Canon EOS 6D detailed specifications

Detailed specs of the Canon EOS 6D full frame DSLR camera ($2099):

Body type Mid-size SLR
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 102,400
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 97 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot shoe)
Continuous drive Yes (4.5 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
  • H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes 1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI Mini)
Wireless BuiltIn
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Splash and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)
Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS BuiltIn
GPS notes Image tagging and tracking modes


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  • ozbaz

    looks very good. Does it have an external microphone jack? I would have liked a 100% viewfinder but I like the 1/8000 second shutter speed i.e. the opposite of the Nikon D600

    • Ragnarok

      You know it’s a pathetic launch when all fanboys need to brag about the 1/8000s shutter speed… Well, less resolution, no weather sealing, 11 AF points, only 1 cross-type, no dual slots… and they want to charge the same or even more, LOL!

    • 1/4000 shutter

      eos6d is 1/4000 shutter and 1/180 sync, and a 3″ LCD.
      not 1/8000, nor a 3.2″ screen.

  • Thats right

    1/8000 is a plus for me, but IM| Nikon 🙁 shame Nikon with your 1/4000.

    • gt

      nikon d600 has ISO 50.

      ISo 50, 1/4000th = ISO 100, 1/8000th.

      put your shame aside

      • Pim

        6D has also ISO50… Read the specs carefully..

        • gt

          my mistake! not bad! canon shooters can shoot outdoors with the equivalent of ISO 100 1/16000 with this set up!

          Might come in handy someday

          • makes no sense because it is not native ISO50. It is just overexposed and pulled ISO100.
            There are no free cookies.

      • chrissp

        6D also has ISO 50 fyi.

      • ISO50 on these cameras is almost always a simulated ISO… meaning it’s “pulled” 1 stop in software. If you’re going to use ISO50 as a workaround for the lack of 1/8000, your highlights are going to be clipped.

  • fmj

    So it has 1/8000 shutter speed…… hopefully the 11 pt af is all x type! Or else….. 5d2>6d

  • gt

    if it still just has a single cross type focus sensor — and minimum F2.8 to focus, this thing is a giant no-go. Also, 97% viewfinder coverage? why?

    nikon made something that’s hard to beat.

    nice to see 1/8000 though

    • ras

      “Also, 97% viewfinder coverage? why?”

      canon is always cutting corners compared to their competitors…tisk, tisk, tisk!

      • Clint Dunn

        You’re right, Canon always handicaps the lower end cameras…..but at least they gave the 6D +/- 5 exposure compensation.

        • Remedy

          I can’t even imagine how bad one has to be at operating a camera that would require the use of +/- 5 exposure compensation.

          • you obviously never shoot a african bride in white dress or fashion shoot with direct sunlight from the back.
            it is nice to be able to use consistent aperture priority mode even in most challenging situations.

          • d.b.

            Remedy: you’re boring troll

  • Michal

    Solid specs for an entry level camera, hope it will come down below $2k quickly.

  • shiv

    its a cheap 5Dmk2, nothing more. I hope the same shit video codec as well.

    • Why hope? Is it the video codec that sets your work apart from everyone else’s work? 😀

  • Mike

    1/8000! & $2099. Two reasons why Canon shooters will stay Canon vs Nikon.

    Wonder if firmware can increase max shutter speed on the D600….

    • gt

      “Two reasons why Canon shooters will stay Canon vs Nikon.”

      That may be true — but I think the bigger reason a canon shooter would stay canon is because they have canon lenses.

      Nikon shooters aren’t going to sell their nikon gear because this has 1/8000th of a second. That shutterspeed is on the margin and is rarely used.

      What is used as a matter of course every single day is the AF system (and nikon put a much superior one into the D600) and the view finder (nikon included a 100% viewfinder). Moreover, D600’s weight without batteries is approximately the weight of the 6D with batteries — suggesting the 6D is made of less quality material.

      In the end, people from both brands have a decent product, cheap FF product to choose from. No one is going to be switching brands for this.

      That being said, I feel glad that I’m on the Nikon side — I’d trade 1/8000 for a better AF system and viewfinder any-day.

      • Canon straw grasping

        Yeh I’ll take superior AF over 1/8000 any day.

        • jake

          >superior AF?

          how do you know the 39pt AF is so much better than this completely new 11pt AF?

          I have the D7000 , D800 but the AF of the D7k is not at all similar to the 51 AF of the D800 and D700.

          the 39pt AF is really slow a nd inaccurate in low light hunts a lot even after Nikon adjusted it 2 times.

          so, sometimes numbers of AF points do not tell you how good a AF system is orhow bad it is.

          that said the D600 is better sealed than this Canon, the sensor probably is better(if it is the same 24mp sensor used in the Sony A99).
          but probably the Canon has better video and even a bit smaller than the D600 , even with the GPS and wifi.

          I think both are good cameras and selling lenses and jumping ship every round is the most stupid thing to do.
          Just go for glass not for a body.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        The difference of four megapixels should also be apparent. We will have to wait to evaluate the color performance, but the Nikon should out resolve even the 5D3 at the ISOs that are most commonly used. However, this camera might give strong performance at high ISO. It will be interesting to note the quality in the extended range, especially at 50 and also in the higher end of the basic range.

        • NerdBuster

          What a lot of bollocks. Beginners should learn, not post absurd stuff that is going to confuse other beginners. I want to protect people from wrong information, even to the risk of offending you – sorry.

          • Pablo Ricasso

            Oh looky. I irritated a sales rep.

            At the risk of sounding accurate, this camera is a smoking hot piece of CAMEL DUNG. It promises less noise at high ISO but this will come at the expense of Resolution and Dynamic range. So even if it scores a decent delta E it will not have any color to speak of in the highlight and shadows.
            Compared to it’s competitor, it arrives 3 months late, with one less frame per second, with four less megapixels, with an inferior viewfinder, in a body made mostly out of cheap plastic, without a flash, and with a slower flash synch.
            The only advantage, a faster shutter, is negated by the fact that it is rated for less cycles. The Canon trolls have been on the Nikon forum whining about the slower shutter speed. I note that the new $7000 dollar Leica shares that same top speed.

            This is a camera marketed to egomaniacs who don’t know any better and soccer moms. It sucks to work in your sales department. It sucks worse to be a victim of your trollishness.

    • gt

      omg its worse than I thought!

      6D doesn’t have dual card slots…no built in flash…no built in AF-assist either…

      • Benj

        None of the 5D series have had a built-in flash. Stripping the AF-assist light is new though.

        • Nikon shooooter

          Yeh when I shot Canon (use Nikon now) I didn’t miss the pop up flash. On my D800/e (i have one of each) I don’t really use it. In fact I’m thinking of taping them down.

      • jake

        I , for one , really hate built in flash ,especially in a high end camera or even a mid grade camera.

        how many times I wished my D700 D800 hadn’t got the crap.
        hey, cameras always broke form that part.
        and if you use a FF , you should opt for external flash gun.

        my D700 and D7000 broke becuase of the pop-up crap part.

        so, like the guy above me , I want to tape it down.

    • D800 bro

      36MP for less than $3000 (now). That’ll draw a few away though. :X

  • Steve

    Funny to notice how these “leaks” started increasing right after Nikon actually announced something.

  • FBY

    It’s official!!

  • R!

    No !!!!No Articulated screen!!????????? I PASS this stupid D600 killer that’s killing Itself !!!!!!!!!!!!!! DISMISSED.

  • ouch

    it looks like it’s max is 1/4000 max shutter not 1/8000.
    Go on canon’s web site

  • Martin

    Soooo, badly disappointed.

    I´ve been waiting since weeks for this Specs.
    I´m in a nice position, i need a FF Camera and i have not too much gear to transfer so i can easily make a switch between Canon and Nikon.

    I like my Canon EOS 60D and i´m still happy with it except the FF but i´ve been allways looking at the FocusSystem from Nikon.

    I´ve allways said, in the end of a day you can hardly tell by looking at a photo which camera has been used. But a FF and a reliable AF is a must for my next camera and i was hoping for the 7D AF or a smaller version AF from the new 5D MK III but this 11 Point is really disappointing.

    If the Nikon D600 isn´t killing my hands i´m going to switch to Nikon.

    • jake

      Martin, if Af is the reason why you want a Nikon , then get at least the D800.
      the D600(I already ordered it and of course , used it a several times before ordering it has very bad AFsystem.

      if you know Nikon for long time like me , you know that the 39pt AF is really bad most bashed Nikon AF ever, read all its hunts forever in low light or back focusing issues online.

      it is not the same AF as in the D800.

      the D800 AF is great but not as good as the AF in the 5D3 ( I tested them side by side several times) and the D600 Af is much worse than any of these.

      dont be fooled by the bumber of AF points or really fanboy like reviews at dpr , photographyblog ,etc , these are all fanboys.
      in the end of the day ,for my use (MF only)the d600 wins over all other FF because it is the lightest camera with 24mp sensor, which I consider FX sweet spot for now.

      but if I were like you (an Af shooter) , I ‘d keep my 2 D800 bodies and shun these new cheap and light FX /FF bodies.

  • timon

    Articulated LCD Fixed
    Screen size 3.2″
    Screen dots 102,400

    an evident wrong, Eos 6d has a 3.0″ screen with ratio w:h = 3:2, not a 3.2-inch size.
    In dpreview is also a same wrong.

    Canon in Japanese webpage has a clearly spec.

  • ericnl

    only 20mp, only 11 focus points, only 97% viewfinder, max shutter 1/4000, no pop up flash, no uncompressed HDMI video out (??), only one SD card slot, only 3.0-inch LCD, flash sync 1/180, only mono mic (in), hardly any dedicated menu buttons on the back (change everything in the screen menu??), only 4.5 fps, no headphone jack, only 100000 shutter life.

    the only thing that the 6D seems to have over the D600 is built in WiFi/GPS and the iso range, but I guess we’ll have to wait for a head to head comparison to see what the actual workable iso/noise ratios are…

    because in the end, what really matters is image quality, with either high or low iso’s.

    • Ghoma

      Plus, the ISO range does not always mean better ISO performance.

      they could be the same at 25000, then the 6D could 2 stops higher but produce not usable shots as many DSLR…

      • timon

        Yes, moreover this so-called high ISO 102400 or 51200 here is truly a crooked trick, to cheat some kids.
        Actually, that ISO 102400 is almost 51200, ISO 51200 is almost 25600. People can read the related data from dxomark measurement charts. The so-called high ISO is visibly deflected from Japanese CIPA’s related standard the “Sensitivity of digital cameras”.
        a lousy trick in a long-term play. At their eyes, all the camera buyers can be fooled, especially their fanboys.

  • jorg

    hilarious, that people complain about the D600 being too expensive or underspecced for its price.THIS camera is what i call underspecced.
    -97% finder
    -1/180 flashsync
    -100.000 actuations (lol)
    -ONE cardslot
    -NO flash- seriously, a beginner/prosumer camera needs some onboard-fillflash and CLS-features!
    -NO weathersealing
    -NO uncompressed video-out
    -probably lame AF (usually canon tries to top nikon by the number of sensors [without them being any better])
    -last gen 3″ screen

    so canon COULD have outspecced nikon in this range, plus they could have cut the price considerably (nikon can not afford that).
    what did they do? market a worse camera for the same price. feels like 5Dmk3 over again.

  • jorgen

    i love this quote from canonrumors (hope, the poster does not mind me quoting this here)

    ” The 6D looks like something almost designed to disappoint the buyer into splashing out for a 5D3 six months later…”

    that pretty much sums it up for me. canon could have outspecced nikon, they could have made the camera waaay cheaper (nikon can not afford that), but they just did the 5D3 -job all over again.

    i hope the nagging on the D600-price and specs calm down now. look at what canon-shooters get for dinner, and be happy, you own nikkors 😉

    • jorg

      sorry for doublepost. both did not appear after writing them :-/

  • Dimitrii1130

    specs are wrong. only 1/4000s shutter speed!

  • Stu

    Only 1/180th flash sync? Come on, Canon, even the Rebels do 1/200th… with a camera of this supposed caliber 1/250th should be standard.

  • FMJ

    Canon sync speed is always slower than Nikon… don’t know why……

    so Canon official page post above shown 1/4000, and other site shown 1/8000, so which is correct?

  • Guru

    The Price Point is ridiculous, for the 6d As well As for the Nikon D600. We’re broken in Europe, and we will simply not shell out 2000€ for a entry level FF. Greed is good, but it is killing economy right now. Where is the camera manufacturer that would offer a 1500$/€ FF camera? Sony could have done it, but they didn’t have the cojones for it, or Pentax, but they don’t have the will either. I won’t by anything of this, and even not the RX1 with its ridiculous price. vale

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