Canon EOS 6D is a model in a relatively new market segment: affordable full-frame DSLR. It is by no way what one might call cheap camera, but compared to previous full-frame models it is significantly more affordable. There is only one direct competitor, the Nikon D600. They have quite a few differences between themselves, but more on that later. Overall, Canon 6D has the looks and feel similar to 60D model. In other words, it is smaller and lighter than 5D models (finally!) but shares many features like the menu system or the lack of pop-up flash.
- Announced: 2012.
- Type: DSLR
- Dimensions: 145 x 111 x 71 mm
- Weight: 770g (with battery)
- Sensor: CMOS, 20 MP (5472 x 3648 pixels)
- ISO range: Native 100 – 25,600, Extended 50 – 102,400
- Image stabilization: No
- Dust and moisture protection: Yes
- Flashlight: hot-shoe
- Continuous shooting: 4.5 fps
- LCD screen: 3″, 1,040,000 dots, fixed
- Memory card: SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-I support)
- Battery: Li-Ion LP-E6
- Video: 1920 x 1080 @ 30, 25, 24 fps, 1280 x 720 @ 60, 50, fps, 640×480 @ 30,25 fps
- Connectors: USB 2.0, mini HDMI, 3,5mm mic input, N3 wired remote
CONSTRUCTION AND HANDLING
Canon EOS 6D is very well built. The frame is made from magnesium, and plastic used is excellent. The grip is extensively covered with rubber. From the first moment I held the camera, it just felt natural in my hand. Handgrip is well shaped and deep enough to allow confident and relaxed grip on the 6D, unlike Nikon D600 (which is way to shallow in my opinion). All the controls are easily reachable. Some might dislike the lack of joystick like the one on 5D and 1D series, but I guess it one of the things that lack in order to distinguish the camera from more expensive models.
The whole camera can be controlled with one hand: ISO, drive, playback and playback magnification are all on the right side of the camera. Even the main menu can be assigned to “SET” button and controlled single handedly. This way, you can control every aspect of the camera with only one hand while holding the umbrella in the other, drive a car, bicycle or simply stick your hand casually in the jeans pocket. None of the Nikon models can be controlled this way, so this is a big plus in my book.
Playback mode has several usual display options, but histogram cannot be shown when the image is magnified, therefore you can’t check for blown highlight on a specific zoomed part of an image like it’s possible on Nikon cameras.
One thing irritated me quite much: there is no exposure compensation in manual mode so using manual exposure with Auto ISO might result with underexposed images. There is a way around it using EV bracketing, but you will end up with twice more images and shorter battery life. Not all is lost though: I see no reason why Canon wouldn’t be able to implement it via firmware upgrade.
LCD unit has 3 inch diagonal nad 1,040,000 dots. It is very detailed and bright enough for daylight use. Sadly, there’s no tilt option. It also gets smudged by nose and face very easy. There is no option to attach LCD cover like on Nikon D600.
Optical viewfinder is big and clear as expected. It is possible to change focus screens and Nikon doesn’t have this option.