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Canon EOS 6D review – Noise, resolution and sensitivity

Image: Luminance noise is evident in this raw image taken at ISO 12,800, but detail is still relatively crisp

A 20.2-million-pixel resolution provides a maximum 5472×3648-pixel output, which equates to prints of approximately 18.24×12.16in when the print resolution is set to 300ppi. So, for those who do not regularly print much larger than A3-size, the EOS 6D is more than capable.

With the camera set to the largest file size, it is capable of resolving up to the 30 marker on our resolution charts. There is actually an impression of detail all the way to the end of the charts, which is particularly impressive. The ISO 100-25,600 range can be extended to ISO 50-102,400, which is class leading. Even in the extended high settings, the level of resolved detail is up to the 24 marker. This is no doubt thanks to what is a relatively low pixel count and the work Canon has put into the performance of the sensor in low light.

So while the resolved detail in good light is not class leading, the low-light performance stands out.

Luminance noise becomes evident in images taken at ISO 1600, but of several portraits taken in fading daylight at ISO 3200 detail is still crisp when viewed at 100%. Furthermore, colours are still bold, which shows just how uniform the luminance noise is in these portrait images. From ISO 6400 upwards, luminance noise steadily increases and by ISO 25,600, detail is more patchy. The extended settings are best used as a last resort, but to have the option in the first place of shooting at ISO 102,400 is no mean feat. In short, the EOS 6D is an able performer.

  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!