Pros - Great image quality
- Digic 5+ processor provides great JPEG improvements
- Video quality on this camera is good
- Autofocus is great, low light (high ISO) performance is great, and the IQ is great!
- Very bright and clear viewfinder
Cons - GPS isn't pinpoint accurate indoors
- Button layout takes a bit to adjust to
- HDR mode is slightly cumbersome to use
Summary I've had this camera around 6 months now so I decided to write the review. In my mind you can't really write a review after owning the camera for a day or even a week. I have thoroughly tested this camera as a semi-pro photographer. I have taken just over 10,000 pictures with it. I have used it for many professional gigs included food photography, studio portraits, fashion and interior/architectural. I have used it for leisure on family trips and urban hiking.
If you want technical stuff there are a million websites that go over the specs of this camera with a fine tooth comb. This is a great camera! It takes great photos that can compete with any of the pro level cameras on image quality (IQ). This camera is light too which is a plus. When purchasing this camera I could have cared less about the wifi and gps. Upon owning the camera I can say that I actually like and use both features more often that I thought I would. The wifi is great for self portraits and setting up the camera and walking away from it. You can also change aperture, shutter speed and ISO right from the app which is nice. Another great feature is handing my iPad to a really picky client so we can discuss the photos as they are shot. I usually would never offer this or let anyone see the photos before I put my own touches to them, but sometimes, with some clients, it is easier to just give them the iPad and let them have some input. I'm in the business of making my clients happy and this is one—albeit rare—option that I have and can use with the very picky and demanding clients.
I use the gps sometimes. It's certainly a feature I could live without, but I do use it and like it. If they put this option in at the expense of something else I would say take it out. I'm not sure what, if any, sacrifices they had to make to put gps in the camera, but it isn't a feature that I find useful enough to actually want. With that being said, it is really cool to take on a walk-a-bout on vacation or on a hike and see the path that you took and exactly where the pictures were taken. The gps isn't pinpoint accurate indoors, but it is mostly accurate when outside. It does seem to take a while to get a signal locked on. I think you can use your phones gps too if you want. I haven't used that feature, I do think I remember reading that you can do it though.
The video quality on this camera is good. I know a lot of people tsk, tsk the moire patterns, but all of the DSLRs have these, the 5d Mrk iii to a lesser extent, but this camera is made for stills not video, as is the 5d mrk iii. All of the DSLRs have the rolling shutter effect too. The 6D performs admirably with video. If you want this for professional video you should buy a camera made for professional video, if you want a still camera that will take great video this camera is rock solid. The video is mildly worse than the 5d, but c'mon the 5d also costs a lot more.
I love this camera! The autofocus is great, the low light (high ISO) performance is great, and the IQ is great! I give it 4 stars mainly for the max shutter sync only being 180, which isn't bad, but I would have really like the standard 200 at least. Also a joystick would have been nice. I don't mind the 11 AF points, but I wish they were more spread out across the frame. All of the AF points work very well, but in really low contrast, low light situations you have to rely on the center point, otherwise the outer points are very good in normal use. I don't have many complaints about this camera. For the price that they are offering this camera they chose to make some sacrifices and I don't mind the ones that they made. I purchased the 6D because I really need a FF camera and the lowlight capabilities. I was getting hired more often for photography and I needed a camera that could perform... and this camera does! I took that extra money I saved from buying the 5d and purchased a decent lighting system and the 70-200 f2.8 non-IS. The 6ds photos are indistinguishable from the 5ds as far as IQ. Maybe even a little better at high ISO.
I'm not sure how this compares (hands on) with any of Nikons cameras and I truly don't care. I did a lot of research before buying the 6D and I almost went with the D600. I had a couple of canon lenses that I liked and that really was the tie-breaker along with the 6Ds lowlight performance. Now that I have the 6D I'm focused on making the most out of the camera I have and for my purposes this camera is everything that I need it to be and more. No camera is perfect and photography doesn't rely on any specific camera. I could jump to a Nikon system right now if I were given the opportunity and I would try and get the most out of that camera. In the end I want the camera out of the the way. I just want great photographs. The 6d is aiding me on that mission. I have real world experience with this camera and it definitely has some minor drawbacks that may even be deal breakers to some. Overall this camera should make most people very happy. If you mainly want great images you should be happy with this camera.
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I hope it helps.
Pros First and foremost: Amazing image quality.
Cons Still out of the price range of many enthusiasts
Summary - Full frame! Way better image quality compared to the same pixel count in APS-C-sized sensors
- Incredible image quality
- Great ISO range with usable photos even at ISO 25600
- Excellent ergonomics. You can access all controls using only one hand
- Rated at over 1000 shots per battery charge (better than the 5D Mk III)
- Accepts interchangeable focusing screens easily (unlike 5D Mk III)
- GPS and Wifi built-in! You can geotag all photos and shoot remotely using your phone.
- Magnesium alloy body (the top plate is plastic for GPS and wifi antennae- for better reception)
- Lightest DSLR out there (the Sony RX-1 is way smaller, but a different camera altogether)
- Made in Japan
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