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CanonEOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 747 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (594)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (127)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good image quality (476)
  • High ISO performance (449)
  • Easy to use (434)
  • Quiet (323)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (317)

Cons

  • Short battery life (29)
  • Lag / shutter delay (15)
  • Noisy at high ISO (14)
  • Small LCD screen (14)
  • Poor in low light (8)

Best Uses

  • Low light (428)
  • Landscape/scenery (374)
  • Family photos (369)
  • Travel (348)
  • Weddings (317)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (219), Semi-pro photographer (201), Pro photographer (107), Casual photographer (31), Photography student (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (545), Yes (19)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hits the target

I finally got the reduced noise, and better focus I needed for sports. This may be a surprise from those reading some of the other reviews, but that single center focus point is...Read complete review

I finally got the reduced noise, and better focus I needed for sports. This may be a surprise from those reading some of the other reviews, but that single center focus point is much more precise than my 40D. I would have upgraded to a 5DIII or even a 1d* earlier, but there was no indication from reports that the effective circle of confusion was any better than my 40D, so I waited. Reports on the 6D showed that Canon finally made a big step here, and I can confirm they definitely did. I can comfortably shoot with my 135 F/2.0 on auto focus, where previous cameras showed the in-focus indicator on with a precision that was not good enough for me. Those cameras weren't front or back focusing, they just weren't picky enough, and quit early.
Those who have reported front or back focusing with this camera, I suggest you get the camera/ lens combination checked by Canon, especially if you are using an L lens.
The camera doesn't have the multiple cross focus points near the center of the frame like the more expensive cameras, but this means you need to practice keeping that single point on the subject.

The noise level is currently better than anything currently available from Canon. This is a big deal for sports in poor lighting, especially when flash is not allowed. Those extra pixels are helpful for cropping, especially when the final product is in the 24x36 print range.

Real crits:
The max 1/4000 shutter speed does hurt. 1/4000 second is actually fast enough for many sports, but on a bright day, the iso can't go low enough to get the correct exposure with F/2.8 and no neutral density filter. I paid big bucks for lenses to give me that bokeh, so I don't plan on stopping down any.

The max 1/180 second flash sync speed can be real crippling for those who are back lighting/ hair lighting with the sun.

Machine-gun style sports photographers: go elsewhere. But for sports shooters who prefer to time their shots precisely, the frame rate poses no problem.

Special note:
Some of the complaints others have made about this camera just don't apply to me.
1. I never shoot in any of the funky programming exposure modes, only manual, Av, and Tv. I recommend others avoid those other modes anyway, since there's no way the camera can *really* know what you want in the photo.
2. I have never used this camera for shooting video.
3. I have never used the GPS or WIFI
4. I only shoot with L lenses
5. I never use auto iso.

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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

It's full frame!

By Van

from CT

Verified Reviewer

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

I've been shooting with the 6D for 2.5 years now and am enjoying it very much. I also shoot with a 7D, original model and they compliment each other nicely. I have three L zooms and a couple of good primes and the image quality coming from the 6D is fantastic - clearly superior to the 7D, mostly in terms of noise or, lack thereof. The low light capability of the 6D is great. Low noise up to 3200 but you can push with success to 6400 and clean in post if you feel you need to. The center focus point is very sensitive - the surrounding points, not as much.
The wifi works well, is kind of fun and also convenient if out in the field and want to email a pic through your phone or post on a website. The GPS works well also and does eat battery life. Just be sure to turn it off when done and you are fine. Forget and you could have a very low battery because even if the camera is turned off, the GPS stays on.
In summary, this is a great camera. The image quality and light sensitivity are as good as the 5DIII and currently costs roughly $1000 less. It does not have all the features that the 5D does but unless you are a working pro who makes his money with a camera, you do not need those features. Sure a few more focus points would be nice to have but I do not find that I miss those. Pair the 6D with some good glass and you will enjoy the camera for many years to come.
Buy it - enjoy it!
Oh - BTW, I do not use the camera for video so I did not speak to that but unless you are a real videohead, it's fine.

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5.0

Great product and Great Customer Service

By Photographer DJ

from Concord, NC

Verified Buyer

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

I was upgrading from a crop sensor and I decided on the 6d because of the reviews and the price. I absolutely love it. And the customer service at B&H is great.

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5.0

Great full frame camera for photography enthusiast

By alechko

from Tel Aviv

Verified Reviewer

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

I don't shoot video, video features means nothing to me, I'm glad that the camera could record video at all, and that's that in the video section for me.
I own and shoot with a 6D for a year now, upgraded from 600D, the difference between a crop sensor and a full frame is stellar. I'm shooting 95% of the time with 16-35F4L and 100F2.8L Macro lenses. I also own a 85F1.8 and 50F1.8 STM but rarely use them.
The good stuff:
IQ in general gets much better with larger pixel and larger sensors, the large pixel also gives you so much close to reality color representation.
ISO: Mind-blowing performance (compared to 600D), I've shot 3200 and 6400 pics and they were perfectly usable.
AF points: I use only center or manual focus, the center AF point is fast, super accurate and mind-blowing at low light capabilities.
Ergonomics: Personally, I've hated the 600D small size, it didn't fit well in my palm and it was difficult to get good hard grip, the 6D sits perfect in my hand, when I grab the camera it's like welded into my hand, that gives me much more confidence with the camera. I love the handling of the 6D, the rotating wheel is super responsive. You can do pretty heavy customization for almost every knob and button, love that.
Wifi: I use it all the time to get some pics to my phone to send it instantly when needed, I do some in-camera editing and then transfer to my phone, super easy and useful for me. I've found that it has very little impact on battery life, I don't use the wifi as remote control.
GPS: never used it, but tested it, works good, have no idea how impacts battery life.
Battery life: This things works and works and works, I could run 1300-1400 pics on single battery, I always have 2 batteries with me, but could take a 3-5 day trip with one battery for sure.
The bad stuff: single card.
There are some other things that others will consider as "bad", but IMHO this camera hits where it counts, large sensor, great IQ, great ergonomics. It's a solid DSLR. I love it!

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5.0

Hits a sweet spot!

By JB

from Minneapolis

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

I am a long time Canon user ( t70- digital rebel / 7d) but I have used a lot of other equipment as well. I currently shoot the 6d, an OMD m 4/3 and various film cameras. There is a significant trend towards mirror less and lighter weight set ups. However it is ultimately a physics problem- for a full frame equivalent, you can only make fast auto focused glass so small and light.

To the point, the 6d is a very well made, relatively small, and highly usable camera. I shoot a lot of primes and the package is almost as small as the competing mirror less full frame equivalents, yet it has classic ergonomics that work for me.

I'll admit I've wanted to try an a7ii, but when I look at size and weight critically, I come to the conclusion that 6d is a better value for the body and the canon system has more value- native lens availability and better prices. Try looking at the weight difference of the cameras with a 35mm f1.4 attached from each system.

I almost purchased a 5d mark III at the time of purchase, but after having used the 6d now for about 2 years, I am glad I went with the 6d because it has great iq in a smaller, lighter package. Not to mention at considerably less price.

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5.0

Canon EOS 6D

By Debbie

from Bluffton, SC

Verified Buyer

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

I've always been a fan of Canon and the 6D camera hasn't let me down. I've only had it two weeks now but it's been pretty easy to figure out the settings; the grip is comfortable; but the best part is the quality of my photos - they're awesome!! I'm still learning some of the features (wifi for example) so this review might be a bit premature but so far I love this camera!!! I live in the Lowcountry of South Carolina so I have lots of opportunity for outdoor pics of wildlife, ocean, water scenes, old oak trees, etc.

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5.0

Incredible value!

By Peter

from Pittsburgh, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Bought this as an upgrade from the Rebel T3i, used for both photography and video. The full frame sensor and pro features are incredible at this price point! Super easy an intuitive to use. The 5D mk iii still seems to outperform slightly in photography (mostly in autofocus capability - I've noticed almost no difference in high ISO performance). And the video is significantly better on the 5D mk iii. Moire is a huge problem on the 6D, first wedding I shot this season used the 6D as my 3rd video camera - I had a great shot that was ultimately unusable because of the detailed lines that caused moire in the shot.

But with the right deal, you can get two 6Ds for about the price of a single 5D, and that's amazing.

Bottom line, buy it for photography, and it will also produce some incredible video. But if you really want to invest in a great canon DSLR primarily for video, go with the 5D.

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5.0

Perfect for dark weddings

By JAG Digita

from Tulsa

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

This camera did really well in low lighting. Was able to still use natural or very low off camera flash.

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4.0

Great camera

By LBPhoto

from HOUMA, LA

Verified Buyer

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

Absolutely love this camera. It is my first full frame and thus far I am liking t
What I see. Rich, vibrant colors with great sharpness. I have had my sights on this camera for at least a couple years and must say I am very satisfied. Can't wait to try it out on some fireworks shots this July 4th.

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4.0

This is the second one i have bought they work very well

By Hickory

from Conowingo

Verified Buyer

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

My wife uses this product for all types of photography.

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4.0

Upgrade from 60D

By LM

from Florida

Verified Buyer

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

Quite happy with it. I got it for the full frame sensor. The shutter is quieter than the 60D and it has fixed the high-ISO noise I had on the 60D. ONLY reason it doesn't get 5 stars, is I want the moveable monitor and a built-in flash. Then it would be perfect.

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5.0

Lineage of Success

By BruceD

from Iowa City, Iowa

Verified Buyer

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

The first 35MM film camera I purchased in 1972 was a Canon. I have had the opportunity to work with several other brands of cameras, but when buying for my own use Canon is my first choice. I wanted a full frame DSLR and the 6D fits the bill and then some. Like any of digital camera it will take me a few months to experiment with all of the features but in just a couple of weeks I've found some very practical things to like. The mode wheel locks in position. No more bumping the wheel and finding myself in shutter priority when I think I'm in aperture priority. Live shooting with a single button! Using HDSD rather than compact flash cards. One click HDR. Looking forward to shooting movies. So much to explore but so far worth every minute I've spent practicing and experimenting. This is my third Canon DSLR, moving from a Rebel, to a 50D, I feel I've grown into the 6D.

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5.0

Excelent camara!

By El chiguahua rabioso

from Buenos Aires, Argentina

Verified Buyer

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

Tremenda luminosidad, con la calidad de canon. Excelente opción de relación precio-calidad en full frame

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5.0

Greatest Deal out there for a full frame DSLR

By The Landscaper

from Las Vegas

Verified Buyer

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

Has a superior, low noise sensor even compared to more recent cameras, is the lowest priced full frame DSLR, and has an outstanding auto-focus system. I use it for astrophotography, family events, portraits, landscapes, and kids sports. You can't go wrong with this camera. The added GPS and Wi-Fi makes it a winner.

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4.0

Great camera for its value

By Juan Razquin

from Montevideo, Uruguay

Verified Buyer

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

I own a 5d and needed a 2nd body, This was the best option. great price and quality, although it´s big differences between 6D and 5D.

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4.0

Great product

By Sebalos

from Denver

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

I got this for my wife's birthday. She is a canon girl, she loves the feel and quality of picture.

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4.0

excellent camera

By Daniel

from Argentina, Posadas

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance

Cons

  • hdmi not uncompressed
  • Not audio monitor

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):

Excellent camera, very good quality of generating (photos and video) and the material with which it is built.
Only strange not having flexible display and for the price should have to monitor audio output. Also it could use have hdmi output uncompressed.

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  • No

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5.0

6d

By Curran

from Boston

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

Legit camera body for the price, good in low light, light weight, and quiet shutter. Good for weddings!

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5.0

Rock Solid Camera

By TJ

from Indiana

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

My first full frame camera. Very happy with the quality, which is always the case with Canon. Using it for a lot of night photography.

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5.0

Excellent camera

By Heidi

from CA

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

So far I am loving this. Only had it a month but it is meeting all expectations. Some have issues with no on camera flash but I never use that feature so to me it would have just been a waste. Low light ability with this is very good

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5.0

awesome full frame backup camera

By Sunned Daii

from Tejas

About Me 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

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

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

    - lightest, smallest full frame camera
    - very capable and reliable

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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