Canon 6D PDF User Manual
Did you lose or misplace the instruction manual that came with your Canon EOS 6D? It happens all too easily, but fortunately Canon makes a soft copy available that you can browse through online, print out, or download (see the pdf file below). It is certainly good practice to carefully familiarize oneself with the many different functionalities and options that the 6D offers, and the official user manual is without doubt an authoritative and comprehensive source of respective information.
That said, the instruction booklet can be a dry read, so that a dedicated camera guide book from a professional photographer that illustrates the camera's core functions in a real life photography context can be a very helpful complement. Yes, getting one of these camera guides (see here at amazon) would involve an additional expense, but if that book helps to exploit the camera's potential to the full, the (small) additional investment may well be worth it.
Also, you might want to check out the video tutorial on the Canon EOS 6D below.
In any case, the 6D is an advanced imaging tool, whose many features merit serious attention. This DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera was officially introduced on September 17th, 2012, which means that, as of today, the camera is 4099 days old (young?). The camera has meanwhile been discontinued and was succeeded by the Canon 6D Mark II as a replacement in the same line of cameras.
Canon's instruction manual for the 6D
The camera's instruction manual is 404 pages long. The pdf version is embedded below. As you browse through, you will hopefully find the information you are looking for. You can also print out a hard copy by right clicking on the manual and then choosing the respective menu option. For convenience, a summary of the key specs of the 6D is included towards the bottom of this webpage.
Don't forget to bookmark this page for future reference (Ctrl-Shift-D on a Windows PC; Cmd-Shift-D on a Mac). Happy browsing!
Click on the button below to download the pdf version of the Canon EOS 6D manual to your computer. The file will open in a new browser window.
If you prefer to read the user guide in another language, please check the respective availability on Canon's support site. That site also provides complementary online resources, such as information on the compatibility of various camera accessories or the availability of firmware updates that are not necessarily comprehensively covered in the instruction manual.
Printed, hardcopy versions of the Canon 6D manual can sometimes be found online. You can check the availability on amazon and ebay via the buttons below.
Video tutorial for the Canon EOS 6D
Perhaps instead of reading through a manual or operations guide, you might prefer to better familiarize yourself with your 6D by watching a video tutorial. It can notably help to quickly get to know the key functions and to set up your camera according to your particular preferences and needs.
Once again, the Canon 6D is a sophisticated imaging tool and not exploiting its capabilities to the full would be a pity. Hence, taking the time to study online information material or to read through a well-written camera guide book is highly recommended to make the most of your purchase.
Canon 6D FAQ
Below are some additional questions and answers concerning some particular features of the 6D.
What is the technology behind the imaging sensor in the Canon 6D?
The camera features a CMOS (Complementary Metal–Oxide–Semiconductor) sensor.
Which image processing chip is used in the Canon 6D to convert the raw signal into an image file and perform noise reduction and image sharpening?
Canon equipped the 6D with the DIGIC 5+ image processor.
What is the ISO sensitivity range of the Canon 6D?
The camera has a native sensitivity range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600, which can be extended to ISO 50-102400.
What is the life expectancy of the shutter in the Canon EOS 6D?
Canon mentions a shutter rating of 100 000 actuations for the 6D. This number represents a Mean Time before Failure, that is an average value. The shutter might fail earlier, or it might last longer. Anyway, in order to exhaust the expected shutter life of the 6D over, say, three years, one would have to take about 100 pictures each and every day.
How do I find the shutter count on my Canon 6D?
Canon embeds the number of shutter actuations in the camera firmware. You can check the number of shots that your 6D has taken up to now by using a third-party app, as described on the Canon 6D shutter count page.
What is the fastest shutter speed that can be used with the Canon 6D for flash photography?
The 6D's flash sync speed is 1/180 sec.
Does the Canon 6D support the Ultra High Speed (UHS) bus interface for SD cards?
Yes, the camera can indeed use UHS-I cards (data transfer speed of up to 104 MB/s).
Which battery does the Canon 6D use?
Is there a vertical grip available for the Canon 6D?
Yes, Canon offers the BG-E13 as an optional accessory to facilitate shooting in portrait orientation and to provide additional battery power.
Does the Canon 6D support geotagging?
The 6D has a built-in GPS (Global Positioning System) module and can embed location information in the EXIF data of the captured image.
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Core camera specifications
Here is a list of the main features and technical characteristics of the Canon EOS 6D.
|Camera Model||Canon 6D|
|Camera Type||Digital single lens reflex|
|Camera Lens||Canon EF mount lenses|
|Launch Date||September 2012|
|Launch Price||USD 2 099|
|Sensor Format||Full Frame Sensor|
|Sensor Size||36.0 x 24.0 mm|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2|
|Sensor Diagonal||43.3 mm|
|Sensor Resolution||20 Megapixels|
|Image Resolution||5 472 x 3 648 pixels|
|Pixel Pitch||6.57 μm|
|Pixel Density||2.31 MP/cm2|
|Moiré control||Anti-Alias filter|
|Movie Capability||1080/30p Video|
|ISO Setting||100 - 25 600 ISO|
|ISO Boost||50 - 102 400 ISO|
|Image Processor||DIGIC 5+|
|DXO Sensor Quality (score)||82|
|DXO Color Depth (bits)||23.8|
|DXO Dynamic Range (EV)||12.1|
|DXO Low Light (ISO)||2340|
|Viewfinder Type||Optical viewfinder|
|Viewfinder Field of View||97%|
|Top-Level Screen||Control Panel|
|LCD Framing||Live View|
|LCD Size||3.0 inch|
|LCD Resolution||1040k dots|
|LCD Attachment||Fixed screen|
|Touch Input||No touchscreen|
|Focus System||Phase-detect AF|
|Manual Focusing Aid||no Peaking Feature|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000s|
|Continuous Shooting||4.5 shutter flaps/s|
|Shutter Life Expectancy||100 000 actuations|
|Silent Shooting||no E-Shutter|
|Time Lapse Photography||no Intervalometer|
|Fill Flash||no On-Board Flash|
|Storage Medium||SDXC cards|
|Single or Dual Card Slots||Single card slot|
|UHS card support||UHS-I|
|USB Connector||USB 2.0|
|HDMI Port||mini HDMI|
|Microphone Port||External MIC port|
|Wifi Support||Wifi built-in|
|Environmental Sealing||Weathersealed body|
|Battery Type||LP-E6 power pack|
|Battery Life (CIPA)||1090 shots per charge|
145 x 111 x 71 mm
(5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 in)
|Camera Weight||770 g (27.2 oz)|
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