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Canon EOS 6D sample images added to hands-on preview

By dpreview staff on Nov 19, 2012 at 23:22 GMT
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We've added a gallery of real-world and studio images to our Canon EOS 6D preview. The EOS 6D won't be available until at least December but we've been able to borrow a pre-production model for which we've been allowed to post samples. We've shot with the camera in a series of lighting conditions, using a variety of lenses, including the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM. We've also shot an ISO sequence under challenging low-color-temperature artificial light. Click the links below to see how Canon's latest full-frame challenger performs.

The camera used for this gallery was pre-production, and image quality should be considered 'Beta' standard.

Canon EOS 6D preview samples - published 19 November 2012

There are 47 images in the preview samples gallery. Please do not reproduce any of these images on a website or any newsletter / magazine without prior permission (see our copyright page). We make the originals available for private users to download to their own machines for personal examination or printing (in conjunction with this review), we do so in good faith, please don't abuse it.

Unless otherwise noted images taken with no particular settings at full resolution. Because our review images are now hosted on the 'galleries' section of dpreview.com, you can enjoy all of the new galleries functionality when browsing these samples.

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photo nuts
By photo nuts (Nov 20, 2012)

All in-camera jpegs...

Next....

1 upvote
ThuiQuaDayNe
By ThuiQuaDayNe (Nov 20, 2012)

This is shot with 24-70 II..I guess we have to wait for RAWs then.

1 upvote
kewlguy
By kewlguy (Nov 20, 2012)

I don't know if Canon is in trouble or not, but at least there's proof that 6D exists... can't wait to try one

0 upvotes
huyzer
By huyzer (Nov 20, 2012)

Please DPreview, provide more portrait under high contrast light situations without fill flash. It's great to see how the sensor handles those situations. And while you're at it, can you provide RAW files for us to see how much Dynamic Range we can extract from each sample file you upload? Thanks, I hope you consider it.

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Pat Cullinan Jr
By Pat Cullinan Jr (Nov 20, 2012)

Yes, RAW is essential.

2 upvotes
Fixx
By Fixx (Nov 20, 2012)

May be that there is no software available that can open 6D RAW.

2 upvotes
deep7
By deep7 (Nov 20, 2012)

The camera looks very promising but the jpeg compression/noise reduction in the samples is a bit wonky. Not unusual for on-line, small-file samples I guess but it would be more helpful if the compression was lower!

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Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Nov 20, 2012)

As always, you download the original, out-of-camera JPEGs by clicking on the helpfully-labelled 'Original' link.

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deep7
By deep7 (Nov 20, 2012)

I've done that - the images may be full size but the files are small, i.e. not many megabytes, thus there is much jpeg compression going on.

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aris14
By aris14 (Nov 20, 2012)

I think that guys taking the pictures should be more careful.
I think that without exception all of them have showed to us some of their bad bad moments.
Or perhaps they need a photo editor in DPR...
I mean that is not appropriate, no matter if you want to make the shooting as everyday or average user produced, to post, sometimes at least, no good pics at all....

0 upvotes
VivaLasVegas
By VivaLasVegas (Nov 20, 2012)

As usual, the 10 years old CMOS is kicking ass and taking names again! The OOC jpegs are sharper with tons of detail than the competitions raw to jpeg files and that WOW Canon colors.......Sad day for SoNikon fanbase today, no wonder D600 is giving away stuffs like a free bag, battery, sd card, 100$ rebate, 20$ Adobe discount, 300$ Epson discount, wit swab and a lifetime oil filter change for free! I heard the 6D has a warewolf eyesight able to see and nail focus in total darkness.

5 upvotes
Illumina
By Illumina (Nov 20, 2012)

Heard not tried..

What kind of picture u want to take in total darkness?

4 upvotes
aris14
By aris14 (Nov 20, 2012)

The usual battle of the Worlds...
The tribes continue to misbehave...

1 upvote
marike6
By marike6 (Nov 20, 2012)

Seriously? That's what you thought from the smudgy low-light samples like IMG_0381. Canon taking names? I don't know about that, perhaps they are smoking something.

But seriously dude, for someone so confident in your favorite brand, you seem to spend a lot of time thinking (and talking) about Nikon gear and the D600.

7 upvotes
Nukunukoo
By Nukunukoo (Nov 20, 2012)

@Viva, funny you are so clueless on Nikon's pricing policy, where retailers and dealers cannot deviate much from the recommended retail price. They can, however, offer freebies and such to differentiate them from the other retailers. As an owner of both brands (and a Lumix) they each have strengths and weaknesses. All you do is b!tch about everything Nikon and really don't add any value to any discussion here. If your flamebaiting and attention seeking is what rocks your boat, then troll away...

3 upvotes
lensberg
By lensberg (Nov 20, 2012)

One would imagine your beloved D600 looks fantasic in every sample image... There's oodles of NR at work... only problem is its not as good as 6D's high ISO capabilities...

I just wonder whether you actually formunlate your opinions about how "great" Nikon's IQ is, based upon your eyes... or the farcical scores DXO provides...

And as for your dynamic range arguements... do we actually buy these camera's to primarily shoot shadowy / dark / dingy / crepuscular environments... If your answer is yes - then feel free to continue ranting about the D600's astronomical DR...

1 upvote
FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (Nov 20, 2012)

Opinions are very divided on the sharpness vs smearing of detail.
We need to look at specific features to see where the noise reduction software or the lens reduces precision.
IMG_0111 the second dark pink thorn to the left of the highest one is very sharply rendered and others below it too. beautiful colours with dark green background.
IMG_0287 the white building is very sharp and detailed in the center, the red tractor's wheel and the surrounding dark trimmed hedge are blurred like everything towards the edge of the wide angle lens.

0 upvotes
tabbyarthur
By tabbyarthur (Nov 20, 2012)

What about skine tones and white balance? Is the 6D as good as the 5D III with skin tones and WB? It would be nice to add the portrait of someone...

Comment edited 15 seconds after posting
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FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (Nov 20, 2012)

A low ISO natural light portrait would always be nice to see.
While Nikon has a problem with cold green tint,
Canon, often more accurate with warm colour reproduction and white balance, typically produces green patches in faces.

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Barney Britton
By Barney Britton (Nov 20, 2012)

Portraits are on their way.

5 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (Nov 20, 2012)

Why are none of the real-world photos ISO 100? There clearly is 50 available...

1 upvote
Andy Westlake
By Andy Westlake (Nov 20, 2012)

Because on a bright, contrasty day I was shooting with Highlight Tone Priority turned on, for extra highlight range. It's limited to ISO 200. Meanwhile ISO50 is a 'pulled' setting with limited highlight range (it's clipping even in the controlled light studio ISO series), so not ideal for general use.

2 upvotes
CarVac
By CarVac (Nov 20, 2012)

I see. I was checking the exif for whether HTP was on or not, but evidently Opera doesn't show that field (which I recall seeing in my photo editors).

0 upvotes
thx1138
By thx1138 (Nov 20, 2012)

Given how badly underexposed most shots are, the noise is very impressive. Someone should learn to not be a slave to having absolutely zero blinkies on the right.

1 upvote
Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Nov 20, 2012)

Exposure is subjective

8 upvotes
Nigel Wilkins
By Nigel Wilkins (Nov 25, 2012)

I agree, exposure is subjective. However, these photos were made to show off the camera's image qualities, which could be massively improved upon by more exposure. That said, you really need to be shooting RAW to get the best out of it.

0 upvotes
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Nov 20, 2012)

Remember guys ,this is a beta camera .

0 upvotes
FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (Nov 20, 2012)

You can see the single cells of the decorative purple-green leaf in the water drop pearl in the center :-)
The macro detail reaches microscopic levels under the magnification of the droplet at iso3200 with very little and fine grained noise ...
IMG_0146

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Nov 20, 2012)

Sorry , but I don't see it . Maybe it's me or my monitor but to my eyes it looks rather soft . Look at the image outlines . They are soft .

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dholl
By dholl (Nov 20, 2012)

it's your monitor. When you zoom into the middle you see a lot of fine detail retained. Very impressive for ISO-3200.

The soft water droplets are due to the limited DoF

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aris14
By aris14 (Nov 20, 2012)

It's not monitor. Canon always preferred not to over sharp images. Maybe a bit more.
Never had to improve it. The opposite par (Nikon) was asleep for 3 years , so they didn't have a strong competitor...
And it is the sensor too...
Note that all mid range and above Canons the last 6 years are quite sufficient staff...

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Mannypr
By Mannypr (Nov 20, 2012)

As usual we are jumping the boat . We all gonna have to wait for the full review and see what is causing what we are seeing .

0 upvotes
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Nov 20, 2012)

Colors are nice , sharpness is subpar (noise reduction) What surprise me was the dynamic range which is rather low for a full framer . It's quite possible that the low dynamic range and lack of sharpness maybe be cause both by rather strong noise reduction . Colors are kept very nicely at high iso , better then the Nikon d600 . Saturation is rather higher at base iso , this might be giving the pics higher contrast at high iso , more then Nikon. We should remember that Nikon is more conservative then Canon in rather all parameters at default . This could be the differences which some are observing and mentioning .

3 upvotes
mckracken88
By mckracken88 (Nov 20, 2012)

jpegs with noise reduction ON.....

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 20, 2012)

heavy NR as it´s seems... judging from the bad sharpness.

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rrccad
By rrccad (Nov 20, 2012)

no, canon atypically leaves sharpness "down" on jpgs making them look fairly soft OOC.

where have you been? that's been canon's jpg engine for years.

use something that isn't the standard picture style and the jpg's pop more.

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Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Nov 20, 2012)

Unbelievable!, I cant see any noise at Iso 800! I've been working on some old Velvia 100 scans today and ISO 3200 on this camera has considerably less noise/grain! In the 35mm format we have never had it so good!

1 upvote
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 20, 2012)

well the JPG engine is smearing the noise to death i guess.

looking at IMG_0164 @ iso 200 im not impressed by the detail rendering.

that is why i find JPG samples mosty useless.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 5 minutes after posting
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Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Nov 20, 2012)

@Gothmoth. The detail is still much better than the slides I have been looking at, and personally I shoot raw, so no problem. If I really need more detail I default to 5x4 film.

1 upvote
FreedomLover
By FreedomLover (Nov 20, 2012)

Gothmoth, there are the characteristic Canon purplered-green moire patches on the sunny tarmac visible in that picture. The glass structure seems sharp and detailed. Are you speaking about the pine trees ?

0 upvotes
aris14
By aris14 (Nov 20, 2012)

Is that so? Canon with 1Ds had that some 7-8 years ago...
As well as softness and a slightly washed images mainly because the CMOS sensor...

0 upvotes
Shamael
By Shamael (Nov 19, 2012)

That shots are absolutely great, the high ISO shots are amazingly clean. If I had the chose between D600 and this Canon 6D, the Canon was for me the way to go. I think that these pictures are a lot better than all I have seen from D600 yet.

2 upvotes
snooked123
By snooked123 (Nov 20, 2012)

Canon high ISO shots are always out of this world when you look at jpegs because of the awesome high ISO NR algorithm that Canon uses. When you look at RAWs things change and that too quite dramatically.

4 upvotes
JeanPierre Thibaudeau
By JeanPierre Thibaudeau (Nov 19, 2012)

Not bad at all but to me, these are some of the darkest images I've seen. Strong contrast and saturation.

I wonder what can cause that.

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Nov 20, 2012)

um, exposure.

2 upvotes
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 20, 2012)

low dynamic range and exposing for the highlights....

0 upvotes
Bosman Photography
By Bosman Photography (Nov 19, 2012)

I figured it would look like 5dm3 images, im glad to see that it really is. Could be a good lowlight sidekick if you can get past the sd card among other things.

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wihakowi
By wihakowi (Nov 20, 2012)

We all better get used to SD as the new standard card. My guess is that the 1DX will be the last strictly CF body.

0 upvotes
msatlas
By msatlas (Nov 19, 2012)

Are these JPEGs straight out of the camera? Any kind of PP?

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Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Nov 20, 2012)

Yes. Unless we specify otherwise, our sample galleries are always straight-out-of-camera JPEGs.

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mmcfine
By mmcfine (Nov 19, 2012)

Impressive hi ISO!
All the rest is in the photographer's hands and knowledge.

0 upvotes
Retzius
By Retzius (Nov 19, 2012)

The high iso performance looks impressive. The images do look a bit "flat" i.e. non-dimensional, but they are samples so who knows. Great time to be an FX shooter these days!

0 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Nov 19, 2012)

Out of camera JPGs remember. Flatness comes from lack of fine tuned contrast.

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MonteCarlo67
By MonteCarlo67 (Nov 19, 2012)

These samples look great! Really, very clean with great colors. In many ways this would be the perfect camera for me. Certainly some things held back from the 5D Mark III but most I can live with. Only one thing will keep me from buying it: The 1/4000th top shutter speed! Much like the Nikon D600, why in the heck would you cripple a $2,000+ camera by not having a top speed of 1/8000th?! Most people won't use such high speeds often. But many lesser cameras have it. No excuses for this!

3 upvotes
RedFox88
By RedFox88 (Nov 19, 2012)

the d600 does not haev 1/8000 either. 1/8000 is going to be a very, very rare usage item. If anything it would be used by mistake with the photographer using ISO 3200 in bright sunlight or something. But with how good auto ISO is these days.... it should not be an issue.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 19, 2012)

sorry but the low iso samples look not great at all.

they look exactly like what i would expect from a 4 year old 5D MK2.

that´s not great... that is FINE in my eyes.
remember they had 4 years to make a better camera/sensor.

but i don´t see a improvement in low iso.. not from these samples.

Comment edited 2 times, last edit 4 minutes after posting
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Der Steppenwolf
By Der Steppenwolf (Nov 19, 2012)

RedFox: 1/8000 is a necessity when you are using anything under f/4 on a sunny day.
Go out when bright and sunny set ISO at 100 and apperture at f/2.8 and see yourself.

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 19, 2012)

maybe he don´t own something faster then f2.8 .....

1 upvote
Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Nov 20, 2012)

@Gothmoth, I own a 5d mk2 and the low iso quality of it is excellent, there is very little need for improvement, If you know what you are doing and can manage to nail exposure. More dynamic range would be nice if you don't of course, but compared to what photographers have had in the past ie. slide film, we have it pretty good!

@Der Steppenwolf. I've shot wide open at f1.4 on a sunny day in the middle of an Australian summer with a camera that has a maximum shutter speed of 1000th of a second. With all due respect, this is a "non problem" easily fixed, with a polarising or neutral density filter.

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Combatmedic870
By Combatmedic870 (Nov 20, 2012)

@ leichhardt
With a ND filter??? If not, then I call bullcrap on that. Plain and simple.

0 upvotes
Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Nov 20, 2012)

@Combatmedic870. yes, ND stands for neutral density in case you didn't know. :)

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Area256
By Area256 (Nov 20, 2012)

It's harder to make a fast shutter for a full frame sensor; simply because there is more area to cover. The d600 and 6D likely have shutters with velocities just as fast as "lesser" APS-C cameras, but since they have a larger sensor to cover, they can't reach 1/8000. Full frame camera with 1/8000 shutters need higher speeds, and thus cost more.

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Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 20, 2012)

yeah well so you need a ND filter and 4 postings above it was said nobody needs 1/8000...

i rather have 1/8000 build in the camera then carriyng a ND filter all the time in case i need it. LOL

Comment edited 1 minute after posting
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Leichhardt
By Leichhardt (Nov 20, 2012)

@Gothmoth If you find carrying a 30 gram filter around with you so much of an effort, you are probably more in need of a gym membership than anything else.

1 upvote
Bernardo Vaghi
By Bernardo Vaghi (Nov 19, 2012)

Strong AA filter detected.

0 upvotes
Dianoda
By Dianoda (Nov 20, 2012)

The relative softness @ 100% is most likely a result of the JPEG engine than anything else. Canon RAWs tend to be quite a bit better than this when it comes to pixel level sharpness.

2 upvotes
J2photo
By J2photo (Nov 20, 2012)

The noise is very low indeed but so is the detail. I know that jpegs are a horrible interpretation of the cameras potential but to me these look like the NR is very heavy.. I am looking at these on a cheap monitor which may be the problem

1 upvote
Gothmoth
By Gothmoth (Nov 20, 2012)

no it´s not your monitor.. detail sucks on these images.

1 upvote
Mannypr
By Mannypr (Nov 20, 2012)

I would dare say the lack of detail is cause by the lack of sharpness . Outlines are all rather soft making the sense of detail to be low.

1 upvote
mistral2
By mistral2 (Nov 20, 2012)

These are Jpegs - so they don't tell us much. But the lack of sharpness is incredible. Nikon's sensor is far far better - no contest.
Lets wait for raw though.......

1 upvote
naththo
By naththo (Nov 20, 2012)

I have seen some sample image. Nice and sharp images but only major let down to me is LACK of dynamic range. I am sorry to say that but it disappointed me a lot. Sony, Pentax and Nikon has been ahead of Canon for long time particular for dynamic range and colours. Come on hurry up Canon you gonna catch up before you spiral down to the dead end. Or buy Sony sensor instead. lol Nikon and Pentax bought Sony sensor. So...? Be wary of poor dynamic range, try increase shadow to reveal shadow and the noise start to appear. Thats the biggest problem. If you wanna reveal better pic from Canon 6D take some RAW image and post process with Adobe Engine or Capture one engine it will come out much better than in camera jpeg processing. Both Adobe and Capture One raw edit open up more dynamic range much better.

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