The nascent full-frame prosumer digital DSLR market got a little more crowded this morning when Canon introduced its own small-size full-framer: the 20.2-megapixel Canon EOS 6D digital SLR. The announcement of the Canon 6D, which comes the day before the photokina imaging show in Cologne, Germany is set to kick off, follows closely on the heels of Nikon debuting its 24.3MP, D600 FX-format (aka full-frame) DSLR for photo enthusiasts last week.
The Canon EOS 6D will be priced nearly identically to the Nikon D600 at $2,099. However, while the Nikon camera is expected to go on sale this week, the Canon 6D will not ship until December.
We just arrived in Cologne for photokina and hope to take a look at the Canon 6D (shown in the upper right with an optional battery grip) later this afternoon. For now, here’s a rundown and official press release, on Canon’s new full-frame prosumer model.
Canon EOS 6D Preview
If the Canon 5D Mark III is too big or too expensive for your tastes, Canon has launched a smaller full-frame alternative: the 20.2-megapixel EOS 6D ($2,099, body only). The 6D is 20 percent lighter than the 5D III, weighing in a just over 24 ounces (body only).
While it looks very similar to its stablemate, the 6D’s about 7mm shorter in height and a few millimeters thinner. To help create this slimmer profile, the 6D has no built-in flash.
Along with being a full-frame DSLR, the 6D offers built-in WiFi and GPS functionality. It also features a brand new autofocus system with 11 focusing points and one cross-type point in the center; and Canon’s tried-and-true iFCL 63-Zone dual layer metering system. The camera is powered by a Digic 5+ image processor and can fire off 4.5 frames per second in continuous mode.
The individual pixels on the 6D’s newly developed CMOS sensor are slightly bigger than the 5D Mark II at 6.55 microns, which should help this camera perform well in low light. ISO range is expandable to 50-102,400.
According to Canon, the 6D’s sensor is a full stop more sensitive in low light than any previous EOS model. The camera has a 3-inch Clear View 1,040,000-dot resolution flat (aka non-articulating) LCD screen on back with 100% coverage and an optical viewfinder with 97% coverage.
The 6D’s video skills are on par to the 5D Mark II, with 1080p HD shooting at 24, 25 and 30fps; a choice between ALL-I or inter frame (IPB) compression; time code; and manual audio and exposure controls. The 6D’s built-in WiFi is 802.11 B/G/N capable with a range of 100 feet.
For its built-in GPS, the 6D records longitude, latitude, elevation and universal time code and has GPS logging function. The 6D is built with an aluminum chassis inside but the outer body is made of polycarbonate, making it touch less sturdy than the magnesium alloy-bodied 5D III