Canon’s first affordably-priced D-SLR with a 35mm-sized sensor is rather more conservative than its Nikon rival, but there’s still a whole lot to like and it dazzles with its imaging performance.

There was a saying about London buses that you’d wait ages at a stop without seeing one and then two would come along at the same time. We’ve just experienced the same thing with more affordable D-SLRs that have 35mm-sized sensors. They’d been on the horizon for a while, but hadn’t materialised and then along comes Nikon’s D600 and Canon’s EOS 6D, both announced within days of each other.

We could probably even throw Sony’s SLT-A99 into the mix here, although it’s a different animal in terms of its target audience, feature set and pricing. Both the D600 and EOS 6D are primarily intended as enthusiast-level cameras which may have some appeal to professionals courtesy of selling on the street at somewhere under $2500 (body only). The A99 is primarily a pro-level camera that’s within reach of some amateur shooters by virtue of being priced at a whisker under $3000.

Of course, while the Nikon and Canon models were announced at the same time, this wasn’t the case as far as actually being able to buy one. The D600 was on sale almost before the ink on the press release had dried – thus making it eligible for inclusion in our 2012-13 Camera Magazine Imaging Awards where it won the Enthusiast D-SLR category – but we’ve had to wait a good few months to get our hands on the EOS 6D. The reason why isn’t entirely clear, but it’s here now and so the D600 isn’t going to have things all its own way in this new sector.

Thank-you for looking up our  Canon EOS 6D Review. This equipment review is currently available only as a low-resolution pdf version of the original magazine pages originally printed in the March / April 2013 issue.

You can download it here:  Canon EOS 6D Review.pdf