Canon 6D: Light and handy

Jul 28, 2013, 06:04 IST | Swapnil Mathur

The budget DSLR is friendly for those with not-so-deep pockets and boasts of an excellent dynamic range

The minute you pick up the Canon 6D, you realize there is something different about it. It is an incredibly light camera, partlydue to the fact that the top place on the body is made of plastic.

This was done to allow the GPS and Wi-Fi module to operate without any signal interference, which would have been prevalent, had the Canon 6D retained the magnesium alloy top-plate.

It has an 11-point AF system of which only the centre point is cross type which boasts a level of sensitivity that is unmatched by any other DSLR in the market. It also houses a newly designed 20.2 megapixel sensor which has been paired up with a Digic 5+ image processing chip, the same one found in the Canon 5D MarkIII and the 1Dx.

The imaging aspect of the 6D is just as good as one would expect from not just a full-frame camera, but also from a camera with the Canon brand name slapped on it.

The camera displays an excellent dynamic range, which we’re tempted to say is slightly higher than that of the 5D MarkIII even. While the camera doesn’t work wonders with highlights, what it does do well is retain details in the shadow areas rather well.

However, the 6D is not without its faults. The 11 AF points aren’t nearly enough and do not cover a very large area, forcing us to recompose a lot of our shots. The lack of more cross-type AF points is also disappointing.

However, the centre AF point does exceptionally well in locking and tracking focus, especially in low light. We shot a few concerts in very low light and the autofocus performed beautifully, and the images were rather clean for those shot at ISO 6400.

If you’re a quality nut, you might find the video on the 6D to be slightly disappointing, in that it is susceptible to more-than-normal amounts of moire, the jagged line pattern that comes in video when filming straight lines or check patterns.

Indie filmmakers could really benefit from the otherwise good video quality (on a budget), but the real pros might want to stick with the 5D MarkIII.

Sensor 20.2 Megapixels full frame
Lens mount: EF ONLY
Image processor: Digic 5+
ISO range: 100 – 25600
Weight (Body only): 770 gms
Price: Rs 1,24,995 (body only)
Contact: Canon India / 0124-4160000

* Incredibly light for a full frame camera
* Most sensitive AF system in a DSLR yet

* Lacks cross-type AF points
* Video is susceptible to moire

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