1 Store55 Reviews
Pros: Image Quality, Smaller Size, Low Lighting, Great Features, WIFI & GPS
Cons: 1/4000 Shutter Speed, Lack of Compactflash, Amateur Video Quality, and No wireless video recording
The canon 6d is a not a consumer grade camera, it is a professional grade camera that is priced and positioned right under the 5d mark iii. It has been neutered in some regards and has additional features that the 5d mark iii does not have.
Most people call it a pro-consumer camera, as it doesn’t have the full magnesium shell that the 5d mark iii and 5d mark ii has. Canon needed to create a plastic alloy shell for the top, as GPS signals cannot pass through the magnesium shell, as the 6D has both GPS and WIFI, something its sister’s lack. Canon considers this to be a “splash proof” camera, but as someone who fixes these cameras for a living, I wouldn’t test this out. It lacks any cover or plastic between the outside shell and the actual electronics. In other words, moisture or humidity may pose a problem, so use the camera in its recommended heat/cold specifications. It’s $10,000 1dx is for extreme weather.
It is much smaller and lighter than the 5d mark iii & ii, which is fantastic for those of us that travel light and have had experienced a lot of wrist pain from the added weight of these bulky cameras. It is roughly the same size as my older Canon 50D.
The exterior is not only small, but user friendly. It lacks the toggle switch, but gives you a directional keypad; easy magnify buttons, 2 user defined program settings, 2 unique auto modes, and its standard manual buttons. The viewfinder only covers 97% of the picture, which for most is not an issue. The LCD is very bright and its level 7 brightness is brighter than the actual picture. The keys and buttons are spaced out perfectly and not cramped at all. It’s on and off switch has been moved and it’s video to camera buttons are in a great spot. Canon did an excellent job on the keypad layout, except that I would rather have a toggle joystick button rather than a directional keypad.
In terms of specifications and comparison, the 6D only has 1 sd memory slot and not a compact flash slot, which may annoy some users, as sd cards tend to run a bit slower in read and writing performance for video and burst pictures. There are plenty of fast sd cards on the market, but if canon ever creates firmware or updates for raw video, you maybe out of luck as even the flagship sandisk extreme won’t keep up to these fast write times. Again this is a professional camera, not a video camera, so remember video is simply a freebie for us.
The picture quality is unbelievable, as its low light performance cannot be matched. The ISO, which defines the cameras image quality, is great as it goes up. Anyone can get an amazing shot outside with excellent lighting at ISO 100, but if you are in a darker environment and you have fast moving objects, most non full frame cameras will struggle at 1600-3200 iso. Not the 6d, as its 6400-25600performance will beat out the 3200 iso on my 5d. Canon states the low light on this camera to be moonlit; meaning all you need is moonlight to get a picture with a fast lens and no flash. This is the highest low light rating for any professional camera on the market.
The pictures can be set in Raw, Jpeg, or both. One thing I like about this camera is that it gives you the option of very tiny jpegs for ebay or web pictures, which the 50d did not. Normally I would have to downsize them for my ebay pages. Raw is great, as it gives the user to change every setting on the photo. With such a huge 20 megapixel sensor, the raw files are about 20-25 megabytes, with the largest jpegs being around 7-8 megabytes.
The shutter speed has been cut to 1/4000 from 1/8000 for the other 5d models. The fast the shutter speed, the fast a picture one can grab at a sports event or at a race car track. In papers specs its focus points have been neutered to 13 compared to the 63 that the 5d iii has. That being said, its focus is usually dead on, so sometimes specs on paper don’t account for real world performance. The camera has a silent function, hdr, and multiple exposure mode.
What it comes down to is image quality and its image quality is better in low light than the 5d mark ii and equal to the 5d mark iii. In great lighting, it’s all going to look the same. If you looking to upgrade, you must account for what lighting your pictures are taken in and what features are important to you.
Its wifi and gps functions are great for professional geotagging or for taking a picture with the control of a wifi device such as an apple or android phone. You cannot record movies in wifi mode.
The video on this device is excellent for amateur video, with being able to record from 1080 to lower resolutions. Why do I call this an amateur video camera? Its lack of aliasing and moire is unacceptable. When recording video, you will see jagged lines on buildings and in objects. There are aftermarket companies that create an external filter for this, but it’s $400. The 5d mark iii is better for video. For amateur and web video, it’s excellent.
To sum it up, the image quality on this camera is top notch from low lighting to abysmal lighting. It suits every photographers need, except for extreme speed shots and extreme weather conditions. Every camera has its limitations and video is certainly a crutch on this camera. I will also state that Canon has rated this camera a 100k shutter clicks vs 150k for the 5d ii/iii and 400k for the 1dx. Does that mean that the $300 shutter is any different on all 3 cameras? I’m guessing it’s just canon marketing its products and trying to buffer a price point. God bless the free market J