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 – Dynamic range

All the way up to ISO 400, the EOS 6D has a dynamic range of around 12EV, which drops to 11EV at ISO 1600. This is not quite to the standard set by cameras like the Nikon D600 or Pentax K-5 II (both 14EV), but it means that images still have a wide range of tones. Not unusually, though, the EOS 6D has an HDR mode that extends the dynamic range up to ±3EV, while autoexposure bracketing works over a maximum of seven frames up to ±8EV. To choose HDR mode, JPEG-only capture must first be selected. This would be needless if the camera could only change the image size automatically, which would allow the HDR mode to be selected directly from raw capture.

The other function to note is auto lighting optimiser, which works within the constraints of the dynamic range to make shadow and highlight detail more obvious. This control, as well as brightness adjustments up to ±1EV, can be made post-capture to raw files in the raw-image processing menu.

Image: In this high-contrast scene, use of the HDR mode brings back a lot of highlight detail to reveal the clouds in the sky

  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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