As expected, the 6D is responsive from start to finish, with no shutter lag and good shot-to-shot times. Autofocus was generally speedy and accurate, although low light or low contrast scenes slowed things down a little–especially with the IR AF assist beam disabled. It’s also important to note that the 6D’s autofocus depends on 11 points with a single cross-type AF point, so it’s not as sophisticated as some of its siblings and competition.
For its price, continuous shooting speed is good–but not great–at 4.5 frames per second. It’s best to use a high speed (
Wi-Fi and GPS
While both the 6D and Nikon D600 offer similar photographic features the 6D offers on-board
On the 6D,
Canon is well-known for its excellent DSLR video and the 6D does a good job capturing more casual (versus pro level) video. It’s no 5D Mark II or Mark
Although there’s no headphone jack for monitoring audio, video can be captured up to full HD (1920 x 1080 at 30/25/24fps) in MOV format (MPEG-4
Image quality is excellent, especially when Picture Style parameters are adjusted to one’s particular aesthetics. Colors are richly saturated but not over the top and exposures were almost always spot on. As is common with Canon cameras, auto white balance produces a warmer, more “this is what you see” look under incandescent lighting but that can be tweaked as well.
On its default settings–and depending what lenses are used (I shot with the 18-105mm, as well as other higher end lenses, while editor Laura Hicks, who produced the images you see in the gallery, shot with Canon’s 35mm f/2.0)–images can be a little soft straight out of the camera. But the camera maintains good detail and sharpening can be adjusted in-camera (Picture Style parameters) or in post-processing. As always, it’s important to put the best piece of glass you can afford on your camera.
ISO ranges from 100-25600 and is expandable to a low of 50 and high settings of 51,200 and 102,400. The camera handles high ISO image noise very well and we felt comfortable shooting above IS0 800 on a regular basis but made sure to shoot in RAW or RAW + JPEG at and above 12,800 and reserved 51,200 and 102,400 for emergencies only. Although my older Nikon D3s 102,400 images looked cleaner than the 6D’s at the same ISO, the Canon 6D offers low light shooters a wide range of workable options. And the in-camera noise reduction worked surprisingly well by maintaining detail.