be saved for quick access to favourite settings. For example, it is well worth creating a monochrome mode with red filter and increased sharpening for shooting landscapes.

In bright conditions, the AWB maintains the warmth of colours, although in dull, overcast situations it can render them a little cold.

A suitable solution is auto white balance bracketing, which works over three frames and can be applied to either the blue/amber axis or red/magenta axis. The former is ideal to ensure the correct warmth of tone is achieved, while the latter works well in scenes dominated by green like landscapes, where AWB typically produces overly magenta results.

Image: (No edit left, in-camera edit right) There is a good selection of in-camera edits that can be made. The original colour image was flat, with the scene more suited to black & white. A colour conversion has been made here, with adjustments to the brightness, distortion corrections and lighting optimiser