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The Canon 6D is the first full frame camera I bought having previously used the 7D. Having moved into landscape and wedding photography I wanted better image quality and low light capability that a crop sensor just couldn't deliver. I have to say the 6D didn't disappoint. They image quality in low light is fantastic and in my opinion, comparable to the 5D Mk3 for around a £1000 less.
I would suggest the 6D is best suited to portrait, landscape and social photography as the lack of focus points means it may struggle with fast moving subjects found in sports and wildlife photography.
The body is extremely light and fits in the hands comfortably with easy access to controls. The Auto ISO limiter is a handy feature, enabling you to set its highest ISO limit to avoid excessive noise on your shots. The Wifi and GPS options also allow you to control the camera functions remotely using a smartphone although in reality this is hit and miss. HD video is also good quality and the LCD produces bright, clear pictures in live view mode.
Naturally, if you already have stash (EF merely) or Nikon glass, your alternative is a little no-brainer (unless you wish to modify to systems). However, if you are stepping up--or crossing over from another brand to obtain the power of full-framework--then the choice is less easy. Continue reading to learn the differences between both cameras along with a fast look at what we think of the Canon EOS 6D.
Canon costs have increased over the last couple of years, the 6D offers an excellent approach to acquire Canon technology and image quality with no high price of entry. As an example, given the GBP 800 difference in cost between the 6D and Canon's next-in line full-frame model, the 5D Mark III, the 6D will appeal to enthusiasts who prefer an affordable full-frame camera in addition to pro's who desire a second or third full-frame DSLR as backup. Complete HD video, multiple exposure and in camera HDR are just a few of the camera's above and beyond DSLR features that are normal.
The Canon EOS 6D may be gotten for GBP 1200 body only or GBP1400 for body and 24-105 f/4 lens kit.
Build and Design
The 6D is good-assembled and weatherproof although not quite as tough as its more expensive siblings, the camera holds up under heavy use indoors and out. A fine-sized, contoured handle provides a comfortable and solid handhold for this 26.7 oz (with battery and media card), 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 inch camera. Canon 5D Mark III users, in addition to people who shoot with the 60D, will readily transition to the 6D using its familiar design.
The camera comes bundled using a rechargeable battery and charger, eyecup, AF and USB cables, neck strap and printed user guide. The included CD ROMs offer EOS Digital Solutions software along with a CD with all the software instruction manual.
Of note are the built in Wi-Fi and GPS--two features that are just available in the Nikon D600 via optional accessories of the 6D. So, if those two features are important for you, then a 6D vs. D600 choice might sway towards the 6D. Yet, the 6D does not have an on-board flash so you'll most probably be budgeting for a Speedlite and lenses. Regrettably, if you are stepping up from a cropped sensor Canon DSLR having a stash of EFS lenses, you are out of luck since Canon's full-frame cameras are just compatible with EF lenses. On the other hand, EF lenses could be mounted on cropped detector Canon DSLRs, so you could use them on both types of cameras. (As a point of reference, Nikon total- frame and DX format lenses can be used on both full-frame and cropped detector Nikon DSLRs.)
You'll also should download the Canon EOS Remote app and maybe pick up an HDMI cable to view pictures/ video on HDTV. Other accessories add dioptric adjustment lenses and timer remote control or a remote, interchangeable focusing screens. If you're planning to shoot on video (and we propose you do), don't forget to pick up an external microphone for better stereo sound recording.
Double card slots, to get a camera in this group, would be much more proper such as the Nikon D600 offers, but the 6D is equipped with only one SD card slot that is compatible with SD/SDHC/SDXC cards (including UHS-1 cards). We examined the camera having an 8GB SanDisk Extreme Pro card.
Ergonomics and Control
Canon DSLR shooters--particularly those stepping up from the 60D-- will generally feel together with the control layout of the 6D. The transition from one version to the newer camera may require only minor muscle memory adjustments to get comfortable with several controls that are re-positioned.
All in all, the control layout of the 6D is suitable and logical. The on/off switch and also a mode dial sit on the camera's left shoulder. The former offers the conventional guide, semimanual and program exposure options, as well as Bulb, two custom settings and lots of automatic modes, for example, conventional set of scene selections. Mode dial alternatives include a number of this camera's "something for everybody" approach. I am not an enormous fan of locking mode dials because the center lock/unlock button should be depressed before changing modes. But I've no nitpicks with command and control dials -- about the other controls (there is no joystick), committed buttons (AF, Drive, ISO, metering, for example) as well as a sizable status LCD.
In the event you've worked with Canon DSLRs before, you'll have the ability to easily and quickly locate the camera's various features and functions within the menu system. Rationally arranged, the menus are a breeze to browse, although beginners may wish to read via the user manual and learn more about the menus before heading out on a shoot--advice we'd give anybody who is utilizing a new (to them) camera. However, with the array of outside controls of the camera, it's not likely that you'll need to wander into the menu system frequently. However, the 6D offers numerous custom options that can take you deep into the menu system. It is here you can pick from several AF situations and adjust parameters including tracking sensitivity, acceleration/deceleration speed of more and AF tracking. The latest Canon custom menu best to get the user guide convenient, in case you're not used to it.
As stated earlier, the mode dial offers a bit of something for everyone-- from manual exposure modes and also a CA (Creative Auto) mode. The Creative Auto mode is, essentially, for people just learning their way around a DSLR and handily uses sliders to create adjustments that might otherwise demand marginally more knowledge of photo jargon. Besides a sharp/blur user-arm Standard setting, others include "ambience based" options such as darker, brighter, brilliant, warm, extreme and monochrome.
The Canon 6D is equipped with a high resolution 1.04 million dot 3-inch LCD provides 100% coverage, with 7-amounts of manual brightness adjustments, so it's easy to use regardless of lighting states. While the 60D and 6D share many physical similarities, the computer screen of the 6D is static rather than articulated, as it is on the 60D. And while an articulated LCD for simple shooting is almost always preferred by us, it is not a thing we expect from higher end DSLRs.
The 6D's optical viewfinder is large, brilliant and clear. It is a delight to use than you are seeing through the viewfinder, but if you go through the specs, the VF offers 97% coverage, meaning that you may have a little more in your scene. Generally, that is not much of an issue but you could always switch to frame the subject if you're doing vital work.
The Canon EOS 6D (N) DSLR Camera (Body Only) is a full-frame 20.2MP DSLR offering exceptionally high image quality and detail while providing compatibility and convenience through its design and features. When paired with the powerful DIGIC 5 image processor and 14-bit A/D conversion, the full-frame sensor is capable of recording vivid imagery with expanded sensitivity up to ISO 102400. The processing power also affords intelligent noise reduction techniques and the ability to record continuous still images at a rate up to 4.5 full resolution fps.