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Canon EOS 6D Review

Canon EOS 6D Review
Review / 07/24/2014
Author: Photoleet avatarPhotoleet
recommendations 1, rating 4






Psychologists say that children in the first period of their lives follow and imitate every move made by the adults, and that they continue doing it during growing up. Generally, this pattern is characteristic for all intelligent beings, more or less prominent. What is the connection here with our topic? Well, it’s quite simple. Big companies also often act quite childish, in a way. The level of interest for certain segments of production varies in relation to the current demand on the market, but it also depends on the moves made by the market leaders. Call it imitation, stealing ideas, whatever, the essence is what matters here. Earlier, manufacturers were trying to cater to buyers, while the situation is reversed today, and manufacturers are the ones to produce the demand, applying a marketing pressure to buyers and forming their needs, through both innovations and various manipulative actions. Those who create such a climate are usually the leaders, and the others are most often – imitators.

When one manufacturer finds a recipe that caters to the buyers' needs, the others will try to keep up, trying to keep the pace that will secure them competitiveness. At times, it is difficult to say who copied the idea from whom, and we usually witness that conceptually identical products only have different names and try to draw their customers in some other, more or less conventional ways. On the other hand, there are those that will present their idea of a quality product substantially differently from their rivals, and the result can be seen at the premiere. A part of the customers will be pleased, another will be indifferent, and it is definitely certain that the third part won't be fascinated by what is offered.

We have witnessed similar, almost concurrent actions by the two strongest companies in photo industry, when two products with the same purpose were presented to the public, with a similar concept, but generally very different idea of an ideal product. Nikon was the first to present the D600, and a couple of days later, Canon premiered its EOD 6D. We are almost certain that the companies didn’t reach the idea simultaneously, and the lack of exact on-site information (that could be classified as "industrial espionage") led to the result that the concepts don’t overlap too much. Like a combat strategy, this type of "guessing" the steps that the rival will make, usually yields extremely similar products. When there is no information on the rivals’ intentions, we get the result that can be seen on the example of Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D600 – the same idea, but completely different results. As these situations are never black and white, and there are always two sides, it is difficult to say which concept will be more successful, although the specs sometimes suggest an obvious conclusion. We have recently done an extensive review of Nikon's idea of an "entry level FF DSLR”. It is time to do the same with the model from the rival company. We present you – Canon EOS 6D.




We have already had the opportunity to look at this list when we reviewed the D600. This time, the perspective is slightly different, as we are dealing with Canon’s protégé.




Canon EOS 6D

Nikon D600

Announced September 13, 2012 January 13, 2012
Type DSLR (Digital Single-Lens Reflex)
Sensor 20.2 MP Canon CMOS, 3:2 aspect ratio;
Full-frame 36 x 24mm (8.64 cm²)
Pixel density 2.34 MP/cm²
24 MP Sony CMOS, 3:2 aspect ratio;
Full-frame 35.9 x 24mm (8.62 cm²)
Pixel density 2.81 MP/cm²
Formats RAW (CR2), TIFF and JPEG RAW (NEF) and JPEG
Resolution RAW

5472 x 3648; 4104 x 2736; 2736 x 1824

6016 x 4016
Resolution JPEG

5472 x 3648; 3648 x 2432; 2736 x 1824; 1920 x 1280; 720 x 480

FX (3:2): 6016 x 4016; 4512 x 3008; 3008 x 2008;

DX (3:2): 3936 x 2624; 2944 x 1968; 1968 x 1312

FOV (crop factor) 1.0x

Canon EF

Nikon F
ISO range

100 – 25600 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments,

extended – L (50), H1 (51200), H2 (102400)

100 - 6400 in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments,

extended - L1.0 (50), L0.7 (64), L0.3 (80), H0.3 (8000), H0.7 (10000), H1.0 (12800) and H2.0 (25600)

Processor Canon Digic 5+

Nikon Expeed 3

A/D Convertor 14-bit
Color Space Adobe RGB, sRGB
In-body Stabilization N/A
Electronic Level System

Electronic Level in one axis; only in horizontal orientation;

LV and OVF

Virtual Horizon in two axes and both orientations;

LV and OVF

Dust Reduction

EOS Integrated Cleaning Unit;

Software Dust Delete Data

Image Sensor Cleaning;

Software Image DustOff reference

AF System

TTL-SIR 11 AF points, the central is cross-type to f/5.6;

the central is double sensitive;

operational range -3 to +18 EV

Multi-CAM 4800FX Phase Detection;

39 AF points, 9 cross-type, 7 central sensitive to f/8;

operational range -1 to +19 EV

AF Modes

One-shot AF;

Al Servo AF;

Al Focus

Single-servo AF (AF-S);

Continuous-servo AF (AF-C);

Auto AF (AF-A)

AF Methods

Auto; Single

Auto; Single; Dynamic Area AF (9; 21; 39)


AF-Assist External flashgun

Internal AF flash strobe, external flashgun

AF Micro Adjustment For 40 lenses in ±20 increments For 12 lenses in ±20 increments
Internal flash N/A Yes; GN12 at ISO 100, compensation -3 to +1 EV
Wireless Flash Control N/A Yes, for i-TTL compatible flashes

e-TTL II Hot-Shoe & sync, synchronization 1/180;

compensation -3 to +3 EV

i-TTL Hot-Shoe & sync, synchronization 1/200;

compensation -3 to +1 EV

Light Metering

63-Zone Dual Layer TTL

2016-pixel TTL RGB sensor

Light Metering Modes


Partial (8% at the center of the frame);

Center-weighted Average;

Spot (~3.5% at the center of the frame)

3D Color Matrix Metering III;

Center-weighted (75% at the center of the frame);
Spot (~1.5% at the center);

Min Shutter Speed 30 seconds, bulb
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 s
Drive Modes

Single; Continuous; Silent-Single; Silent-Continuous; Self-Timer; Mirror-Lockup

Single; Continuous-Low; Continuous-High; Self-Timer; Mirror-Up

Burst 5.5 fps
Shutter 100,000 actuations 150,000 actuations

17 RAW, 73 JPEG or 8 RAW+JPEG

16 RAW, 57 JPEG or 20 RAW+JPEG images in FX;

38 RAW, 100 JPEG or 30 RAW+JPEG images in DX

Exposure Compensation -5 to +5 EV in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV increments

Optical, pentaprism, 97% frame coverage; 0.71x magnification factor; eyepoint 21mm; Eg-A II focusing screen (interchangeable)

Optical, pentaprism, 100% frame coverage; 0.7x magnification factor; eyepoint 17mm

Internal Processing

Auto Lighting Optimizer; HDR and developing RAW

Active D-Lighting; HDR; Processing and developing RAW


Fixed, 3.2“ TFT-LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio, 1,040,000 pixel resolution

Fixed, 3.2“ TFT-LCD, 3:2 aspect ratio, 921,000 pixel resolution, with a light sensor

Live View

Yes, 100% coverage;

Image sensor metering

Live View AF

FlexiZone-Single; Face-Detection; Quick-AF

Contrast Detection (CDAF);

Single-Servo AF (AF-S); Fulltime-Servo AF (AF-F)


1920 x 1080 @24/25/30 fps;

1280 x 720 @50/60 fps;

640 x 480 @25/30 fps

1920 x 1080 @24/25/30 fps;

1280 x 720 @25/30/50/60 fps;

640 x 424 @24 fps

Remote Control Yes, N3 connector; IC port

Yes, 10-pin remote connector; IC port


Yes; Remote control, transfer of images and preview on Wi-Fi/DLNA and smartphone devices; Remote LV; Print

Optional, with Nikon WU-1b adapter

GPS Yes, geotagging and logging the route

Optional, with Nikon GP-1A adapter

Storage Secure Digital (SD) Dual slot Secure Digital (SD)

Combined USB/AV-out; HDMI Type-C; Stereo 3.5mm microphone input; N3 Remote

USB; HDMI Type-C; Stereo 3.5mm microphone input; Stereo 3.5mm audio output; GPS/Remote

Weather and Dust Sealing Yes
Battery LP-E6 Li-Ion, 1800mAh

EN-EL15 Li-Ion, 1900mAh

Battery Endurance (CIPA) ~1090 ~900
Grip Canon BG-E13 for two LP-E6 batteries or 6 AA Ni-Mh batteries

MB-D14 for one EN-EL15 or 6 AA Ni-Mh batteries


Body made of magnesium alloy and plastic;

145 x 111 x 72 mm; 755 g

Body made of magnesium alloy and plastic;

141 x 113 x 82 mm; 850 g

Technical characteristics: Canon EOS 6D in comparison with Nikon D600


Has Nikon overrated the rival’s intentions, and because of that “crammed” its model with almost everything that could be financially supported, or has Canon underestimated the D600, and opted for a cheaper model to remain a low production price, it is difficult to say. It is certain that there are some who could answer correctly to the question, and we can only speculate. Anyway, resolution remained in the 20MP range, although this time the model features a completely new sensor, the AF is new, though not revolutionary, the body is a bit more modest, like the rival's body, ISO range is far ahead... To cut a long story short, we have what to do, even though the D600 dominates in almost all photo functions, the 6D boasts a couple of things that distinguish it from other models. To make things more interesting, it is important to mention that there are two versions of EOS 6D. One has a suffix “WG", while there is also the one with the suffix “N”, that doesn't feature a GPS receiver – a desirable function. The reasons for this should be looked for in the legislations of certain countries, and this is something you should pay attention to when buying a camera, if it matters to you to have a complete (WG) version of the camera, which we have reviewed. Let us take one step at a time.




The new Canon DSLR features the standard Canon package. We have reviewed a kit with a well-known Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens:


Canon EOS 6D, contents of the kit package with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens


Contents of the box, aside from the body and the lens with a  hood, includes an LP-E6 battery with a cover, a corresponding charger LC-E6 (or LC-E6E version with a cable, shown here), a standard wide strap with a viewfinder cover, a bayonet cover, an USB cable, an A/V cable, a detailed and concise camera user manual, separate printed user manual for the Wi-Fi/GPS functions (with WG version), another short user manual for Wi-Fi, user manual for the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens, a warranty and three disks with free software and an electronic user manual. The software package, like before, consists of the Digital Photo Professional application (current version is 3.12.52), for developing RAW files, EOS Utility tool for managing the camera, Picture Styles Editor for creating color styles, Photo Stich for merging shots into a panorama, and Zoom Browser EX for organizing and browsing the photos. Aside from that, there is also, for the first time, the WFT Pairing Utility, for Wi-Fi module. All applications are available for both Windows and Mac OS.