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


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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.

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

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.

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


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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