Canon 6D

Canon EOS 6D front

Canon 6D overview

Canon 6D is Canon's Advanced DSLR camera first revealed on February of 2013. The camera comes with a 20MP, CMOS Full frame size sensor with a maximum resolution of 5472 x 3648.

Canon released the updated Canon 6D MII (Read Full Comparison) as a way to improve this camera.

The 6D comes in at #34 out of 92 in Advanced DSLR cameras & all-around #189 out of 1465 for cameras in our list. Remember to look at our Smart camera filter to find camera rankings based on your customized criteria.

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Here is a diagram of different criteria used in the scoring system.

Canon 6D family

The Canon 6D is part of a family of cameras. You can view the full list underneath.

ModelVisualizeResolutionSensor SizeMax fpsReleased
Canon-EOS-6D-Mark-II front thumbnailCanon 6D MII
6D vs 6D MII
26MPFull frame6.5 fps2017
Canon-EOS-6D front thumbnailCanon 6D20MPFull frame4.5 fps2013
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Canon 6D Pros and Cons

Here is a checklist of upsides and downsides of the Canon 6D based on features which are generally viewed as useful in a camera.

builtin Top display
comes with phase detect auto focus
does have HDMI port
does have mic port
environment sealing
good battery (1,090 per charge)
good MP (20MP)
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
great sensor size (Full frame)
has manual focus
includes face detect focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
nice clear screen (1,040 k dot)
pretty good screen size (3")
saves RAW files
very good high ISO (25,600)
very good min ISO (100)
doesn't feature selfie friendly display
fixed screen
lack of headphone port
lack of Time Lapse recording
low fps (4.5 frames/s)
no image stabilization
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Canon 6D Sensor information

The Canon 6D is run by the Digic 5+ processor chip. The sensor dimension on the Canon 6D is 36mm x 24mm (Full frame). The 864 mm² sensor can resolve 5472 x 3648 pixels using aspect ratios of 3:2.

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The CMOS sensor has 20MP and gives a native ISO range of 100 to 25600. The ISO can be widened electronically to 50 to 102400. RAW format is saved therefore you have more room to maneuver in post.

The graphic underneath displays the 6D's sensor size when compared to other common sizes. The 6D sensor has a crop factor of 1 and is outlined in green.

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To get an idea of specific aspect ratios, you can refer to the visual below.

Camera sensor aspect ratios

Canon 6D dimensions

Canon 6D weighs about 1.70 lbs (770 gr or 27.16 oz) & has exterior proportions of 145mm x 111mm x 71mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 2.8"). The weight of normal Advanced DSLR camera is 776 gr and the Canon 6D is on par compared with other competitors.

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Here is a picture of the Canon 6D next to a soft drink to help you to get a feel for its size.

Canon EOS 6D dimensions scale

The top view underneath will illustrate the button design on the 6D.

Canon EOS 6D topview buttons dials

Canon 6D Lens information

The 6D works with the Canon EF mount and has 306 lenses that you can buy. Here is a few of the lenses we have in our database that will fit the 6D.

ModelVisualizeFocal LengthApertureStabilizedWeight
Canon-EF-28-200mm-f3.5-5.6-USM lensCanon EF 28-200mm f3.5-5.6 USM28-200mmf/3.5-5.6 500g
Canon-EF-300mm-f2.8L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 300mm f2.8L IS II USM300mmf/2.8 2400g
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Hartblei-Superrotator-Macro-120mm-F4-TS-Canon-EF lensHartblei Superrotator Macro 120mm F4 TS121mmf/4.0 965g
Canon-EF-70-200-F4-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 70-200 F4 IS II USM70-200mmf/4 780g
Sigma-150mm-F2.8-EX-DG-OS-Macro-HSM-Canon-EF lensSigma 150mm F2.8 EX DG OS Macro HSM150mmf/2.8 1150g
Sigma-24-35mm-F2-DG-HSM-A-Canon-EF lensSigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM A24-35mmf/2.0 941g
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Canon-EF-400mm-f2.8L-IS-II-USM lensCanon EF 400mm f2.8L IS II USM400mmf/2.8 3850g
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Canon 6D Connectivity

The 6D has the following connectivity:

  • USB Yes
  • Wireless Yes
  • HDMI Yes
  • GPS Yes

Cameras that have NFC and Bluetooth compatibility are able to be controlled wirelessly through smartphones. You can easily transfer pictures and oftentimes adjust settings without the hassle of connecting physically with the camera.

Many apps also allow a Liveview and click the shutter when you aren't close to the camera. If the camera contains a HDMI port, it can easily be connected to an external display. Many cameras enable you to charge the battery through the USB socket.

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Canon 6D Video information

The maximum video quality on the Canon 6D is 1920 x 1080 and you can record in H.264 format. 1080p quality provides a good balance for quality vs file size but FULL HD will not leave you with any room to crop. Even though the body has a mic port, it is unfortunately lacking a headphone port which means you won't have the option to check your audio levels.

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Canon 6D Weather Sealing

Canon 6D features environment sealing which makes it a excellent selection for use for rough locations. This can be especially useful in case you are not sure about the conditions you might face for outdoor photography.

Canon 6D Display and Viewfinder

The Canon 6D comes with a 3" fixed screen having a resolution of 1,040k dots.

Please be aware that the screen has no touch support. The 6D also has a builtin Top display so it’s possible to quickly look at your settings.

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The ViewFinder specs for Canon 6D are as follows:

  • ViewFinder Optical (pentaprism)
  • Coverage 97 percent
  • Magnification 0.71x

Viewfinders are quite handy for sunny outdoor conditions which can easily make the camera display washed out and hard to see.

Canon 6D Shutter information

Canon 6D continuous shooting rate is 4.5 frames/s. The maximum shutter speed is 1/4000 seconds.

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Canon 6D Flash and Hot shoe information

Canon 6D has external flash ability but does not have built in flash. The maximum flash sync is 1/180 seconds.

Canon 6D Autofocus information

Canon 6D has both Phase Detect AF plus Contrast Detect AF. Phase Detection autofocusing is a lot more snappier and precise as compared with Contrast Detect autofocusing. The camera comes with Face detect which makes it helpful for portraits.

The Sensor comes with 11 focus points to pick from. Canon 6D supports manual focus in case it is required for low light scenarios or you want more precise control on focus.

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Canon 6D Battery life

The battery (LP-E6) for the Canon 6D is designed to last for 1090 shots with respect to the CIPA measurements which is higher than average when compared to its class. The general Advanced DSLR camera battery life is 909. Nikon D780 comes with the highest possible (2260) battery life for this kind of cameras.

Following is a list of Advanced DSLR cameras which have the best battery life:

ModelVisualizeBattery LifeRAWNFCBluetooth
Nikon-D780 front thumbnailNikon D780
6D vs D780
2260 yesnoyes
Nikon-D850 front thumbnailNikon D850
6D vs D850
1840 yesyesyes
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Nikon-Df front thumbnailNikon Df
6D vs Df
1400 yesnono
Canon-EOS-90D front thumbnailCanon 90D
6D vs 90D
1300 yesnoyes
Nikon-D500 front thumbnailNikon D500
6D vs D500
1240 yesyesyes

Canon 6D for different types of photography

The following graph displays a overview of the Canon 6D for different types of photography. To view more, browse to the specific section underneath.

Canon 6D Portrait photography features

The Canon 6D has a rating of 80 which is tremendous, and means the camera is a outstanding option for portrait photography. Taking portraits leans greatly towards sensor dimensions, RAW support in addition to the flexibility to use external flash.

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manual focus
good MP (20 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
includes face detect focusing
supports RAW formats

Canon 6D Street photography information

With a above average rating of 63, the Canon 6D is a very decent option to buy for street photography. A decent street photography camera features a perfect balance of picture quality and portability.

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large sensor size (Full frame)
delivers RAW formats
weather proof
very good high ISO (25,600)
fixed screen
does not have image stabilization

Canon 6D Sports photography factors

A nice sports photography rating of 69 suggests the Canon 6D is a good choice for taking pictures of sports. A camera needs very good tracking plus continuous shooting for sports photography.

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decent sensor resolution (20 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
weather proof
good battery pack (1,090 shots)
comes with phase detect autofocus
slow continuous shooting (4.5 frames/s)
lack of image stabilization

Canon 6D Travel photography factors

Weight is pretty important in selecting a travel camera. All round, the Canon 6D gets a very good 61 for a travelling camera which makes it a very decent choice to take with you on your vacations.

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good battery life (1,090 per charge)
weather sealing
decent megapixels (20 megapixels)
no Timelapse function
does not feature selfie friendly screen

Canon 6D Landscape photography advice

In case you're looking to pick a camera for landscape photos, the most critical aspect will no doubt be image quality. The Canon 6D at it's very good rating of 74 for a landscape camera is a fine option among its competition.

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manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
screen is a good size (3")
resolution is good (20MP)
large sensor size (Full frame)
good ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
environment proofing
good battery pack (1,090 CIPA)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse recording

Canon 6D Vlogging advice

A camera for vlogging preferably should posses a articulating display screen, mic input and preferably IBIS. Considering all the details, the Canon 6D is simply not suitable as a vlog camera as it delivers a dreadful score of 30.

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comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
comes with microphone support
doesn't posses selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization

Canon 6D Alternatives

If you are searching for replacements to the 6D, below is a selection of the highest ranked cameras that fall within the class of Advanced DSLR.

The line chart underneath gives you a bird's eye view of the 6D vs it's highest scoring rivals listed above.

Following are several cameras you may take into account as alternate options. To read a comprehensive comparison, visit the "compare" link.

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General Information
Canon EOS 6D
Advanced DSLR
Body design
Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Sensor type
Digic 5+
Sensor size
Full frame
Sensor dimensions
36 x 24mm
Sensor surface area
Sensor resolution
20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio
Full resolution
5472 x 3648
RAW files
Max native ISO
Max boosted ISO
Minimum native ISO
Minimum boosted ISO
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Number of focus points
Cross focus points
Lens mounting type
Canon EF
Available lenses
Focal length multiplier
Display type
Fixed Type
Display diagonal
Display resolution
1,040k dot
Selfie friendly
Touch functionality
Display technology
Clear View II TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage
97 percent
Viewfinder magnification
DXO scores
DXO All around score
DXO Color Depth score
DXO Dynamic range score
DXO Low light score
Slowest shutter speed
30 secs
Maximum shutter speed
1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed
4.5 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation
Set WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range
no built-in flash
Flash modes
no built-in flash
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync
1/180 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions
1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Max video resolution
Video data format
Mic jack
Headphone jack
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
770 grams (1.70 lbs)
Physical dimensions
145 x 111 x 71mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 2.8")
Battery life
1090 photos
Battery form
Battery Pack
Battery model
Self timer
Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse recording
Type of storage
Storage slots
Retail cost