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Canon 20.2MP EOS 6D Full-Frame Wi-Fi DSLR Camera First Look Review by PR

2012-09-18 07:03 | Source
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After the announcement of the full-frame Nikon D600 DSLR, Canon finally announces a full-frame DSLR camera with a similar price-point, the EOS 6D. The 20.2 Megapixels CMOS sensor 6D features a DIGIC 5+ processor (same as 5D Mark III), 3-inch 1.04-million dot LCD screen, 4.5 fps continuous shooting (slightly lower than 5D Market III's 6 fps), 63 metering zones, auto-focus as low as EV -3, ISO range of 100 to a high of 25600 (extended to ISO 50 and 102,400), a UHS-1 SD card slot, and built-in WiFi and GPS functionality. The camera no longer accepts CompactFlash card slots. 

About GPS, the 6D geotags every photo taken on the camera, includes a Coordinated Universal Time stamp, and lets users see a photo map that shows an exact route between all your shots. While Canon has offered Wi-Fi and GPS accessories before, having these features built-in should offer a much simpler experience. The 6D comes with a major upgrade to the autofocus system. While its 11 autofocus points and single cross-type sensor are far fewer than what's in the 5D Mark III, the 6D autofocus sensor is the most sensitive sensor in low light the company has ever built. Borrowing from the 5D-series, the 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-frame or IPB compressions with embedded timecode. The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera will be sold in a body-only configuration for $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 for $2,899.00. Both configurations will be available in December 2012. Here's the summary of first look preview by PhotoReview Australia:

"The 35.8 x 23.9 mm, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor is a brand new chip. It's coupled to the same DIGIC 5+ image processor as is used in the EOS 5D III. Consequently, the 6D can offer the same sensitivity range as the 5D III, covering ISO 100 to ISO 25600 in the auto and manual adjustment modes and offering expansion to L (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 51200) and H2 (ISO 102400). Like other EOS cameras. the 6D supports both CR2.RAW and JPEG capture and can record raw files in three sizes and also RAW+JPEG pairs. The table below provides a guide to typical file sizes for 3:2 aspect ratio images. Continuous shooting is available at up to 4.5 frames per second (fps) for up to 1250 full-resolution JPEGs or up to 17 RAW images in a single burst with a UHS-I certified SDHC or SDXC card.

The rush to produce an 'affordable' full-frame DSLR will be welcomed by keen photographers everywhere. Sony took the lead with its SLT-A99 which sits more comfortably in the 'pro' category and is likely to be too highly priced for most enthusiasts. Enthusiasts' eyes are more likely to fall upon the Nikon D600, which was unveiled late last week, and now Canon's EOS 6D. Nikon appears able to have its cameras in stores before either Sony or Canon. The SLT-A99 is scheduled for release in early November, which Canon buyers will have to wait until the beginning of December to get their hands on an EOS 6D. The camera choice for individual buyers will be influenced considerably by pre-existing alliances. If you already have a suite of lenses you'll need a powerful incentive to swap systems and it's difficult to see any powerful reasons to make such a swap on the basis of the information currently available. To some degree, the prices of these three cameras reflect their overall build quality; the Canon and Nikon models aren't in the same class as the Sony A99, which is more solidly built, right down to its shutter mechanism. That doesn't say there's anything wrong with the build quality of the Canon and Nikon cameras; it just not quite up to professional standards. If you're not tough on gear, these bodies will be just fine. Any of these cameras should allow a competent photographer to produce excellent A2-sized prints. And, for photographers who like such features, they all come pre-loaded with 'creative' functions that include dynamic range controls, picture styles and filter effects. They are also compatible with a wide selection of lenses and other accessories."

ModelEOS 6DEOS 5D Mark IIID600
StyleDigital SLRDigital SLRDigital SLR
LCD Screen3.2-inch TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor 1,040,000 dots3.2-inch TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor with Approx. 1.04 million dots Coverage Approx. 100% Approx. 170 degree vertically and horizontally3.2-inch approx. 921k-dot (VGA), low-temperature polysilicon TFT LCD with approx. 170-degree viewing angle, approx. 100% frame coverage, and automatic monitor brightness control using ambient brightne
Memory CardsSD card, SDHC card, SDXC memory card * Compatible with Ultra High-Speed (UHS-I) memory cards. CF Cards (Type I); Compatible with UDMA CF cards; SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory CardsSD (Secure Digital) and UHS-I compliant SDHC and SDXC memory cards Slot 2 can be used for overflow or backup storage or for separate storage of copies created using NEF+JPEG; pictures can be copied between cards
Resolution(1) Large: Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5,472 x 3,648) (2) Medium: Approx. 8.9 megapixels (3,648 x 2,432) (3) Small 1: Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2,736 x 1,824) (4) Small 2: Approx. 2.5 megapixels (1920 x 1280) (5) Small 3: Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480) (6) RAW: Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5,472 x 3,648) M RAW: Approx. 11.0 megapixels (4,104 x 2,736) S RAW: Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2,736 x 1,824)(1) Large: Approx. 22.10 Megapixels (5760 x 3840) (2) Medium: Approx. 9.80 Megapixels (3840 x 2560) (3) S1 (Small 1): Approx. 5.50 Megapixels (2880 x 1920) (4) S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280) (5) S3 (Small 3): Approx. 350,000 Pixels (720 x 480) (6) RAW: Approx. 22.10 Megapixels (5760 x 3840) (7) M-RAW: Approx. 10.50 Megapixels (3960 x 2640) (8) S-RAW: Approx. 5.50 Megapixels (2880 x 1920) Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.FX format (36x24): 6,016 x 4,016 (L), 4,512 x 3,008 (M), 3,008 x 2,008 (S) DX format (24x16): 3,936 x 2,624 (L), 2,944 x 1,968 (M), 1,968 x 1,312 (S) FX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 6,016 x 3,376 (L), 4,512 x 2,528 (M), 3,008 x 1,688 (S) DX-format photographs taken in movie live view: 3,936 x 2,224 (L), 2,944 x 1,664 (M), 1,968 x 1,112 (S)
File FormatsStill: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEG Video: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)Still Image: JPEG, RAW (14-bit Canon Original), M-RAW, S-RAW, RAW+JPEG, M-RAW+JPEG, S-RAW+JPEG Video: MOV (Image data: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC; Audio: Linear PCM)NEF (RAW): 12 or 14 bit, lossless compressed or compressed JPEG: JPEG-Baseline compliant with fine (approx. 1:4), normal (approx. 1:8) or basic (approx. 1:16) compression (Size priority); Optimal quality compression available NEF (RAW)+JPEG: Single photograph recorded in both NEF (RAW) and JPEG formats Video File format MOV (H.264/MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding)
Focal LengthN/AN/AN/A
Shutter Speed1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/180 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.) 1/8000 to 1/60 sec., X-sync at 1/200 sec. 1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.) * Shutter speed's control range can be set with a Custom Function.1/4,000 to 30 s in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV, bulb, time (requires optional ML-L3 Remote Control), X200
ISO SensitivityFor Stills: Manual setting range of ISO 100-25600 (expansion possible to ISO 50, ISO 51200 and 102400) in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments) ISO 100-25600 (in 1/3-stop or whole-stop increments) ISO speed expansion possible to ISO 50, 51200, and 102400. For [Highlight tone priority], the settable ISO speed range will be 200-25600. ISO speed safety shift possible with Custom Function.ISO 100 to 6400 in steps of 1/3 or 1/2 EV; can also be set to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7 or 1 EV (ISO 50 equivalent) below ISO 100 or to approx. 0.3, 0.5, 0.7, 1 or 2 EV (ISO 25600 equivalent) above ISO 6400; auto ISO sensitivity control available
White Balance SettingsAuto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Custom (Approx. 2,000 - 10,000K), Color Temperature (Approx. 2,500 - 10,000K), White Balance Correction, and White Balance Bracketing (1) Auto (AWB) (2) Daylight (3) Shade (4) Cloudy (5) Tungsten light (6) White fluorescent light (7) Flash (8) Custom (Custom WB) (9) Color temperatureAuto (2 types), incandescent, fluorescent (7 types), direct sunlight, flash, cloudy, shade, preset manual (up to 4 values can be stored), choose color temperature (2,500 K to 10,000 K); all with fine-tuning
Flash ModesE-TTL II autoflash (evaluative flash metering and average flash metering) E-TTL II autoflash with all EX Series SpeedlitesAuto, auto with red-eye reduction, auto slow sync, auto slow sync with red-eye reduction, fill-flash, red-eye reduction, slow sync, slow sync with red-eye reduction, rear-curtain with slow sync, rear-curtain sync, off; auto FP high-speed sync supported
Flash RangeN/AN/AN/A
Shooting ModesAuto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3 * Scene Intelligent Auto will set [Auto] automatically. * [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1-3] Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3 * Scene Intelligent Auto will set [Auto] automatically. * [Standard] is the default setting for [User Def. 1-3] Standard, Neutral, Vivid, Monochrome, Portrait, Landscape; selected Picture Control can be modified; storage for custom Picture Controls
Maximum Movie Resolution[Full HD] 1920 x 1080 (30 fps/25fps/24fps): 235 MB/min. with IPB compression 685 MB/min. with All-I compression [HD] 1280 x 720 (60 fps/50fps): 205 MB/min. with IPB compression 610 MB/min. with All-I compression [SD] 640 x 480 (30 fps/25fps): 78 MB/min. with IPB compression1920 x 1080 (Full HD), 1280 x 720 and 640 x 4801,920 x 1,080; 30p (progressive), 25p, 24p 1,280 x 720; 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p Actual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively; options support both high and normal image quality
Maximum Movie Frames Per Second1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p 1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p 640 x 480 (SD): 30p (29.97) / 25p[1920 x 1080]: 30 fps / 25 fps / 24 fps [1280 x 720]: 60 fps / 50 fps [640 x 480]: 30 fps / 25 fpsActual frame rates for 60p, 50p, 30p, 25p, and 24p are 59.94, 50, 29.97, 25, and 23.976 fps respectively
Maximum Movie DurationThe maximum recording time is limited to 29 min. 59 sec. If the recording time reaches 29 min. 59 sec., the movie shooting stops automatically.Approx. 29 min. 59 s (20 min. depending on frame size/rate and movie quality settings)
Macro FocusN/AN/AN/A
MeteringMax. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes: 1) Evaluative metering 2) Partial metering (center: approx. 8% of viewfinder) 3) Spot metering (center: approx. 3.5% of viewfinder) 4) Center-weighted average metering Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes: (1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points) (2) Partial metering (center, approx. 7.2% of viewfinder) (3) Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder) AF point-linked spot metering not provided. (4) Center-weighted average metering Matrix: 3D color matrix metering II (type G and D lenses); color matrix metering II (other CPU lenses); color matrix metering available with non-CPU lenses if user provides lens data Center-weighted: Weight of 75% given to 12-mm circle in center of frame; diameter of circle can be changed to 8, 15 or 20 mm, or weighting can be based on average of entire frame (non-CPU lenses use 12-mm circle or average of entire frame) Spot: Meters 4-mm circle (about 1.5% of frame) centered on selected focus point (on center focus point when non-CPU lens is used)
Image StabilizationNoNoNo
Self Timer10-sec. or 2-sec. delay 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay2 s, 5 s, 10 s, 20 s; 1 to 9 exposures at intervals of 0.5, 1, 2 or 3 s
Video Out (TV Playback)(1) AV stereo OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable (2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal (Type C)(1) Video OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable (2) HDMI mini OUT terminalHDMI output Type C mini-pin HDMI connector
BatteriesOne Battery Pack LP-E6 One Battery Pack LP-E6One EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
Dimensions5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 in./ 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0 in. (152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4 mm )141 x 113 x 82 mm/ 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 in.
Weight24.0 oz. / 680g (Body only)30.3 oz./ 860g760 g/1 lb 10.8 oz
Release Date2012-09-172012-03-022012-09-13

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CNET UK - May 03 2013
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