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Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Hands-On Preview

We go hands on with the new full frame Canon EOS 6D, the new 20 megapixel camera.

|  Canon EOS 6D in Digital SLRs
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Canon Eos 6d Hands On (2)

Canon's new full frame Digital SLR, the Canon EOS 6D has impressed many with it's high specification and competitive price point. Previously users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark II had to choose whether to invest in the more expensive Canon EOS 5D Mark III priced at around £2700, whereas now they can purchase the Canon EOS 6D for around £1799, and also benefit from built in GPS and Wi-Fi.

Canon EOS 6D key features

  • Full-frame 20.2 Megapixel sensor
  • Tough, lightweight construction
  • Max ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400)
  • 11-point AF sensitive down to -3EV
  • GPS3 records your location
  • Wi-Fi2 file transfer and remote control
  • Full-HD video
Canon Eos 6d Hands On (4)

The camera is quite compact in the hand and it's quite difficult to demonstrate the size without actually seeing it. Unfortunately the Canon EOS 6D isn't likely to be available to buy until December.

Canon EOS 6D Hands-On Photos of Equipment

Canon EOS 6D Specifications

Effective Magnification1x
Image Sensor
Pixels20.2Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)5472
Pixels (H)3648
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeFull-Frame
Sensor Size (width)36mm
Sensor Size (height)24mm
Aspect Ratio
  • 3:2
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution1,040,000 dot
Touch ScreenNo
Focusing modes
  • Autofocus
  • Manual
  • Face Detection
  • Multi
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Partial
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity50 - 102400
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Bracket
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
  • Flash
  • Incandescent
Exposure Comp+/-5
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting4.5fps
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
  • 1920x1080 FullHD
  • 1280x720 HD 720p
  • 640x480 VGA
Video FPS1080p at 30,25,24fps, 720p and 480 recorded at 50/60fps
Stereo SoundNo
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • SDXC
File Type
  • RAW
  • JPG
  • RAW + JPG
Power Source
Battery TypeRechargeable Lithium-Ion LP-E6
Battery Life (CIPA rating)1090shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsEOS 6D, Eyecup Eb, Camera Cover R-F-3, Wide Strap EW-EOS 6D, Battery Pack LP-E6 (Except JP/CN), Rechargeable Li-ion battery LP-E6 Battery

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Photographs taken using the Canon EOS 6D

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chrissp26 15 39 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 12:55PM
Could you do a comparison between the 5D Mk II/I and the 7D please?

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joshwa Plus
8 878 United Kingdom
19 Sep 2012 6:12PM
Hi Chris, I had a look at the 6D focusing in very low light, and it was able to focus, while the 5D Mark II would not focus and it was a case of having to use manual focus. (Same 50mm f/1.4 lens). So improvements have been made with focusing in comparison to the 5D Mark II, but it will be a while before the 6D is actually available for review.
chrissp26 15 39 United Kingdom
20 Sep 2012 10:00AM
Thanks Joshwa,

I was quite excited when I heard about the 6D as I had my sights set on the 5DmkIII but the price is way way too much. But the 6D's not that great even compared to my 7D (burst rate, AF points etc), the most attractive feature is the full frame. Think I still might go for the 5DmkIII if I can manage to save £3k.
ianrobinson Plus
9 1.2k 8 United Kingdom
25 Sep 2012 9:36PM
IMHO the 6D for what it has is not worth that money.
Personally i would rather save a little more and buy the superb 5d mark iii.
I must say though does any one have any idea why Canon all of a sudden think that the world is rich because everthing new that canon bring out or super seed is twice the price.
I looked at the canon 24-70mm l lens and nearly fell over with shock at what they want for it £2000 as apposed to the mark i at £1000, so why the huge increase in prices?
I think a lot has to do with the exchange rate and not to Canon wanting get as much money as possible out of us. Im going to Singapore & Australia in a few weeks and the exchange rate has dropped massively since i last went about 5 years ago. You will now get 2 singapore $ to the pound. 5 years ago i got 3.5 $. In Australia i would have got 2.5$ now ill get 1.5$.
the pound maybe recovering against the euro but thats more to do with the euro going down rather than the pound going up. The pound is still very weak against most of the big currencies and has lost about 40% on average in many cases. This is not a bad thing. it make imports more expensive but our exports a lot cheaper. We are probably the only country in the world whose car manufacturing is on the up. that because of the cheap pound. If you want cheaper cameras. we should get canon and nikon to set up a factory over here.
Brian1950 8 1
12 Nov 2012 9:07AM
That would tick the box for me. I have a 7D but would love some better lenses. Flexing the plastic in Singapore would definitely be well up on my list - and a beautiful country to try out my new glass! The "benefits" either a 5D III or a 6D would offer me don't justify the outlay.

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