Canon EOS 6D Digital Camera Review$2,099.00
Speed and Timing
Canon claims the 6D is capable of 4.5 frames per second continuous shooting and that's close to the truth. We clocked the camera at a still-impressive 4.44 frames per second. Using the silent continuous mode, which suppresses shutter and mirror noise for wildlife photography, maximum speed is 2.99 frames per second.
Self-timer options are surprisingly lacking, especially for a Canon. Access is via the drive mode menu, and only simple 10 second or 2 second countdowns (with remote functionality) are available. Unlike the Nikon D600, a built-in interval timer does not exist.
Autofocus features and performance are on par with the previous generation of cameras in this segment, so the 6D seems to lag behind relevant competition (specifically the Nikon D600) here. Acquisition speed is faster than just about every contrast based system, however tracking a moving subject isn't responsive enough for the most demanding applications. We had a hard time tracking one very excited dog, for example, during our time with the camera, and we imagine sports or action photography will be challenging too.
Remember this is an 11-point autofocus system, in contrast to the D600's 39. Options and the interface have also been simplified, you may choose between using all 11 points, or pick one individually using a combination of the front and rear dials. Although some users will certainly begrudge the lack of advanced features here, the simplicity could be just right for a certain type of photographer, especially one relatively new to SLRs.