Canon EOS 6D: Conclusion

June 26, 2013 by Theano Nikitas Reads (117,554)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Image/Video Quality
    • 8
    • Features
    • 8
    • Design / Ease of Use
    • 10
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Expandability
    • 9
    • Total Score:
    • 8.60
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

The Canon EOS 6D is an excellent camera for Canon DSLR users who want to step up to a full-frame camera without spending $3500 for the 5D Mark III. This camera combines some of the best Canon technology and features from its surrounding siblings like the 60D and the 5D Mark III and adds Wi-Fi and GPS, two features that require optional accessories on its closest competitor, the Nikon D600. 

However, there are some compromises that are made, particularly vis-a-vis the Nikon D600, as well as Canon’s higher end DSLRs. The Wi-Fi and GPS drain the battery, so you’ll need an extra battery or a grip. The camera has no built-in flash, so plan on purchasing a Speedlite if you need flash. And, of course, the 6D doesn’t have the speed (continuous shooting or autofocus) nor the high end video functionality quality of its more sophisticated siblings. 

What’s important, though, is the camera’s broad range of features and its full-frame sensor. The Canon EOS 6D fills a niche in the Canon line-up and in the photo industry, that–like the Nikon D600–brings the benefits of full-frame shooting, along with excellent image quality, to a much broader audience.

The Canon EOS 6D can be purchased for $1900 body only or $2400 for body and 24-105 f/4 lens kit. 


  • Excellent image quality
  • Great low light/high ISO capabilities
  • Full-frame shooting at an “affordable” price
  • Built-in WiFi and GPS
  • Good performance overall
  • Sophisticated feature set for the price 

Cons: (especially compared to Nikon D600)

  • No built-in flash
  • Single SD/SDHC/SDXC card slot (vs. Nikon D600’s dual card slot)
  • Slightly soft images on default settings (depending on lens used)
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