Canon EOS 6D review

January 26, 2013

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Canon EOS 6D

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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...


Canon EOS 6D at a glance:

  • 20.2-million-pixel, full-frame, CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100-25,600 (extends to ISO 50-102,400)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Lightweight at 755g, including battery and card
  • Street price around £1,399

Canon EOS 6D review – Introduction

Full-frame DSLRs used to be priced for and targeted at professional photographers. However, such guidelines no longer strictly apply. Like Nikon’s D600, the Canon EOS 6D is an ‘affordable’ full-frame DSLR aimed squarely at the enthusiast, but which may also find popularity with professionals who want a lightweight back-up model. In the case of Nikon’s camera, it even goes in the company’s consumer range, sitting below the APS-C-sized D300S, which is in the professional line. It is actually in certain key areas, such as the autofocus and metering systems, and in particular build quality, that we now find the main differences between professional and enthusiast models. The EOS 6D is the smallest and lightest full-frame camera from Canon, and is partly constructed from magnesium alloy.

To accommodate those considering an enthusiast full-frame camera for the first time, we are beginning to see smaller and more lightweight full-frame lenses being announced – for example, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM lens. So there is in effect a whole new full-frame system being created for enthusiasts.

Interestingly, the target audience for the Canon EOS 6D allows Canon greater freedom to try new things and market it in different ways than it does with its professional models. For instance, the company says that built-in GPS and Wi-Fi make the EOS 6D an ideal travel camera. However, while these are the EOS 6D’s stand-out functions, the camera also features a new imaging sensor and inherits reliable aspects, such as its metering system, from previous Canon DSLRs.

  • 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

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