The New Canon EOS 6D Full-Frame DSLR: Practical and Functional


Canon has just announced their newest full-frame DSLR, the EOS 6D. This camera is a step closer to bridging the gap between cropped sensors and professional full-frame bodies, without alienating the compact form that is desirable from a camera with a smaller sensor. The integration of a large 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor provides a high level of image quality that is well-paired with a powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor, with 14-bit A/D conversion, for fast processing speeds and the advantage of an expanded sensitivity range up to ISO 102400. Additionally, this camera combines an intelligent iFCL exposure metering system and 11-point autofocus system for delivering well-exposed, sharp imagery. Full HD video is supported up to 1080/30p format, and a maximum full resolution continuous shooting rate of 4.5 fps enables this camera to perform well when capturing moving images. The 6D is also Canon’s first EOS DSLR to integrate a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter and GPS receiver for greater connectivity between your camera and other mobile devices.

Full-Frame Image Sensor and Processing System

The large full-frame 20.2 megapixel CMOS sensor delivers a high level of image quality and visual depth while offering finer detail and sharpness. The larger sensor also provides more room to control your plane of focus and apply selective-focus techniques.

This sensor works in harmony with the powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor for expedited 14-bit A/D conversion, resulting in true image fidelity and rich detail. This process also contributes greatly to low-light sensitivity, which has a native range from ISO 100 to 25600, and can be expanded to an extremely wide ISO 50-102400. This processor technology helps to greatly reduce noise when working at such high sensitivities in very dark conditions. Additionally, the image processor provides an impressive continuous shooting rate of up to 4.5 full-resolution frames per second.

The 6D incorporates the ability to automatically composite High Dynamic Range images and record multiple exposures within the same frame. HDR mode will record multiple bracketed exposures and automatically layer them together in order to extend the dynamic range to incorporate greater shadow and highlight detail than possible from a single exposure. Multiple Exposure mode functions similarly, but allows you to dictate when and where the separate exposures take place; enabling more creativity for how you choose to build up exposures. Scene Intelligent Auto and other special scene modes also improve the overall quality of your exposure by combining a host of technologies, including Picture Style Auto, Automatic Lighting Optimizer, Automatic White Balance, Autofocus and Automatic Exposure. These modes work together to analyze the scene you are photographing and produce the most effective exposure settings to clearly render your subject matter.

EOS HD Video

The EOS 6D is a highly efficient tool for recording HD video, and it allows you to capture full HD 1920 x 1080p at 30, 24, or 25 frame-per-second rates. Manual exposure control is possible while recording video, allowing you to apply creative aperture or shutter speed combinations for more control of motion or focus. You can also embed timecodes while recording, making this a highly viable option for multi-camera shoots. Clip lengths of up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds are possible when working with standard-quality video, or up to 20 minutes when recording the highest-quality video. Additionally, the 6D will automatically partition files in excess of 4GB for longer, uninterrupted stretches of recording. Both IPB and All i-frame compressions are available, depending on your editing preferences and final output destination. In regard to audio, manual level control is possible in 64 steps and there is the option to attach an external stereo microphone for a wider range of audio-recording options.

Autofocus and Exposure Metering Technologies

A new 11-point autofocus system has been incorporated into the design, which includes a highly precise center cross-type AF point with EV-3 sensitivity for better low light focusing capabilities. This focusing system covers the image plane to achieve intelligently based focus regardless of where your subject is located within the frame. A bright, clear viewfinder also ensures a better view of the scene at hand for precise manual-focusing ability.

Exposure metering is handled through an iFCL system, which employs a 63 zone, dual layer metering sensor to acquire the most precise light readings. This system works in close collaboration with the 11-point autofocus system and utilizes both focus and color information to determine an overall exposure reading.  Since color and subject distance information is collected, exposure consistency, from scene to scene as well as in situations with extreme light variances, is maintained.

Built-In Wi-Fi and GPS

The EOS 6D is the first EOS DSLR to incorporate a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter and GPS receiver, allowing this camera to instantly transfer and receive information while shooting. The Wi-Fi transmitter enables you to wirelessly transfer your images directly from the camera to the CANON iMAGE Gateway, which then allows you to relay your images directly to social networking sites. You can also instantly share work with other Wi-Fi-enabled Canon cameras or directly to an iOS or Android mobile device when using the EOS Remote app. In addition to simple sharing of imagery from the camera to the mobile device, the EOS Remote app also allows you to exercise remote control of your camera from your device.

The GPS unit can automatically record location data including latitude, longitude, elevation and universal coordinated time, and embed that information into the metadata of your files. This allows you to geo-tag your images and create virtual maps of your travels once images have been off-loaded to a computer.

Body Design and Functionality

The camera’s design revolves around the objective to be as small and lightweight as possible while still containing the large-sized sensor and DIGIC 5+ processor. This results in the most compact full-frame DSLR currently produced by Canon, without sacrificing on image quality. The smaller form factor makes the 6D an ideal choice for moving from an APS-C-sized DSLR to full-frame without the weight burden of a professional-sized unit. The construction also includes a durable shutter that has been rated to 100,000 cycles and benefits from an EOS Integrated Cleaning System for effective vibration based dust removal.

A 3.0” Clear View LCD monitor is located on the rear of the camera and provides a wide 160° viewing angle and high 1,040,000-dot resolution for vivid live view monitoring and image review. This screen is also coated with multi-coated, high-transparency materials for bright, clear viewing with minimized reflections.

This camera is available with the body only or in a kit with a lens. The kit lens available is the 24-105mm f/4L IS EF USM AF lens, which provides an ample range of focal lengths from general wide angle to portrait length. It is image stabilized for helping to reduce the effects of camera shake, up to three stops. It also incorporates one Super-UD glass element and three aspherical elements to help minimize chromatic aberration and image distortion throughout the zoom range.

The EOS 6D is set nicely in the scheme of Canon’s DSLR lineup and spans the chasm between professional full-frame DSLRs and prosumer APS-C DSLRs. This middle point will prove to be a useful stepping stone in regard to working with a wider array of lenses and a sensor format that is capable of recording greater image detail and quality. Combined with the inclusion of EOS HD video, quick performance and the innovative Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities, the 6D is a truly cohesive and well-rounded camera for a wide array of photographers.

Canon EOS 6D
Camera Type Digital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera
Recording Media SD, SDHC, SDXC
Image Sensor Size 35.8 x 23.9mm (full frame)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S and EF-M lenses)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Effective Pixels 20.2MP
Total Pixels 20.6MP
Pixel Unit 6.55 μm square
Aspect Ratio 3:2
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low-Pass Filter Fixed in position in front of the CMOS sensor
Recording Format Complies with Design rule for Camera File system 2.0 and EXIF 2.30
Image Format Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW + JPEG
Video: MOV (image: H.264, audio: Linear PCM)
File Size L: 5472 x 3648 (20MP)
M: 3648 x 2432 (8.9MP)
S1: 2736 x 1824 (5MP)
S2: 1920 x 1280 (2.5MP)
S3: 720 x 480 (0.35MP)
RAW: 5472 x 3648 (20MP)
M RAW: 4104 x 2736 (11MP)
S RAW: 2736 x 1824 (5MP)
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
White Balance Settings Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Custom (Approx. 2000-10000K), Color Temperature (Approx. 2500-10000K), White Balance Correction, and
White Balance Bracketing
Color Temperature Compensation +/- 9 levels either blue/amber or magenta/green bias
Viewfinder Type Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage Approx. 97%
Viewfinder Magnification/Angle of View Approx. 0.71x / 33.3˚
Eye Point Approx. 21mm (-1m)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction -3.0 to + 1.0m
Focusing Screen Eg-A II provided (interchangeable with Eg-D and Eg-S, incompatible with Eg-A)
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Autofocus Type TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor 
AF Points 11
AF Working Range Center AF point: EV -3 to 18 (at 73°F / 23°C, ISO 100)
Other AF points: EV +0.5 to 18 (at 73°F / 23°C, ISO 100)
Focus Modes One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF, AI Focus AF, Manual focus
Exposure Metering System Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC 
Exposure Metering Modes Evaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted average
Exposure Metering Range EV 1 – EV 20 (At 73°F / 23°C, 50mm f/1.8 II lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Creative Zone: Program AE (shiftable), Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb, Custom shooting mode
Basic Zone: Scene Intelligent Auto (Program AE/non-shiftable), Creative Auto, Special Scene (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control mode
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25600 (expandable to ISO 50-102400)
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Shutter Type Vertical travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically controlled
Shutter Speed Range 1/4000 to 30 sec (X-sync at 1/180 sec.)
Shutter Release Soft touch electromagnetic release
Self-Timer 10 or 2 sec. delay
Shutter Lag Time 0.060-0.144 sec.
Compatible Speedlites EX-series Speedlites
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash (evaluative flash metering and average flash metering)
Flash Exposure Compensation +/-3 EV in 1/3 or 1/2 steps
Drive Modes Single, Continuous, Silent single, Silent continuous, 10 or 2 sec. delay
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 4.5 fps (3 fps in silent continuous)
Maximum Burst
(8GB Memory Card)
JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 73 Shots
RAW: Approx. 14 Shots
RAW+JPEG Large/Fine: 7 Shots
Video File Format MOV (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo))
Video File Size Full HD:
1920 x 1080 (30 fps/25 fps/24 fps): 235MB/min. with IPB compression / 685MB/min. with All-I compression
1280 x 720 (60 fps/50 fps): 205MB/min. with IPB compression / 610MB/min. with All-I compression
640 x 480 (30 fps/25 fps): 78MB/min. with IPB compression
Video ISO Range ISO 100-12800 (expandable to ISO 25600)
Clip Length 1920 x 1080
30 fps/25 fps/24 fps: 32 min. with IPB compression / 11 min. with All-I compression
1280 x 720
60 fps/50 fps: 37 min. with IPB compression / 12 min. with All-I compression
640 x 480
30 fps/25 fps: 97 min. with IPB or All-I compression
(*Maximum recording time is limited to 29 min. 59 sec.)
Video Focusing Modes FlexiZone (Single), Face Detection Live mode, Quick Mode AF,
Manual focus
Video Exposure Control Program AE or Manual
Video Exposure Compensation +/-3 Ev in 1/3 steps
Monitor Type TFT LCD
Monitor Size 3.0" / 7.6cm
Monitor Resolution 1,040,000-dot
Monitor Coverage Approx. 100%
Monitor Brightness Control Manually adjustable (7 levels)
Monitor Coating Resin cover and anti-reflection AR coating
GPS Information Longitude, latitude, elevation, Coordinated Universal Time
GPS Reception Frequency 1575.42 MHz (L1 band)
GPS Position Update Timing 1 sec./5 sec./10 sec./15 sec./30 sec./1 min./2 min./5 min.
GPS Position Accuracy Within approx. 98' / 30m
GPS Log File Format NMEA-0813 format
Wi-Fi Standards IEEE802.11b/g/n
Wi-Fi Communication Range Approx. 98' / 30m
Wi-Fi Maximum Link Speed IEEE802.11b: 11 Mbps
IEEE802.11g: 54 Mbps
IEEE802.11n: 150 Mbps
Interface USB 2.0, AV stereo out terminal (NTSC/PAL selectable), mini-HDMI
out terminal (Type C), N3-type remote control
Power Source LP-E6 rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Battery Life (At 73°F / 23°C) Viewfinder: Approx. 1,090 shots
Live View: Approx. 220 shots
Startup Time Approx. 0.1 sec. (CIPA)
Operating Temperature 32-104°F / 0-40°C
Operating Humidity 85% or less
Dimensions 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8" / 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm
Weight 26.7 oz / 755 g (CIPA)

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This seems like a great camera -- I'd buy one tomorrow if I could. But when will actually be available -- October 1? October 31? December?

I have to admit that it frustrates me the way Canon launches products. They'll announce a camera that would be perfect for a trip you have planned, but then not stock it until weeks or months later -- often after you no longer really need it. (By contrast, I could go out and buy the newly-announced Nikon d600 right now.) Frustrating.

Companies announce products long before they are actually ready to ship in the hope that consumers will delay purchases from competitors and end up buying their products, instead. I knew a Giant Computer Company decades ago that used to announce new (sometimes imaginary) products that weren't anywhere near ready for delivery just to counter the real products that the competition already had for sale. The disappointment in Canon's Mk II version of the 24-70/2.8 L along with it's outrageous price increase is mirrored in the 6D announcement. This could be an interesting camera - but there are some worrisome indicators that suggest it might just be an overpriced plastic toy for collectors. Is the 6D fairly durable or is it just a full-frame Rebel? Time will tell.

The one thing I would like to know about the 6D is, is it ETTL compatible with radio control on the 600 EX flashes. The 5D mark II isn't ETTL compatible, and you cannot group your flashes. I'd like to shoot on camera flash exposure -1 and off camera radio control at even but am struggling to set this with the Mark II.
Is the 6D ETTL compatible with its radio control 600EX flashes?


Ony with the Canon ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter can you take full advantage of all the latest features on Canon's top-of-the-line 600EX-RT flash including the newly-designed wireless system using 2-way radio wave communication for enhanced communication among master and slave units. Achieves a transmission distance of up to 98.4' (30 m), all at a 360 degree angle.

The ST-E3-RT makes complex lighting setups simple by facilitating radio-controlled, two-way wireless transmission up to 98.4' away, among up to five groups or fifteen individual Speedlites. It has controls similar to the new Speedlite 600EX-RT, including multiple flash metering options, and a variety of flash modes. Compact design with highly reliable construction combined with a clearly laid-out information panel and buttons with back lighting make this an indispensible tool for advanced professional flash photography. The ST-E3-RT represents the next generation in wireless flash systems.

Thanks Chuck. I am currently using 2 of 600ex flashes, one as an on camera transmitter, therefore I guess my question still stands, does the 6D support radio control E-TTL transmission and or maintain flash sinc speed of the camera?


I am sorry if I am not getting your question. The 6D body does not have wireless flash capabilities by itself. If using a 600EX flash as a transmitter, this flash can control a 2nd remote unit. Not sure I understand the shutter speed portion of your question.

Thanks Chuck,

The instruction booklet with the 600 EX flashes indicates that E-TTL flash exposure transmission via radio control and grouping of flashes is not possible with cameras having a release date prior to 2012. It also indicates that when using radio control for these cameras the maximum sync speed is one stop less than what the camera is rated at. The canon 5D Mark II falls into this category. The Canon 5D Mark III does not having any of these issues, with radio control giving full radio control functionality as per the 600 EX instruction booklet. I would like to think Canon has incorporated full radio control functionality built into the new 6D, when used in conjunction with the 600 EX flashes.

Purchasing a $2000.00 plus camera for one time use? Just rent, and in that case, why really care if it's the newest kid on the block.

A lot of people upgrade when there's some upcoming event or trip they could use it for -- it's what gets them off the fence.

And if you're in the market to upgrade, you don't want to rent a camera for two weeks and then turn around and buy an equivalent one -- you'll just use your old camera for the event and then wait until you have another reason to upgrade. Which...might be a while.

Same for lenses. Waited 3 months for the new 24-70 f/.8. It never came out
So I bought the Tamaron 24-70 f2.8 which has IS that the Cannon lens did not. Love the lens
So I'm glad Cannon dropped the ball as I saved $1000. For lens which is probably better.Very, very sharp.

I am going have to agree with you.

Unfortuantely, we currently do not have an estimated arrival date listed for the Canon EOS 6D DSLR camera at this time. However, you can either click the white "Notify When In Stock" button located at this link, or you can be vigilant and peroidically check our website (using the same link) for an estimated arrival date to be listed in place of the current "New Item, Available for pre-order" inventory notification. We will update our webpage abpve once we have more information on the camera's estimated arrival.

December according to the Canon press release, which can be found at but for some reason can't be found at Canon's website. Looks like they're trying to get it out in time for the holidays.

I agree 100%. I was forced to buy the 5dII 2 weeks ago for a trip to the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley etc and wanted a full frame instead of my APS C 60D, not knowing if the 6d rumours were real or not. Could have used the same amount of $$$ to purchase the 6D instead. Now my $1,949.00 5dII is worth about $1,500.....And the re is definately a challenge on the 5DII autofocus system compared to the 60D.

Oh well, just the neverending spending chase for current technology.

All I can say is what a disappointment !! I certainly won't be putting my hand up..

Well, great. Another amateur camera with professionnal technology and performance for about $2.000...
So now, what is the interest of buying an Eos 1Dx or a 5D MkIII ???
Thank you Canon and Nikon for these great marketing ideas..

Such a failure in price and options compared to the last 2 Nikon cameras released. The wifi ability is just an OK feature. As a canon shooter, I will be seriously consider switching to Nikon.

Really!!!! What is the difference between Nikon and Canon if you suck in taking pictures and don't know how to use your camera.

Does it have multiple exposure feature? The highest shutter speed is only 1/4000, it is a kind of slow.

As indciated under the tenth bulliten under the Features tab on Canon USA's website, the Canon EOS 6D does have multiple exposure capabilities.

In response to your last comment, please note Canon's current fastest, most advanced camera, the Canon EOS 1D X, has a maximum shutter speed of 1/8000, which is only one stop faster than the 6D and is the second-fastest top shutter speed used by Canon for their entry professional-tier DSLR cameras.

1/4000 kinda slow - the fastest is only twice as fast - not a quantum leap. What are you shooting that can't be captured @ 1/4000? For many years I shot air shows with Kodachrome 64 using a manual focus camera with max shutter speed of 1/1000. Got tack sharp slides of Blue Angels in action. Was also using a 300/F4 lens from the early 70s - a real stovepipe and not multi coated, but surprisingly good even by today's standards.

How does this camera body compare to the Canon EOS 5D mark III? By calling it the 6D it appears that Canon is implying that this camera is the next step up from the 5D, but I don't think that is the case. It would be helpful if BHPhoto would do a comparison article to let us know what you get for the additional approximate $1000 difference between the 6D and the 5D Mark III.


The 6D is not meant as a replacement for the 5D series. Canon has placed this in their line up as an affordable full frame sensor camera.

The biggest difference is the 6D's 11-point autofocus system with a single cross-type sensor. The 5D mkIII has 61-point (up to 41 cross-type points) * One to five cross-type AF points at f/2.8, 10 to 20 cross-type AF points at f/4, and 15 to 21 cross-type AF points at f/5.6. (The number of cross-type AF points will differ depending on the lens.)

It has slightly less resolution 20.2 MP VS 22.3 MP, shoots slower @ 4.5 fps VS 6 fps, only accepts SD memory (no CF) and is lighter. The 6D does have Wi-Fi + GPS built in.

in case you haven't noticed - In Canon's product numbering scheme, the smaller number represents a higher end model. 6D is clearly positioned as a lower end model compared to 5D.

The Continuous Shooting Speed - Up to 4.5 fps is a weak spot for me. My 7D shots 8 fps.

Is continuous auto focus in video mode available on this one?

The Canon 6D does not have the continuous AF feature in video.

How does this compare to the 7D? I own one of those, and I love it. Besides the expanded ISO (102400 is too high anyway to take meaningful pics without noise), this doesn't seem to improve too much on the 7D, apart from the full size sensor, wifi (useless), GPS (useless) and a new metering system. It has fewer AF sensors (11 vs 19), a slower shutter, and the total pixel count (which doesn't matter anyway) is only 2mp more.

All in all, not worth the price tag if you ask me.

How can you say that wi fi and gps are useless? Obviously you do no work involving either. Aerial surveys and photo mapping use GPS for accuracy. Wi fi is used to transmit images between camera and computer, camera and smart phone, or other device. Pretty cool you can use your smart phone to control the camera - eliminates the need for a separate device consisting of 2 parts (2 more batteries to buy and another cable to keep up with)
Only 2mp more? Not as big a difference as between 8 and 10mp cameras, but I wouldn't turn down 2 extra meg on any camera. Every little bit helps - certainly doesn't hurt.
11 vs 19 focus zones - how many do you need? I shot manual focus for 20 years and determined my own focus zones. I have many excellent photos utilizing selective depth of field to great effect, especially where closeup and/or action are involved. And until about 2000 I spent many hours squinting thru 4x5 and 8x10 view cameras. Nothing wrong with autofocus; I love it and swear by it, but there are still some situations where it's probably best to switch it off and set things up yourself

Hard to justify stepping up to this from the 40D if my EF-S lenses won't work with it. Now to look at the 7D or 60D to do 1080... Sigh.

That will always be an issue for you unfortunately, unless you chose to stick indefinitely with an APC-C sensor Canon camera. An upgrade from your camera to ANY full frame Canon will require using EF lenses as the full frame bodies do not support EF-S lenses.

I have a 5D Mark II is this one better than the one I have? My major concern is the image quality, detail on shadows and highlights, and noise.

Basically re-stating Chuck's earlier response to a similar inquiry, the 6D is not meant as a replacement for the 5D series. Canon has placed this in their line up as an affordable full frame sensor camera.

The main differences between the Canon 5D Mark II and the Canon 6D would be the Canon 6D uses Canon's newest DIGIC 5+ processor and has an expanded ISO range, has a higher resolution LCD screen, two extra autofocus points in the viewfinder, has a slightly faster 4.5 continuous frame per second burst rate (compared to the 3.9 fps of the 5D Mark II), the use of Secure Digital cards instead of CompactFlash memory cards, and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. The 6D does have a slightly lower resolution, maximum shutter speed, and a slower flash sync speed (1/180 sec instead of the usual 1/250 sec). You would have to wait for the camera to be released and tested to see performance testing in regards to image quality, and noise/highlight/shadow detail.

I noticed one comment about buying a 5D MKII before the release of the new 6D. I was seriously considering the 5D MKII to replace my 50D but now I am not sure. What are the pluses and minuses for waiting for the 6D

The 6D and 5D Mk II cameras are very similar in features and specifications, however the few changes made to the 6D would cause me to opt for it over the 5D Mk II. Most importantly the camera has a new processor, which will cause it perform faster, and render better shadow and highlight details. Further it has an expanded ISO range, allowing it to perform better in low light situations (up to ISO 102,400 vs 25,600 in the 5D Mk II). The only thing I could view as a minus for you since you are upgrading from a 50D is that the 6D now uses SD type memory as opposed to Compact Flash type.

Below is a link to a side by side comparison I have set up for you at where it lists all the features of both cameras in an easy to read format.

AF is a joke, so are some other items. GPS was overdue and WLAN is nice to have but doesn't compensate for the other drawbacks. All in all very dissapoiting; Canon did just as much as needed, D600 is far better.

You apparently haven't been hearing about the internal oil splashing problems on the D600 sensor. It is a big problem that keeps getting worse as you use the camera according to user comments! Stick to Canon!

Looks good but a bit pricey. Wonder whether it will solve my problem of shooting flash with aperture priority.

When I set a shutter speed in aperute priority in my 50D and shoot with a speedlight, the camera overides my set speed and sets it won, usually slower one. This contradicts what the camera and flash hand books say (that the shutter speed should not change). Is there something I am doing wrong or missing folks?

You cannot set a SHUTTER SPEED in APERTURE-PRIORITY mode. As stated in the Canon EOS 50D Instruction Manual on page 96, in Av Aperture-Priority AE mode, you set the desired APERTURE and the camera sets the shutter speed automatically to obtain the correct exposure suiting the subject brightness. If you wish to set the SHUTTER speed manually, then you must use SHUTTER-PRIORITY (Tv mode, which allows you to select the shutter speed and the camera automatically selects the aperture) or MANUAL MODE (M mode, which allows you to set both shutter and aperture manually - neither is set automatically by the camera when using either Tv or M mode, as you are in full control of both settings.)

It states on page 107 that when using Av mode, the shutter speed will be set automatically between 1/250 sec. - 30 sec to suit the scene's brightness. Also stated, if you want to use Av mode and do not want a slow shutter speed to be used, set [C.Fn I-7: Flash sync. speed in Av mode] to [1: 1/250-160sec. auto] or [2: 1/250sec. (fixed)] (page 175 for more info on these Custom Function settings).

Finally, also as stated on page 107, in M, you can set both the shutter speed (1/250 sed. - 30 sec., bulb) and aperture. The flash exposure will be set automatically to match the aperture that was set (if the camera is set to E-TTL II). The background exposure will vary depending on the shutter speed and aperture.

Thoughtful of you to look this up. "Why can't I set the shutter speed in aperture priority?" should be a no-brainer! Of course, manual settings might be the way to go. Use depth of field preview to get the right aperture, and the meter to for ambient exposure, then "chimp" with the flash to get a suitable exposure.

Very disappointed in this release. Sd memory and it doesn't have dual slots? Max shutter speed of 1/4000 of a second? Only 4.5fps continuous drive?

But they threw in wifi and GPS.

Total waste of a release if you ask me.

How offen do you use 1/8000 of a second or for that matter 1/4000 OAS

1/4000!!!! Like the above comment when do you use it?
How many card slot do you need? How many shot do you take each subject, a 100? if so, how much time do you spend on your computer to post your images? 4.5fps is not enough for you to follow a moving subject? You wanna take good images or you just want everyone else to know that you have an awesome Cam but heck, you suck in taking pictures cuz you don't know how to use your awesome camera......

Buy a 5D3 or 1Dx or D600 or the RX1

For those that want excellent IQ in a smaller package 6D is a great dslr, also you can save even more money by going for the non wifi gps version (asian market) for £1300

Hi everyone,

Can I use the wifi life view (video) on multiple android devices and being able to use the live view on the camera? I would like to know if I could use that as a monitoring device for video? Example: I am shooting a promotional video, the director and the customer are using their tablets to see a life feed of what I am shooting (preferably with out them being able to change the setting on the camera).


The Wifi live view is disabled in the movie mode. It cannot be used as a preview monitor for the camera unfortunately.

Is there any lens adapter for EF-S lenses?

I just bought a EF-S lens and it's not compatible with my 6D.
Is there any adapter for EF mount?

I am sorry but there is no adapter to use your EF-S lens with the 6D. The Canon 6D is only compatible with EF lenses. On the flip side, APS-C cameras can take both EF and EF-S lenses. The EF-S category of lenses came out in 2003 to answer the need for affordable high quality lenses, particularly wide angle, for APS-C cameras. To make these smaller, lighter, but good quality lenses for APS-C format, the lens needs to be closer to the sensor with a short back focus. (With EF-S, the s stands for “Short”) This short back focus makes the lens stick further into the camera’s body. Unfortunately this prohibits a full frame camera’s mirror, like the 6D’s, from operating. Finally, if you were to get EF-S lenses mounted on the 6D, wide angles would not cover the sensor and instead would make black corners in the image.

A supplement to the above: ANY EF-S lens will fit and work correctly on the 6D. So far I've tried the Canon EF-S 18-55 IS II and the TAMRON SP AF 17-50 f/2.8.

The lens will focus but a strong vignetting and framing will occur because EF-S lenses are supposed to work with a smaller size sensor. So you can go on and use those lenses keeping in mind that you're going to need cropping in post processing. This also means that you won't be able to exploit the full zoom range (A 15mm gives a usable area of a equivalent 28mm EF lens)

The canon 10 - 22 mm lens does not work with the 6D camera. If you force it on, the mirror does not have room to move, so you only see 10% of the picture. Forcing the lens on, can also rip the rubber seal on the lens connection.