Canon 6D 20.2 Megapixel Digital SLR Reviews Roundup

After last week's announcement of the full-frame Nikon D600 DSLR, Canon EOS 6D finally announces a full-frame DSLR camera with a similar price-point, the EOS 6D. The 20.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor 6D features a DIGIC 5+ processor (same as 5D Mark III), 3-inch 1.04-million dot LCD screen, 4.5 fps continuous shooting (slightly lower than 5D Market III's 6 fps), 63 metering zones, auto-focus as low as EV -3, ISO range of 100 to a high of 25600 (extended to ISO 50 and 102,400), a UHS-1 SD card slot, and built-in WiFi and GPS functionality. The camera no longer accepts CompactFlash card slots.

About GPS, the 6D geotags every photo taken on the camera, includes a Coordinated Universal Time stamp, and lets users see a photo map that shows an exact route between all your shots. While Canon has offered Wi-Fi and GPS accessories before, having these features built-in should offer a much simpler experience. The 6D comes with a major upgrade to the autofocus system. While its 11 autofocus points and single cross-type sensor are far fewer than what's in the 5D Mark III, the 6D autofocus sensor is the most sensitive sensor in low light the company has ever built. Borrowing from the 5D-series, the 6D provides full manual control over exposure and audio levels while recording video. The camera features NTSC and PAL video modes at multiple frame rates, recording 1080p at 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps, 720p at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps and standard video at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. The camera provides up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording (with 4GB automatic file partitioning) in selectable All i-frame or IPB compressions with embedded timecode. The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera will be sold in a body-only configuration for $2,099.00 and it will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens for $2,899.00. Both configurations will be available in December 2012.

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Canon EOS 6D Camera Reviews Roundup


GrahamClark - Feb 16 2014
"The Canon 6D is the first Canon SLR to have integrated GPS. For everyday shooters, wedding or sports photographers, the value of GPS may be minimal, however the value for travel and landscape photographers is sure to be huge. In addition to having accurate location-based data for every shot, the integrated GPS in the 6D also automatically sets the timezone...." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Review - Jul 01 2013
"The Canon EOS 6D is an excellent camera for Canon DSLR users who want to step up to a full-frame camera without spending $3500 for the 5D Mark III. This camera combines some of the best Canon technology and features from its surrounding siblings like the 60D and the 5D Mark III and adds Wi-Fi and GPS, two features that require optional accessories on its cl..." More »
90out of 100
Imaging Resource - May 04 2013
"Despite a few quibbles, the 20.2-megapixel Canon EOS 6D lives up to its promise of housing a glorious, full-frame CMOS sensor inside a smaller, lighter, and more affordable digital SLR camera body designed for prosumers, enthusiasts, and even novice photographers. Are we in love with everything about this camera? No, but Canon's done a great job of not dumb..." More »
Not Rated
CNET UK - May 03 2013
"As the EOS 6D doesn't have a built in flash, it was only possible to perform the still life test using studio lighting and the available ambient light within the studio. I set the camera to full auto for this test so that it could make all of its own decisions about exposure and focusing. Under studio lights it kept the aperture pinned at f/5.6 and sensitiv..." More »
90out of 100
Camera Labs - Mar 24 2013
"There was a time, not so long ago, when the cost of a full-frame DSLR was well beyond the reach of most people who didn't earn their living from photography. Then, within the space of a couple of weeks, Nikon announced the D600, Canon followed close on its heels with the 6D, and the affordable full-frame DSLR became a reality that many could aspire to. ..." More »
85out of 100
PhotoReview Australia - Mar 18 2013
"In live view mode, autofocusing defaults to contrast detection, which we found noticeably slower than the phase detection system used when you shoot with the viewfinder. This was particularly true in low light levels, where it could take a second or so to find focus. We were able to accommodate this loss of speed when shooting stills in live view mode but f..." More »
89out of 100
pdn - Mar 15 2013
"Image quality from the Canon 6D was on par with the results we got from the 5D Mark III, and that's saying something because the 5D Mark III was one of the best cameras we shot with last year. I've already mentioned that the 6D's sensor is just a fraction smaller than the 5D Mark III's chip, but the 6D's individual pixel size is larger because it has slight..." More »
Not Rated
Phoblographer - Feb 28 2013
"In the end I found very little that I absolutely didn't like about the 6D. While there are definitely a few things that concern me, I didn't feel that any one particular issue that I had with the camera would be an absolute deal-breaker if I wanted to purchase it. I know other reviewers and photographers have made a big stink about the camera being complete..." More »
Not Rated
dpreview - Feb 14 2013
"The EOD 6D delivers default color and contrast that is typical of enthusiast EOS cameras. This is of course no bad thing, and its evaluative metering system produces well-judged exposures. Auto White Balance consistently gives realistic results, struggling somewhat only in very warmly lit low light scenes. And Canon's noise reduction algorithms provide an i..." More »
83out of 100
CNET US - Feb 05 2013
"I'm extremely impressed with the EOS 6D's photo quality; it delivers excellent JPEG processing and noise reduction, great dynamic range and tonal quality, and accurate colors if you change the defaults. JPEG shots are relatively clean through ISO 800 and still quite good through ISO 1600, even for large prints. And depending upon scene content and usage, yo..." More »
77out of 100
PCMag - Jan 29 2013
"I used Imatest to measure the noise recorded by the 6D's 20-megapixel image sensor. It's a relatively low megapixel count for a full-frame design--of current models, only the 16-megapixel Nikon D4 packs fewer pixels. This is generally advantageous when it comes to performance at very high ISO settings. I tested the JPG output at default settings through the..." More »
90out of 100
ePhotoZine - Jan 22 2013
"The Canon EOS 6D is capable of producing excellent images in a variety of conditions with particularly pleasing skin tones and colour reproduction. Dynamic range is good with detail in both bright and shadow areas despite the difficult shooting conditions. Detail is good in photos whether using the 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM lens at the wide or telephoto end. The..." More »
90out of 100
Trusted Reviews - Jan 20 2013
"Given that the 6D uses the same tried and tested 63-zone metering system used by both the 7D and 5D Mark III, it came as no great surprise to find that the 6D's metering is as accurate and consistent as those two models. If we were to be really critical, images are perhaps -0.3 EV darker than we'd ideally like them to be. A quick tweak of the Exposure slide..." More »
80out of 100
MichaelStringer - Jan 09 2013
"Much has been said about the 6D's focus deficiencies in comparison with the 5D III. Of course 61 vs 11 AF points is a substantial difference - as is the fact that the 6D only has 1 cross sensor in the centre while the 5D III has 41 of them. Before using the 6D at a recent wedding I read that the 6D's centre AF point was particularly sensitive and I can conf..." More »
Not Rated
Photography BLOG - Jan 08 2013
"On paper the new Canon EOS 6D seems rather poorly specified compared to its main rival, the Nikon D600, and its big brother, the 5D Mark III, but in reality it proves to be a very capable DSLR that delivers outstanding pictures in both good and bad light. The key difference between the 6D and the main alternatives are the number and type of AF points. The 6..." More »
90out of 100
Digital Camera Info - Jan 05 2013
"Everything the D600 is for Nikon users, the EOS 6D is for Canon lovers: a relatively affordable full-frame option, aimed at photographers looking to get their start in high-end portraiture or event shooting. Plus the--shall we say--"price insensitive" consumers are no longer forced to step up to bulkier bodies like the 5D Mark III. It feels silly..." More »
92out of 100
Pocket-lint - Jan 03 2013
"Video capture is another key part of the Canon 6D's specification, able to record 1080p files at 24 or 25fps (30fps NTSC) using either ALL-I or IPB compression. The former will deliver files in the region of 600MB for a minute of footage which, for quality hounds, is awesome. Either compression type uses the H.264 codec to deliver MOV files direct from the..." More »
80out of 100
Gizmodo - Jan 03 2013
"Ever use a Canon DSLR? It's like that. You won't notice anything different here aside from the altered control layout. Versus the 5D MK3, the 6D has a simpler autofocus system, with 11 points instead of 61 points. But it's still fast and accurate. The 6D sports a single SDXC card slot, as opposed to the CF slots of its older siblings. The other differences..." More »
60out of 100
What Digital Camera - Dec 20 2012
"As to be expected, the tried and tested 63-zone metering system produced identical exposure results to those that were previously produced out on the 7D and 5D Mark III. The metering system is one that you can rely on to attain accurate exposures and if we were to be really critical shots are -0.3 EV darker than perhaps you'd like. A quick tweak of the Expo..." More »
91out of 100
CNET Asia - Dec 12 2012
"In terms of noise performance, we found the 6D to provide optimum image quality from ISO 100 to 3,200, which is typical for dSLRs with full-frame sensors. At ISO 6,400, there's a scattering of grain and we noticed a slight drop in sharpness and image detail. By the time you hit ISO 12,800, overall contrast starts to suffer along with an increased level of n..." More »
80out of 100
Amateur Photographer - Nov 12 2012
"The possibility that Wi-Fi and/or GPS connectivity would one day be built into DSLRs has been mooted a number of times over the past few years. After all, some compact cameras have had these features for a while. Now, both these features have been included in Canon's EOS 6D. This gives the camera a unique selling point, particularly over its most direct com..." More »
Not Rated
PhotographyBay - Nov 04 2012
"One of the very interesting features of the 6D is the new built-in WiFi mode that works in conjunction with the free Canon EOS Remote app for iPhone/Android.  The connection to the app is pretty seamless - with no passwords to input or networks to select. Once connected, you have the ability to review images on the 6D's memory card and download images..." More »
Not Rated
Phoblographer - Oct 28 2012
"The camera felt very simple to use; the menus indeed didn't feel anywhere as biblical in length as the Canon 5D Mk III's. For most photographers that will just want to shoot, review, and upload, you surely won't have a problem at all. The key to using the 6D is that for the  majority of the time, the users that this camera is targeted at won't have to..." More »
Not Rated
Camera Labs - Sep 22 2012
"At the Canon press event during Photokina 2012 I secured an interview with the European Product Manager, Richard Shepherd. In this interview I asked him to reveal the new features of the EOS 6D along with discussing Canon's various decisions on the specifications. Note I filmed the interview using a Panasonic Lumix GX1 with a 7-14mm lens at 14mm, and record..." More »
Not Rated
pdn - Sep 19 2012
"The feeling of shooting with the 6D is much like the Nikon D600 -- which we are currently testing -- in that after a few minutes of using the camera, you completely forget you're shooting with a "more affordable" full-frame DSLR aimed at prosumers. At the same time, as with the D600, the 6D didn't feel significantly lighter or more svelte than the..." More »
Not Rated
Digital Camera Info - Sep 19 2012
"The overall theme of this year's Photokina seems to be the proliferation of full-frame cameras, particularly on the low end. With the announcement of the Sony A99, RX1, the Nikon D600, and now the Canon EOS 6D, there's no shortage of models that provide full-frame capability at a more reasonable sub-$3,000 price. There are tradeoffs, of course, or else ever..." More »
Not Rated
What Digital Camera - Sep 18 2012
"Comparing the back view of the EOS 6D to the 5D Mk III, it's the 6D that has the more spacious design but importantly it doesn't loose any important buttons, with all the controls you need to quickly activate Live View and record HD video. The mode dial features its own lock - a feature we've become accustomed to seeing on most Canon EOS DSLR's since the 5D..." More »
Not Rated
PhotoReview Australia - Sep 18 2012
"The 35.8 x 23.9 mm, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor is a brand new chip. It's coupled to the same DIGIC 5+ image processor as is used in the EOS 5D III. Consequently, the 6D can offer the same sensitivity range as the 5D III, covering ISO 100 to ISO 25600 in the auto and manual adjustment modes and offering expansion to L (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 51200) and H2 (ISO 102..." More »
Not Rated

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