- Resolution: 20.2 MP
- Sensor size: 35.8 x 23.9 mm
- Screen size: 3 inches
- Sensor type: CMOS
- Type: DSLR
- Built-in Flash: Yes
- Battery Type: AA Alkaline
- LCD Info Display: TFT LCD
- Lens Kit: 24 - 105 mm
In response to Nikon’s D 600, Canon announced its competing rival, the EOS 6D that had definitely sparked up the mid-range full frame DSLR market, giving birth to a whole new segment all together. Full frame cameras were initially meant for those who had very deep pockets. However, the trend is changing slowly and the cameras these days offer so many features that you wouldn’t really want to dig in that deep to afford these full frame DSLR’s.
While competing companies such as Nikon and Sony launch their versions of full frame DSLR’s, Canon has smartly added in subtle similarities to the 6D from the pricier 5D mark III model.
Apparently, the EOS 6D is best understood as a full frame version of the 60D model and it is indeed a similar model in terms of the layout and dimensions. However, the 6D distinguishes itself with some of the most brilliant technology that resides in it.
Let’s take a look at it.
This camera costs around Rs. 1,50,000*/- (with lens).
The Canon EOS 6D is built with the newest Canon CMOS sensor that offers a 20.2 Megapixel sensor as well as the company’s prominent DIGIC 5+ processor it offers a standard ISO range of 100-25600, expandable down to 50 and up to 102,400. The AF system on this camera offers 11 points but only the central one is cross-type and is sensitive to both vertical as well as horizontal details. The most interesting feature is the camera’s ability to focus in extremely low light levels; right down to a claimed -3 EV – a full stop dimmer than its pricier cousins.
The Noteworthy additions to this camera include a great blend of technology that is in line with today’s needs, the features include integrated GPS and Wi-Fi as well as the ability to control the camera remotely via your smart phone (Android and iOS enabled handsets) the 6D also gets a touch of the 5D Mark III’s silent shutter mode that offers quiet and discrete shooting without any interruptions. This camera has also inherited the in-camera HDR and Multiple Exposure modes (limited to Jpeg’s only). This camera has omitted a few cool features found on the pricey versions such as, on-chip phase-detection to aid autofocus in live view or movie mode or even the touch screen interface. This camera offers 4.5 fps continuous shooting, 63 zone iFCL metering system as well as a Sensor Cleaning System. Overall, this camera has inherited a few features from the high end Canon DSLR’s, making the 6D appear more happening and trendy.
Design, Display and Controls:
Although it isn’t the sturdiest of DSLR’s, the 6D is a well articulated companion. It provides a very good use outdoors and indoors too. There is a very nice-sized contoured grip that provides a comfortable and solid handhold for this camera that measures 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 inches and weighs 680g (excluding battery) this camera comes with a rechargeable battery and charger, eyecup, AF and USB cables, neck strap and printed user manual. The included CD-ROMs offer EOS Digital Solutions software and a CD with the software instruction manual. The 6D does not have an onboard flash unfortunately. Users will also have to download the Canon EOS Remote app and maybe pick up an HDMI cable to view images/video on HDTV. You can choose from a wide range of optional accessories available for this camera including remote or timer remote controller, interchangeable focusing screens and dioptric adjustment lenses.
In case you intend on shooting videos, you can pick up the external microphone for better stereo sound recording. This camera has just a Single card slot unlike most rivals that offer Dual Card slots. The camera supports SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (including UHS-1 cards). The layout of this camera is a great transition for those shifting from a basic DSLR to this advanced version. Canon has applied a logical control layout that is pretty convenient for the user. There is a mode dial and the on/off switch that sit on the left shoulder of the camera along with various modes including the standard manual, semi manual and program exposure options, along with Bulb, two custom settings and several automatic modes. This camera is equipped with a high resolution 1.04 million dot 3-inch LCD screen that provides 100% coverage, with 7-levels of manual brightness adjustments, so it's easy to use regardless of lighting conditions. The optical viewfinder on the 6D is large and clear and is quite pleasing to use, it offers the user 97% Penta prism coverage which is quite good. The camera is made up of Polycarbonate material that offers weather sealing and protection and this is a great feature for the 6D.
Modes and Performance:
The mode dial found on this camera is built for everyone and has inclusions from manual exposure modes to scene modes and a CA (Creative Auto) mode along with a few standard landscape, portrait, sports and close-up as well as a handheld night shot and HDR (high dynamic range) backlight modes. The camera also has ambience based options that include darker, brighter, vivid, warm, intense and monochrome features.
Performance wise, this camera is quite a good responsive device from start to end and thankfully does not have any shutter lag issue and shoots quite well. The AF on this camera is fast and accurate but, gets a little low during low light situations. The 4.5 fps shooting speed is nice and shoots Jpeg and RAW high resolution files.
The Canon 6D shoots around 980 shots (CIPA verified) and can extend up to 1090 shots while using the optical VF. The optional battery grip helps double the battery capacity. However, if you are using features such as Wi-Fi and GPS, then it is obvious that your battery would drain sooner than expected.
Image and Videos:
The Image quality on the 6D is uncompromisingly brilliant especially if you adjust the Picture Style parameters; the cameras offers perfectly saturated images and look pretty professional. As far as videos are concerned, Canon cameras are known for their unbeatable quality of videos, this camera captures full HD 1920 x 1080 videos at 30/25/24fps MOV format (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) In case you are planning to shoot videos outdoors, you might not want to rely on the monaural onboard microphones, instead you can pick up external stereo microphones for enhanced audio performance.
The EF 24-105 mm lens Kit:
The 6D is accompanied by the 24-105 mm lens that offers a superb build quality along with easy handling; this is quite a durable and sophisticated lens with Image Stabilizer that allows use of shutter speeds up to 3 stops slower, a fixed aperture without slowing the shutter speed, a super UD glass element and three aspherical lenses that minimizes chromatic aberrations and distortions as well as a rising Ultrasonic Motor (USM) that uses ultra sonic frequency vibrations to drive responsiveness . This is a brilliant lens that is suitable for amateur and professional photographers alike.
The 6D is an excellent camera with a brilliant image and video quality and shoots great even under low light or high ISO capabilities; it also has Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity. This full frame camera comes at a very affordable price and is an overall performer. Unfortunately, this camera lacks an inbuilt flash and has just a single card slot. Overall, this is a great camera that comes for a very attractive price.
Canon EOS 6D Rivals:
Canon EOS 7D