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£1,700.00

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Canon EOS 6D review – Autofocus

On paper, the 11-point AF system is modest, especially when compared to the 39-point set-up of the Nikon D600 or even the 19-point system used by the EOS 7D. However, the central cross-type point in the EOS 6D is sensitive down to -3EV, which means it should operate in conditions as dark as moonlight. Certainly, in such conditions it is vital to have the subject covered by this sensitive central point in order to achieve an accurate and sharp focus. The speed of focus when the central point is in use is snappy, even in low light, but at times it can be hit and miss when under moonlight. In bright conditions when capturing static subjects, AF is as quick as I would expect, and as fast as is necessary for general use.

The AF system is not designed for fast action, though. Compared to a camera designed for sports, such as the firm’s own EOS-1D X, the AF modes on the EOS 6D are basic and designed for everyday shooting – for which the camera caters perfectly well. When recording fast action, it is wise to select speed priority over focus priority to ensure that the camera keeps up with the subjects, and that it continues to trigger during the sequence.

  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!