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Canon EOS 6D - A Full-frame Friend

By Kevin Bruce Francisco & Alvin Soon - 3 Jan 2013

Introduction

 

Introduction

2012 is certainly the year of full-frame cameras, from the Sony RX1 to the Nikon D600 and the Canon EOS 6D. Both Nikon and Canon's cameras are the first in a new category of DSLRs: 'Entry-level' full-frame DSLR cameras that, while aren't exacting cheap, offer the most affordable way yet to get a digital full-frame camera.

Both Nikon and Canon also seem to have come at this category from different perspectives. While the D600 has a more comprehensive AF system and features like dual SD card slots, the Canon 6D comes with built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. Inside is a brand-new 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor with a single DIGIC 5+ image processor, the same processor as seen on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.

The 6D is an important camera, if not for Canon, then for the person who might buy one: It might very well be the first full-frame DSLR this person owns. While a top-tier camera like the 5D Mark III should offer little disappointment (except for the hole in your wallet), the Canon 6D is a camera built with trade-offs in order to sell at a lower price. Let's find out if those trade-offs are worth the savings.

Canon's 2012 Full-frame DSLR Cameras
   EOS 6D EOS 5D Mark III  EOS-1D X 
Megapixels (Effective) 20.2MP  22.3MP 18.1MP
Image Processor DIGIC 5+ DIGIC 5+  Dual DIGIC 5+
ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400  ISO 100 - 25,600, expandable to ISO 50-102,400 ISO 100-51,200, expandable to ISO 50-204,800
AF Points 11 points (1 cross-type) 61 points (41 cross-type) 61 points (41 cross-type)
Focusing Brightness Range EV -3-18 (at center AF point, sensitive to f/2.8 & f/5.6, room temperature, ISO 100) EV -2 - 18 (with center f/2.8 AF point, 23°C / 73°F, ISO 100) EV -2-18 (with center f/2.8 AF point, at 23°C/73°F, ISO 100)
Metering 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering 100,000-pixel RGB metering sensor and 252-zone TTL metering at max. aperture
Max. Frame Rate (Full-res)
  • Continuous shooting: Max. approx. 4.5 shots/sec.
  • Silent continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.
  • High-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 6 shots/sec.
  • Low-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.
  • Silent continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.
  • Super high-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 14 shots/sec.
  • High-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 12 shots/sec.
  • Low-speed continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3 shots/sec.
File Formats Raw (14-bit), JPEG  Raw (14-bit), JPEG Raw (14-bit), JPEG
Viewfinder 97% coverage 100% coverage 100% coverage
LCD Monitor 3-inch, 1.04 million-dots 3.2-inch, 1.04 million-dots 3.2-inch, 1.04 million-dots
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 secs, bulb 1/8000 to 30 secs, bulb 1/8000 to 30 secs, bulb
Shutter Release Cycles 100,000 150,000 400,000
Built-in Flash No No No
Flash X-sync Speed 1/180 sec 1/200 sec 1/250 sec
Max. Video Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps)
 
1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps) 1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24fps)
Video Formats MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Memory Card Slots 1 x SD slot 1 X CF slot & 1 X SD slot 2 x CF slots
Battery Life 1,090 shots 950 shots 1120 shots
Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71mm 152 x 116.4 x 76.4mm 158 x 163.6 x 82.7mm
Weight (Body) 755g 860g 1340g
Price (Body) US$2,899 (around PhP 118,424) PhP 169,998 PhP 319,998