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CanonEOS 6D DSLR Camera (Body Only)
 
4.7

(based on 776 reviews)

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    (129)

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    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (7)

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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

Finally upgraded my 5D

By orbiker

from Fresno, CA

Verified Buyer

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

Hard to beat this camera at the price. Because you can shoot at very high ISOs i can now hand hold it more than i ever could with the 5D.

 
5.0

like driving a luxury car

By Francoise

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

The great thing about sticking with Canon--I had a Rebel--is there isn't a huge learning curve to upgrading to another camera. This was so easy to start working with right out of the box--battery, memory card, formatting all seemed familiar. The very first image I took is beautiful which bodes well for the camera...I had a large lens I bought a couple years ago for the Rebel which overpowered it, but not with this one--immediately just snapped into place. Looking forward to reading and playing to discover all that it can do.

 
5.0

Wonderful

By Cameron

from Undisclosed

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

Bought this as my only body, and will likely stay my only body for a while to come. But after using this for a little while, I would gladly have it as my only body.

Pros:
-Full-frame sensor really is a step up from APS-C sensors – smaller depth of field, better noise performance.
-20MP may be a bit small in the modern DSLR world but this allows for stellar high-ISO performance.
-Super-easy to use advanced controls. One of the main reasons why anybody would get a bigger body is because any feature you might need is not hidden in camera menus. Exposure compensation, shutter speed, ISO, aperture, AF points and more are easily adjustable with real buttons, even while looking through the viewfinder.
-Lightweight – especially for a full-frame DSLR, and especially with a small lens such as the incredible 50mm f/1.8 STM.
-Excellent battery life, easily 800+ shots (but only with GPS off...)

Cons:
-Shutter is a little too mushy for my tastes (i.e. it's imprecise and there are no "clicks" in it).
-20MP might be small for some.
-Only one SD card slot; might be a deal-breaker for some.
-No built in flash.
-Not compatible with EF-S lenses (obviously).
-GPS eats up battery life like there's no tomorrow, even when the camera is off. Turn off the GPS; it doesn't do much that's useful and just eats up battery life.

Summary:
Just get one. Small, light, packs full-frame sensor with excellent performance all around, superb build quality and controls that can actually be controlled easily will please many. It's the bargain of the digital photography world. If you are really on a budget, the 6D is also an excellent used option, having been around since 2012.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Canon for me

By Tobias

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Not a 5D mark IV - course it wasn't out yet. Even still my 6 Ds are almost a pound lighter each, as good IQ, high ISO performance. Yes I drooled when I saw the preview of the Mark IV but I take great pictures with my 6Ds and have 2 for the price of one and they aren't as heavy which at 72 means something. when Canon upgrades my 6D then I might do something about it. Until then I get paid just as mich as I would with the more expensive camera. I think I am a lucky guy to have my 6Ds.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This camera is incredible!

By Logan

from Georgia

Verified Buyer

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

I use this camera EVERY single day and I use it for personal use and for my job. I do freelance photography and film and this camera is everything I wanted an needed, necessary upgrade from the T3i!

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

TOP NOTCH CAMERA

By Norm

from Traverse City Michigan

Verified Buyer

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

Wonderful and light weight, for a DSL, camera. Easy for a disabled person to hold even with an F4 400mm!

 
5.0

Still a great camera

By Joan takes pictures

from Seattle, WA

Verified Buyer

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

This is my second EOS 6D purchased as my first backup camera -- a wonderful camera body :) It doesn't have all the bells and whistles as the 5D but still amazing!

 
5.0

I've been waiting all my life..

By Liz Neptune

from New York

Verified Buyer

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

Okay not all my life but a long time! I know people say it's not about the camera... but sometimes it is! Already a working photographer with my crop sensor, this camera really took my photos up a notch. The pixel resolution, everything about it is just better. It's incredible in low-light and everything just has a cinematic look to it. I would say I've only used the camera superficially, as in that I use video and manual mode and havent really delved into all the features. I do appreciate the on-screen sound monitoring however, even though I have been mostly using an external mic to record. Overall, I'm really happy and this is going to take my work to the next level!

 
5.0

Great in low light shooting

By Hillary

from Undisclosed

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

I've really enjoyed using the Canon 6D. It's a drastic improvement over my Canon T3i. The full frame senor and larger image format give superior low light results. I notice an improvement in all of my photos using the same lenses I had before. 25-105 and 50mm fixed.

 
5.0

Open Box is the Way To Go

By Steve

from Undisclosed

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

After much research and talking to the B&H staff by phone I settled on going the open box route. B&H told me that it was a new item and that is exactly what I received. The only downside of the purchase is that you do not receive the one year warranty from Canon. However, B&H extends an identical warranty that Canon does. The result is a substantial savings over a new in the box camera with little to no difference. I highly recommend it if the option is available. Having handled numerous new in the box cameras I was unable to tell ANY difference between this open box item and a new in the box.

 
5.0

Love this camera!

By Ruth

from Utah

Verified Buyer

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

This is such an amazing camera and such an upgrade from my rebel! so many cool and convenient features. I've loved using it to create double exposures

 
5.0

Worth Every Cent

By greg

from Undisclosed

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

Since my first digital experience with the Canon Power Shot I've had a yearning for a full frame camera. The Mark 5 always seemed a bit out of my price range. I've used the 40D and 60D in the past and invested in L series lenses. With the 6D I now feel those lenses have met their fate.
Most of my shooting has been done with the  24-105mm L series lens for landscapes. After 3 state parks in 3 different states, I'm am very pleased with the results. Excellent image quality even at high ISO's.
At this point I have not spent much time learning the video side of the camera but some early "just turn it on and shoot" videos were quite good!

 
4.0

Solid Camera

By Josh

from Baltimore, MD

Verified Buyer

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

I use this as a second video camera for interviews. I was stuck between getting the 70D or this camera and ultimately decided to go with the 6D. The primary camera I use is the 5D Mark III. The 6D matches the 5D pretty well since its full frame. I do wish there were some more features to justify its price but overall you're getting a good camera.

 
5.0

I love

By Jay

from Undisclosed

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

So far so go,still trying to get the hang of it after transitioning from a crop sensor.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Disappointed

By Anatoly

from Undisclosed

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

I am a pro wedding photographer, bought 6D as a back up to 5D Mk2. It feels as if Canon designers conceived this camera while on vacation. No PC connection... After every previous model in this line up having this vital connection to suddenly drop it... Why?? Aoutofocus is less precise than 40D or 50D. Screen is sharp and its color rendering is great but there is a HUGE difference between what the image looks like on screen and in reality. Images are subdued and a lot less vivid. I never had thi issue with 50D or Mk2. Colors overall are more distorted than I am used to with Canon. In conclusion, I am stuck with this body unfortunately and make the best I can. But I would rather have a 50D or 7D as a back up. They are better choices even with APS size sensor.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great camera great deal

By Satisfied customer

from South Louisiana

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

I love doing business with B&H. Great deals, and even better customer service.

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not weather sealed

By Keeri

from Undisclosed

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

I've had this camera for about 4 months, and after an hour of shooting in a little rain, the set button, and the interface does not work. There was a light shower coming in and, I could not change the settings, since the buttons didn't work. If you're looking for a camera that can handle a little rain, this is not your camera. This camera is excellent, but couldn't handle a little water.

 
5.0

Step up camera

By Kenneth

from Undisclosed

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

If you really dont want to break the bank to get the Mark III but still want a high quality photos I highly suggest this. I used to own a T3i and it produced cringe worthy photos above 400 ISO. Thanks to the processor in Digic 5+ processor you can get to 6400 ISO with one a mild amount of high ISO noise. It works superbly well in low light situations, which was the primary reason I choose this over another camera. However, even with similar features as it's big brother 5D if you are able to afford the 5D Mark III or even the 5DS R I would go for that. It's a great great back up camera for those with the 5D and an even better step up camera for those with entry level cameras that are wanting to get more serious.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Best choice for your first full frame sensor camera

By rdzr

from Brazil

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

It's great at high ISOs, fast and has many resources! I highly recommend it as your first full frame sensor.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
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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