Canon EOS 6D DSLR Teardown & Review *part 1/5* Disassembly & Camera Weather Sealing WARNING
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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