Canon 6D review

We test Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Canon EOS 6D with the Nikon D600, Canon EOS 7D, Sony Alpha a77 and Canon EOS 5D Mk III. These images were captured using a full-production sample of the Canon 6D.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 6D review

These results show that the Canon EOS 6D's JPEG files have a similar signal to noise ratio to those from the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 5D Mk III throughout the sensitivity range, beating those from the Canon EOS 7D and Sony Alpha a77 at every ISO setting.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Canon EOS 6D review

The signal to noise ratios of the TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Canon EOS 6D are again very similar to those from the Canon EOS 5D Mk III and Nikon D600, although the Nikon's performance trails off at higher sensitivities. The 6D beats the Canon EOS 7D and Sony Alpha a77 at every ISO.

JPEG dynamic range

Canon EOS 6D review

JPEG results for dynamic range are more confused than those for signal to noise ratio, with the Canon EOS 6D performing comparatively poorly at low ISOs, lagging behind the Nikon D600, Sony Alpha a77 and Canon EOS 5D Mk III but still beating the Canon EOS 7D. In the mid-range it picks up while some of the other cameras drop off, making it the second-best performer for a while, until it ends up on top by the upper end of the sensitivity range.

Raw dynamic range

Canon EOS 6D review

This chart indicates that TIFF images (after conversion from raw) from the Canon EOS 6D have a similar level of dynamic range as the JPEG images. The 6D starts out producing less dynamic range than the Nikon D600 and Canon EOS 5D Mk III, but a greater range than the Canon EOS 7D and Sony Alpha a77. But by ISO 400 it is the second best performer behind the Nikon, and at higher ISOs it takes the lead by a significant margin.

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