The EOS 6D was publicly announced on 17 September 2012, one day before the start of the Photokina 2012 trade show. It was released in late November 2012 and offered at that time as a body only for a suggested retail price of US$2,099 or in a package with an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens for a suggested retail price of US$2,899.
It was superseded by the EOS 6D Mark II in 2017.
The EOS 6D is the first Canon DSLR to feature GPS functions and built in Wi-Fi capabilities, which geotag images and allow files to be uploaded directly to Facebook, YouTube, or Canon Image Gateway; transferred to external devices; or sent to be printed on a Wi-Fi-enabled Canon printer. The Wi-Fi capabilities also allow remote control and viewing via many smartphones.
Weighing 770 grams (27 oz), the 6D is also Canon's smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR, comparable to the APS-C sensor 60D. The camera supports ISO settings from 50 to 102,400 which can be selected automatically or adjusted manually, an 11-point autofocus system, and an anti-glare 3.0 inches (76 mm) LED screen. The center autofocus point has a sensitivity of 3 EV.
The BG-E13 battery grip, which was made to be used with the 6D, allows the use of six AA cells, or one or two LP-E6 batteries. The 6D has a maximum burst frame rate of 4.5 frames per second. Like all Canon DSLR full-frame cameras, the 6D does not have a built in flash due to the design of the viewfinder.
Optical pentaprism viewfinder with approximately 97% coverage (0,71 enlargement)
Clear View TFT LCD screen (3 "/77 mm) with 720 480 pixels, 288 ppi (approximately 1,040,000 dots), resolution with dual anti-glare coating.
Metal alloy housing The top is made out of high-grade plastic).
Built-in GPS. This remains on when the camera is switched off, and quickly drains the battery if not deactivated via setting.
The movie image size can be set, as well as the frame rate per second, and compression method.
19201080: Full High Definition recording quality
1280720: High-Definition recording quality
640480: Standard-definition recording quality
24.2 effective megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor
19 AF points, all cross-type at f/5.6. Center point is high precision, double cross-type at f/2.8 or faster
DIGIC 6 image processor with 14-bit processing
Hybrid CMOS AF III
ISO 100 12800 (expandable to H: 25600)
95% viewfinder frame coverage with 0.82x magnification
1080p Full HD video recording at 24p, 25p (25 Hz) and 30p (29.97 Hz) with drop frame timing
720p HD video recording at 60p (59.94 Hz) and 50p (50 Hz)
480p ED video recording at 30p and 25p
5.0 frames per second continuous shooting
3.0" (7.7 cm) vari-angle Clear View II LCD touchscreen with 1,040,000 dots resolution.
3.5 mm microphone jack for external microphones or recorders
Wi-Fi + NFC connectivity
"Anti-flicker" (introduced on the EOS 7D Mk II) the camera can be set to automatically delay the moment of exposure to compensate for flickering electric lighting