Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS extend the possibilities with Canon’s ‘affordable’ 20.2-million-pixel, full-frame EOS 6D. Read the Canon EOS 6D review...

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Canon EOS 6D review – Our verdict

Like the EOS 650D, which has a touchscreen and hybrid AF system, Canon has been bold again in introducing new technology into one of its DSLRs, in this case GPS and Wi-Fi to the EOS 6D. Thankfully, both features work very well and enhance the day-to-day use of the camera.

Intuitive handling, compact size, and a light and solid build make the EOS 6D a pleasure to use over the course of a day. Thankfully, the camera’s image quality does not disappoint, either. The resolution may well be low compared to the competition, but the camera’s low-light performance is particularly impressive. It should be noted that the basic yet effective AF system and modest continuous shooting speeds are not designed to cater for action photographers. For all others, though, the EOS 6D is an innovative and reliable camera.

Canon EOS 6D – Key features

Live view
The start/stop button controls live view when the switch is set to still capture, but when in video mode it acts as a record button, so long as Wi-Fi is disabled.

AF-points
This button controls the AF mode, which can be switched between auto selection and manual single-point selection.

*Button
As a default, this button is set to exposure lock, which handily only needs to be pressed once to remain active even over a number of frames.

Quick menu
In the quick menu a number of controls can be found that do not have a direct access button, including a custom controls menu where the function of most of the direct buttons can be altered.

Multi-controller
Like the EOS 60D, the EOS 6D has a multi-controller within the rear wheel rather than including a separate joystick.

Details

White Balance:Auto, 6 presets (with fine-tuning), plus custom and Kelvin adjustment settings
Dioptre Adjustment:-3 to +1 dioptre
Shutter Type:Electronically controlled focal-plane shutter
Built-in Flash:No
Memory Card:1 SD socket compatible with SD, SDHC, SDXC
Viewfinder Type:Pentaprism
Output Size:5472 x 3648 pixels
LCD:3in Clear View II TFT, approx 1.04 million dots
AF Points:11 points, cross-type central point
Field of View:Approx 97%
Sensor:Full-frame (36 x 24mm) CMOS sensor with 20.2 million effective pixels
White Balance Bracket:3 exposures in increments of 1, 2 or 3
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Focal Length Mag:1x
Exposure Modes:PASM, bulb, 2 custom, 7 scenes, creative auto, auto+
Weight:755g (including battery and card)
Power:Rechargeable Li-Ion battery LP-E6
Shutter Speeds:30-1/4000sec in 1⁄3 steps plus B
File Format:CR2 (raw), M-Raw, S-Raw, JPEG, raw + JPEG simultaneously
Colour Space:Adobe RGB, sRGB
Drive Mode:Single, continuous L, continuous H, self-timer, silent single shooting, silent continuous shooting
DoF Preview:Yes
Dimensions:144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm
Metering System:63-zone dual-layer SPC evaluative metering, partial (8%), centreweighted, spot (3.5%)
Connectivity / Interface:USB 2.0 Hi-Speed/HDMI mini
Compression:2-stage JPEG, 3-stage CR2 raw
RRP:£1,799.99 (body only)
Exposure Comp:±5EV in 1⁄3, 1/2 or 1EV steps
Lens Mount:Canon EF
ISO:ISO 100-25,600 in 1/3EV steps and Lo ISO 50, H1 ISO 51,200, H2 ISO 102,400
Focusing Modes:Manual, single-shot AF, continuous AF, AI servo, AI Focus
Tested as:Enthusiast DSLR
  1. 1. Canon EOS 6D at a glance:
  2. 2. Canon EOS 6D review - Features
  3. 3. Canon EOS 6D review - Wi-Fi
  4. 4. Canon EOS 6D review - Build and handling
  5. 5. Canon EOS 6D review - White balance and colour
  6. 6. Canon EOS 6D review - Metering
  7. 7. Canon EOS 6D review - Noise, resolution and sensitivity
  8. 8. Canon EOS 6D review - Autofocus
  9. 9. Canon EOS 6D review - LCD, viewfinder and video
  10. 10. Canon EOS 6D review - Dynamic range
  11. 11. Canon EOS 6D review - The competition
  12. 12. Canon EOS 6D review - Our verdict
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  • entoman

    I’ve got two 6D bodies, used primarily for butterfly photography in rainforests and cloudforests. The camera is a real joy to use, excellent ergonomics, great meter, fantastic silent shutter, huge clear viewfinder. Autofocus options are limited but I find the centre-spot to be extremely fast and accurate, even with moving butterflies in poor lighting conditions. The megapixel count is a bit lower than the equivalent Nikons but the image quality is extremely good – razor sharp, and noise is virtually non-existent even at ISO 3200! Amazing. My only complaints are regarding durability and quality control. One of my bodies went haywire and became completely unusable when used for a few hours on a hot humid Amazon river-beach. The other body has 2 “live” always-on pixels – easily fixed with Photoshop healing tool, but nevertheless an irritation.

  • Prescott Vong

    Canon EOS 6D is a “king” in low light environment or when flash is not allowed. I tested high ISO 6400, 8000, & 12800 during indoor wedding dinner, it is almost without noise, some pictures are low noise. It is a perfect camera for single shot perfect picture.

  • Jim

    I have this camera and did a basic course with it and found it very good but I would think they would make the add on view finder a bit less expensive

  • Roger Macdonald

    An interesting combination of killer features and a poorely thought user out interface. Having used it once I am totally addicted to the GPS feature, similarily the wi-fi is (I think) unique in this type of camera. Image quality is superb but there are several features that are just not up to the job, single axis levels for example and that only visible in the viewfinder if you hold down the DOF button! I could go on.

    Finally why do I have, on my first day of use, to go and buy a third party lens cap and camera strap?

  • Malcolm Andrew

    The 6D is my first Canon camera, having always been a Nikon man. I wanted to scale up to FX from a Nikon D90 but was put off buying the Nikon D600 because of the host of comments about dust/oil on the sensor. The 6D hasn’t disappointed me. It has excellent build quality, the controls are more thoughtfully designed than the Nikon (and most are on the right on the back), and I just love the built-in GPS and wifi. With the Eos Remote app, I can operate the camera from my iPhone. I bought the 6D with the kit lens (24-105mm f4) which got good reviews and has produced excellent results for me. I tried the autofocus in servo mode on moving steam trains from track side this weekend and was impressed with the performance. I have also been using the ISO in auto mode, I thing I don’t usually do (preferring to set it manually), but have found that the camera chooses very intelligent settings in a variety of lighting conditions. Although I have had the camera for only a few weeks, I am very pleased with my migration to Canon and with the 6D.

  • garrie

    beware… i live in Beijing and the camera i bought here was sold without GPS or mention that it was!