After toying with the EOS-M at the Canon launch yesterday, we also had the chance to get to know the company’s newest full-frame DSLR, the EOS 6D.
The 6D is probably the smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR that Canon has ever made, being nearly half as big as its fellow full-framer, the 5D Mark II. The 6D is also Canon’s first EOS camera to feature built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. According to Canon, the 6D is marketed towards those who want a mid-range full-frame DSLR that’s light and compact for better portability.
The 6D packs a 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor, and an 11-point AF system with a single cross-type sensor. It hosts a DIGIC 5+ image processor, which performs up to three times faster than DIGIC 5, making low-light shooting easier. The 6D even has a Handheld Night Scene mode, which helps users take a perfect night shot by rapidly snapping four shots and automatically compositing them into one. It also has an HDR Backlight Control mode, which employs a similar technique, for shooting dark subjects against a strong backlight. Additionally, the 6D also has a creative shooting mode that allows you to merge multiple exposures into a single image. The native ISO range is 100 to 25,600, but the expansion settings allow a broader range of 50 to 102,400.
The 6D shoots at a maximum of 4.5fps in burst mode. It can also record videos in Full HD at up to 30fps, and 720p at up to 60fps. Plus, it comes with a stereo mic jack for enhanced audio.
A 3.2-inch, 1.04 million dot ClearView LCD (larger than that of the 5D Mark II) can be found out back. It supports an LP-E6 battery type, the same one that’s used by the 5D Mark II and III, 60D and 7D.
As mentioned, the 6D has built-in Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities—something new in the high-end camera market—which is why Canon has come up with an iOS and Android app called the EOS Remote, which enables the smartphone’s screen to double as the camera’s live view screen.
No word yet on the price, but Canon promises that the 6D will soon be available—that’s good news for those who are looking to upgrade their cameras.