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CanonEOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.8

(based on 627 reviews)

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    (500)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (401)
  • High ISO performance (384)
  • Easy to use (372)
  • Quiet (281)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (275)

Cons

  • Short battery life (26)
  • Lag / shutter delay (13)
  • Noisy at high ISO (10)
  • Small LCD screen (10)
  • Poor in low light (6)

Best Uses

  • Low light (368)
  • Landscape/scenery (315)
  • Family photos (313)
  • Travel (300)
  • Weddings (269)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (185), Semi-pro photographer (164), Pro photographer (97), Casual photographer (31), Photography student (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (468), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great weight, balance and feel

We all know it doesn't beat the D600 in FPS, pixels, memory slots and a couple of other things. However I'm not going to miss those since the ease of use, feel and...Read complete review

We all know it doesn't beat the D600 in FPS, pixels, memory slots and a couple of other things. However I'm not going to miss those since the ease of use, feel and image quality are excellent. I was tempted and almost went with the Nikon, especially since I didn't have a serious investment in glass. However, after trying out both in the store and looking at my test shots in which the Canon exceeded on low light and higher ISOs I went with the Canon, sure the mkiii would beat it except for weight, yet I still would go with the 6D and use the extra 1,400 on some L glass. Last, it doesn't bother me that it doesn't have a nearly a hundred point auto focus system. Although those are great for paparazzi and sports photographers, I'm neither. I prefer the cleaner viewfinder.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

On the fence

I am probably the ideal purchaser of this camera--we own a sizeable collection of high end Canon glass (macros, L lenses with IS, telephotos, etc) and have a crop sensor Canon...Read complete review

I am probably the ideal purchaser of this camera--we own a sizeable collection of high end Canon glass (macros, L lenses with IS, telephotos, etc) and have a crop sensor Canon that is a few years old. Engaged amateurs who want ONE camera body to serve all our DSLR needs for the next 3-4 years (in addition to a small travel camera).What I wanted in a new camera was:1) excellent reliable autofocus 2) full frame with excellent image quality and improved ISO capabilities3) the ability to take a variety of types of photographs from travel photography to photographs of children and friends to casual sports photography to casual but very good photos at parties and weddings and spontaneous life events4) lighter body and smaller price tag than the Mark 35) great video a plusCanon could easily have made such a great camera at this price point and persuaded a lot of people considering crop sensors to spend more for a fantastic camera. A gateway drug to Canon making serious money when all the happy 6D owners start buying nice Canon lenses. The ideal 6D would be a full frame camera with the best features of the 7D/70D. It could have GPS and Wifi to differentiate it from Nikon. The Mark III could still have more AF points and better weatherproofing and if sales of the Mark III dropped...well, bring on the Mark IV. Instead, it leaves me feeling that the marketing department is trying to squeeze every cent out of me to either buy a second body (for sports) or a better camera (the Mark III). One should feel happy after dropping $[$]. Not mildly annoyed.Autofocus. I am not getting tack sharp photos even with the central focus point and a tripod and superb (and just serviced) glass. This could be a defective unit or my technique so I am having this checked out, since others do not seem to have this issue. For sports (kids ice hockey indoors) the keeper rate is low. It just does not track well enough under those conditions and perhaps the AF is too slow even in servo to nail many shots.Obvious issues with easy fixes:1) One cannot shoot anything fast-moving except in TV mode (or M) because both P and AV mode will drop the shutter speed to absurdly low levels (like 1/15) before even thinking of bumping the ISO. This is absurd in a camera whose main selling point is the ISO range! The camera knows which lens is attached so it should know that this will result in a bad shot. It should also assume that one does not have a tripod attached (and could be designed to detect a tripod anyway). It is as though Canon took the algorithms from a 1980s camera and dropped it into the 6D without any further thought. In theory, you can set a minimum shutter speed in one of the controls, but the fastest programmable minimum speed is...wait for it...drumroll: 1/250. Or even children bolting around? Fairly useless. So the only way to shoot anything that requires >1/250 is TV (lose control of DoF) or of course M. Manual is no excuse for ill-considered algorithms. 2) In manual, one cannot use exposure compensation--why? 3) Why no firmware update to turn the GPS off when the camera powers down or is turned off as the default mode?So do I keep this almost good enough but really rather expensive camera ? or do I spring for something small and fun (Fujifilm X100s or similar) while waiting to see if Canon comes out with the 6D Mark II at a reasonable price?DREAM 6D MARK II--Superb AF: somewhere between 70D and 5D Mark III with ability to properly track moving subjects. All/most points cross-type sensors. --Same ISO capabilities as it has now--Joystick/easier adjustment of the AF points (since they would now be useful)--Change Creative Auto to allow one to pick the AF point (then it would be more useful for handing to a friend for a quick family snap)--Update the algorithms so that one can choose ranges for ISO, aperture and shutter speed across the whole range that the camera can usefully do (allow one to pick both shutter speed and aperture in program mode and to set the shutter speed range to anything one wants in AV)--lose the other amateur settings--have 3 user defined settings--pop up flash (there are always times...)--second card slot (not for me but everyone else wants this)--GPS turns off when camera is off or after x minutes of inactivity (user defined) as the default--eliminate the moire in videoI would happily spend $300 more for a 6D with much improved autofocus and NO other improvements. But I was not/am not willing to spend an extra $1300-1500 just for better autofocus (Mark III). To me that seems like too much for something that should already be there.Apologies for the long review, but writing it has helped me see that I cannot quite give the camera 4 stars. It should be a great all around camera but the problems with autofocus limit its utility to stationary objects. This is why I would give it 3.5 stars.

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5.0

First DSLR.

By Inkidoo

from Vero Beach, FL

Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

I bought this because I wated a good camera that could take beautiful images. I am a noob, and don't know much about it. I have seen some courses in Lynda.com and some videos on YouTube so I have started to understand a little beyond the basics. I have no complains so far, I think this camera is really nice. I got a Sigma 35mm F/1.4 and I couldn't be happier.

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5.0

Great Buy

By Winkle

from St Louis

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Good Image Quality
  • High ISO Performance

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    Great Camera

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Awesome camera regardless of price level

    By Lance3495

    from Santa Clarita, CA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

    • No Built-in Flash

    Best Uses

    • Astrophotography
    • Family Photos
    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

    My first full-frame digital camera and wow. Amazing is all I can say. The high iso (25600) is incredible. I took night shots and had to reduce my exposure time from 30 seconds down to 8 because I was getting too many(!) stars in the background that were crowding out the constellation I was trying to photograph (Orion, in case you care). I was even able to reduce the ISO down to 800 and the time up to 15 sec and still get awesome shots. The sensor is just that good. Best.Astrophotography.Camera.Ever.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Canon 6D - Outstanding Camera

    By Fast Ed

    from Bowden, Alberta

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • High ISO Performance
    • Large Clear LCD
    • Quiet

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

      Purchased this camera as an upgrade to my 60D. Love taking photography of landscapes and macro. Huge upgrade!!! Tried the 70D but didn't find much difference from the 60D I had, so put out few extra bucks for the 6D. The photo quality is simply outstanding. Full frame is no doubt a big plus when you want more quality pics and much lower noise using high iso settings. This camera might not be what you want if you do sports shooting as the fps is a little slower, but I'm not into that. This camera is light so great for travelling. When travelling I usually use an L lens and even in rainy weather have never had a problem(weatherproofing is obviously very good) All in all this is a very well made camera that produces OUTSTANDING photos.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Low Light

      By Ragingflounder

      from Fort Collins, CO

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • High ISO Performance

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

          Nice feel, and I love the low light performance. I haven't had a chance to do much yet, but what I've seen so far is encouraging.

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          5.0

          Great for Portraits

          By Migami

          from Homosassa, FL

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

            Just finished my first college portraits using this body & the color accuracy & image quality are excellent. Very user friendly having used Canon in the past.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Everything I expected

            By wheelz

            from Spokane, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Quiet

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              My last DSLR was a Canon 30D, so this was a big change for me in terms of technology advancements. Buttons and functions are easy to control and where they should be, pictures are great image quality, great color depth and the metering is almost spot on in every situation. Great camera for the cost.

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              • No

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              5.0

              nice camera

              By stevelee

              from sf ca

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality

              Cons

              • Lag / Shutter Delay
              • Noisy At High ISO

              Best Uses

              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

              everything is good

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              • No

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              5.0

              Canon 6D

              By ibaphotogal

              from Central Coast of California

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Image Quality
              • High ISO Performance

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                Great Camera, I upgraded from a 40D, love how light it is, & efficient. I have already shot 3 weddings with it, it is amazing!!

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                • No

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                5.0

                The Perfect Full-Frame

                By Alex Holt Design

                from Indianapolis, IN

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Good Image Quality
                • Great in low light
                • High ISO Performance
                • Well built

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Video
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                  I love this camera. I've been shooting professional photography and videography for the last five years. Four years ago I got on board of the DSLR train for my video work. I've used a variety of Canon bodies throughout the last four years, and this is by far the best one yet. I'd take this over the Mark III anyway. It's low light capabilities are astonishing. It's picture is crisp and beautiful (which is magnified with the L-series lens collection). For the money, it's one of the best DSLR's on the market. Hands down.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great camera, great price.

                  By M. Sullivan

                  from Duluth, MN

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                  • Fast Shutter Speed
                  • Good Image Quality
                  • High ISO Performance

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                    Upgraded from a 40D camera. Huge difference! My first photo shoot was outdoor grad photos. I couldn't believe how sharp and vibrant the images were. Also great in low light. So far I love everything about it.

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                    5.0

                    Full Frame Beauty

                    By Meg C

                    from Newburgh, IN

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                    • Good Image Quality
                    • High ISO Performance
                    • Quiet

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                      Love this camera. I have been looking to upgrade to a full frame camera for quite some time. This camera has the easy use of my other Canon DSLR. The photos I have taken with this camera have been sharper and when I use auto WB the colors are pretty darn spot on. I would buy this camera again and again and recommend it to my photographer friends. I also love the option to make the shutter sound quieter. The last thing a wedding photographer wants it to draw MORE attention to themselves.

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                      5.0

                      Made my dreams come true! as good as 5D3

                      By Potion Pro

                      from Santa Fe,NM

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife photos

                        Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        I have both a 5D mkIII and a 6D and i must say that i like the 6D better because of the layout and ease of menu nav. obviously the 5D has the dual mem card/type option and a moire filter for less moire more noticably in video. however i have done A-B moire tests and they look 96% the same. they both can do raw vid if used with ML. The 6D generates phanominal photos. For the price. def get 6D!!!

                        * if you do alot of HDR in the field rather than in post.... the 5D excells.. also 5D has a little faster burst rate for sports or fast wild life.

                        i use my cameras every day and the 6D stands out!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        6D

                        By Dan

                        from CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                        • Hard to focus
                        • Lack Of Focus Points

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        Good camera but I would recommend to wait, save more money and get the Mark iii.

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                        • Yes

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                        5.0

                        Amazing camera.

                        By April G

                        from WA

                        Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                        Beautiful photos. Phenomenal camera.

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                        5.0

                        High performance at low light

                        By Ricardo Endara

                        from Miami, FL

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                          Same quality at low light as 5D Mark III

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Love this camera!

                          By Chef

                          from New York, NY

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                              This is a sophisticated camera, no doubt about it. BUT, it's approachable, lightweight and user friendly for all skill sets while taking professional quality photos.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great Full Frame for Cheaper Price

                              By Rikky

                              from Provo, UT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                This is the best full frame camera to get for the price. The 5d Mk II or Mk III are just so expensive but this gets the same job done for almost half the cost.

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                                5.0

                                Best Câmera ever!

                                By NohaneMiller

                                from Brasil

                                Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                I have a D200 Nikon and I used to love it. But Canon have such a clean menu! The Body plus the cool lenses I got, are perfect for every situation.
                                The video from 6D are perfect!!

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                                5.0

                                First 20D, then 40D, now 6D

                                By Trash Man

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Quiet

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Product shots
                                  • Wildlife photos

                                  Comments about Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only):

                                  I have been using Canons since my first digital camera in the 1980s. I am semi-pro and shoot products for my company as well as fine art, landscapes and portraits. The 6D has been an easy transition with several improvements in design and capability. I can shoot in much lower light and the detail available from the full frame is beyond anything I've used before. I am very happy with my purchase.

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