Canon 6D – What’s inside?


Canon 6D. This is the cheapest full frame
DSLR from Canon. Let’s take a look inside and see how cheap this thing really is. I’ll
also show you how the weather sealing looks like inside of this camera, parts quality,
how it all works together, and all of the usual stuff.
The user interface is snappy and fast, I rather like it. What I also like from the user’s
point of view, is this multi-controller thing. It’s so nice and effortless, the more expensive
canon 5D Mark 3 or Canon 1 DX or Nikon D4 all have a joystick type of switch from Alps,
yes, they all use the same internal part, which I personally find rather annoying to
use. This one is not of the best quality and it does get a bit loose overtime, but still
I think it works great. I also like some other minor features, but
I bet you’re not watching this video for my user experience opinions, it’s a complete
teardown, so let’s get to it. Okay, so as always, I get rid of all accessories,
memory cards, eyepieces, straps, batteries, rubber grips and move on from here. Rubber
grips are usually much easier to remove from Canon cameras than from Nikon ones.
The major downside of this particular model, for most people I think, is that it has only
11 focusing points. And only the center one is cross type. So after playing with it for
some time today I can tell you that the center focusing point is excellent even in very low
light, the outer ones not so much. The bottom cover, as you can see, is made
of thin plastic. And it’s a bit of elastic, fantastic type.
So far, when it comes to weather sealing, there are no seals at all. There are seams
instead. Which is a specific shape on the edges that supposedly prevents some liquid
and dust from getting in. So, for example, this large opening here by the lens release
button, there 2 small pieces of sponge over here, but will they prevent any liquid from
getting inside? Hmm…. Same thing about the rear cover, no seals, just seams.
Top cover. There are 2 tiny modules hidden inside, one of them is GPS and the other one
is Wi-Fi. Top cover is made of plastic and it has to be, because otherwise the signal
wouldn’t be able to get in or out from these modules.
All covers in cameras are either made of metal or they are metallized from the inside to
shield electronic parts against EMI or RF signals coming from the outside world that
could cause some problems, but around these modules here, there is no metallization at
all. Which is exactly what you expect to see. Okay, so that’s how canon 6D looks like
without covers, nothing unusual, looks quite good so far.
Mainboard. The only thing I don’t like about these U-shaped boards is that they are very
delicate at the junction point. On the other hand, there are only connectors located on
this very flexible part. No major components anywhere close to it like BGA chips. This
one is far enough. BGA chips are not flexible at all, so over time they could separate from
the board. It shouldn’t be a problem here. Bottom board. Also very thin and flexible,
not too many parts on it, especially in the middle.
CMOS sensor. In many DSLR’s these days, including this one, CMOS sensors are adjustable
by screws. There are springs under these 3 Torx screws. So by turning them you are changing
the distance between the sensor surface and the lens mount. It’s super important, to
measure the position of the sensor before removing it or before touching these screws.
And it has to be a very precise measurement. If you don’t do it, it’s almost impossible
to put it back together and have it focusing properly without Canon tools and software.
I mean, there are some hacks to calculate the correct position and make it focusing
somewhat properly, but really, it’s a big pain.
I’ll make a video someday about this measurement and exactly the tools you need and everything
that’s necessary. Okay, so I have my measurements on a piece
of paper, I double checked and I’m sure they are correct. So now I can safely remove
this sensor, without worrying about anything. This is how it looks like when removed from
a camera. And here you can see the springs. Let’s move on and remove the whole mirror
box. Here is the mirror box. The shutter looks
quite solid, it’s not the 5D Mark 3 and definitely not Canon 1 DX type, but still
it looks pretty good. I know it can be kind of hard for you to see the difference for
now, because you have no comparison, but I’ll show you many of them soon.
Okay, so we have all major parts disassembled. So let’s take a look. Plastic versus metal
parts in Canon 6D. So overall, there are only 2 magnesium alloy parts within this camera.
It’s the front and the rear cover. All other parts are plastic, all side covers, the bottom
one, the top cover is plastic. And the mainframe is a typical plastic one with a metal insert,
which is very typical for all cheaper DSLR’s, nothing wrong with that. And the mirror box
is totally made of plastic. Some of the shutter parts are metal and they look quite solid.
Also some of the small parts inside of the mirror box are metal and very solid. I will
show it to you soon. Now, weather sealing. There are no seals of
any kind, just seams, as you could see a couple of minutes ago. But on the other hand, all
of these covers fit quite tightly. Which is pretty nice, it’s not that easy to achieve
with magnesium alloys. So this is good, there are seams, they should prevent at least some
dust and some moisture from getting in. I think they did put some effort to make these
parts fit so tightly. No seals on the top cover, none on the rear
cover, nothing on the mainframe – anywhere close to the battery door, for example. And
also, the side covers have no seals whatsoever. Well, actually there are 2 pieces of sponge
on the card door cover that you can see from the outside without disassembling this camera.
But don’t confuse them with seals, these are not seals. These are just pieces of sponge
to keep the card door from being lose and from making weird sounds while you’re handling
this camera, which can be very annoying. So the manufacturer, I think they call this
camera being drip proof or something like that. Which is technically correct, this camera
could survive a couple drops of water without major problems, most likely. But would I leave
this camera out exposed to rain for example? Well, definitely not. On the other hand, I
don’t trust even the best ones like Canon 1 DX or Nikon D4, I just don’t trust them,
I think this whole weather sealing marketing stuff is a big BS, and I’m saying this from
my experience, working on many cameras. For the amount of money you pay for this one,
it’s quite reasonable. I would still appreciate some cheap pieces
of sponge here and there, just to make it a bit better. But still, I think, it’s quite
okay. The next part is going to be about the top
and rear cover…

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