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Canon announced their new “entry level” full frame DSLR today. It’s the Canon EOS 6D and it goes head to head with Nikon’s new D600. The EOS 6D has a 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor, 1080p HD video at 30fps, ISO to 25600 (and expansion to ISO 102400), 4.5fps continuous shooting and a new 11 point AF system. Also, in what I think may be a first for DSLRs, the EOS 6D has built in Wi-Fi and GPS. With Canon’s other full frame DSLRs you need the Wi-Fi and GPS accessories, which currently will cost you $945 or so on top of the price of the camera. For an introductory price of $2099, the EOS 6D has them built in! The Wi-Fi will enable a smart phone or tablet to connect to and operate the 6D via a free app which Canon will provide.
The EOS 6D breaks new ground in being based on SD memory rather than CF memory. This is the first Canon full frame DSLR which doesn’t use CF cards. SD cards are significantly less expensive and are now fast enough that only the very fastest DSLRs need the extra speed which CF cards can provide.
In keeping with Canon’s prior practice, the full frame EOS 6D does not have a built in flash. None of Canon’s full frame DSLRs have had a built in flash, though all of the current APS-C DSLRs do. While a built in flash has limited performance, it can be better than nothing and, more importantly, it can be used to wirelessly control external speedlites. It’s a shame the 6D doesn’t have one.
All in all though, the EOS 6D looks like a winner. It certainly appears to significantly outperform the EOS 5D MkII , which I assume Canon will drop from their lineup.
Josh Root says:
Over the past decade, most people would probably consider Canon to be, if not at the head of the pack, then surely one of the DSLR leaders. But 2012 has been something of a tough year for a company that previously had a long string of hits. Production delays for the 1Dx, LCD light leeks in the 5D MkIII, well received cameras from Nikon, mirrorless system cameras taking market share and if not lukewarm then somewhat underwhelming reception for Canon’s own belated entry into that segment.
But that is all set to change. With the introduction of the new EOS 6D full frame DSLR, Canon is about to clear the bases. As Dave Niehaus used to call for the Seattle Mariners, break out the rye bread and mustard Grandma, it’s grand salami time!
Seriously, I’m actually pretty stoked for this camera. I predict that Canon is going to sell a pile of 6D bodies. The specs are good, the compact size is a plus for many, the price is right. Yeah, in some ways it is a 5D MkII in a new body. But be honest here, how many people do you know who have become limited by their 5D MkII? Very few. And of those, haw many do you know of who have issues that won’t be solved with the D6’s improved AF, improved ISO, and faster processor? Almost none I’ll bet. And that doesn’t even get to the 6D’s other improvements, be they mundane (LCD) or groundbreaking (built in wifi and smartphone control apps).
I’ll admit, I’ve been lured over pretty completely by the mirrorless system forces for my everyday shooting. But a camera like the 6D might be just the thing to free my “L” glass from its ‘camera closet’ prison on a regular basis. I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this camera, and I say that as a photographer, not just as a guy that runs a photography website. Which isn’t something that I get to claim very often. Good job Canon.