Canon 6D review

We test Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR

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Looking at the size and control layout of the Canon EOS 6D quickly confirms that it is a mix of both the Canon EOS 7D and Canon EOS 60D, with the size, weight and control layout being similar to the Canon 60D but with the Canon 7D's movie and stills live view switch on its back.

Although the Canon 6D's weight is the same as the Canon 60D's, it has half a centimetre more on the height and slightly less depth, which means that the grip is a bit deeper. This makes a surprising amount of difference, and means the grip gives better purchase.

A thoughtful button layout means there's instant access to many of the camera's main features, such as AF method, sensitivity and exposure compensation. And settings changes can be made quickly.

Canon EOS 6D review

As usual now, many of the key features can be accessed speedily via the quick menu, which is activated with a press of the dedicated button near the thumb rest.

The navigation control on the back of the camera features the same functionality as the EOS 60D, with a rotating outer ring to adjust settings such as aperture or shutter speed, a central directional pad for navigating menus and inner Set button for confirming settings changes.

Its position is ideal both for reviewing images and making settings changes, and when shooting with the camera to the eye, it is within easy reach of your thumb.

Canon EOS 6D review

Images may be magnified by pressing the button to the left of the quick menu button, and then rotating the front control dial to zoom in and out, instead of using the two zoom buttons that featured at the top-right of the of the Canon EOS 60D and Canon EOS 7D.

Switch to video live view and the magnify button enables you to zoom in and check focus, which is very useful for manual focus, especially with macro subjects.

The top plate takes the standard EOS approach, featuring direct access buttons to the AF and drive modes, sensitivity (ISO), metering and LCD light settings.

Canon EOS 6D review

The ISO button that sits in the middle of the group has been moulded with a recessed textured top, making it easier to identify with your finger when you're holding the camera to your eye.

The ISO value is shown in the viewfinder itself, so you can make an informed adjustment, but rather unhelpfully the metering, drive mode and AF options don't display in the viewfinder even when their corresponding button is pressed. This means they can't be adjusted accurately when the camera is held to the eye.

The AF point selection control is in the usual position at the top right above the thumb rest, and the point control itself can be selected using the navigation pad. Alternatively the front control dial can be used to move the point from left to right.

Canon EOS 6D review

Canon's menus have been expanding, and the Canon EOS 6D features an overwhelming assortment of options. Initially the 15 different screens seems a bit much, but this is due to Canon deciding against scrolling screens and rather giving a full list of options under each menu tab. This makes locating the feature you want far easier.

As with other Canon EOS models, the final tab is a My Menu screen. This is where you can place all of the most common features - we used it to access custom white balance, image quality, mirror lock up and ratings.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution20.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product FamilyEOS
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom4.4x
Brand NameCanon
DurabilityDust Resistant, Weather Resistant
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, External Flash Shoe, Face Detection, Time Lapse Function, Orientation Sensor
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMOV, MPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeSLR
Weight (Approximate)680 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, REACH, ErP, WEEE
Image Sensor Size35.80 mm x 23.90 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height111.8 mm
Width144.8 mm
Depth71.1 mm
Focal Length24 mm to 105 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashOptional
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model6D
Product NameEOS 6D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part Number8035B029AA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Unlock Your Vision.

The EOS 6D DSLR camera is the ideal tool for unlocking your creative vision. It features a 20.2 Megapixel Full-Frame CMOS sensor, a wide ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to L: 50, H1: 51200, and H2: 102400, for incredible image quality even in low light, and a DIGIC 5+ Image Processor delivers enhanced noise reduction and exceptional processing speed. A new 11-point AF including a high-precision center cross-type AF point with EV -3 sensitivity allows focusing in extreme low-light conditions, and with continuous shooting up to 4.5 fps, you are ready to capture fast action. Full HD video with manual exposure control, multiple frame rates, and the benefits of a Full-Frame sensor provides stunning performance and creative flexibility. The built-in Wi-Fi® transmitter allows you to wirelessly transfer your images to social networking sites through CANON iMAGE GATEWAY#, or upload virtually anywhere from your iOS or Android smartphone* with the free download of the EOS Remote app**. You can use your smartphone for remote camera control and operation (with the EOS Remote app), or even print your images on a Wi-Fi® compatible printer^. Perfect for travel and nature photography, the built-in GPS## allows location data to be recorded while shooting. Compact, lightweight, brilliant low-light performance, and loaded with easy to use features, the EOS 6D is truly the Full-Frame DSLR camera for everyone.

Package Contents
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera
  • EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Limited Warranty1 Year