Canon 6D review

We test Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR

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There's no doubt where the 20.2MP Canon EOS 6D is aimed. With some professional features stripped, you're left with a camera finely tuned to the needs of the enthusiast.

The full frame sensor captures images that are rich in colour and tone, with JPEGs direct from camera needing only a slight tweak, if any, before they look their best.

Raw files contain plenty of detail and a wide dynamic range that enables you to pull back highlights and shadows with minimal introduction of noise, even when using higher sensitivity settings.

Although focus speeds can't match those of the Canon EOS 7D, they are by no means sluggish, with the centre point AF locking on to a target and finding focus with good accuracy even in low light conditions, especially when a top notch L series lens is used.

Outside of the centre point, AF is by no means slow, and although grouped relatively tightly around the centre of the frame, there's still a good amount of flexibility.

We liked

The Canon EOS 6D's full frame sensor gives you lots of control over depth of field, and captures plenty of detail. Canon also has a good understanding of what people like about photographs, and as a result the Canon 6D produces images with pleasing colour and contrast.

Canon's EOS Remote app is also excellent, affording a high level of control over the camera via its built-in Wi-Fi system.

We disliked

We would have loved Canon to have given the EOS 6D an articulated screen for more convenient shooting from a range of angles, but perhaps this would have pushed the price a bit too high for comfort and, of course, smartphone users have the option to use their phone as a remote viewfinder.

As we have said before, it would be nice to be able to customise the weighting that the iFCL metering system gives to the brightness of the subject under the active AF point, because in high-contrast lighting conditions this can have a significant impact on the image. In some instances it appears to work more like centre-weighted metering than evaluative.

Final verdict

All things considered, the Canon EOS 6D is an excellent choice for the enthusiast and club photographer looking for a full-frame DSLR. These users will find that they have just about everything they need, and a bit more besides.

It may take them a while to get to grips with the subtleties of the camera's AF system, and they will have to remember some of the basics of metering when using the iFCL evaluative system in high contrast conditions, but they will appreciate the end results.

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