Canon Announces the Full Frame EOS 6D

Canon Announces the Full Frame EOS 6D

Here it is Canon faithful: the Canon 6D! We've been hearing a lot about what this camera could be, the rumored specs, and the possible pricing for the past couple months, and that all became real this morning. The Canon 6D is packed with a whole lot to love, 20.2 megapixel, ISO range from 100-25600, Digic 5+, 11-point AF, and a 3-inch LCD all at a price that we were anticipating yesterday: $2099 USD.

From the Press Release:

Canon U.S.A., Inc. introduced the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera, a versatile mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave. Canon has coupled the incredible image quality of a newly designed 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor with the creative potential of built-in Wireless and GPS features. The camera also includes an 11-point AF array and 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor together with 1080p Full HD video capabilities, in an affordable camera body. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D Mark II camera so successful, the EOS 6D bridges the gap for budget-minded photographers, videographers and cinematographers who are eager to step up into the world of full-frame imaging.

"The introduction of this camera completes a well-rounded ecosystem from input through output for Canon, allowing us to provide the right combination of features for every level of photographer. We believe the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera along with our new PIXMA Pro printers will help unlock the creative vision of so many who aspire to capture and display their artistic abilities," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Designed for advanced amateurs and videographers making the move to a full-frame Digital SLR, the EOS 6D fits neatly into Canon's professional imaging system with an advanced feature set including full manual options for creative control in addition to new and intuitive automatic settings to help even novice photographers capture great images. The camera's construction helps meet the needs of professionals with a 100,000-cycle shutter durability and EOS Integrated Cleaning System for high-quality vibration-based dust removal. Among the many advancements in Canon's new EOS 6D is the Company's proprietary DIGIC 5+ Image Processor that powers the camera's fast 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion for exceptionally smooth color tones and gradation. The camera offers a full-frame, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting up to 4.5 frames per second (fps).

Thanks to the combination of its new CMOS image sensor and the powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor, the EOS 6D provides a wide ISO range from 100-25600 with a low setting, L: 50 and two high settings, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400. These outstanding low-light capabilities allow the EOS 6D to easily capture dimly lit scenes such as wedding ceremonies, indoor corporate events, or landscapes at dusk. To support the ample sensitivity of the new camera's sensor, the EOS 6D camera's Auto Focus (AF) system includes a newly-developed 11-point AF sensor featuring a high-precision center cross-type point with an exceptional EV -3 sensitivity rating for accurate focusing even in extremely low-light conditions.

The EOS 6D has a large 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with 1,040,000 dot VGA resolution and 170 degree viewing angle, with high-transparency multicoating for maximum protection and clarity when viewing images or navigating menu screens. When used for Live View shooting, the camera's bright high-performance LCD screen provides 100 percent coverage, for easy focusing and framing.

Full-Frame 1080p Full HD Video
Videographers, student filmmakers, and creative independent spirits will appreciate the full-frame video capabilities of the EOS 6D in an affordable and compact body. Borrowing from the best of the EOS 5D-series, the EOS 6D provides full manual control over exposure and audio levels while recording video. The camera features NTSC and PAL video modes at multiple frame rates, recording 1080p at 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps, 720p at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps and standard video at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. The camera provides up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording (with 4GB automatic file partitioning) in selectable All i-framei or IPB compressions with embedded timecode. Especially when used with large aperture lenses, the EOS 6D camera's full-frame sensor offers a tremendous degree of creative control over depth-of-field, helping users to achieve pro-quality cinematic effects in Full HD video recordings.

Built-in Wireless and GPS
For the ultimate in DSLR connectivity and control, the EOS 6D features a built-in wireless transmitter which allows the camera to share images and video with the user's choice of wireless devices such as select PowerShot cameras, smartphones, or tablets, as well as cloud-based destinations including social networking sites through the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYii iii. A very intuitive and useful wireless feature is the new, free Canon EOS Remote app available for iOS and Android systems which will allow a smartphone or wireless device such as a tablet to remotely connect, control and operate the connected EOS 6Div. This seamless connection and control will open new opportunities for professional photographers shooting weddings or remote wildlife, without the need for tethered operation or accessories.

For on-location shooters, landscape photographers or enthusiast photo travelers, the EOS 6D features a built-in GPS receiver to record longitude, latitude, elevation and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as EXIF data for seamless geo-tagging while shooting. The GPS coordinates are appended to each image and easily syncs with Canon software or mapping apps on social network sites to show image locations. Use of UTC data allows images to be chronologically mapped and trails plotted and recorded.v

Boundless Creativity
To help photographers unlock their full creative potential and explore all the different avenues of digital photography, the EOS 6D includes several creative modes for image capture. First is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode allowing the camera to capture three separate exposures and combine them in-camera for a stunning image capturing both enhanced shadow detail and bright highlights. Next is the camera's Multiple Exposure mode where users can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for later computer post-processing. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera's LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 6D will even allow photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image. In addition to HDR and Multiple Exposure modes are Canon's standard Scene Intelligent Auto and special scene modes to capture great images with ease. The camera is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards including the new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards.

Pricing and Availability
The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,099.00 and it will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $2,899.00. Both configurations are expected to be available in December 2012.

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For you guys who want to see 6D performance for video :

no headphone jack... ridiculous...  not in 2013

I agree... Headphone jack is pretty important to me. 

Hmmmm... I like the wifi, but man, the 5dii is $1899 on BH right now and it's STILL an awesome camera!!

5dmkiii or the 6D??

Looks like a good camera at a decent price point. Missing the headphone-out is looks a bit limited, except for those using external sound-mixers etc.. Being on Nikon I enjoy using the multiple exposure capabilities, but the ones Canon just introduced seem a step ahead ok (Nikon being automatic exposure calculations).
This also seems like a D600 killer to me.

most video shoots ive been on that use dlsr's are using separate audio like a zoom h4n type setup so its not really necessary to hear what the camera captures (other than reference audio)

Is the D600 overpriced now!? Ha!

The majority of DSLR cameras come out at a premium. Don't worry about that, look at where the tech will be in a year. The 7D, at least in the UK came out for £100 less than this at launch. It's nice to see that larger format cameras will, eventually, work their way down into lower priced and budget cameras.
This will pose a difficulty for anyone buying APS lenses for the Canon system though, I have a feeling that the EF-S mount will be phased out rather unceremoniously a few years (not next, so don't worry :P) or so down the road.

It's interesting that they're pushing into this with their SLR cameras, as they'll be seeing camera phones eating the lunch of their low end. Mirrorless was the first wave of consumerisation of these larger sensors and a strong sign of what needs to happen for the camera manufacturers to stay afloat in a rapidly changing business environment.

It's becoming obvious that soon, phone cameras will be past that point where people even bother to buy a compact camera and if you want something with a bit more, a lot of people will be looking for a lot higher quality than simply going for a point and shoot. This can be combatted by raising the bar on the sensors in compacts. You can see it now, with things like the G1X, larger sensors will trickle down to smaller, more consumer focused cameras. You can see this in where Panasonic is pushing their GF series of cameras. 

Eventually, you'll have m4/3 or APS-C sized sensors in compacts that grandmothers will buy. That will be quite a tipping point for photography, and amateur photography in general but more importantly, you won't have to be a professional or fork out thousands on something to give you a quality (DOF, but yes, I do know that sensor tech already kicks films low light, etc) that was expected from a camera even as close as the late 90s.

So, with this and the D600 released and that nice looking Sony full frame compact too, it's easy to get caught up in being pessimistic about where the technology is right now, it's not where the puck is that is the important thing, it's where it's going. Where it's going is going to be great fun.

Also, nobody but those making money from their camera should buy a camera at launch. They always drop. This camera looks like it will drop exactly the same way as the rest of the digital market has for the last decade.

The RRP is just that, the RRP. There's always a street price.

Am I suppose to be impressed by this camera? I can't help but feel let down.

Getting rid of the multidirectional button and putting it inside the wheel like the 60d is a deal breaker for me. I thought this would be a great backup to my 5d MarkIII, but going back and forth between 2 cameras that have 2 different ways of utilizing functions would just mess me up.  Love the idea Canon but you made this is the amateurs more in mind than the professionals.  My 7d will just have to stick around. 

You know, I don't have an issue personally switching between the two different multidirectional buttons. I like the toggle joystick, but putting it in the wheel isn't bad either. However, I understand what you're saying. I equate it to switching between a Canon and Nikon body. Just feels different (albeit to a far lesser degree).

cheap awesome camera i will get one !

Disappointed that it does not have an articulating screen like the 60D. Although that feature is only useful in a fraction of still shots, it's incredibly helpful for video!

The one feature that will really prevent me from purchasing this, is the lack of a pop-out screen. I use it to get unique angles in lifestyle settings CONSTANTLY.

Canon, put articulating screens in all of your bodies please!

29 minutes of constant recording is a helpful feature, making this a lot more applicable for doc work than the 5d or 7d. As for photos, it's nice to see a full frame at this price point, but I'd rather have a used 5Dmk2 cheaper.

well..   it DOES have a FF sensor...   :-)

I'm in a bit of a pickle, can someone please help me. Do I get the 5d mkiii or do I  wait for the 6D or do I stick with the 5d mkii?? 

stick with the 5d mkii?? 

Stick with the 5dii, it takes amazing images.  If you need to upgrade go for the Phase One. =)  If you're gonna upgrade then UPGRADE!  hahaha

Wish it was CF not SD :(

Loses to D600 in every spec that matters.

Loses to D600 in every way that matters.

6D has fewer focus points, less FPS, lower resolution and's a Canon.

Missing Headphone jack, deal breaker for me 

Will it drive the EF-M lens autofocus?

continuous autofocus that is.

I don't get it... cheap awesome camera= 5dii for $1899 right now, why would anyone pick this one over the 5dii?  I'm confused.  Someone help me out. =P

Same thinking. Maybe the only thing is the Wifi and GPS, These are good features. You can use it with your iPad outside. (hopefully)