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CanonEOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 801 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (640)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (131)

  • 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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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!

 
4.0

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

By Jose Cesar

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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.

 
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.

 
5.0

Excellent Cost to Benefit Ratio

By Derald

from Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

I've had this a few weeks now. I've been using the Canon T6s for two years now. Like the Mark 5 III the T6s has all of the bells and whistles. I just wanted a good full frame camera at a decent price. My only regret is there will probably be soon a newer version of the product with better AF and a newer digi processor.

 
5.0

One Sweet Little Machine!

By Connie

from Philadelphia

Verified Buyer

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

I purchased this camera as a replacement to the Canon 40D. The features I especially enjoy on the body are the camera's ability to operate in low-light conditions (especially inside a museum) and Highlight Tone Priority. Color saturation is excellent. The Lens Peripheral Illumination/Chromatic Aberration Correction is another great feature of this camera. I really love it!

 
5.0

Great Product

By Alikhanov

from Yerevan, Armenia

Verified Buyer

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

No issues with the item, it looks and works as expected.

 
5.0

Excellent second Camera

By Tom

from Tacoma WA

Verified Buyer

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

Great second camera to back up a 5D IV

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great "intro" full-frame DSLR.

By AZrider

from AZ

Verified Buyer

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

Image quality of a 5D MarkIII for $1000 less.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing

By Zaccatronphoto

from Undisclosed

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

After 6 years I upgraded to the 6d from my t2i and I am simply blown away at the amazing quality of this product!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic Camera! Great image quality!

By Dan from Atlanta

from Atlanta, GA

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this for my wife for Christmas. This was an upgrade to her Canon 70D. She loves the full frame camera, the excellent image quality, and the fast shutter speed. The photo processor is amazing in this camera and has excellent color recreation. My wife's pictures are so sharp now and look even better than with the 70D.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Not a pro camera, but it shoots like one!

By Christopher

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Pick this up as a backup to my 5D Mark iii and I find I use this more often than my 5D. It is a great camera for someone who is really into photography and doesn't have the money for a pro-model camera.

 
5.0

A Good Canon Product

By Gravymac

from Portland Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

I will be using this for landscape and macro work.. I just got the camera and so far I have been pleased.. I have not had it long enough to put it thru a good workout because of the weather but from it's use in the house and out the window, I would buy it again..

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love it

By Doodlefreak

from Portland, ME

Verified Buyer

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

I love this product. I got it as a gift for my wife, and we shoot weddings together. This really beats the camera we moved up from and makes editing 10X easier.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Entry level DSLR

By Ric

from Undisclosed

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

Canon 6D is by far the most affordable full frame DSLR out there,it was introduced in the early 2013 but because of its popularity,it's still sold today.Easy to use,excellent in low light condition,sharp images and lighter compare to other high end Canons,in fact the image you get on 6d's are almost the same as 5D mark iii's for a much lower cost.Highly recommended DSLR for beginner,enthusiast and even PRo!

(0 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

too complicated

By Cape Cod photographer

from Massachusetts

Verified Buyer

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

The camera itself seems fine. The software is something else. None of the Canon Utilities work. I contacted the company who sent an updated driver which still does not work. The keys for making the settings are not intuitive. The users' manual is incomplete and vague. Maybe someday i will have it all working, but currently it is frustrating.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera!

By Steve C.

from Minneapolis, MN

Verified Buyer

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

I bought this as the "open box" grey market version, however I received the full USA version with Canon USA warranty card and 13-month accidental damage coverage! Perhaps a whse error? In any case it made a great value that much better.
As far as the camera itself goes, so much has been said here and on professional review sites already that I don't know what else could possibly be added other than to say that it's a great camera, built like a brick and, coming from mirrorless, it feels like one too.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Love this camera!

By Tara

from Fargo, ND

Verified Buyer

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

I upgraded to this camera from a Canon 7D and absolutely love it. I have no fear now going a higher ISO in dim lighting; images are still very sharp with little to no noise. I also love having a full frame this time around.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

great value/price

By Flor

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great value/price for a full frame camera

(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing camera, still amazing in 2016.

By Dario

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Some years ago, I decided to migrate from Canon FF to Fuji. First, the amazing retro style of the X100 and XPro1, then the incredible Fuji lenses. A system that was so light, really a pleasure to use for street, documentary and travel photography. Since 2014, I switched to portraiture and fashion. I was missing the precision of Canon colors (even though people praise Fuji colors, I think Canon colors are more accurate) and the depth of field provided by lenses such as the 35 1.4 and 50 1.4. In the Fuji system (it´s APS-C) you have something equivalent to 35 f 2.0 (with the 23 1.4) and 53 f 2.0 (with the 35 1.4). What a difference it makes! I am really loving my return to Canon Full Frame. I saw a real improvement in image quality. I love the colors (I use mostly RAW files), I love the bokeh, I love the battery life, I love the ergonomics of this camera (sometimes bigger is better), I love the lens lineup, and not only from Canon (now I have a Sigma 35 1.4 Art, a Sigma 50 1.4 Art, and a Canon 85 1.8), and most of all, I love the overall results. The most incredible thing, to me, is to see that this camera is more than 3 years old and is still amazing. If I would mention one possibly negative point, it's the somewhat outdated focusing system of the 6D. But even this is not being a problem for me. Focus is precise with my Canon and Sigma lenses (I do not shoot sports or fast moving subjects).

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Wifi oh yeah!

By Elizabeth

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Love that I can upload to my phone directly without having to plug into the computer.

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