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The EOS 6D shares the same DIGIC 5+ processor and most of the impressive video specs found on the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X. Video can be captured at 1080p resolution at 30 or 24 fps using one of two video encoding options. The 6D likewise offers SMPTE time code support for synchronizing external audio and/or footage from a second camera.

The camera is also happy to record for its maximum 29:59 minutes without a risk of overheating in normal working temperatures, and can split a single clip across multiple files so that it isn't impeded by the 4GB file limit of the FAT 32 file system. And borrowing from its Rebel-series models like the EOS 650D, Canon has also included its video snapshot feature, in which very short clips (8 seconds or less) can be combined in-camera for sequential playback. Unlike some current Nikon and Sony full frame DSLRs, the 6D fails to offer uncompressed HDMI output. Videographers may take heart, however, from the fact that after the 5D Mark III (which also shipped without uncompressed output) was released, Canon announced plans to add the capability to that camera with a firmware update, so it's just possible that this feature will be added in the future.

The 6D's movie mode offers a choice of ALL-I and IPB video compression. Support for SMPTE time code means you can easily sync footage shot with different cameras and external audio recorders.

The 6D offers two video encoding choices. With the 'All-I' compression option, each frame is treated independently, rather than trying to identify and compress common areas for neighboring frames. This means higher playback quality and easier editing, though at the cost of larger file sizes (you'll fit 22 minutes of All-I footage on a 16GB card, rather than the 64 with the alternative IPB compression).

The 6D offers full manual control over both exposure and audio, including an attenuator for use in situations where sudden loud noises may cause clipping. As with all current EOS models except the 650D, the camera's built-in mic is monoaural, but there is a 3.5mm stereo mic input.

Somewhat controversially, Canon has chosen to omit the headphone jack that would actually allow you to monitor your audio. This has generated no small amount of ire from videographers who were entertaining thoughts of the 6D as a lower-cost alternative to the 5D Mark III. Assuming this omission was not made purely on cost grounds it seems unlikely that the size of the 6D would have been substantially increased with the addition of another 3.5mm socket. As it stands, the 6D is the only full frame DSLR to lack the option to plug in headphones; a move that whatever the reasons behind it, may reduce the camera's appeal to videographers, despite its otherwise impressive specifications.

Video quality options

Sizes • ALL-I or IPB
1920 x 1080p (30/25/24 fps)
1280 x 720p (60/50fps)

640 x 480 (30fps)
Audio Monaural sound, Linear PCM, stereo sound with external microphone
Format H.264 / MPEG-4
Max file size per clip 4.0 GB
Recordable time 29:59 minutes

Handling in Video mode

With the live view switch (shown below) set to movie mode, initiating video capture is as simple as pressing the record button once to begin recording and a second time to end it. Continuous AF is not possible, and even in the manual Canon advises that you first acquire focus before you begin recording.

The basic process of shooting a video on the 6D is very similar to the EOS 5D Mark III. You set the Live View/Movie switch to the movie position to enter the movie mode and then press the start/stop button to record footage.

You engage autofocus with either a shutter-half press or by pressing the AF-On button.

In PAS modes you can set exposure compensation either before or while recording by turning the rear dial - with the lock switch in the left position - as you would do when taking stills images. In shutter priority mode, ISO and aperture are set automatically, you select shutter speed by turning the front dial. In aperture mode you turn the same dial to change aperture. In manual mode you turn front and rear dials for aperture and shutter speed respectively. You can change shutter speed and aperture while you are recording, although this will result in distracting 'exposure jumps' in the footage.

In the A+, CA and Scene modes the ISO is set automatically between ISO 100-12800. In PASM modes you can expand this to ISO 25600. The way to achieve this is a little counter-intuitive. You will actually have to select the 'H' setting for ISO, as in movie mode ISO 25600 is regarded as an expansion setting. If you set the ISO limit to 25600 in movie mode the camera will only go as high as ISO 12800.

Although Quick mode AF is listed as an option in the video menu, it is actually only engaged if you shoot a still image while recording video. The 6D offers both auto and manual control over audio levels, with a dB meter display.
Like the lower-end EOS 650D / Rebel T4I, the 6D offers both a digital wind filter and attenuator. Alongside its high-end video specs, the 6D also offers Canon's decidedly mass market video snapshot feature.

If you press any of the hard buttons, such as White Balance or AF mode, while you are in video mode the settings screen is overlaid on the live view images. Which buttons are active in video mode depends on the shooting mode you are in. Like in stills mode you can also use the Q-menu. A press of the Q-button will give you access to the Auto Lighting Optimizer, memory card selection, still image quality, movie quality and size, and the sound recording level.

You can take stills images while shooting video. A half-press of the shutter button will display still image shutter speed and ISO at the screen bottom. If you full-press the image is recorded but will result in an approximately one second long 'still moment' in the video. Therefore taking stills images can only be recommended if you plan to edit and cut your video footage in post production.

Video image quality

As mentioned earlier, the 6D offers two types of video compression -IMB and ALL-I.

IBP compression compresses multiple frames at a time which results in smaller file sizes while ALL-I compresses only one frame at a time. This results in significantly larger file sizes but gives you more flexibility when editing the video files. That said, in terms of image quality, we found it very difficult to spot a difference between the two modes when viewing footage on consumer computer displays. Our advice to a casual video shooter is to stick with the default IBP for the sake of the smaller file sizes.

Like the 5D Mark III, the EOS 6D's 35mm full frame sensor brings with it all the depth of field pros and cons that come with larger sensors. It allows for much easier isolation of subjects and gives you, in combination with Canon's extensive range of EF lenses, better creative flexibility than the smaller sensors of APS-C or smaller sensor cameras.

The 6D's video looks very good, displaying pleasantly sharp output at full size compared to other DSLRs. Exposure and white balance are well-judged in a variety of scenarios, with the latter struggling primarily in warmly lit low-light environments. The most impressive aspect of the 6D's video performance is, by far, its low-light high ISO performance. The noise levels at high ISO settings, while visible, are impressively minimized. As you'll see in the section below, you can get usable footage even at ISO 25,600, which is the maximum sensitivity allowed for video. For casual video shooters looking to document events exclusively for their personal use, the 6D is a very capable video camera.

Serious videographers, however, will be extremely disappointed in the 6D's tendency to produce aliasing artifacts, including very distracting moiré patterning, in a very wide range of subject matter. In our time spent shooting video for this review, we found examples of aliasing in the overwhelming majority of our footage. Brick buildings and roof shingles, bodies of water, and even street markings elicit artifacts that make the clips unsuitable for professional work. Moiré can be reduced, to an extent in post-processing, but it is almost impossible to eliminate after the fact.

The following video samples were shot using the EOS 6D's 1920 x 1080 All-I compression setting with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. We've included handheld and tripod-mounted samples at both base and maximum ISO sensitivities.

Sample videos 1 and 2

Avoiding moiré is a primary concern for any videographer who wants to shoot with a DSLR. Unfortunately, as you'll see in these two clips, the 6D produces very obvious moiré patterning in the brick facades of buildings. The fact that repeated patterns like brickwork can produce moiré is no surprise. The prominent nature in which this occurs on the 6D, however, is very disappointing.

1920 x 1080 30 fps, .MOV file, 12 sec, 127 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Below you can see another example of the aliasing pattern. It's worth noting that the problem cannot always be eliminated by simply moving a bit closer or further to the offending subject. In each of these scenes, we saw visible moiré from multiple camera to subject distances.

1920 x 1080 30 fps, .MOV file, 11 sec, 121 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 3

This video clip highlights the low-light capabilities of the 6D's sensor. This night scene was shot at ISO 25,600, which is the maximum setting available in video mode. This allows for both a faster shutter speed to capture the movement of the pedestrians as well as a reasonably narrow aperture setting to increase depth of field.

The noise suppression here is very impressive. In fact, even at full size, you'll see only a little more chroma noise than in a similar scene shot for our Sony SLT-A99 review, and that sample was recorded at a full two stops lower ISO sensitivity (ISO 6400 versus 25,600). Unfortunately, aliasing artifacts are again very prominent. Here you can see them in both the street markings and anti-slip mat at the crosswalk.

1920 x 1080 30 fps, .MOV file, 29 sec, 306 MB Click here to download original .MOV file

Sample video 4

This handheld video clip demonstrates Canon's image stabilization built into the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens. You can also see how the 6D handles motion of the penny as it swirls increasingly faster down the funnel. The camera was set to a manual exposure with 1/60 sec at F8, with Auto ISO enabled.

1920 x 1080 30 fps, .MOV file, 26 sec, 251 MB Click here to download original .MOV file
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For the skeptics and the nitpickers on the 6ds' video capabilities, check that video out. By far one of the best wedding videos i've come across. Most of the couple moments were taken with the Canon 85mm F1.2 ($2k lense) and the chapel moments were taken with the 70d(2:29-2:42). But the dancing with father and bride&groom moments near the stream was filmed with the 6D.

Then this wedding video was entirely filmed with the 6D:

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I used to own a Canon EOS 50D and I shot great photos with that as well as the first DSLR I had the Canon EOS 10D. It isn't the camera that does the work getting great photos, but rather the photographer him/herself. Now that I own the Canon EOS 6D I am quite impressed by the improvement of the picture quality.


I own this camera and am very happy with it. Being a mostly still photographer I also do video but with a video camera. About the only thing I can complain about here is the lack of focal point for the Automatic Focus. Otherwise it is a great camera that takes great photos. The 6D is not a good sports camera. But for portraits and outdoor photography it is a decided winner in my book.

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I have a rebel t2i and do LOTS of portrait and outdoor photography. I love my t2i but have been wanting to upgrade as I have had it since it came out. Does anyone have any recommendations or experience with the 6D vs the rebels?


I have the canon rebel XT (i think) and the 6D. There is a noticeable difference in performance and final image even whilst using the same lens. The 6D is deffinitly a solid camera at a good price.


Very comprehensive review. The most thorough review that I have ever seen. I commend you for such great documentation. I look forward to other reviews when I have the time.


I am very happy with the Canon EOS 6D camera. I purchased the kit with the 24-105 mm f4L IS USM lens. The quality and fit is exemplary of the 6D. It is more than a Pro-sumer camera. I will keep using this camera until I can replace it with the Canon 5D MkIV.

Cezar Tabac

I have a 5Dmk2 and i want to change my camera for a Canon 6d. I want to ask you, if it worth for wedding photography. It is just for photos, movies are occasionally. I know it is better on ISO and focus on the center AF point on low light, and it is what i want.

It worh to make the exchange ?

Thank you!


I am going to tell you that I have shot weddings with a Canon 50D successfully. Is the 6D up to the task. I certainly think so. I recently upgraded to the Canon 6D and I can say it is quite worth the moderate expense to move forward with the Canon 6D. The only limitation would be the 11 point AF system. But hey, you need to ensure that everything you want is in focus in the first place. Good shooting!

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Ive been taking photographs for 45 years and work in cinematography. Personally I think digital has surpassed film for color photography but NOT for black & white photography where film grain adds to the medium.
I bought a Canon 6d because Im invested in Canon and have been since 1972 (although I also have Olympus Pen cameras) I didnt want to pay the cost of the 5d MKIII for amateur use but wanted full-frame the 6d was it.
The pictures consistantly impress me from this camera far outstrip my 7d in IQ and the only weakness is limited focus points otherwise as a travel & landscape camera it hits the mark perfectly.


Just rented the 5d MkIII, 6d and Sony A7r. The 6d had better low light performance, slightly sharper than the 5d MkIII and better controls and autofocusing than the A7r. I've also owned the Nikon D600. I'm so impressed with the 6D that I'm going to get one this week, it's bang-for-the-buck rating hits the mark for me. Well, at least until the 5d MkIV.... ;)


I'm just believing there'll still be that $200.00 rebate by the time I have enough saved to get one.

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Any info about Canon might announce 6D Mk II during Photokina 2014?

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Okay, someone explain. Don't compare the 6D to its peers, compare it to a camera 2, 5, 10, 50 years ago when people were creating beautiful images. The ratings annoy me because they're based on current technology and not historical technology. They're not even based on picture quality. You're nitpicking, pixel counting. Except for a lab analyst, your reviews are totally useless.


I actually agree with you and would like more reviews comparing current digital technology to the old SLR cameras of the years past. Great suggestion, I hope they listen!


Since they're totally different mediums, wouldn't that be comparable to the apples/oranges thing? I think in some ways it would be, and in others, no. Again, the beauty of a photo is always subjective; I probably lost a contest because of the judges, who knows? Some contests I didn't bother to enter back then, 'cuz you had to use Kodak film, and I saved a lot of money by buying Fujifilm at Sam's Club; A LOT of money! But, I'm getting off the subject here - this is a truly remarkable camera for the price. I've used one for a weekend, and can't wait to own one!


welll.. a camera is a box that captures light. Comparing the cameras is all well and good, but the thing that captures the light is the film.. or sensor.. or glass negative.. or whatever the "film" medium is. The glass-which lets the light in is comparable today to anything you used in the past- superior even.. so the question is.. are the final prints from your digital sensor as good as the final prints from your film days? Answer to that.. well yes i agree that there are BW mediums that result in fantastic images. Whether you can duplicate that printing process -- and what about that- Traditional enlarger and papers? Inkjet? Laser? == even in the days of film: Ansel Adams classic books.. the first serious books I ever read about photography: The Camera - The Negative - The Print. .. if you are only talking about one of these- the camera, you are leaving a whole lot out of the discussion.

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I want to buy 6D for filming. I don't know what's the problem. it says that 6D have morie or something like that. What is it? someone plz answer me


Moiré patterns are visual interference patterns that can occur in high resolution digital cameras. Anti-alias filters are designed to reduce or eliminate moiré patterns, but have been left out of some recent cameras in order to attain the highest possible resolution. I'm not sure whether or not the 6D has such a filter. Dpreview explains moiré patterns at this address...


The BIGGEST WORST thing Canon did with the 6D,
is the omission of a headphone jack.


Anyone who is interested in the 6D,
will end up getting a 6D,
simply because they can't afford (or justify the price of) a 5D3.

So why would you give them a handicapped tool?!

Ben in Black

Call me old-fashioned, but I use an SLR to take photographs. The ability to shoot the odd video is merely a useful extra. I can understand the advantage of a headphone socket but it is hardly a deal-breaker for a still photographer.


I use my 6D primarily for video, but I record proper sound with an external recorder and only use the camera recorded sound as back up or for synching.

If that is the worst thing you don't like about the camera - you must really like what it was designed for ;)


Additionally, the 6D uses exactly the same digi video processor as 5D3... so no I considered the 5D3 but couldn't justify the addition $k for no functional value given how I planned to use it.


For my needs, the 6D really fell into a nice little niche. I don't shoot video, so the headphone jack was a non issue. I don't shoot sports, so the AF system wasn't a big deal.

It saved me a lot of money by omitting features of the 5DIII that weren't of huge (or any) importance to me, personally.


As someone who has shot numerous videos with DSLR's (5D mk2, Mk3) and a canon c100 i personally dont think the headphone jack is that big of a loss. Most of the time anyone really serious about audio for a production will use external recorders and HD processing for audio as the DSLR compresses audio a bit. There have been a handful of times I use the internal audio for the final edit, even with external wireless or boom mics. I prefer separate source, slate it and combine in post. But that's my personal preference after 12 years in the biz.

So, all that to say for the price different between it and the Mk3, I am getting the 6D for my stills and 2nd video camera on set.


This rating of the 6D is weird to say the least. Almost every reviewer out there rated video capabilities of 6D as definitely better then Nikon d610. How on earth here it gets much lower video rating then d610?? Yet focusing is rated relatively high? What's going on? What am I missing?

Thank you.


Does anyone know if the wi-fi on the 6D supports the Pictbridge printing interface? I'd love to get the camera if it does.
Thanks much.

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Yes the 6D does support Pictbridge printing.


Only 22 comments on this popular review???

Sad Joe

PLUS: Solid likeable camera with decent performance. CONS: That you know its the least they could get away with for the maximum money (roll on the MK2).

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Oceans Media

I bought this camera 7 months ago and I absolutely love it for what I use it for. I live to shoot Lightning, astrophotography, long exposure etc. and the 6D shines beautifully due to its amazing low noise sensor up to ISO6400. The standard kit lens 24mm-105mm f4 L series is amazing. So sharp and accurate.

Where it lets me down is in the studio. In the field I manual focus everything, in the studio however I prefer to use autofocus at times. The autofocus on this camera sucks. Yes it can focus on the light of a full moon, but for everyday use it’s about 3 years behind the market. My guess is that the 6D came out after the 5dIII and Canon had to make sure that people still bought the 5dIII even though the 6D sensor is better in low light hands down. The 5DIII focus system is great!

With regards to the multiple exposure and HDR modes. Both are features that I think all serious SLR cameras should have moving forward. They are fantastic!


> And as is Canon's wont, they have opted for the allure of familiarity and consistency

Am I living on a different planet? I have a 5d2, T3i/600d, and now a 6d. With just the 5d2, I got familiar enough with the user interface to work in the dark.

But the three cameras turn on/off differently. The LiveView works differently. The Mode PASM works different. Many controls are relocated. Magnify is different. Re-assign buttons is different, etc. etc. etc.

I get it that the UI has to change with fewer thumb wheels on the 600d, and missing the joy-stick on the 6d However, the on/off changes, Mode, etc. seem like poor choices.

I really didn't expect to have a re-learning curve from the 5d2 to the 6d. If I forget a head-lamp, it really slows me down at night.

Seems more like "change for the sake of change" rather than compelling improvement. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!"

Am I the only whiner that feels this way?

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Does the 6D lack an anti-aliassing filter?


It has an anti-aliasing filter. AFAIK, I'm not aware of any Canon camera that doesn't have the AAF (aka OLPF?)

BTW: the reviews I read on the Nikon cameras is that lack of the AAF is over-rated. The 800e implementation seems like a joke ... pay more to have them put a compensating "something" over the existing AAF.

Seems kind of like a lens having a UV filter built-in, then paying to have an anti-UV filter on top of that ?

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hahahaha! well said! @l_d_allan.


Used to own a D600, sold it, prefer the 6D by a margin and love the Wi-Fi implementation.
No clue about that DP review of the D600, I find it misleading as the D600 was clearly a camera released too hasty without proper quality control.
Using Lightroom 5, does everything I need, never touched the Canon software CD.

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Just Ed

I have a very similar experience. Love my 6D and the Canon L lenses. Really enjoy how the Canon cameras capture the colors of nature. I was always fiddling with the greens on my Nikon images from both the D600 and D90 it replaced.

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You can fix the green tint with one click in the white balance menu...set one click towards magenta, and the green goes away. Forever. That's ridiculous to switch brands for that. Better yet, shoot RAW, and who cares what the white balance looks like? Fix it in post.

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Finally ready to make the jump to full frame after 8 years with Olympus DSLR's. After considerable research and gnashing of teeth I pulled the trigger on the 6D. I really wanted to go with the Nikon D 600 based on DP Review and various other reviews, based on features, output quality and MP, but the ongoing concerns over the sensor dust and oil spots and Nikons recalcitrant PR approach to these issues pushed me to the 6D. I just could not imagine investing $3k in full kit only to experience ongoing sensor issues. I am excited to experience the full frame format and take my amatuer photography to the next level.
How is Canon's photo management & editing software? Should I look into purchasing another package, and what does the forum recommend?


Fully agree with your comments! I was about to go to Nikon D600 but was so much disappointed with their no-customer (snob) oriented approach that eventually decided for the 6D. I couldn't be more satisfied for such a decision. I liked Nikon so much in the past (before digital era) they made so beautiful film cameras, but this is the past...the present looks different.
As for the software: I always shoot RAW and develop with Capture One and that's excellent for other cameras, particularly for Fuji X raw files, but for 6D RAW files I found out that Canon software (Digital Photo Professional) gives better results. The only drawback of DPP is that it is very slow.


After a long deliberation, I decided to upgrade from my 5Dii to the 6D. Some may call it a sidegrade or even a downgrade, but for me, image quality is everything, and the ablity to focus and shoot in low light is paramount. I'm very happy with my decision, and so far I don't miss any of the 5D line features. I'm getting shots I wouldn't have gotten with the 5Dii (maybe not even with the mark iii), and most importantly I can afford to upgrade every one or two years with the current price point of the 6D rather than three or four with the 5D. I'd rather have more frequent updates of sensor technology instead of being left with a better built, feature packed but obsolete camera for the same money.

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Anyone tried eos 6d with 12mm lens. How is it?


Well, it is ultra wide. What info are you looking for?

Sharpness? Vignetting? Which 12mm lens? Electrical connectivity? Focus speed?

Ruud Wilschut

@ Alwynj:
The difference is more obvious when you look at the brown fibers right on top of the color chart with the lady's face. Also the black and white squares in the corners are a lot sharper with the Canon, but perhaps the used Canon lens performs better resolving detail in the corners than the Nikkor used with the D600 what might explain the difference in detail.

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I don't understand DP Review. Compare the Canon 6d and Nikon D600 and they'll have you believe that the D600 edges ahead in the high ISO dept, but to my eyes the 6d wins when I use the comparative tool. Images appear slightly cleaner and sharper (in RAW). Move the box to the face of the lady and see for yourself


Some of that may be because the comparison may be on a pixel vs pixel basis. A single Canon pixel may have lower noise than a single Nikon pixel, but there are many more Nikon pixels.

And I tend to get fuzzy when comparing crop cameras to full-frames. It can be "apples and oranges".


Great camera the 6D, so far I get great pics at high iso, so for a live show its a must, sure the Nikon as great qualities, but at high iso....Canon wins hands down, by 2 stops......
If you are a Canon user stick to Canon, if you are a Nikon user stick to Nikon, they are both great cameras, depending on what you intend to shoot


Please quaitfy the autofouce performance in video, medium, slow? Continuous autofocus is what I need....fats continuous....


I am mostly ignorant about video and the 70d, so "consider the source". My impression is that the Canon 70d is the only Canon camera with decent auto-focus.


"The EOS 6D is Canon's attempt to entice DSLR owners who are looking for the benefits of full frame shooting - including shallower depth of field and wider-angle lens coverage, but can't afford the EOS 5D Mark III."

". . . Canon's compromises have turned what could have a been a truly great camera into merely a very good one. "

This is interesting. Do we want 6D to be like the 5D Mark III? Then why not buy the $3,500.00 camera.

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> then why not buy the $3,500.00 camera

Seems like you've answered your own question ... the 5d3 is a Lot More Expensive, especially if your photography equipment isn't a write-off.


The 6D would never be considered a great camera compared to the 5DMk3. More than likely the compromises that make the 6D "merely a very good one" are those with respect to the D600.

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Thomas Karlmann

DPR: Can you please insert a photo in ALL your reviews showing the AF sensor array? Thank you.


Assuming we are looking into the camera's OVF horizontally, the vertical coverage of the 6D's sensor array is about 1/3 the height of the OVF, spreading from the centre AF point. The diamond shaped array is slightly wider, almost covering 2/3 the width of the EVF, but just almost. Shooting vertical portraits with extreme DOFs (like using the 50mm F1.2 L wide open) can be tricky, because the furthest points of the diamond AF array misses the subject's eyes (under normal compositions) a little too much. But to be fair, the 5D Mark III's high density AF array is not that much spread out either, especially when compared to Canon's APS-C EOS bodies.

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