Canon EOS 6D: a week with an expert

Getting to know the camera

Our most attentive readers noticed that the Canon EOS 6D came to us for testing for the second time . The fact is that this year we decided to test the most interesting new products of the photo market not only in the traditional format, but also to arrange much more serious field tests for them. We test the camera in the shooting conditions for which it was created – in real shooting – and describe in detail all the subtleties of interaction with the camera. For beginners in photography, this is an opportunity to master some technical subtleties, and for harsh pros, this is a chance to look at the camera in action and get comprehensive expert comments before the final purchase decision.

Get price Canon EOS 6D

But before setting off for shooting, let’s get to know the camera itself more closely. Canon EOS 6D is not just a DSLR, it is one of the most balanced models in terms of price and quality on the market. At the heart of the Six is ​​a 20-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor. Full frame – this caressing photographer’s ear for Englishism fully applies to EOS 6D. Portraits with a plastic blurred background, landscapes with many small details and low noise in difficult shooting conditions – this is what the future buyer expects from the camera. Looking ahead, I will say that the EOS 6D fully lives up to expectations.

At the heart of the camera is a full-frame CMOS sensor with a size of 24×36 mm

Canon EOS 6D Installation: ISO 800, F2.8, 1/1000 s Download RAW
Canon EOS 6D Installation: ISO 100, F2.8, 1/1600 s Download RAW

But from many full-frame predecessors, the Canon EOS 6D is not at all exorbitant. In fact, he became one of the first affordable full-frame cameras that were originally aimed at enthusiastic photographers, rather than making a living by shooting professionals. For the sake of lowering the cost, the developers made a number of compromises. For example, the minimum shutter speed is 1/4000 s compared with the mandatory for top-end DSLRs 1/8000.

I used the maximum open aperture to separate the foreground. But even on a sunny day, I had a shutter speed range limited to 1/4000 s

Canon EOS 6D Installations: ISO 100, F2.8, 1/2500 s Download RAW

Viewfinder coverage is 97% of the frame area instead of status 100%. Is it a lot or a little? This is exactly what we will find out during the shooting process.

Location of focus points in the Canon EOS 6D viewfinder

Autofocus is also different from the top-end cameras: Canon the EOS 5D III of the Mark and Canon the EOS 1D the X . Here the main difference is the number and location of focus points. They are located a little closer to the center and there are only 11. But the central sensor has a record sensitivity of -3 EV. We have already prepared tests for the focusing system in order to test it both in portrait shooting (are the sensors too close to the center?), And at night (-3 EV – is it a lot or a little?), And in the reporting (how much does it cope with its tracking autofocus?).

Continuous autofocus capable of sharpening very fast targets

Canon EOS 6D Installation: ISO 100, F2.8, 1/2000 s Download RAW

Canon EOS 6D Installation: ISO 100, F2.8, 1/1600 s Download RAW

The central AF point remains operational even at night in moonlight. This frame is the limit of her abilities.

Canon EOS 6D Installation: ISO 100, F5.6, 30 s Download RAW

Canon EOS 6D is the first Wi-Fi DSLR in the world. You can be skeptical about wireless in cameras, but the Wi-Fi implementation in this model exceeded all our expectations. We will show how and for what it is possible (and now it is already necessary) to use Wi-Fi in the DSLR. This we will devote separately the whole day of our test. In addition to Wi-Fi, in EOS 6D there is another “wireless” function – this is GPS. In a simple test, we mentioned it in passing. But now we will have enough time to test GPS in full: for example, how much the inclusion of the sensor reduces battery life.

GPS receiver under the top of the camera

Information about the shooting point is recorded in the file properties

Canon EOS 6D Installation: ISO 100, F4.5, 1/160 s Download RAW

You can always find on the map where this or that shot was taken

Of course, we will pay special attention to optics. I specifically took a test of several lenses of the middle and top price niche in order to maximize the potential of the camera and demonstrate what its matrix is ​​capable of.


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