Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera

If you are familiar of the bulky and pricey EOS 5D of Canon, you’d sure love to hear that the same company now offers a new full-frame DSLR named 6D but in a comparably much lesser space consumption and a slightly lower price. Though the 6D has its own way of doing it, having a full-frame DSLR means a lot especially to those who are thinking of having all the advanced features but in a more travel-friendly package. Starting at around $1,800 for the price, should the 6D be one of the best DSLRs Canon has every constructed for the masses?

Featured in the Canon EOS 6D are: magnesium alloy body, the said full-frame CMOS sensor at a whooping 20.2 megapixels, a DIGIC5+ processor, 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor, autofocus of 11 points, extended ISO of up to 102,400, 4.5/sec continuous shooting rate, and more modern features like Wi-Fi capability and built-in GPS module. If you’d ask, the 6D can still be hardly chewed to be a healthy successor to the said predecessor when compared, but such a huge upgrade brought down some compromises as well if you don’t mind: its predecessor actually offers a much more AF points at 61, a full coverage for the viewfinder rather than the latter’s 97%, and a slightly faster shoot rate at 6fps. If you are not really particular with the said downgrades, the 6D might be a viable SLR for you.

Having a body metrics of 144.5×110.5×71.2mm, the Canon EOS 6D is obviously a lot smaller, more apparent if you’d put in a lens to it, which would consequently appear oversized. The EOS 6D contains the same weather-resistant textured surface with just the right amount of grip, and without constrain to weight, the EOS 6D is very friendly to travel and landscape photographers who rely so much for a tripod. The power switch can still be found at the lower back of the mode dial, and this is but Canon’s move with all its new SLR entries. Much more to this, most of the controls on all sides are but preferably accessible to the right hand. One big drawback so far with the construction is the lack of a built-in flash, something an easy traveler would surely ask.

I personally guarantee you that with the Canon EOS 6D, you’d get a much better experience with the viewfinder as well. This may sound too obvious for a full-frame digital camera, but the brightness that would splash to your eye would be naturally stunning for an SLR this size. Unlike some EOS models, the 6D uniquely caters different focusing screens as the one we found on the Mark II of the EOS 5D. This said, one would no longer require a display or information overlay like a grid to guide the users on every shot. There’s a slight trouble though especially if you are fond of manually choosing the right AF spot or point: aside from having a harder-to-reach multi-controller that is now at the bottom of the controls, the points laid upfront are congested on the center rather than evenly spread across the view. After all, it’s the image quality that counts more compared to ease of use.

As with the Canon EOS 6D, I personally found the sharpening effect to be much more emphasized on the images. Jagged or contrasting artifacts can hardly be spotted especially on extreme color differentiations, but this should not matter, as color quality still appeared natural and subtle. However, when I compared to the image quality of the EOS 5D Mark III, I found the newer version to produce slightly over-processed outputs, making the image look like flat or ‘printed’ when paired. Nevertheless, the sensor did a quality noise control even up to ISO 800, and brightness is but promising and unsurprising for a full-frame SLR.

It’s still hard for me to settle a final judgment to the Canon EOS 6D as to its image quality and performance. Ease of use and intuitiveness is generally proper, but with all the other aspects counted, I’d say the EOS 6D is user-dependent and thus opinions are subjective. Nevertheless, the EOS 6D of Canon delivers the expected output quality with no compromise to controls, and with its much lighter and smaller body, bringing along a full-frame SLR should be a lot easier in a few bucks difference.

Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera Price in the Philippines: Approximately Php 85,000.00

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