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Canon 6D review

We test Canon's most affordable full-frame DSLR

Our 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.

For

  • Enthusiast-centric controls
  • Remote control via Wi-Fi
  • GPS technology
  • High image quality

Against

  • No flash
  • Lacks some connections
  • 97% viewfinder coverage
  • Limited viewfinder overlay

Canon EOS 6D review

Full ISO 100 image, see the cropped (100%) versions below.

Canon EOS 6D review

ISO 100

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In-camera processing of JPEG files helps to boost colour and keep noise to a minimum. In this first shot at ISO 100, plenty of colour and detail have been captured. The image shows the five hills clearly defined, and the mist and trees can be easily picked out.

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ISO 200

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The same scene at ISO 200, and again the hills, trees and fields are clearly defined.

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ISO 400

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At ISO 400, the full frame sensor shows little sign of reducing the amount of shadow and highlight detail that is captured.

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ISO 800

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While the shadow and highlight detail of the image is retained, there is a slight softening of detail as the in-camera JPEG processing starts to suppress noise.

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ISO 1600

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Looking at the flatter tonal areas of the back two hills and sky, you can start to see a further loss of detail, but colour and tone is still impressive.

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ISO 3200

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At ISO 3200, colours start to wash out a little, and the noise suppression of JPEG files starts to lose some more of the finer detail.

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ISO 6400

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Noise suppression in the background really starts to affect the flatter tonal areas.

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ISO 12800

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While the noise suppression does minimise the effect of noise, the influence can just be seen on close inspection.

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ISO 25600

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At ISO 25600, despite the smoothing effect of the JPEG noise reduction, the image is still usable with good levels of colour and tone. But the minor detail and contrast of the image is subdued.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDigital SLR Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenNo
Effective Camera Resolution20.2 Megapixel
GPSYes
USBYes
Wide AngleYes
PictBridgeYes
Product FamilyEOS
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
Minimum Focus Distance450 mm
Maximum Image Resolution5472 x 3648
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution20.6 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedLP-E6
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height111.8 mm
Width144.8 mm
Depth71.1 mm
Autofocus Points11
Focal Length24 mm to 105 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Flash ModesAuto Flash
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerCanon, Inc
Product Model6D
Product NameEOS 6D Digital SLR Camera
Product LineEOS
Aspect Ratio3:2
Manufacturer Part Number8035B029AA
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.canon.co.uk
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
Display Resolution1040000 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone