Canon EOS 6D Review

Overall 50
Imaging 27
Features 47
Size 71
Price 0

Main Features

  • 20.0 MP Full frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Expands to 50 - 102400)
  • Image Stabilization: No
  • 3″ Fixed Type Screen
  • ViewFinder: Yes
  • 4.5 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Video: 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
  • Built-in Wireless: Yes
  • Dimensions: 145 x 111 x 71 mm
  • Weight: 770 g
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Built-in GPS: Yes
  • Replaced by Canon 6D MII.

Canon EOS 6D Summary

This review is devoted to EOS 6D that Canon has first introduced to the public in Feb 12, 2013. This model is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera with a resolution of 20.0 MP and a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

Canon has replaced this product with their most recent model 6D MII.

In Semi-Pro DSLR cameras (Top 10 DSLR Cameras) this model has taken rank #19 out of 200. Its Overall Score has reached 50/100 and it takes a rank of #76 out of 1174 in all Cameras.

Canon EOS 6D Compared to other DSLR Cameras

Now let's delve into more details of our Canon EOS 6D review by assessing its features and specs, as well as checking what pros and cons it has compared to other average products in this category.

PROs

  • Dxo Low Light Iso: 2340
  • Min Boosted Iso: 50
  • AutoFocus Face Detection: Yes
  • Microphone Port: Yes
  • Wireless Connectivity: Built-In
  • Environmental Sealing: Yes
  • Timelapse Recording: Yes

CONs

  • Viewfinder Coverage: 97
  • Continuous Shooting: 4.5 fps
  • Dxo Dynamic Range: 12.1
  • Number Of Focus Points: 11
  • Number Of Cross Focus Points: 1
  • Headphone Port: No
  • Storage Slots: 1

Complete Comparison of Canon EOS 6D With Other Cameras in Semi-Pro DSLR Category

In this part of our review, we are going to take a closer look at the technical specs and features presented in Canon EOS 6D. In addition, we are going to define the main pros and cons of this model and, based on this info, compare it to other average Semi-Pro DSLR cameras.

Physical Characteristics Of Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D has the following external dimensions 145 x 145 x 71 mm (57.09 x 43.7 x 27.95″) with the weight of 770 g.

The typical weight for average Semi-Pro DSLR type cameras is 783g. If we compare the average indicator of the weight of Canon EOS 6D, we can conclude that this model is lighter than many other similar products.

Talking about the camera’s thickness, it is worth saying that Canon EOS 6D is thinner than other average cameras from this class. Its thickness is 71mm.

Look at the pictures below to see the front and top view of Canon EOS 6D with the indication of this model’s dimensions:

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If you want to have a better idea of how big the Canon EOS 6D is, look at the pictures below to see how big it is compared to a credit card and a AA type battery.

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Finally, let's check how different are the weight and thickness of the Canon EOS 6D compared to other models from this class of cameras presented by the brand’s competitors:

Battery

Canon EOS 6D — 1090 shots
Min: 390 shots
Average: 871 shots
Max: 1840 shots

Thickness

Canon EOS 6D — 71 mm
Min: 64 mm
Average: 75 mm
Max: 86 mm

Weight

Canon EOS 6D — 770 g
Min: 479 g
Average: 783 g
Max: 1074 g

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 6D comes without a waterproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and avoid water.

Unfortunately, Canon EOS 6D comes without a dustproof feature, so if you want it to serve well and last longer, you will have to use it very carefully and protect your camera from external threats such as dust.

Canon EOS 6D Photo and Sensor Features

Canon EOS 6D boasts of a resolution of 20.0 MP and is equipped with a Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sized CMOS sensor.

The base of Canon EOS 6D has the following ISO range 100 - 25600 and it also comes with a possibility of extending this indicator to 50 - 102400.

Also, this model comes with the support of the RAW file. This gives you more opportunities in terms of further processing of your files as you can pick to save them in a RAW format.

Canon EOS 6D features a 20.0 MP Full frame sensor, which is not a good pick for high-quality and detailed pictures. However, we have an alternative option for you if you were looking for higher resolution.

DxOMark Sensor Scores

DxOMark gives us a possibility to make a clear and scientific assessment of the quality of camera sensors’ image. Canon EOS 6D, in its turn, features a sensor that was already studied and assessed by DxO Mark. After a complete evaluation, this type of sensor has received a score of 82 for the image quality. If you are looking to see how DxO Mark has tested and evaluated the Canon EOS 6D’s sensor.

Anti-Aliasing Filter

Canon EOS 6D is known for the lack of anti-alias (Low-pass) filter. It is one of its essential features of the sensor built in this model. The absence of this filter contributes to a higher level of details and sharpness in the pictures you take. Yet, the lack of an anti-alias filter also enhances the possibility of more occurring in certain conditions.

Now let’s check how we can compare the size of Full frame sensor featured in Canon EOS 6D with other standard sensor sizes.

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Other Characteristics And Features of Canon EOS 6D

LCD and ViewFinder

Canon EOS 6D is equipped with a Fixed Type 3" LCD screen. The resolution of this model’s screen reaches 1,040k dots.

In addition, this model comes with a built-in Optical (pentaprism) ViewFinder.

The ViewFinder in EOS 6D has quite nice characteristic. Its magnification ratio is 0.71x and it also provides a coverage of 97%.

Compared to other cameras from this class, this model may not come with the highest magnification and coverage indicators. However, even though its coverage is only 97%, this can’t be called a significant disadvantage.

Some of the main reasons why the OVF presented in this model is a handy tool are that it allows you to see a scene without any time lag or resolution limits. Besides, it also ensures the highest level of clarity that can be elaborated by the lens and the human eye. Who can benefit from this feature? The OVF is especially handy when shooting sports events. This smart system will allow photographers to see action instantly and figure out what is the right timing for capturing a specific moment.

Max Shutter speed

Some of the other highlights of Canon EOS 6D are its 4.5 fps max speed and 1/4000 sec max shutter speed, which allow you to shoot continuously.

Flash

Unlike some other cameras from this category, EOS 6D unfortunately, is not equipped with a built-in flash. Luckily, it has a special slot for external flashes instead.

Focusing

One more highlight that makes Canon EOS 6D stand out is the fact that it features two smart AutoFocusing systems. One of these systems is called Phase Detection and the other one is Contrast Detection. Both features stand for higher accuracy and focus speed in different situations. With the smart AutoFocus system presented in this model, photographers can choose from 11 points.

In addition, EOS 6D has a Face detection AF feature that quickly finds the faces that appear within the frame range and locks the focus on them automatically.

Video Features

As for the video quality characteristics of Canon EOS 6D, it gives you a possibility to shoot videos at the highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 You also have enough flexibility in terms of how you can save your files. Namely, Canon EOS 6D allows you to save files in H.264 formats.

Canon EOS 6D provides full HD resolution, which means that this model shows decent performance in most situations.

In addition, Canon EOS 6D is equipped with a special port that you can use to connect an external microphone for recording high-quality sound with its help.

Connectivity and Storage

One more advantage of Canon EOS 6D is its embedded wireless (Wi-Fi) connectivity. This feature makes it possible to share files with suitable devices without the necessity to connect them physically.

In addition, EOS 6D is equipped with its USB 2.0 or HDMI ports that make it possible to connect EOS 6D with suitable external devices.

Battery Life

In concordance with generally accepted CIPA standards, the battery featured in Canon EOS 6D provides a shooting life of 1090, while the average battery life of cameras in this class is 871 shots.

Compared to all models in the Semi-Pro DSLR category, Canon EOS 6D offers the highest battery life that reaches 1090 shots.

How Good is Canon EOS 6D for Different Types of Photography?

In this part of our review, we are going to focus on Canon EOS 6D’s performance in various fields of photography. Each sub-section stands for a specific photography area. In every part, we will review Canon EOS 6D’s name performance and give it an overall score. This first spider web graph indicates how we can compare the EOS 6D to the average DSLR camera.

Hover your mouse over the points to see the score details for each photography type.

Canon EOS 6D for Portrait Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 6D performs Portrait Photography, we gave it a score of 92. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 6D can be called a Great model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Portrait Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Portrait Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Canon is famous with its skintones
  • Face Detection Focusing

Disadvantages:

  • No Image Stabilization

Canon EOS 6D for Street Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 6D performs Street Photography, we gave it a score of 76. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 6D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Large Full frame(36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Big battery life (1090 shots)

Disadvantages:

  • Big size (145 x 111 x 71 mm)
  • No Image Stabilization
  • Small Number of autofocus Points (11)

Canon EOS 6D for Sports Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 6D performs Sports Photography, we gave it a score of 87. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 6D can be called a 87 model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Environmental Sealing
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2340)
  • Big size (145 x 111 x 71 mm)

Disadvantages:

  • Slow Continuous Shooting (4.5 fps)
  • Slow Max Shutter Speed (1/4000s)
  • Smal Number of autofocus Points (11)
  • Small Number of CrossFocus Points (1)

Canon EOS 6D for Daily Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 6D performs Daily Photography, we gave it a score of 69. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 6D can be called a Strong model for this type of photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Built-in View Finder
  • Live View
  • Wireless Connectivity
  • Video is available

Disadvantages:

  • Big weight (770 g)
  • Big size (145 x 111 x 71 mm)
  • No Built-in Flash

Canon EOS 6D for Landscape Photography

After carefully reviewing how well Canon EOS 6D performs Landscape Photography, we gave it a score of 96. Compared to scores of other cameras from the same class, Canon EOS 6D can be called a 96 model for this type of photography.

If the score of this model doesn’t impress you and you are still looking for a model that is better suited for Landscape Photography, we recommend you to check out our Top 10 Cameras for Landscape Photography.

Advantages:

  • Large Full frame (36 x 24 mm) sensor
  • Good Dynamic Range (12.1)
  • Environmental Sealing
  • Live View
  • RAW Support
  • Nice Low Light ISO (2340)

Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution sensor (20 MP)

Canon EOS 6D Detailed Specs

General
Brand Canon
Model EOS 6D
Announced Feb 12, 2013
Body Type Mid-size SLR
Lens
Manual Focus Yes
Lens Mount Canon EF
Number of Lenses 256
Focal Length Multiplier 1x
Macro Focus Range
Screen
Screen Type Fixed Type
Screen Size 3″
Screen Resolution 1,040k dots
Live View Yes
Touch Screen No
ViewFinder
ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
ViewFinder Resolution 0k dots
ViewFinder Coverage 97%
ViewFinder Magnification 0.71
Photography Features
Min Shutter Speed 30 s
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Continuous Shooting 4.5 fps
Shutter Priority Yes
Aperture Priority Yes
Manual Exposure Mode Yes
Exposure Compensation Yes
Custom White Balance Yes
Image Stabilization No
Built-in Flash No
Flash Range 0
Flash Modes no built-in flash
External Flash Yes
AE Bracketing Yes
WB Bracketing Yes
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment Yes
Average No
Spot Yes
Partial Yes
AF-Area No
Center Weighted Yes
DxO Sensor Scores
DxO Sensor Scores 82
DxO Color Depth 23.8
DxO Dynamic Range 12.1
DxO Low Light ISO 2340
Sensor
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Size Full frame
Sensor Dimensions 36 x 24 mm
Sensor Area 864.00 mm2
Sensor Resolution 20.0 MP
Max Image Resolution 5472 x 3648
Max Native ISO 25,600
Max Boosted ISO 102,400
Min Native ISO 100
RAW Support Yes
AutoFocus
AF Touch No
AF Continuous Yes
AF Single Yes
AF Tracking No
AF Selective Yes
AF Center Yes
AF Multi Area Yes
AF Live View Yes
AF Face Detection Yes
AF Contrast Detection Yes
AF Phase Detection Yes
Number of Focus Points 11
Number of Cross Focus Points 1
Video Features
Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats H.264
Microphone Port Yes
Headphone Port No
Connectivity
Wireless Connectivity Yes
HDMI Yes
USB USB 2.0
Physical
Environmental Sealing Yes
Water Proof No
Dust Proof No
Shock Proof No
Crush Proof No
Freeze Proof No
Weight 770 g
Physical Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm
Battery Life 1090 shots
Battery Type 1090 shots
Battery Model LP-E6
Other Features
Self Timer Yes
Timelapse Recording Yes
GPS Built-in
Storage Type SD/SDHC/SDXC
Storage Slots 1

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