Canon EOS 6D

20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor | Digic 5+ Image Processor | Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi

What we like:

  • Excellent high ISO performance
  • Center AF point sensitive to EV -3 
  • Full manual controls in video mode

What we don't:

  • Unsophisticated AF system
  • Low Raw dynamic range
  • Lower resolution than peers
  • Slow burst rate compared to peers

The 20MP Canon EOS 6D is Canon's smallest, lightest, and most affordable full-frame DSLR yet, aimed at enthusiast photographers. Along with its newly developed CMOS sensor that exhibits high ISO performance competitive with some of the best, the 6D features an 11-point autofocus system with a single cross-type AF point at the center that can achieve focus down to EV -3, which is little more than moonlight.

Otherwise, the AF system remains comparatively quite basic, with only 10 non-central AF points, none of which are cross-type. The lack of a secondary sensor for scene and subject analysis means AF tracking performance suffers, and the face-detection AF a number of its peers offer is impossible during through-the-viewfinder shooting.

"...exhibits high ISO performance competitive with some of the best..."

The 6D becomes the company's first EOS model to include GPS and Wi-Fi built in, to make sharing images easier. It uses its large sensor to offer a native ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400. And while image quality at its higher ISO sensitivities is quite good, lower ISO dynamic range, as well as resolution, simply can't compete with the 24MP and 36MP Sony sensors that we’re enjoying so much in Sony and Nikon ILCs. 

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