Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Canon News: EOS 6D DSLR Announced

After the usual speculation, wish-lists and leaked specs, Canon have now confirmed their 'entry-level' full-frame DSLR is called the 6D:

Canon have dropped it between their APS-C (crop) DSLR 7D and their full-frame magnificent 5D Mark III.  Compared the latter, inevitably Canon have kept the specification lower, especially around things which are important to wildlife photographers, like the auto-focus system and frames per second.  On paper at least, it therefore doesn't compare that favourably to the recently launched Nikon D600.

Here is a little more info on the 6D:

  • 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
As you'll notice, a couple of new things are included - Wi-Fi and GPS, features which will inevitably be included in most cameras (from smartphones to professional ones) in the coming 18-24 months.  The Wi-fi option is of potential interest in that it's compatible with a new Android and iOS app which allows the camera to be controlled remotely.  There's more information on that here, (interesting to see a 7D referenced in the screen shots too). 

I'm yet to see official prices for the 6D in the UK, but I believe it will also be available with the 24-105 IS lens, so there's still life in that lens for a while longer!

More details of the 6D can be found here.