Less than a week after Canon’s main competitor Nikon made news with the D600, Canon announced the EOS 6D, a full-frame DSLR with a low price. And just like that, the mid-range full frame DSLR was born as a new market segment. A decade ago, only people with deep enough pockets to buy the 11MP Canon EOS 1Ds for $7,999 could get full-frame DSLR performance.
Even though the entry barrier has dropped a lot since then, the price of the EOS 6D may be the thing that many potential buyers talk about the most. It costs $1400 less when it comes out than the company’s best camera, the EOS 5D Mark III.
The market for full-frame DSLRs is getting more and more crowded, though. Canon, Nikon, and Sony all have at least two full-frame models, so the 6D’s appeal may come down to how it handles and what features it has. Canon needs to make sure there are clear differences between the 6D and the more expensive 5D Mark III, but it also needs to give current EOS owners who don’t have a lot of lenses a reason to buy the 6D instead of the similar-priced but slightly higher-resolution Nikon D600.
And, as is typical for Canon, they have gone for the comfort of the familiar and the same. The EOS 6D is probably best thought of as a full-frame version of the popular EOS 60D. In fact, the way the controls are set up and the size is very similar.
Even though the Nikon D600 is thinner from front to back and lighter, the 6D tries to stand out with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a “silent” shutter mechanism, and, according to Canon, the most sensitive focusing in low light. It remains to be seen if this combination will be enough to satisfy enthusiasts who would like the D600’s better autofocus system, two card slots, and built-in flash.
Key facts about the Canon EOS 6D
- 20.2MP full frame CMOS sensor
- DIGIC 5+ image processor
- Standard ISO 100-25600, 50-102800 expanded
- 4.5 frames per second shooting
- ‘Silent’ shutter mode
- 1080p/30 video recording, stereo sound from an external mic
- 11-point autofocus system with the cross-type center point and sensitivity to -3 EV
- 63 zone iFCL metering system
- 97% of the viewfinder is covered; the screens can be changed (including Eg-D grid and Eg-S fine-focus)
- 3″ ClearView LCD 1040k dot 3:2 (fixed)
- One slot for an SD card
- Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
- Electronic level with one axis
Best Canon EOS 6D Microphones
1. Diety V-Mic D4 DUO Microphone
The V-Mic D4 DUO has a dual-capsule design, with one cardioid capsule aimed at the subject in front of the mic and another aimed at the back to pick up sound from the camera operator, interviewer, or journalist filming the scene.
Instead of having to shout into a microphone, it lets the interviewer speak in a normal tone of voice without sounding muffled and far away. This makes interviews and voice-overs sound better.
Do more with less weight.
- Dual cardioid pickup patterns to pick up sound in a specific direction in front of and behind the camera
- Low-noise circuitry for clear conversations and speech
Aux input for wireless receivers or lapel microphones
- Plugged into the camera to get power.
- At 1.4 oz, it is small and light.
- 3.5mm TRS output cable with coil for DSLR, mirrorless, or portable recorder
- Rycote Lyre shock mount with shoe mount for a camera
- 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded mounting options
- 2 windscreens made of fake fur
2. Rode VMGO Video Mic Go Lightweight On-Camera
The Rode VideoMic GO camera-mount shotgun microphone is longer than Rode’s VideoMicro and has a narrower pickup pattern. It also has better off-axis rejection for better directionality.
Like the VideoMicro, it is powered by a plug and has no controls or switches. This makes it a good choice for mobile journalists, vloggers, and shooters who need to move quickly.
This shotgun microphone is small and light. It has a built-in shock mount that you can attach directly to your DSLR, mirrorless, or video camera to reduce noise caused by vibrations and handling of the camera. The windscreen cuts down on wind noise, which makes it good for shooting outside.
The detachable, coiled 3.5mm TRS cable makes it easy to connect to your camera, and the dual-mono output means that your recording device doesn’t need to be set to a specific channel.
3. Boya BY-M1
BOYA’s black BY-M1 Omnidirectional Lavalier Microphone works with smartphones, DSLRs, camcorders, audio recorders, Mac and Windows computers, and more. The omnidirectional pickup pattern has full 360° coverage, and the 3.5mm TRRS gold-plated mini-jack plug at the end of the 20-foot cable is the end of the cable.
The lavalier microphone runs on an LR44 battery, which comes with it, and has a switch to turn the battery on or off. Turn the switch off when using the microphone with a smartphone, since the smartphone provides power. To use a camera, you have to flip the switch to the “on” position to use the battery power. There is also a 1/4″ adapter, a foam windscreen, and a clip for the microphone.
4. Rode Lavalier Go
A discreet lapel microphone for talent on camera
Use the white Rode Lavalier GO omnidirectional lavalier microphone with your Rode Wireless GO system to get the ease and clarity of a broadcast-quality clip-on lapel mic. The Lavalier GO is great for mobile journalists and videographers because it has a strong, 3.9-foot Kevlar-reinforced cable that ends in a gold-plated 3.5mm TRS connector for better sound transmission.
The mic capsule is small and easy to hide. It has a foam pop shield to cut down on vocal plosives. Its omnidirectional polar pattern picks up sound from all directions, and the condenser element gives a wide, full-frequency response, so you can record a voice that is clear and easy to understand.
- Clip for attaching a microphone to clothing that comes with a way to manage the cables
- Foam pop shields reduce harsh sounds from voices and wind.
- There is a small pouch to store and carry
- You can use the Lavalier GO with smartphones and tablets with 3.5mm TRRS jacks if you buy the Rode SC4 adapter, which is sold separately.
5. Audio-Technica ATR 3350
The Audio-Technica ATR3350 Omnidirectional Condenser Lavalier Microphone is a cheap microphone designed for video use in the style of a newscaster mic. The ATR3350 does a good job of reproducing voices, and its Omni pickup pattern covers the whole room. The mic comes with useful accessories that can be used right away.
There is a tie clip, an LR44 battery, and a foam windscreen as extras.
- The Omni pickup pattern covers everything.
- A small mic in the style of a newscaster that can be used for video
- Comes with a tie clip, an LR44 battery, and a foam windscreen.
- A 3.5 mm mini-plug is built into the 20′ (6m) cable, so it can be used with most cameras.
6. Sennheiser MKE 200
Add the Sennheiser MKE 200 ultracompact and ultralightweight directional microphone to your camera or smartphone-based shooting rig to improve the sound quality, even in noisy environments, without having to carry around a heavy windscreen and suspension system.
The MKE 200 is perfect for vloggers, run-and-gun videographers, and mobile journalists who need a good camera-mount mic that won’t get in the way of the shot. It has built-in wind protection, and shock absorption, and doesn’t need batteries.
The MKE 200 comes with two locking 3.5mm audio cables to make sure you’re ready for any shoot. One has a standard TRS plug that works with cameras and DSLRs, and the other has a TRRS plug that works with your smartphone or tablet. Also, the furry windshield that comes with the MKE 200 can be put over the camera to protect it from wind noise when shooting outside.
7. Comica Traxshot
The Comica Audio Traxshot is a versatile camera-mount shogun mic for DSLR/mirrorless cameras and iOS/Android smartphones with a headphone jack. It can be used to record selfies for social media, run-and-gun mobile videos, two-person interviews, stereo concerts, and more.
This all-in-one microphone has a clever dual-capsule design that lets you position the mic in the best way for your needs, whether you’re making a TikTok video or a clear video of your family vacation.
You can choose from four modes based on what kind of sound you want to record. The mic plugs into your camera’s 3.5mm TRS input or your phone’s 3.5mm TRRS headphone jack. With a dedicated 3.5mm headphone jack, you can always listen to the sound coming from the mic.
The built-in battery can last up to 20 hours and can be charged through a USB port. Wind noise is cut down by a built-in windshield, and you get two outdoor furry wind muffs and all the cables you’ll need, including the USB charging cable.
8. Joby Wavo
With features like active noise reduction, a secondary mic input for interviews, and app-based sound management from your phone, the JOBY Wavo PRO shotgun microphone is an advanced and highly flexible way to record clear and powerful speech to your camera, computer, or mobile device, whether you’re making YouTube videos, daily vlogs, or audio for indie films.
It can run for up to 60 hours on its own rechargeable battery or for as long as you want via USB. The Wavo PRO can easily be used for a week’s worth of shoots before it needs to be charged.
9. Comica CVM-VM20
With the Comica Audio CVM-VM20 camera-mount shotgun microphone, any run-and-gun videographer, mobile journalist, or vlogger can shoot on a camera or mobile device and get much better sound quality. The mic’s 3.5mm TRRS output automatically sets itself up so you can use the TRS to TRRS cable that comes with it with a smartphone, tablet, DSLR, or camcorder. And you don’t need to keep extra batteries on hand because the CVM-VM20 can be powered by its own rechargeable battery or a USB source.
The CVM-stepless VM20’s gain dial makes it easy to adjust the recording level at the mic so you don’t have to turn up the gain (and noise) on your recording device.
If rumble causes bass to build up, turn on the low-cut filter and set it to 75 or 150 Hz, depending on the situation. The included shock mount reduces noise from handling the camera, which also helps make recordings that are clear and easy to understand.