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CanonEOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 757 reviews)

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    (127)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (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

On a budget? Upgrade to this camera

By Andrea

from Puerto Rico

Verified Buyer

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

Originally I wanted either a 5d Mark III or IV or a Sony A7s. While the Sony is still in my wishlist, I was convinced by a friend who has conducted freelance for a while on this camera. And his recommendation was well made. As soon as I received the camera I did my rigorous conditions testing (lowlight, candle light, street lights, beach photography, burst mode, long video clips) with a 24-135 f4 lense. I even went as far as to shoot a short film the next weekend. I am seriously impressed. Coming from t4i and 60D it's a SERIOUS improvement on quality, for half the price tag.

As my friend stated:
-The sensor is on par with the Canon 5D
-Dynamic Range is impressive
-So many focus points on the 5D are best suited for action photography. In video, it helps, but it's not that necessary.
-Unless everything you shoot goes to a 4k monitor, you don't need 4k.
-I do miss the ability for the 6D to shoot through a Ninja clean. That only works on the 5D. But my videos don't always go to 4k monitors, in fact, they go to web or 720-1080 monitors or projectors.
-More megapixels don't always mean better picture quality. It has enough to produce quality, commercial images if you're not going to blow them up into a ridiculous poster size.
-I will miss the touch screen feature, and the rotation, but the Wifi does a great job at thethering to your phone. I don't need the rotation screen.
-Two SD slots? Just get a 128gb quality card, 95 mbs
-No audio input jack? I dunno but I own a rhode video mic pro and I can plug it in via the 1/8 jack. Who records straight to camera audio anyhow??
-Great variety of lenses for a suberb sharm image. Even in lowlights, the grain is not super noisy at 12,800 iso. Just grainy. Looks more like filmic grain, but in every condition there should be some lighting regardless.

I am seriously happy, so are my pockets. I might pair the Sony A7s for video strictly and this one for photography only or Bcam when I get the chance.

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5.0

The perfect full frame camera for everyone

By Christopher

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Whether you are a professional or not this is the camera that will deliver excellent image quality time and time again in a wide range of ISO settings. I highly recommend this camera!!

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5.0

Great Camera, VERY PLEASED

By Lori

from Undisclosed

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

This camera is AMAZING, it takes wonderful pictures, great color, it's lightweight and extremely user friendly. I love it. Very happy with my purchase. Highly recommended.

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5.0

Moved up to full frame

By John H.

from Morristown NJ

Verified Buyer

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

I made the move from crop sensor to full frame with the EOS 6D. The ISO sensitivity on this camera is impressive. I have shot many pictures at 12,000 ISO and the noise level is very tolerable for online viewing. I haven't tried prints yet. My only failing (mine, not the camera's) is that I was using an older version of Lightroom and an older computer, so the "mushroom factor" was in evidence when I tried to process pictures from this camera. I had to buy a new computer in order to run a newer version of Lightroom.. Like I said, not the camera's fault. I am very happy with the 6D. It fits my needs perfectly as as someone who shoots some stock images and does a few jobs a year for money. I still haven't found a need to use the GPS or the WIFI yet. Maybe in the future.

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5.0

Great full frame camera!

By Jer the filmmaker and photographer

from Los Angeles

Verified Buyer

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

Love this camera. It's my first full frame camera and it's doing wonders so far.

You can read up on all the pros of the camera but for me the cons are:
- Only 1 SD card slot (vs CF and SD)
- Does not shoot 60fps in 1080p
- slow fps
- buttons are in different locations than 7D and 5D
- WB isn't on the top display screen

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5.0

Great decision!

By Delito5126

from Miami, FL

Verified Buyer

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

All the features of a full frame DSLR without the $$$ of the 5DMkIII. In fact so many features I'm still learning what this cameral can do almost every day.

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3.0

Not what I expeced from Canon

By too particular

from open country

Verified Buyer

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

Do primarily shooting of old churches and the cemetery close by. The 6D is not much of a full frame camera. Used some older EF lenses and IQ was nothing to brag about. The shutter is loud, lag time is too long and auto focus is not clear. 6D does not file properly. Will not buy this camera again and will use it for a walk around lens..

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5.0

Best decision ever!

By DuchessVB

from Ellicott City, MD

Verified Buyer

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

I love this camera. Completely in love. So in love that I named her and take her everywhere with me. This was a huge step up for me as I have only been shooting on a Canon t1i rebel. I am shooting in manual but love the ISO auto option and the fact that I can take a shot in a dark room and actually get a gorgeous shot. Color is amazing. We will be getting to know each other for quite a bit longer however I see a beautiful relationship blossoming.

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5.0

Top level Camera Body!

By Katie D

from Laguna Beach, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Had been using a Canon T5i and thought it was great...until I got the 6D. WOW! Super quick, really loaded with options and helps to produce great images. Love the wifi option on it, been using that often.

Wish the screen tilted out like the T5i, but not a huge deal.

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1.0

Horrible

By daniel

from Argentina

Verified Buyer

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

Horrible feeling of having a faulty camera and got no response from the seller. The camera has serious problems in color showing the LCD, has a tendency to show many more warm colors but only on the LCD display is not in the file. Very dissatisfied with the service, I'm from Argentina, the camera takes me to get 30 days and until I realized and I contacted with BH have spent 50 days but now argues that as they spent 30 days will not be me solve the problem. I was sold a defective camera factory and do not respond, whatever they say, do not go back to buy more nothing ever.

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5.0

It's full frame!

By Van

from CT

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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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