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CanonEOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 818 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (654)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (134)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

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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4.0

Great but poor AF, Wait for 6dii

By Brett

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

It's certainly a great camera with awesome image quality but the AF is severely lacking, a source of constant frustration. The whole camera is very outdated now with Canon's Digic 7, dual pixel AF, 45 point AF, etc. Makes no sense to buy one anymore at any price, and I have always been less than 100% happy with it due to the primitive AF. It does focus well in low light with the center point.

 
5.0

Canon 60d

By bstarkie

from Undisclosed

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

I just upgraded from my crop sensor Canon 60d to a full frame Canon 6d. I am mainly a hobbyist photographer, occasionally I will do shoots for money. I found I was getting frustrated with my crop sensor, especially in tight spaces where I struggled capturing the scene I wanted. I've wanted a full frame for quite some time but never thought it would be possible for me as most are way out of my price range. I stumbled across B&H and found the 60d and my dreams of owning a full frame camera came true. FINALLY! I did a lot of research and feel confident and happy with my purchase. I've had it for a couple weeks and the picture quality is amazing and works so well in tight spaces. I love that I can crank up the ISO and not have a huge amount of noise, unheard of with my 60d. I also love that it is a similar layout to my 60d, it has made the transition easy. So so happy with my purchase and so happy with B&H, my first time using them and shipping was quick, purchasing was a breeze and they offered the best price. Loved my whole experience and love my new camera!!

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Camera!

By felix

from Undisclosed

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

This is such a good body for a reasonable price. Great performance, and the fact this camera has built in Wifi is a plus! Totally recommended

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome

By mikey

from fremont

Verified Buyer

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

This is my first full frame camera. Easy camera operator Love the self-cleaning seems to work. I use it for traveling, fast service easy check out fast delivery packaged well.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

ff perfect

By Java

from chile

Verified Buyer

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

is a little slow, but de quality in full frame sensor is perfect...

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I would buy this camera and I highly recommend it to anyone!

By Maui Wedding Photographer

from Maui, Hawaii

Verified Buyer

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

I am a professional wedding photographer on Maui and I am impressed with the quality and handling of my new EOS 6D DSLR camera. It allows me to photograph with ease and it makes my life work lots more fun.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I'm Convinced

By Cory

from Yardley, PA

Verified Buyer

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

Was doing well with my 70D, but got the urge to give full-frame a whirl. All shots are cleaner and high ISO ones go without saying.
A very nice upgrade. Handling is maybe "better" with the 70D (touch screen, focus, etc.), but the 6D is more than good enough in that regard and I actually prefer the simplicity.
Highly recommended if your priority is pure image quality.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Happy consumer

By Amy

from Alabama

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted to upgrade from a consumer-level DSLR (Canon Rebel series) and had read lots of great things about the 6D. The controls are much more intuitive than the Rebel (for me), and even though the camera + lens + speedlite flash is heavier than my last rig, the extra weight isn't cumbersome and in fact makes the camera more comfortable in my hands. I missed the full frame of my film cameras, and while I'm still testing this one and exploring all its features, I'm happy so far!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect Upgrade to Full Frame

By AJM pics

from Brooklyn

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted to upgrade to a full frame camera without shelling out all of the $$$. This camera gives me professional results without the price tag. Love it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent

By Shttrbugk1000

from Loveland, Co.

Verified Buyer

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

I do auto racing photography, usually at night, this is my first full frame camera and it was amazing the first night on the job. It is not as fast as most on a burst but it is still very good.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Terrific Camera for Image Quality & Low Light

By Scott

from Undisclosed

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

I purchased the Canon 6D as a kit with the 24-105mm IS f/4 lens from B&H in December of 2016. It is an incredible camera with amazing low light capacity and tremendous image quality. Moving up from the Canon 40D was a leap, of course. I've taken several thousand pics with it already, and the level of photographic artistry that one can achieve with this camera is first class. I know that the 5D Mark III and IV and RS have another capacity level. But for someone who cares about capturing amazing images of people, landscape, events, architecture, sports, nature ~ this camera coupled with quality lenses will not disappoint! Extremely happy with the 6D, and its relationship with my Canon lenses: 
24-105mm IS f/4L
16-35mm IS f/4L
70-200mm IS f/4L
85mm f/1.8
50mm STM f/1.8

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The 6D delivers!

By El Omo

from Tennessee

Verified Buyer

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

My very first camera was my grandfather's old brownie (yes, I am not 20-something) with which I would practice composing for hours with or without film (I was 5 and easily entertained but nonetheless). As I graduated from mirrorless point-and-shoots into the 35mm SRL world, a Canon Rebel was the choice for me. I was drawn to their workhorse bodies and lenses that were more affordable than like brands and it severed me well throughout the west, Alaska and Canada. I stuck with the Canon Rebel series when I made the digital switch to maintain my lens library and it did not disappoint in the wilds of the New Zealand, Scandinavia and the Baltics. Now I have taken the jump into full frame digital photography with the Canon 6D and LOVE this camera! Here's why:
1) Compatible with my existing lenses as expected.
2) Like the Rebel series, it has fully automatic and fully manual modes, making the transition seamless. I realize the pros out there are not fans of automatic settings but Canon has always surprised me with how similar the automatic settings are to what I would select manually. My primary sources of photography guidance are the many works of Ansel Adams so I say this without jest. The 6D more than holds its own in this regard.
3) The 6D has resolved the low light issues I experienced with my other cameras.
4) The weight and compact shape are well suited for hiking and kayaking.
5) My concerns about a single SD card slot were for not; no problems recording large images quickly.
6) I was surprised how easy the external coating is to grip.
7) A feature that is new to me that I especially like is shooting with the LCD monitor in live mode.
8) I also like the programmable image correction options which minimize post-editing.
9) By now you're thinking "she is really Canon-biased" and you are correct but I am alright with that because I have never been disappointed by Canon.
10) The only downside to the 6D is that is has highlighted the flaws of my lowest end lens, LOL.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Full Frame for excellent price!

By Canoneer

from Mountain West

Verified Buyer

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

Great camera, full frame, WIFI, Bluetooth, and in camera HDR bracketing and picture merging. No on board flash but when I use flash I use the Canon Speedlite anyway (mostly with flash extender for wildlife photography), so no problem! It isn't the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, or Canon EOS 5DS but my wallet sure appreciates the relief.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

5D Mark III Lite

By Jason

from Undisclosed

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

Canon's 6D is a very capable 135 format sensor camera. I've used it on a variety of photoshoot types in various conditions and it has held up to my professional use. Of course, it lacks the speed of the 5D Mark III, as well as the weather sealing and dual-card functionality, but as a backup or as a main camera, the 6D is certainly still a professional tool. And for the price, you can afford to have two hanging off your shoulder.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Camera!

By Carrie

from Washington

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

This camera is everything I had hoped for in a full frame and more! I can't say enough good things about it. The image quality is incredible and the images are extremely sharp! I'm extremely happy I decided to go with the 6D. BUY IT! You'll love it!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Camera!

By Carrie

from Yelm, WA

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

This camera is everything I had hoped for in a full frame and more! I can't say enough good things about it. The image quality is incredible and the images are extremely sharp! I'm extremely happy I decided to go with the 6D. BUY IT! You'll love it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Camera!

By CL Photography

from Yelm, WA

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

This camera is everything I had hoped for in a full frame and more! I can't say enough good things about it. The image quality is incredible and the images are extremely sharp! I'm extremely happy I decided to go with the 6D. BUY IT! You'll love it!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this camera!

By Shiloh

from Spokane WA

Verified Buyer

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

Takes such great pictures. Great step up from my rebel. And shipped fast. Love B&H photo!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Camera is Great. Software leaves a lot to be desired...

By Jose Cesar

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

The camera is great, that is quite clear. My point is why so few people address the fact that Canon simply can´t make the contents of the camera be read by the computer? Like "plug and read", copy, whatever.. 
All those cheap, silly, "old aunt´s" cameras do that, but the multi hundred, state of the art stuff simply can´t be that practical. 
I feel like being subject to a dystopian bureaucracy when I don´t have a card reader handy and need to use Canon´s EOS Utility. It is simply not reliable. It´s always a bit of a lottery if it will do its (terribly simple) job or let you down.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This camera was instantly life changing

By Holly tog

from Jackson, mi

Verified Buyer

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

I am a hobbyist. A momtog if you will. I shoot documentary and lifestyle images and portraits of my children. i spent several years with a canon rebel. My starter camera and it served me well for many years. Until this. The 6d was INSTANTLY AMAZING! The photos were so clear. I can bump my ISO so high and not worry about too much noise (which wasn't true with the rebel) this baby is fast! It's quiet! It's just completely life changing and I love it so much. I love the wifi capability to use my phone as a remote with canons app. If you're hesitant to purchase don't be. It's everything I could have wanted and more.

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