Canon launches full-frame EOS 6D
In a last gasp announcement before the bi-annual photo & imaging fair that is Photokina Canon has launched the EOS 6D. I can’t remember an announcement so close to the start of the fair in many years, normally they come in the week before the fair or even earlier. It seems that you’ll have to wait to get one as it’s not shipping until late in 2012.
EOS 6D 144.5mm x 110.5mm x71.1mm EOS 60D 144.5mm x 105.8mm x 78.6mmThere’s been a lot of love for full-frame and finally Canon has the EOS 6D, with a brand new full-frame 20.2MP CMOS sensor in a super compact body, look how big the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens looks on the pictures. Canon Japan compares the camera to the EOS 60D and whilst the EOS 6D body is slightly taller, it is the same width and actually thinner than the EOS 60D.
- Canon Japan
ISO range is the same as the EOS 5D Mark III with ISO 50 through to 102,400 available with all the ISO expansion activated. AF is also new with 11-points and capable to focussing in EV -3, about the same as moonlight. It’s not too slow, 4.5 frames per second is often enough for a lot of users and keeps it distanced from the EOS 5D Mark III.
Slower flash sync speeds!
Canon’s website in Europe doesn’t have a specification sheet yet so I checked out Canon Japan‘s. Here I found one small issue – for me – the shutter speed is maxed out at 1/4000s and for flash the sync speed is 1/180s. So if you are regularly fighting with daylight using your Speedlite then maybe you will need to go elsewhere.
WiFi and GPS
The EOS 6D is also the first EOS camera to have built-in WiFi and GPS, meaning it can automatically tag pictures with location data and send them right from the camera. Since the GPS also has the route tracing feature then you better get some spare batteries, which fortunately are the LP-E6 used in the EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 5D Mark III, EOS 7D and EOS 60D.
Canon even has a new EOS Remote app for Android and iOS users coming. The EOS Remote allows review of images from the camera – it could be in your bag and you can still see the images on the card. But it also works as a full remote so you can set the camera settings and use Live View right from your mobile device.See more about EOS Remote
Canon Europe Press release
Enter the full-frame world: Canon unveils its smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR – the EOS 6D
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 lightest[*] DSLR 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-Fi[**] and GPS[***] 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 wide-angle 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 in-camera, 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 770g[****], 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
- GPS *** records your location
- Wi-Fi ** file transfer and remote control
- Full-HD video