Canon 6D Full-Frame DSLR Announcement

Canon has just announced its latest DSLR and a direct competitor to the already highly popular D600. The Canon EOS 6D offers a new 20.2 megapixel full-frame sensor, 11-point autofocus system with one cross-type sensor, 3.2″ 1.04 million dot screen and 4.5 frames per second. According to Canon, 6D is similarly sized as it’s sister, APS-C sensor EOS 60D, and it sure look similar – add a taller prism and take pop-up flash compartment. Use of old autofocus system might not sound too good, but Canon promises it’s their most sensitive AF system to date (which should probably include 1DX and 5DIII), offering reliable AF in -3EV (moonlight). The 6D also boasts in-build GPS and WiFi capability.

Canon EOS 6D

Nasim will prepare a thorough review as soon as he has enough experience with the camera, so stay tuned!

Canon EOS 6D top


  1. Sensor: 20.2 MP CMOS
  2. Sensor Size: 36 x 24mm
  3. Resolution: 5472 x 3648
  4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-25,600
  5. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  6. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 51200, 102400
  7. Processor: Digic 5+
  8. White Balance presets: 6
  9. Dust Reduction: Yes
  10. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  11. Body Build: Magnesium Alloy with Plastic top plate
  12. Shutter: 30s-1/4000s
  13. Storage: 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC slot
  14. Viewfinder Coverage/Magnification: 97%/0.71x
  15. Speed: 4.5 fps
  16. Metering Modes: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Partial
  17. Metering Sensor: 63-Zone Dual Layer
  18. Built-in Flash: NO
  19. Flash sync speed: 1/180s
  20. Autofocus options: Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, via Live View
  21. Autofocus System: 11-point with one cross-type (center point), sensitive down to -3EV
  22. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 1,040,000 dots
  23. Video capabilities: h.264 with mono mic and speakers, manual controls, 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
  24. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  25. GPS/WiFi: built-in/built-in
  26. Connectivity: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI Mini, WiFi (built-in), remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6
  27. Battery Type: Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
  28. Weight: 770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz) with battery
  29. Price: $2099 body only

Official Press Release

Here is the official Canon 6D press release:

Enter the full-frame world: Canon unveils its smallest and lightest full-frame DSLR – the EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D front

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(1) 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(2) and GPS(3) 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 wideangle 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 incamera, 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(4), 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
  • GPS3 records your location
  • Wi-Fi2 file transfer and remote control
  • Full-HD video
  • 1 Correct at time of issue, according to Canon research (17 September 2012)
    2 Wi-Fi support varies by device and region
    3 GPS use may be restricted in certain countries or regions. Use of GPS should comply with the laws and
    regulations of the country and area in which it is being operated including any restriction on the use of
    4 In accordance with CIPA guidelines (690g body only)


    1. 1) Quang
      September 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

      Hi Roman,

      Do you have any information regarding the pricing ??


      • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 1.1) Romanas Naryškin
        September 17, 2012 at 8:44 am

        Hello, Quang.

        Yes, it’s priced exactly like the Nikon D600 – at $2099 body only. I’ve updated the article.

    2. 2) Stefan
      September 17, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Canon’s ugliest DSLR with “disabilities”.
      I didn’t expect such desperate move from Canon.

      • 2.1) Dilbert
        September 17, 2012 at 9:15 am

        Hey Stefan,
        Stop beating around the bush!
        Can you tell us how you really feel?

        • 2.1.1) Stefan
          September 17, 2012 at 9:51 am

          I just said it….
          Nothing can make me buy such camera – I would prefer D600 for stills and GH3 or A99 for video anytime!
          The only thing is if you’re a Canon shooter and have APS-C sensor camera and bunch of lenses, want to upgrade, but don’t want to spend a fortune for 5DMIII or 1D-X, then I can understand the purchase.
          But even then I would feel not quite happy.
          Canon can do better, I expected better… well not this round.
          Not that I care much…

    3. 3) Prakash
      September 17, 2012 at 9:13 am

      Nikon D600 looks even better now.

      • 3.1) Luis C.
        September 17, 2012 at 9:23 am

        Oh yes it DOES!!!

    4. 4) Raghav
      September 17, 2012 at 9:34 am

      Oh dear someone bring Canon back to their senses :( Looks like the 6D is going to boost the sales of 5D2 rather than its own! Ancient AF, poor bracketing… Wifi & GPS. Looks like a confused model which is over priced.

    5. 5) Nion
      September 17, 2012 at 9:40 am

      This “competitive release” of Canon 6D will help to boost the sell of Nikon D600. This is because the slightest cloud that has developed since release of D600 regarding it’s “specs vs price” issue will now completely clear off ( I’m not counting the stupid price of Sony RX 1 in this game ).

    6. 6) BenCK
      September 17, 2012 at 1:08 pm

      So why can Canon build wi-fi and gps into a low end full frame camera like the 6D and not the professional 1D-X? Same goes for Nikon’s D4. Surely professional photographers have a use for wi-fi, such as sports photographers who want to transmit from the sidelines instead of transmitting from the photo work room.

    7. 7) Ricky Banturd
      September 17, 2012 at 3:14 pm

      So, I’m trying to get my face around this body – and where does this better that D600 of the Nikon? Nowhere?

      Not a single area, maybe some like Canon’s range of lens better – but at push, surely that is it?

      If after more hands on time, the Nikon man is as good as or better than the Canon image wise, at high ISO speeds, surely this camera is “straight to video”.

      • 7.1) St.
        September 17, 2012 at 5:29 pm

        watch this, especially the end….

      • 7.2) Randall
        September 17, 2012 at 7:14 pm

        The Canon autofocus is brand new and it may be “only 11 points” but it is VERY sensitive EV from what I have read. It also fills more of the frame then the d600. I bet when its reviewed this will be one of the areas where it does better. I think both cameras will be great but they will each have their strengths and weaknesses.

    8. 8) tj
      September 17, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      3″ not 3.2″

      • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 8.1) Romanas Naryškin
        September 18, 2012 at 1:07 am

        Official specs state 3.2″, tj.

    9. 9) Stefan
      September 18, 2012 at 9:53 am

      The Canon guy says 3″, but the same resolution as MIII

    10. 10) Anjali Dxiit
      November 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm

      Hi Roman ,

      This is going to be my first ever DSLR camera buy. i m sure of buying Cannon only. Please suggest whether 6D will be a good choice over 5D Mark II .

      • Profile photo of Romanas Naryškin 10.1) Romanas Naryškin
        November 26, 2012 at 4:23 am

        Hello, Anjali!

        In all fairness, I’d just get the Mark II. 6D has the same sensor in a stripped-down body for more money – 5D II now goes for $1799, read here for direct links –

        I fail to see anything 6D offers over 5D II, unless you need wi-fi and gps. I’d take a better build quality and ergonomics any day, personally. You may think differently.

        • 10.1.1) Anjali Dxiit
          December 3, 2012 at 2:35 am

          Thanks Romanas … that was helpful.

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