The Canon EOS 6D is targeted at enthusiast photographers looking at making the jump to full frame. Is it the camera Canon APS-C DSLR users have been waiting for? We find out in this What Digital Camera Canon 6D review

Product Overview

Overall rating:


Canon EOS 6D

Overall score:91%
Image Quality:95%


  • Image quality, ISO performance, Wi-Fi & GPS, AF performance in low-light


  • One cross-type AF point, JPEG sharpness, playback zoom control


Canon EOS 6D Review


Price as reviewed:


Value & Verdict

Currently available for £1695, it’s great to finally see a new full frame body in Canon’s lineup that costs under £2000. For APS-C DSLR users considering the jump up to full frame, it still represents a serious outlay when you consider EF-S lenses can’t be used with the 6D. Anyone with a selection of EF-S lenses are likely to find themselves selling them first to fund the coffers for Canon EF lenses.

For people who want a full frame camera that can’t stretch to the price of the 5D Mark III, the 6D is a natural step up, unless of course you own a 7D. Canon has made it clear that by listing the 6D below the 7D that any 7D users looking at the 6D will be losing valuable features if they opt to buy it. Yes, the 6D’s full frame sensor offers better image quality at high ISOs, but 7D users will loose out on high-speed shooting and eight additional AF points. The best option for 7D users looking to make the jump to full frame would be the 5D Mark III.

Compared to its closest rival – the Nikon D600, the 6D is £265 more expensive. Both have their strengths and their weaknesses over each other so we’ll have to wait until we put them head-to-head before we can make a decision as to which of these so called ‘affordable full frame’ DSLRs offers the best value for money.

To sum up, the 6D offers superb image quality to more consumers at a price that’s more realistic. The addition of GPS and Wi-Fi are very well received and though it’s no 5D Mark III, it goes above and beyond what most enthusiasts are calling out for right now. It’s a very capable DSLR, so hats off to Canon for producing a great camera that performs as well as we’d hoped it would.


Exposure Comp:+/- 5EV
Memory Card:SD, SDHC, SDXC,
Built-in Flash:No
Lens Mount:Canon EF
White Balance:AWB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White Fluorescent light, Flash, Custom, Colour Temperature Setting
ISO:100-25,600 (Extendable to 50-102,400)
Cable Release:Yes
Compression:JPEG (L,M,S1, S2) Raw (M-RAW, S-RAW)
PC Socket:No
Viewfinder Type:Optical
Output Size:5472x3648px
LCD:3in, 1,040k-dot Clear View TFT
Field of View:97%
White Balance Bracket:+/-3 levels in single level increments
AF Points:11-point AF (f/5.6 cross type at centre, extra sensitivity at f/2.8)
Max Flash Sync:1/180sec
Sensor:20.2MP CMOS
Focal Length Mag:1x
DoF Prview:Yes
Dust Reduction:Yes
Built-in Image Stabilisation:No
Metering System:63 zone Dual Layer SPC metering system
Movie Mode:Full HD (1920x1080) @ 25/24fps
Live Mode:Yes
Weight:755g (body only)
Connectivity:Hi-speed USB, HDMI mini, External Mic
Exposure Modes:P,A,S,M , C1, C2, CA, Scene,
Power:Rechargeable Li-ion LP-E6
File Format:JPEG, Raw
Shutter Speeds:30secs-1/4000sec, bulb
Focusing Modes:AI Focus, One Shot, AI Servo
Drive Mode:4.5fps
Colour Space:sRGB, RGB
  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Design
  3. 3. Performance
  4. 4. Image Quality
  5. 5. Value & Verdict
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