What is the Canon EOS 6D?
The 6D is a full frame DSLR meaning the sensor is much larger than those on most digital cameras – making it better at taking photos in low-light conditions and able to take full advantage of 35mm wide angle lenses.
The launch of the 6D follows Nikon’s announcement of the D600, also an entry level full frame model – see out first impressions of the Nikon D600.
The 6D has an impressive set of specs including a 20.2Mp CMOS sensor, ISO range of 100-25,600, GPS and built-in wi-fi.
It has an 11 point autofocus – compared the D600’s 39 point AF – but this is optimised for low light conditions (down to -3 EV) and according to Canon this enables the D6 to shoot good photos in the equivalent of moonlight.
Below are just our first impressions based on a short time with the product, not a full review. Read our DSLR reviews for full reviews of the latest DSLRs and compact system cameras and to see which produce the sharpest shots and sport the quickest speeds. Read about how we test DLSR cameras for an in-depth breakdown of our tests.
Tim’s impressions of the Canon EOS 6D
It is inevitable the 6D will be compared with D600 and in terms of specs each has its advantages. In terms of raw megapixels the Nikon comes out on top with 24.3 against 20.2, but as our tests have proved time and again quality is not simply about megapixels.
The 6D seems to be particularly focused on getting good shots in low light with a huge ISO range and a particularly light sensitive autofocus. The autofocus does seem to be lacking in terms of individual focus points – just 11 compared with the 39 on the D600 and 62 on the next Canon up, the 5D mark III – but it should be enough for most photographers.
In a way it may be better to compare the 6D with its more expensive relative the 5D mark III rather than the Nikon. Like the 5D it can record video in full HD, however it is missing a headphone jack so you won’t be able to listen to the sound quality while you are filming – plus the 6D is missing a few of the manual control buttons found on the 5D mark III.
The inclusion of wi-fi is a bonus – you will have to buy a special adaptor costing £65 to get this feature on the D600 – and it not only allows users to easily send their photos to another device or upload them directly to a website, but it also can be used to remotely control the camera using a smartphone or wi-fi enabled product.
Whether you opt for the D600 or the 6D will probably come down to whether you prefer a Nikon or a Canon, but if you do opt for the Canon it might be worth considering paying that much extra and upgrading to the 5D mark III.
When can I buy it?
The 6D will go on sale in December and is thought to cost around £1,799 for the body and £2,519.99 with the kit lens.