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Canon EOS 6D, Time to Square Off With the Nikon D600 in the Entry Level Full Frame Camera Ring

Canon Fires Back, the EOS 6D Entry-Level Full Frame DSLR

Photokina is here, and expect tons of camera news in this coming week! After weeks of speculation, wait, more like years since the 5D Mark II came out, Canon officially has an entry-level full-frame DSLR, the Canon EOS 6D.

A week after Nikon announced it’s own entry-level full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D600, Canon fans have been waiting for a counter-punch since the rumor of having a $2,000 full-frame DSLR have been floating since 2010.

Canon EOS 6D, Let the Model Cannibilization Begin!

It must be tough for the camera manufacturers, as technology improves and demand increases, the differences between model to model for DSLRs are getting slimmer by the day. Yet the prices are just dropping like flies and now the full-frame sensor is THE GAME in town.

At this price point, the Canon EOS 6D will surely eat into the Canon EOS 5D Mark III’s sales figure by quite a bit, especially those upgrading from their Rebels and other APS-C bodies.

The flagship 1D series already doesn’t have the same “glamour” and wow-factor as it did 5 years ago due to the incredible performance and resolution of the 5D series and the top-end APS-C camera like the EOS 7D.

The new Canon EOS 6D has a brand new 20.2MP sensor, and it’s not the same one as the 5D Mark III, nor the 1DX, all chucked into a body close to the EOS 7D’s size. The rear LCD will be a 3.2″ 102K dot screen with touch screen function.

It also shoots 4.5 frames per second and utilizes the current Digic5+ sensor, which makes it a decent wedding camera and allows Canon to continue having just one full-frame offer for the serious action/sports photographer, the EOS 1DX.

In addition, it’s also a weather-sealed body though Canon’s definition of “weather sealed” in their non-1D bodies have always been kind of ambiguous compared to Pentax and Olympus.

The Canon EOS 6D strangely uses SD card storage only and not Compact Flash, despite the huge file requirements of HD video capture on a high-megapixel camera.

The Canon EOS 6D also sports built-in WiFi & GPS, further making it social sharing friendly as well as making lives easier for on-site photo sale venues such as weddings and events.

The auto-focus system isn’t as robust as the current EOS 5D Mark III nor even the EOS 7D, but higher than any xxD series in the past. With 11 AF Points, f/2.8 Cross-type in the center, it is a new AF sensor which has not been used in other Canon EOS DSLR. However, the AF points are still clumped tightly near the center of the frame.

Canon EOS 6D Press Release

London, UK, 17 September 2012 – Canon today unveils its latest EOS DSLR for serious photography enthusiasts – the EOS 6D. A similar size and weight to the EOS 60D, the EOS 6D is the world’s lightest1DSLR to feature a full-frame CMOS sensor, making it ideal for travel, portrait and landscape photographers. The model creates a new entry point into Canon’s full-frame line-up, and is perfect for those who want greater control over depth of field, or to maximise the impact of shooting with the EOS system’s extensive range of wide-angle EF lenses.

The EOS 6D combines a powerful, full-frame imaging system and superior low-light performance with a compact, robust and lightweight design. For the first time in any EOS model, Wi-Fi2 and GPS3 connectivity are included, empowering photographers to capture stunning images on the move, tag them with location information and wirelessly transfer them to a computer, the cloud, or smartphones.

Incredible images in all conditions 
Benefiting from 25 years of EOS innovation, the EOS 6D features a newly-designed 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that allows photographers to produce poster-sized prints, or to crop into their shots with no compromise in quality. A native ISO range of ISO 100-25,600 (extendable to 50-102,400) also makes capturing crisp, natural shots in near darkness easier than ever before.

A new 11-point AF system also offers the strongest low light performance of any Canon AF system to date. With focusing down to EV-3, the equivalent of moonlight, subjects remain in-focus in even the most challenging lighting conditions – offering the freedom to shoot landscapes or portraits at night and capture the true atmosphere of the scene with minimal noise.

Explore your creativity to the full 
The inclusion of a full-frame sensor offers greater control over depth of field in portraits, allowing photographers to easily isolate their subjects with attractive background blur. With the EOS 6D, photographers can now also explore the full potential of their wideangle EF lenses to capture every detail of a sweeping landscape, with models ranging from 8mm to 800mm. Additionally powerful DIGIC 5+ image processing offers a host of automatic modes and creative shooting features, complementing full manual controls to offer total flexibility to a wide range of users.

The EOS 6D is full of advanced features to assist photographers in capturing outstanding quality landscapes and portraits. HDR mode enables the capture of both highlights and low lights in tricky lighting conditions, while Multiple Exposures allows photographers to combine up to nine separate exposures into a single image incamera, creating a dramatic effect in the final picture. A silent drive mode offers a more subtle option for shooting candid portraits or weddings, and a single axis electronic level accessed through the viewfinder or via the LCD screen, ensures that horizons are level during image composition.

Built for sharing 
The first ever EOS to feature integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS 6D enables photographers to share their work immediately after shooting. Images can be wirelessly transferred to external storage devices, uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or printed wirelessly using a Canon Wi-Fi enabled printer. Alternatively, movies and images can be viewed on DLNA-enabled HDTVs – enabling high-quality, big-screen viewing. By wirelessly connecting to a smartphone, photographers can also remotely control the camera, adjusting shooting settings and focus before remotely triggering the shutter and viewing the captured image.

Using the EOS 6D’s integrated GPS, images can be tagged with location data as they are shot. Travellers can also build a more complete record of their trip by using the GPS logger function to track their route, which can be displayed using the supplied Map Utility software

Robust, intuitive design 
Measuring just 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm and weighing 770g4, the EOS 6D is the most compact full-frame EOS DSLR ever manufactured. Its dust and drip-proof, part magnesium body offers robust protection and an intuitive button layout for easy control. Photographers can also view their shots in stunning detail and with natural colours on the large, high-resolution 7.7cm (3.0″) Clear View LCD screen, which features an enhanced anti-glare design to permit viewing in bright sunlight and at extreme angles.

A new Battery Grip BG-E13 provides additional power for extended shooting, while also making it easy to shoot both vertically and horizontally. When used with two LP-E6 batteries, the battery grip offers double the number of shots, and it can also be used with AA batteries for added convenience and flexibility.

EOS 6D – key features

  • Full-frame 20.2 Megapixel sensor
  • Tough, lightweight construction
  • Max ISO 25,600 (expandable to ISO 102,400)
  • 11-point AF sensitive down to -3EV
  • GPS3 records your location
  • Wi-Fi2 file transfer and remote control
  • Full-HD video

1 Correct at time of issue, according to Canon research (17 September 2012)
2 Wi-Fi support varies by device and region
3 GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and
regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of
4 In accordance with CIPA guidelines (690g body only)

Canon EOS 6D specifications

Body type
Body type Mid-size SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy, polycarbonate top plate
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array RGB Color Filter Array
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
File format
  • JPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW (14bit, Canon original RAW 2nd edition)
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp by optional dedicated Speedlite
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 102,400
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 97 %
Viewfinder magnification 0.71×
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot shoe)
Continuous drive Yes (4.5 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
  • H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes 1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI Mini)
Wireless BuiltIn
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Splash and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)
Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS BuiltIn
GPS notes Image tagging and tracking modes


Price is announced at $2,099, which makes it goes head-to-head with the Nikon D600 announced a few days ago, and they’re expected to drop under $2,000 mark when it finally hits the shelves (after the initial frenzy that’ll drive prices up, of course).

As good as this trend is, I still think that full-frame DSLRs should hover near the $1,800 range. Maybe next year, until then,  let the sub-2,200 full frame digital cameras set the trend, it’s on!

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