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Canon’s EOS 6D is Amazing Balance of Features & Price

April 12, 2013

Canon responded with an announcement of its own price-conscious full frame DSLR, the EOS 6D. And just like that, a new market segment was born: the mid-range full frame DSLR. It was only a decade ago that full frame DSLR performance was limited to those with pockets deep enough to spend $7999 on the 11MP Canon EOS 1Ds. And while the barrier to entry has dropped considerably since then, for many potential buyers, the most-talked about feature of the EOS 6D may well be its price. It debuts at $1400 less than the company’s standout EOS 5D Mark III.

⚫ What makes the Canon 6D stand out is builtin WiFi connectivity and GPS image tagging, combined with terrific image quality, in a Digital SLR form-factor.

⚫ As the full frame DSLR market grows ever-more crowded though – Canon, Nikon and Sony each offer at least two full frame models – the appeal of the 6D may well rest on things like handling and feature set. While Canon obviously needs to maintain clear distinctions between the 6D and the pricier 5D Mark III, the challenge is to offer enough incentive for current EOS owners who lack a substantial lens investment to resist the similarly priced and slightly higher-resolution Nikon D600.

⚫ And as is Canon’s wont, they have opted for the allure of familiarity and consistency. The EOS 6D is perhaps best understood as a full frame version of the popular EOS 60D – indeed it’s very similar in both control layout and dimensions. While slimmer front-to-back, and lighter than the Nikon D600, the 6D primarily seeks to distinguish itself on the spec sheet with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS, a ‘silent’ shutter mechanism and, according to Canon, unprecedented low-light focusing sensitivity. Whether this combination will be enough to satisfy enthusiasts who’d appreciate the D600’s distinctly higher spec’ed autofocus system, dual card slots and built-in flash remains to be seen.

⚫ "If you’re an EOS shooter eyeing the 6D as a more affordable alternative to the 5D Mark III, even as a second backup body, Canon has made your decision fairly straightforward. Still image quality aside, the concessions you’re forced to make for the significant cost savings are substantial. A slower burst rate, less sophisticated AF system with smaller coverage area, and moirΓ©-prone video headline the list of compromises. And while we can understand Canon’s desire to keep the camera’s price down, other seemingly arbitrary decisions, like the inability to save HDR raw images and a DOF preview button whose location is much less useful than it could be, smack solely of product differentiation….."

⚫ Canon EOS 6D key specifications

⚫ 20.2MP full frame CMOS sensor
DIGIC 5+ image processor
ISO 100-25600 standard, 50-102800 expanded
4.5 fps continuous shooting
‘Silent’ shutter mode
1080p30 video recording, stereo sound via external mic
11 point AF system, center point cross-type and sensitive to -3 EV
63 zone iFCL metering system
97% viewfinder coverage; interchangeable screens (including Eg-D grid and Eg-S fine-focus)
1040k dot 3:2 3" ClearView LCD (fixed)
Single SD card slot
Built-in Wi-Fi and GPS
Single-axis electronic level

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  1. As I have a Zeiss N that can convert to EOS, I’ll go for the Canon 6D, my first digital after a Zeiss Velvia life. According to another ‘expert’, more pixels at these numbers means nothing, as superb large blow-ups have been made with 5 pixels. If that is the case, then Nikey is just pushing consumer-exciting numbers to grab custom,, which is not cricket.

    In any case the Nikey seems to have a dirt-on-the-sensor problem, something greasy that appeared on many D600s after some use. It shows up as specks on the photo, especially noticeable on the sky. That needs the cam. to go back for pro cleaning. They think its coming from the mirrotr motor. Its assembled in Thailand,but I dunno if that has abything to do with it. They build many good thiings here! That’s why I switched to EOS, even after many years of reliable Nikey use for film, on a second body.

    • Do you have a question for me?

    • I was a Nikon guy for 20 years, the film years, and switched to Canon 15 years ago with the Digital revolution. Canon, Nikon and Sony are all very good. However, all things considered, Canon is best in my opinion. I have lots of professional friends that camera is best which is fine.

      To your other point, there is more to picture quality than the number of pixels. The processors and image rendition algorithms used to create the picture are the magic behind the curtains.

      As to lenses, this component is what the subject light passed through, certainly VERY important. The very best glass is where to be, and Zeiss is legendary. Otherwise I have Canon L lenses. Thanks for your comments. JimW.

    • Once you get to 18-22 million pixels, you are there for 35mm resolution. For medium-format resolution, needed for 600dpi larger format Architectural Magazines for example, then 35-50 million pixels are needed. Recall that a full resolution 8″x10″ 300dpi print needs 7.2 million pixels… The math is simple, 300dpi equates to 90,000 dots in 1 square inch. An 8×10″ print contains 80 square inches. 90,000 x 80 = 7,200,000 dots (as each image pixel creates a Printed Dot).

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