Canon EOS 6D In-Depth Review Published (DPreview)

EOS 6D In-Depth Review

It is online. DPreview’s in-depth review of Canon’s entry level full-frame DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D (price & specs). We know that the 6D is becoming highly popular and selling very good. Customers have embraced the possibility to get full-frame without having to pay the price for a Canon EOS 5D Mark III (price & specs). Obviously, the 6D comes with compromises, first of all a much less advanced AF system than its bigger sibling and the competitors. But then, the 6D delivers outstanding low light/high ISO performance, noise is even less than the 5D Mark III, and more (as dpreview states “features that even [...] higher-end models cannot match”). To check DPreviews high ISO comparison click here, for the image quality tests here. Moreover, it is the only full-frame DSLR to feature built-in WiFi and GPS, and these are very important features for a lot of photographers. Btw, the EOS 6D is actually down to $1899, see below for the links.

DPreview writes in the conclusion:

Let’s be clear, the EOS 6D has a lot more going for it than just its comparatively low price tag. Based largely on the well thought-out ergonomics and operational handling of the popular EOS 60D, this newest full frame EOS provides solid build quality and light weight in a snappy, responsive camera powered by the same DIGIC 5+ image processor found in the 5D Mark III and the dual-chipped EOS 1D X.

The 6D also sports features that even those higher-end models cannot match. You get class-leading low-light autofocusing capability with a very impressive -3 EV sensitivity (from the central AF point). The 6D also becomes the first full frame DSLR from any manufacturer with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, a feature that is put to excellent use with a free Canon app – for Android and iOS devices – that provides live view-enabled remote camera control, exposure control and AF lock. Throw in an internal GPS unit and you’ve got a camera that provides features that are of real, practical use to a wide range of photographers.

The 6D inherits a number of features from the EOS 5D Mark III as well. Yet it is with several of these features that compromises will have to be made for those looking for a budget-conscious option to that higher-priced camera. The 6D offers identical video specifications, including an ‘All-I’ compression option [...]

Measured noise levels from the 6D are similar to the older 5D Mark III at low to medium ISO settings but consistently lower above ISO 3200, which does make a difference in real-world use when it comes to high ISO shooting in marginal light [...]

They list the pros of the EOS 6D as follows:

  • Excellent detail in raw file output across ISO range
  • Class-leading low light focus sensitivity (from central AF point)
  • Very effective JPEG noise reduction at highest ISO sensitivities
  • Impressively quiet ‘silent’ shutter drive mode
  • Quick Control menu provides easy access to shooting settings
  • Wi-Fi-enabled remote camera control via smartphone or tablet
  • Effective and easy to use multi-exposure HDR mode
  • Built-in GPS with text log capability
  • Exposure simulation in live view can be toggled on and off
  • Full manual control in video mode
  • Choice of IPB and All-I video compression modes
  • In-camera Raw conversion
  • Good battery life (except when GPS and Wi-Fi are turned on)
  • High quality bundled raw converter (Digital Photo Professional)
EOS 6D In-Depth Review

Don’t miss DPreview’s comprehensive analysis of the EOS 6D.

Some more information bits. Just recently, Mosaic Engineering released an anti-aliasing filter for the EOS 6D. The filter eliminates one of the shortcomings of the EOS 6D, that’s moiré and aliasing artifacts, and is a welcome tweak especially for videographers.

The price of the EOS 6D has gone down to $1899  (Amazon | B&H | Adorama) for the body only, and to $2499 (Amazon | B&H | Adorama) for the 6D with the EF 24-105 f/4L IS lens. There is also a deal by Top Rated Plus seller photovideo4less (99.6% positive ratings) on eBay: Brand new Canon EOS 6D with EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens and more accessories sold for $2099 (click here).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay
Canon EOS 6D price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, Canon USA, Digitalrev, eBay

EOS 6D In-Depth Review
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