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Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera Prices, Specifications and Reviews

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  The Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera offers the benefits of a full-frame sensor -- excellent low-light images, wide field-of-view and shallow depth-of-field -- in a fairly small camera body and at a relatively low price, at least when compared to most full-frame DSLRs.

This camera has many of the features photo enthusiasts desire, plus built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. It takes still images in JPEG and RAW formats, and captures 1080p full-HD video for up to almost 30 minutes of continuous recording.


(Prices as of 01/8/2013)
EOS 6D     One-lens kit Source
(Camera body only)   (24-105mm lens)  
$2,000$2,700Best Buy
$1,999$2,699B&H Photo Video

Additional Costs:

$5-$25Additional SD (standard capacity) memory cards, 4GB-8GB, Class 4-6 (Class 10 is fastest)
$15-$75Additional SDHC (high capacity) memory cards, 16GB-32GB, Class 10
$50-$200+Additional SDXC (extended capacity, used for video) memory cards, 64GB-128GB, Class 10
$59-$100Replacement battery (replacement charger $20-$80)
$140-$270Car battery charger
$100-$300Battery grip


DimensionsHeight: 4.4"
Width: 5.7"
Depth: 2.8"
Weight26.7 oz.
Included in BoxBattery pack, battery charger, eyecup, stereo A/V cable, wide neck strap, USB cable, software (EOS digital solution, software instruction manual)
Type of MediaSD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card, comaptible with UHS-I memory cards
Megapixels20.2 MP
Sensor35.8mmx23.9mm (full-frame) CMOS sensor
ViewfinderEye-level SLR viewfinder with fixed pentaprism
Monitor3" TFT LCD monitor (about 1.040 million dots), with 7-level brightness controls
Video1080p full-HD video recording at 30 frames per second; continuous recording maximum about 30 minutes
FlashNo built-in flash; hot shoe (outlet) for optional external E-TTL II autoflash
Shutter Speed30 seconds to 1/4000
SensitivityISO 100-25600, expandable to 50, 51200 and 102400 in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments
Exposure ModesProgram (shiftable), shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, bulb, custom shooting, scene intelligent auto (non-shiftable), creative, special scene (7 settings)
Continuous ShootingMaximum speed about 4.5 frames per second (about 3 fps in silent continuous shooting)
Compatible LensesCanon EF and EF-S lenses (Canon EF mount)
BatteriesRechargeable lithium-ion battery pack; optional battery grip can hold two battery packs or six AA batteries; battery life depends on settings and conditions
Other FeaturesBuilt-in Wi-Fi transmitter and GPS receiver
Records still images in JPEG, RAW and RAW+JPEG formats
8 picture styles (auto, standard, portrait, landscape, neutral, faithful, monochrome, user defined 1-3)
2-second or 10-second self-timer delay
Warranty1 year limited, parts and labor

The manufacturer's detailed product information is available at

Sample Lenses

1. Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM pancake lens$149-$199
2. Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM autofocus standard lens$339-$369
3. Canon 24-105mm f/4 IS EF USM autofocus lens$1,056-$1,149
4. Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L USM wide-angle autofocus lens$1,329-$1,479
5. Canon EF 16-33mm f/2.8L II USM ultra-wide-angle autofocus lens$1,499-$1.699
6. Canon EF 24mm f/1.4L II USM autofocus wide-angle prime lens$1,549-$1,749
7. Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM professional standard zoom lens$2,199-$2,299
8. Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM telephoto lens$2,099-$2,499
(List as of 01/8/2013)

What People Are Saying:

Critics generally praise the Canon 6D as a good choice for photo enthusiasts who want a full-frame sensor (the same size as 35mm film), but without the bulk, weight or expense of a high-end DSLR. Several note that this camera's video is not as high quality as its still images, and that it lacks a built-in flash.
  • CNET: "Priced almost identically to the earlier-announced Nikon D600, Canon's $2,100 full-frame prosumer dSLR reveals a different set of trade-offs. Canon cut back on a lot of the professional-oriented features, but included two big consumer-friendly ones -- built-in Wi-Fi and GPS -- that Nikon still relegates to add-ons. The 6D is also a more new-all-over model compared with the D600, which is primarily based on the D7000."
  • "In many ways the Canon EOS 6D is the Canon's first true enthusiast level full-frame digital camera. ... The smaller body size and weight, as well as the reduced feature set, confirm that the Canon 6D is for the enthusiast or travel photographer. These users want a high-quality camera, but they don't need the bomb-proof build quality of cameras higher up the Canon DSLR lineup."
  • "If you are most interested in stills and don't care that much about video quality, the 6D is a great value -- it produces top-notch pictures, with very few compromises, at a lower price than we've ever seen. But if you are looking for the video prowess of the 5D Mark III, plan to pony up that extra $900."