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Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D
The EOS 6D body without a lens attached
TypeDigital single-lens reflex camera
Intro priceUS$1899[1]
LensInterchangeable (EF)
Sensor35.8 mm × 23.9 mm CMOS
Maximum resolution5,472 × 3,648[2]
(20 effective megapixels)
Film speed100 – 25,600 (expansion to L1 50 / H1 51.200 / H2 102,400)
Storage mediaSD, SDHC or SDXC card (UHS-I capable)
Focus modesOne-shot, AI Servo, AI Focus, Manual
Focus areas11 autofocus points
Exposure modesFull auto, programmed, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual
Exposure meteringTTL, full aperture, 63 zones
Metering modesEvaluative, Partial, Spot, Center-weighted average
ShutterElectronic focal-plane
Shutter speed range30 s to 1/4,000 s, bulb, 1/180 s X-sync
Continuous shootingup to 4.5 fps
ViewfinderOptical pentaprism with 97% coverage 0.71×[3] and electronic (Live View)
LCD screen3.0 in (7.6 cm), 720 × 480 pixels, 288 ppi (approx. 1,040,000 dots)
BatteryLi-Ion LP-E6 Rechargeable (1800 mAh)
Optional battery packsBG-E13 grip allows use of 6 AA cells, a single LP-E6 or two LP-E6 batteries
Dimensions144.5 mm × 110.5 mm × 71.2 mm (5.69 in × 4.35 in × 2.80 in)
Weight680 g (24 oz), body only; 755 g (26.6 oz), CIPA standard
Made inJapan
SuccessorCanon EOS 6D Mark II[4]

The Canon EOS 6D is a 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS digital single-lens reflex camera made by Canon.

The EOS 6D was publicly announced on 17 September 2012, one day before the start of the Photokina 2012 trade show. It was released in late November 2012 and offered at that time as a body only for a suggested retail price of US$2,099[5][6][7] or in a package with an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens for a suggested retail price of US$2,899.[5]

It was superseded by the EOS 6D Mark II in 2017.


There are 2 versions of EOS 6D. EOS 6D (N) and EOS 6D (WG):[8]

The EOS 6D (WG) is the first Canon DSLR to feature GPS functions and built in Wi-Fi capabilities, which geotag images and allow files to be uploaded directly to Facebook, YouTube, or Canon Image Gateway; transferred to external devices; or sent to be printed on a Wi-Fi-enabled Canon printer. The Wi-Fi capabilities also allow remote control and viewing via many smartphones.[9] These features are not available in the (N) version of the camera.[8]

Weighing 770 grams (27 oz), the 6D is also Canon's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR, comparable to the APS-C sensor 60D. The camera supports ISO settings from 50 to 102,400 which can be selected automatically or adjusted manually, an 11-point autofocus system, and an anti-glare 3.0 inches (76 mm) LCD screen.[10] The center autofocus point has a sensitivity of −3 EV.

The BG-E13 battery grip, which was made to be used with the 6D, allows the use of six AA cells, or one or two LP-E6 batteries.[11] The 6D has a maximum burst frame rate of 4.5 frames per second.[10] Like all Canon DSLR full-frame cameras, the 6D does not have a built in flash due to the design of the viewfinder.[12]

Image features[edit]

  • 20.2 megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor.
  • DIGIC 5+ image processor.
  • Fluorine-coated low-pass filter.

Autofocus and metering[edit]

  • 11-point autofocus sensors with 1 cross type sensor in center (x-type is sensitive down to −3 EV).
  • TTL-CT-SIR AF with CMOS sensor.
  • 63-zone Dual Layer-silicon cell.
  • AF Micro Adjust (+/− 20 steps).


  • ISO 100 –  ISO 25,600. Expansion down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 51,200 and ISO 102,400.


  • 30 s – 1/4,000 s (and bulb) is the shutter speed range.
  • 4.5 fps burst rate.

Ergonomics and functions[edit]

  • Optical pentaprism viewfinder with approximately 97% coverage (0,71× enlargement)
  • Clear View TFT LCD screen (3 "/77 mm) with 720 × 480 pixels, 288 ppi (approximately 1,040,000 dots), resolution with dual anti-glare coating.
  • Wi-Fi functionality.
  • Metal alloy housing. (The top is made out of high-grade plastic.)
  • Built-in GPS. This remains on when the camera is switched off, and quickly drains the battery if not deactivated via setting.


The movie image size can be set, as well as the frame rate per second, and compression method. Available modes:[13]

  • 1920×1080 @ 24/25/30 fps: Full High Definition recording quality
  • 1280×720 @ 50/60 fps: High-Definition recording quality
  • 640×480 @ 50/60 fps: Standard-definition recording quality

Firmware updates[edit]

Release Date Firmware Fixes
2016-09-29 1.1.7 Its main improvement was support for the EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS II USM lens.[14]
2017-11-29 1.1.8 Fixes a phenomenon in which standard exposure may not be obtained, or an irregular exposure may result, when Silent LV (Live View) shooting with the following TS-E lenses: TS-E 50mm f/2.8L MACRO, TS-E 90mm f/2.8L MACRO, or TS-E 135mm f/4L MACRO.[15]
2019-11-21 1.1.9 Firmware Version 1.1.9 incorporates the following fixes: 1. Corrects a PTP communications vulnerability. 2. Corrects a vulnerability related to firmware update.[16]



Digital Photography Review have chosen Canon EOS 6D as one of the 20 most important cameras of the 2010s.[17]

According to Skies & Scopes, the Canon EOS 6D was the most commonly used camera in images shortlisted in the RMG Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition from 2018 to 2021.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Canon EOS 6D Camera - Canon U.S.A. : Consumer & Home Office : EOS 6D". Canon.com. 26 May 2014. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  2. ^ "EOS 6D Specifications". 13 October 2014. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  3. ^ "Canon EOS 6D". Archived from the original on 20 September 2012. Retrieved 17 September 2012.
  4. ^ "EOS 6D Mark II - Canon Camera Museum". global.canon.
  5. ^ a b "Canon Announces Its Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera For Serious Photographers" (Press release). Canon U.S.A., Inc. 17 September 2012.
  6. ^ "Press Release". Canon U.S.A., Inc. Archived from the original on 21 September 2012. Retrieved 18 September 2012.
  7. ^ Horaczek, Stan (3 December 2012). "Lensrentals Took Apart A Canon 6D". Popular Photography. Retrieved 23 December 2012.
  8. ^ a b "Canon EOS 6D Instruction Manual" (PDF). usa.canon.com. Canon. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  9. ^ Uy, Melody. "Canon launches entry-level, full-frame EOS 6D". Archived from the original on 9 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  10. ^ a b "About EOS 6D - Specifications". Canon. Archived from the original on 4 August 2017. Retrieved 9 May 2017.
  11. ^ Burke, Elaine. "Canon unveils EOS 6D DSLR and three new PowerShot compact cameras". Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  12. ^ Atkins, Bob. "Canon EOS 6D Preview". Archived from the original on 20 October 2012. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  13. ^ "Canon EOS 6D Instruction Manual" (PDF). usa.canon.com. Canon. 1 September 2012. Retrieved 4 June 2016.
  14. ^ "Canon Releases Firmware Updates for Multiple Cameras". canonrumors.com. Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  15. ^ "EOS 6D Firmware Update, Version 1.1.8". canon.co.nz. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  16. ^ "EOS 6D Firmware Update, Version 1.1.9". canon.co.nz. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  17. ^ "These are the 20 most important cameras of the decade (and one phone)". DPReview.
  18. ^ "RMG Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020: Data Analysis". Skies & Scopes.

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