Canon 6D Hands-On

Canon 6D

The Canon 6D is a 20MP full frame camera that steps up in performance from the 5D Mark II, but still offers a lower entry price than what the 5D Mark II did at its debut.   For now, Canon’s full frame line-up will consist of (in order of sophistication and price) the 5D Mark II, 6D and 5D Mark III.

The 6D should offer improved dynamic range and low-light noise control thanks to larger pixels and improved processing over the 5D Mark II.  Additionally, the 6D steps up to 4.5 fps frame rate over the 5D Mark II at 3.9 fps. Another kudos goes to the locking mode dial on the 6D – a small, but great, addition.

One of the very interesting features of the 6D is the new built-in WiFi mode that works in conjunction with the free Canon EOS Remote app for iPhone/Android.  The connection to the app is pretty seamless – with no passwords to input or networks to select.

Once connected, you have the ability to review images on the 6D’s memory card and download images for sharing or editing on your smartphone or tablet.  As you view the images, you are streaming small JPEG files of 5MP in size.  By default, images you choose to download to your device are 1920×1080; however, this can be altered in the app’s settings.

Additionally, you can use your smartphone to remotely control the camera and stream a live view from the 6D.  You can adjust exposure settings and trigger the shutter remotely as well.  This is a very slick app with a load of great control into the DSLR.  It is simply amazing how these little phones are changing the way we work with everything.

There’s a lot to like about the Canon 6D and it will be the perfect full frame camera for a lot of shooters who have been waiting to move up at a cheaper entry point than the 5D Mark III.

I’ll have more on the Canon 6D once I get time with a production model; however, for now, the 6D is looking pretty sweet at a very decent price.

The Canon 6D is available from Photography Bay’s trusted retail partner, B&H Photo, at the following link:

Canon 6D at B&H Photo

By making your photography purchases at B&H Photo through these links, you are helping Photography Bay to continue bring quality camera tests, news and reviews. Thanks for your continued support.

email
 

Comments

  1. Eugene Powers says

    Same junk as 5d2 with only 11 AF points and only 1 center cross-type.
    Outer points are useless in low light.

    • Mario says

      For me the central AF point is enough. I don’t need more. If you shoot sports and need a better AF there are plenty other options available.

      Apart from that I’d say that technical specs are overrated. There are so many wonderful photos made with cameras which specs look old today – and nobody cares with which camera you took it.

    • hjoseph says

      For $2100 it’s not bad. Maybe the price will go down to about $1600 by year end(2013). One cross type ? No problem, my EOS-3 had 4 cross-types, but my Elan 7N could out focus it anyday. However my EOS-3 out-focuses my Canon 7D !

  2. Jan Karlsson says

    WHY so bad AF ?
    I don’t trust my 5D II anywhere.
    And now the same shit is in the 6D.
    Why Canon why?
    I will never recommend a 6D to anyone just for the bad AF.
    And i really hope that ALL Nikons sell better just to make Canon to learn.
    Because Canon still sell by it’s name that was good in the past.
    I will follow Canon because i can’t afford to change, but i think them make many mistakes, that i hope will make them better ……again. ???

    • Ryan says

      I think that there is a huge percentage of professional photographers, including myself that have use the 5D for a long time and although would not find the autofocus the greatest, we sure are far from “not trusting it anywhere”. Remember when there we NO autofocus? I think if you can’t trust the AF then maybe it’s not the cameras problem…

    • leo says

      The autofocus of the 5D mark II only know one cross sensor. It is not the most advanced system (in fact it is the same system as the first 5D has) and for fast moving subjects there are better systems.

      But I never heard, read or experienced that the autofocus is not to be trusted. I never miss focus, I think you have a very bad copy and I should go back to your store where you bought it.

      • Charles Mecklenburg says

        Jan your rant is so sad sad sad…

        For one that cross point is -3EV. If you’re a sports photog go 5d3 and stop complaining. If your not an action photog and you can’t compose a shot with a single -3EV cross type AF point (yes a -3EV) you shouldn’t be in this field. Sell all your DSLRs and just stick to a point and shoot.

        I’ve used the D600 and own a D800E. The D600 is a great camera, but it’s ability to track with all its 39 AF points is lack luster at best (a 7D easily beats it). Secondly they’re all bunched up. Finally, one of the greatest flaws of both the D600 and D800 is the horrid WB (green tint anyone) and image playback that is pixelated at 100% due to the poor resolution of the thumbnail used by playback. I’d contacted Nikon about this and they didn’t get it even after I sent them a video of the issue. They insisted it was normal… Sorry but at 1:1, 100% crop, in the LCD you can’t tell if the shot you just took is focused or blur free. Very sad state of affairs.

    • Charles Mecklenburg says

      Jan your rant is so sad sad sad…

      For one that cross point is -3EV. If you’re a sports photog go 5d3 and stop complaining. If your not an action photog and you can’t compose a shot with a single -3EV cross type AF point (yes a -3EV) you shouldn’t be in this field. Sell all your DSLRs and just stick to a point and shoot.

      I’ve used the D600 and own a D800E. The D600 is a great camera, but it’s ability to track with all its 39 AF points is lack luster at best (a 7D easily beats it). Secondly they’re all bunched up. Finally, one of the greatest flaws of both the D600 and D800 is the horrid WB (green tint anyone) and image playback that is pixelated at 100% due to the poor resolution of the thumbnail used by playback. I’d contacted Nikon about this and they didn’t get it even after I sent them a video of the issue. They insisted it was normal… Sorry but at 1:1, 100% crop, in the LCD you can’t tell if the shot you just took is focused or blur free. Very sad state of affairs.

  3. Paul says

    We wanted a 7d with a full frame sensor for 7d money, but we got a 1100D with a full frame sensor for a whole pile more.

    • James says

      An old comment but that “full frame 7D” does exist – its called saving up for the 5DmkIII or the 1D series. The 7D is a top-tier APS-C camera, the 6D is a bottom tier FF, there will be differences and corners cut. It’s like saying you want all the features and speed of the Olympus OM-D in a Canon 650D body.

  4. Emmanuel says

    Why so many negativity whenever a new product is released?

    All these latest DSLR whether Nikon or Canon are awesome beauties! The specs are simply amazing and If used by the right person they will give you fantastic results.

    Jan, frankly if you cannot trust your Canon 5D II, then there is no camera out there for you that will be just right!

    It’s the photographer behind the camera that takes the winning shots just like the pilot behind the wheels of a F1 racing car who wins races. Stop blaming the equipment :-)

  5. says

    This is a full frame 60D in so many ways. Too bad it was not a FF 7D like we had hoped. I see this more of a casual consumer camera for those who have $$$ to spare. It will produce great quality photographs, but is very limiting for enthusiasts and just about unusable for professional events. I would take a better AF system any day than GPS or even wifi built in.

  6. Spyros says

    whats a shame is that the EF-S lenses made for 7D, 60D, cant even fit, so much for “upgrading” . not possible, one has to kill eve lenses to “upgrade”.
    I also regret the time i changed from nikon to canon .. cant get back to it though..!

    • Clyde says

      All the Nikons crop anyways. You can get decent Canon lenses fir the full frame. Plus the 7d is a USM EF it fits the full frame cameras. And get the kit for the 5D’s theyre better

  7. Randy says

    Looks like a great deal to me!
    Full frame is something I have always thought should be accessible to everyone.
    AF limitations? I learned with MF and current AF systems are all amazing to me.

  8. says

    Don’t forget folks.. AF points and AF accuracy its a different story..
    IMO, if this camera can focus accurately, I’m good to get one.. and that’s the most important thing!
    I don’t care how many focus points this camera has… I use 99.99% of the time the center point only, Btw, my old 1Dmk3 (45 focus points) was the WORST Canon camera I ever owned.. 50% of the photos was out of focus, using at day or night, just RIDICULOUS for the price I paid for 1 Series camera..I decided to return after 6 months of use…
    Can’t wait for this camera.. :)

  9. Sam says

    Limiting for enthusiasts? Unusable for professional events?

    Seriously? Man, you need to learn how to use a camera.

    • bruce says

      Yup!

      And just to add to that, sure, the supporting 10 points may be shitty in low light, so learn to track with your centre cross type. It’s reported to be 3 effin EV, so stop being lazy!

      I think there’s definitely a market for the 6D, it may not be appealing for current 5dmk2 owners, or sports photographers who require a little more beef in their AF, but this is far from a flop.

  10. Clyde says

    Ok guys please. First off unless your shooting with a L lens for sports photography you should not be talking about AF. Use manual! For usuing in auto focus the focus isnt bad anyways, especially with portraits. The center is focused and you have the blur effect why you complaining? And full frame for 2100 is bad ass I dont care what anyone sais.On another note the 7D if it went full fram it would be 4-6 grand because it would need to keep its dual processing but for a 35mm and might as well buy the 1D if you want the 7d in full frame. I agree Canon makes mistakes but Nikons stupid for not putting Manual Exposure for manual on their lower end models and also dumb where they put all their damn shortcuts and a 36MP sensor…really? And forget their point and shoots they’re all crap. ANd dont get me started with the Nikon J1/J2/V1. Look at Nikons mistakes then rag on Canon. Thanks!

  11. leo says

    I do not upgrade from my 5D mark II, it still works for me and honestly I never ever had any problem with the autofocus. I love that camera. Sports is not my main subject and when I really need a fast camera I still use my Canon 1D mark II or 40D. I rather bye nice class. Maybe the 5Dmark III in a couple of years. A new digital camera is nice but not a wise investment. And a new camera does not make me sad with the older one…

    When I take a photo I do not need a phone :)

  12. says

    Looked forward to the release of the 6d but after seeing the specs realized the camera wasn’t for me so I am saving up for the 5d mark iii. Realize better shots than mine was taken with less technologhy. Learn your art and your equipment. The photos will come.