Canon EOS 6D Detailed Review

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In additional EOS 6D was introduced by Canon in September 2012. It belongs to the Professional DSLRs category.

Canon is well-known and shouldn’t require further introduction, please see our manufacturer’s page for more digital cameras by Canon.

Brand Canon
Category DSLR
Date 09/2012
Sensor Properties

Also EOS 6D has a Full frame CMOS sensor with size of 36 x 24 mm² (1.42″ x 0.94″).

Picture of EOS 6D’s sensor compared to popular format.

Infographic: EOS 6D comparing sensor sizes

The 1-Euro coin has a diameter of 23.25mm.

The EOS 6D’s sensor has resolution of 20 megapixel.

The EOS 6D features a mechanism for automatic sensor cleaning.

Format Full frame
Sensor area 36.00 x 24.00mm²
(1.42″ x 0.94″)
Resolution (physical) 20.60 megapixel
Resolution (effective) 20.40 megapixel
Pixel size 43.30 µm²
Sensor cleaning
RAW support
Continuous 4 frames/second
Interchangeable lens
Mount Canon EF
Viewfinder Properties

The EOS 6D has an optical viewfinder with a penta prism. Viewfinders with a penta prism are typical for enthusiast and professional DSLRs. The viewfinder covers 97% of the field of view and has a magnification of 0.71x, an above average value for a viewfinder like this.

Type Optical (Penta prism)
Coverage 97%
Magnification 0.71x
Dioptric correction

The EOS 6D’s shutter speed varies from 1/4000s to 30s.

Max. shutter speed 1/4000s
Min. shutter speed 30s
Sensitivity Properties

The EOS 6D’s sensitivity is from 100 ISO and 25600 ISO.

Also, Canon’s sensitivity can be boosted to 102400. Therefore, ISO boosting will lead to growth noise.

Min. sensitivity 100 ISO
Max. sensitivity 25600 ISO
Boost 102400 ISO
Exposure Modes

The EOS 6D supports all general exposure modes.

The Canon allows spot exposure for the difficult occasion.

Auto Focus Properties

The EOS 6D’s auto focus processor uses 11 AF points (or sensors). A basic rule of thumb says that the more AF points you have, the better. More AF points mean a better chance to have a point at the location of interest in a scene, a big plus in challenging situations (e.g. in sports).

Manual focus is also possible with the Canon, a plus in tricky situations or for some creative freedom.

Type Contrast Detection
AF points 11
Manual focusing
Flash Specs

The EOS 6D doesn’t feature a built-in flash. That is not unsusual in this camera category.

A flash or a trigger for remote flashes can be attached to the Canon’s hotshoe.

Hot shoe
Display Specs

The EOS 6D features a monitor with a diagonal of 81.00mm (3.2 in.) and a resolution of c. 1.04 megapixel. That’s about average.

Unfortunately, the EOS 6D’s monitor is not articulated. That can make it tricky to frame your subject in some situations, e.g. when taking selfies.

The EOS 6D does not feature a touch screen.

Display characteristics at a glance:

Type LCD
Size 81.00mm (diagonal)
(3.2 in.)
Resolution 1.04 megapixel
Touch screen
Video Specs

EOS 6D video supported the resolution with 1920 x 1080 pixel.

Also the camera is equipped with an external microphone.

Canon EOS 6D Video parameters:

Max. resolution 1920 x 1080 pixel
…with frame rates 24 frames/second
25 frames/second
30 frames/second
External microphone
Connectivity & Wireless Specs

The EOS 6D has Wi-fi connection. You can transfer photos to a mobile or laptop using wi-fi.

Eventually, if the wifi connection is disabled the wired connection may be used.

Connect the Canon to a monitor or TV set over HDMI.

The Canon supports USB 2.0.

Connection parameters:

Remote (wired)
Remote (infrared)
HDMI (standard)
HDMI (mini)
HDMI (micro)
USB 2.0
USB 3.0
USB Micro
USB Mini

The camera supports SD HC and SD XC cards.

Memory cards characteristics:

Slots 1
Memory cards SD

The Canon EOS 6D has a LP-E6N LiIon battery. The battery provides a shooting life of 1090 shots. It`s enough for one day or more.

The EOS 6D’s battery battery parameters:

Type LP-E6N LiIon
In-camera charging
Battery life 1090 photos

The Canon EOS 6D’s size is 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm³. (5.7″ x 4.4″ x 2.8″). That dimensions are without lens. The weight of camera is 5.7″ x 4.4″ x 2.8″ grams (755 oz.) without lens weight.

Here is front and top view of the EOS 6D:

Dimensions Comparison

For a better idea of the size of the camera, takes a look off camera and ID card comparison image.

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