Canon Full Frame Shootout! Canon EOS 6D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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UPDATE: Sorry – turns out there's a bug in one of the plugins and the side by side in the video didn't export properly – I'm working with the developers to get that fixed.

Yes, it is a Canon Full Frame Shootout with the Canon EOS 6D, the Canon EOS 5D Mark III and the Canon EOS 5D Mark II! planet5D went to Schiller's camera on Friday November 30 to have a few minutes with the hot new Canon 6D full frame DSLR camera. We took our Canon 5D Mark III and Canon EOS 5D Mark II to do a side-by-side-by-side comparison of all three full frame cameras while shooting video.

Does the 6D standup to it's younger sibling the Canon EOS 5D Mark III? Have a look!

Thanks also to our friends who provided some gear:
Schiller's Camera

Nice Industries for the “calloutsFCPX plugin

Crumplepop for the “SplitScreen XFCPX plugin

RØDE for the new lavalier mic

Canon EOS 6D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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Canon EOS 6D for video?

If you are not able to watch the video, and you might want to know what my final thought was at least with my very first handling of the Canon 6D.

For stills? it's probably very good to excellent.

For video? buy a Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The moire on this beast is just disappointing – for a camera coming out in 2012, this just shouldn't be this bad. I realize Canon wants to protect the 5D Mark III, but come on, this should be better than this!

I also wasn't able to test out any of the Wi-Fi functionality, maybe I'll get to do that on another day.


I'm sorry that I didn't make enough time with the camera to shoot some really good stills. I hope to go back to Schillers and get a little bit more time with the camera maybe in a couple weeks when the excitement dies down and maybe I can shoot some more images. These look really good but like I said that video isn't as nice as we'd like.

Schiller's Wall – click for full size jpeg

Second building in the moire test – click for full size jpeg

Budweiser – click for full size jpeg

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  1. mitch!!! i love you!
    ive been searching for this review for days and there you were! and you shot it on my birthday! 🙂 well done my friend. big surprise on the moire, really thought it was going to beat the 5d2, i was seriously thinking of selling my 5d2 for the 6d, looks like i may have to save for the 5d3!
    happy christmas and all the best to you and your family! 😉

  2. Hi Mitch,
    Thanks for doing this. Any chance you can do a high ISO/noise shootout? I personally like those non-scientific candlelight tests.

    If the 6D is close to the 5DM3 in High ISO performance, it would definitely be worth the upgrade over the 5DM2.

    Also, can you see the audio levels on the 6D screen while recording in manual audio? Even though you can’t monitor with headphones, it’s nice to see the levels as a reference for later synching with external recorder.



  3. I really appreciate your going to the trouble of making these comparisons. I used to be a reviewer, and know the difficulties — and annoyances — involved in even “simple” testing.


    In the moire tests using the nearby store, the 5D3’s lens is set to a longer focal length than the other cameras’. The image is significantly larger. This could create a major difference in how much (or little) moire is generated.

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      Thanks William. Good point. My 24-105 (which was on the 5D3) is exhibiting some breathing – so sometimes when I move the camera the focal length can change and since I was in a big hurry I didn’t remember to keep my eye on it. But I can tell you, the 5D3 is MUCH better for moire than the other two cameras!

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