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

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Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

17 September 2012

Photokina 2012 – Canon unveils it’s latest full-frame DSLR, the ESO 6D. This is no ordinary full-frame EOS either, it’s Canon’s lightest and smallest full-frame DSLR. But, that’s not all; the EOS 6D is also Canon’s first GPS and WiFi enable DSLR, making image sharing easier. Featuring a new 20.2 megapixel full-frame imaging sensor, 11-point AF system (1 cross-type) with sensitivity down to -3EV (that’s pretty dark!), Full HD movie recording and a Max ISO of 25,600, the EOS 6D is up against some stiff competition, such as the recently announced Nikon D600, the Sony a99, and despite it not being a full-blown DSLR, Sony’s 24.3 megapixel full-frame compact system camera, the Cybershot DSC-RX1 .

The EOS 6D slots in nicely between the 5D Mark III and the EOS 7D, at least in terms of model names; these DSLRs are designed for different target markets and budgets, and whilst the initial price of the EOS 6D may be off-putting for most enthusiasts, it is an excellent entry into full-frame photography.

Availability and Price
The EOS 6D will be available from 1 January 2013. Expected retail prices are £1,799 (body only) and £2,519 as a kit with the EF 24-105mm F4 L IS lens. Amazon are taking pre-orders, see here for details.

  • 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
  • GPS[3] records your location
  • Wi-Fi[2] file transfer and remote control
  • Full-HD video

Canon EOS 6D Full Specifications

Body Type
Body type Digital AF/AE single-lens reflex camera
Recording Media SD card, SDHC card, SDXC memory card* Compatible with Ultra High-Speed (UHS-I) memory cards.
Image Format 35.8mm x 23.9mm (Full-Frame)
Compatible Lenses Canon EF lenses (except EF-S and EF-M lenses)
Lens Mount Canon EF mount
Image Sensor
Type CMOS Sensor
Pixels Effective: Approx. 20.2 megapixels
Pixel Unit 6.55 µm square
Total Pixels Approx. 20.6 megapixels
Aspect Ratio 3:2 (Horizontal: Vertical)
Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
Low Pass Filter Fixed position in front of the CMOS sensor
Dust Deletion Feature (1) Self Cleaning Sensor UnitRemoves dust adhering to the low-pass filter.Self-cleaning executed automatically (taking 2 sec.) when power is turned on or off. Manual execution also possible (taking 8.0 sec.).(2) Dust Delete Data acquisition and appendingThe coordinates of the dust adhering to the low-pass filter are detected by a test shot and appended to subsequent images.The dust coordinate data appended to the image is used by the provided software to automatically erase the dust spots.
(3) Manual cleaning of sensor
Recording System
Recording Format Complies with Design rule for Camera File system 2.0 and EXIF 2.30
Image Format Still: JPEG, RAW (14-bit, Canon original), RAW+JPEGVideo: MOV (Image data: H.264, Audio: Linear PCM)
File Size (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)
Backup Recording N/A
File Numbering The following three types of file numbering methods can be set:(1) Continuous numbering* The numbering of captured images will continue even after you replace the camera’s card.(2) Auto reset* When you replace the camera’s card, the numbering will be reset to start from 0001. If the new card already contains images, the numbering will continue from the last recorded image in the card.(3) Manual reset* Resets the file number to 0001, and creates a new folder automatically.
RAW + JPEG Simultaneous Recording Large RAW and JPEG images are recorded simultaneously
Color Space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Picture Style Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Defined 1-3
White Balance
Settings Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten Light, White Fluorescent Light, Flash), Custom (Approx. 2,000° – 10,000°K), Color Temperature (Approx. 2,500° – 10,000°K), White Balance Correction, and White Balance Bracketing
Auto White Balance Auto white balance with the image sensor
Color Temperature Compensation Blue/amber bias: ±9 levels- Magenta/green bias: ±9 levels* Correction based on the current WB mode’s color temperature.
Color Temperature Information Transmission Provided
Type Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)
Coverage Vertical/Horizontal approx. 97%
Magnification Approx. 0.71x / 33.3°
Eye Point Approx. 21mm (At -1m-1 from the eyepiece lens center)
Dioptric Adjustment Correction -3.0 to +1.0m-1 (diopter)
Focusing Screen Eg-A II provided. Interchangeable with Eg-D and Eg-S. Incompatible with Eg-A.
Mirror Quick-return half mirror (transmission: reflection ratio of 40:60)
Viewfinder Information - AF informationAF points and focus confirmation- Exposure informationShutter speed, aperture, ISO speed (always displayed), AE lock, exposure level, exposure warning- Flash informationFlash ready, flash exposure compensation, high-speed sync, FE lock- Image informationHighlight tone priority (D+), maximum burst (2-digit display), card information

- Battery check

- Composition information

Electronic level

- Warning SymbolDisplayed if any of the following is set: Monochrome, white balance correction, expanded ISO speed, or spot metering.

Depth Of Field Preview Enabled with depth-of-field preview button
Type TTL secondary image-forming phase-difference detection system with AF-dedicated CMOS sensor
AF Points 11 pointsCenter: cross-type at f/5.6; vertical line-sensitive at f/2.8.Upper and lower AF points: vertical line-sensitive AF at f/5.6.Other AF points: Horizontal line-sensitive AF at f/5.6.
AF Working Range Center AF Point: EV -3 to 18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)Other AF points: EV +0.5 to 18 (at 73°F/23°C, ISO 100)
Focusing Modes 1) Autofocus- One-Shot AF- AI Servo AF- AI Focus AF*Switches between One-Shot AF and AI Servo AF automatically.2) Manual focus
AF Point Selection (1) Automatic selection(2) Manual selection
Selected AF Point Display Displayed or indicated by superimposed display in the viewfinder and on the LCD monitor.
AF Assist Beam 1) Enable* With an EOS-dedicated Speedlite attached, AF-assist beam is emitted automatically when necessary.2) Disable3) IR AF-assist beam only* No AF-assist beam with flash bursts.
Exposure Control
Metering Modes Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes:1) Evaluative metering2) Partial metering (center: approx. 8% of viewfinder)3) Spot metering (center: approx. 3.5% of viewfinder)4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.8 II lens, ISO 100)
Exposure Control Systems Creative Zone(1) Program AE (shiftable)(2) Shutter-priority AE(3) Aperture-priority AE(4) Manual exposure(5) Bulb(6) Custom shooting modeBasic zone(1) Scene Intelligent Auto (Program AE / non-shiftable)

(2) Creative Auto

(3) Special Scene

- Portrait

- Landscape

- Close-up

- Sports

- Night Portrait

- Handheld Night Scene

- HDR Backlight Control mode

ISO Speed Range For 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)

Shooting Mode ISO Settings
Auto (Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Close-up, Macro, Sports, Night Portrait, HDR Backlight Control mode) ISO 100–12800
Handheld Night Scene mode ISO 100–25600
Landscape ISO 100–1600
P, TV, Av, M ISO–25600*1
B ISO 400 fixed*1
With flash ISO 400 fixed*1,2,3,4

*1: It depends on [Minimum] and [Maximum] of auto ISO setting.

*2: If overexposure would occur with fill flash, the minimum ISO speed is ISO 100.

*3: Scene Intelligent Auto, Night Portrait and Handheld Night Scene modes are excluded.

*4: For bounced external flash when Creative Auto, Close-up, Landscape, Macro, Sports / P is set, automatically set between ISO 400–1600.

Exposure Compensation (1) Manual : ±5 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments(2) AEB : ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments* Manual exposure compensation and AEB can be combined.* The AEB shooting sequence will be standard exposure, underexposure and overexposure. With the self-timer, three continuous shots will be taken regardless of the current drive mode.* The number of bracketed shots: 2, 3, 5, or 7 settable with a Custom Function.
AE Lock Possible* During movie shooting, press the <*> button for AE lock and press the button to cancel AE lock (not automatically cancelled).* AE lock (cancelled automatically when metering timer is turned off) possible before movie shooting. Movie shooting can start while AE lock is set.
Type Vertical-travel, mechanical, focal-plane shutter with all speeds electronically-controlled
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/180 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
Shutter Release Soft-touch electromagnetic release
Self Timer 10-sec. or 2-sec. delay
Shutter Lag Time (1) During SW-1 ON, time lag between SW-2 ON and start of exposure: approx. 0.060 sec.(2) Time lag between simultaneous SW-1/SW-2 ON and start of exposure: Approx. 0.144 sec.* Time lag with the aperture stopped down by 3.5 stops or less (Excludes AF operation time).
External Speedlight
Flash Metering E-TTL II autoflash (evaluative flash metering and average flash metering)
Flash Exposure Compensation ±3 stops in 1/3- or 1/2-stop increments
FE Lock Provided
PC Terminal Provided
Drive System
Drive Modes (1) Single shooting(2) Continuous shooting(3) Silent single shooting(4) Silent continuous shooting(5) 10-sec. self-timer/Remote control(6) 2-sec. self-timer
Continuous Shooting Speed Continuous shooting: Max. approx. 4.5 fpsSilent continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3.0 fps
Maximum Burst Based on 8GB memory Card:JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 73 ShotsRAW: Approx. 14 ShotsRAW+JPEG Large/Fine: 7 ShotsBased on 8GB UHS-I memory card:JPEG Large/Fine: Approx. 1250 ShotsRAW: Approx. 17 ShotsRAW + JPEG Large/Fine: 8 Shots* Figures are based on Canon’s testing standards (ISO 100 and Standard Picture Style).
Live View Functions
Shooting Modes Still photo shooting and video shooting
Focusing (1) Autofocus- FlexiZone – Single* One-point, contrast AF. Switching to another AF point is possible.- Face Detection Live mode* Face detection, contrast AF. Face is selectable.- Quick Mode AF* Phase-difference AF with 11 AF points.(2) Manual Focus- Magnify the image by 5x or 10x and focus manually.
Metering Modes Real-time evaluative metering with image sensor.(1) Evaluative metering (315 zones)(2) Partial metering (approx. 11% of Live View screen)(3) Spot metering (approx. 3% of Live View screen)(4) Center-weighted average metering
Metering Range EV 0-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF 50mm f/1.4 lens, ISO 100)
Grid Display Provided (three grid displays)
Exposure Simulation Provided
Silent Shooting Provided (Mode 1 and 2)
Video Shooting
File Format MOV (Image data: MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)Audio: Linear PCM (Stereo)
File Size Recording Size:[Full HD]1920 x 1080 (30 fps/25fps/24fps):235 MB/min. with IPB compression685 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


640 x 480 (30 fps/25fps):

78 MB/min. with IPB compression

Frame Rates 1920 x 1080 (Full HD): 30p (29.97) / 24p (23.976) / 25p1280 x 720 (HD): 60p (59.94) / 50p640 x 480 (SD): 30p (29.97) / 25p
Continuous Shooting Time Based on 8GB Memory card[1920 x 1080]30 fps/25 fps/24 fps:32 min. with IPB compression11 min. with All-I compression[1280 x 720]60 fps/50 fps:37 min. with IPB compression

12 min. with All-I compression

[640 x 480]

30 fps/25 fps:

97 min. with IPB or All-I compression

* The maximum recording time is limited to 29 min. 59 sec.

Focusing (1) Autofocus- FlexiZone – Single* One-point, contrast AF. Switching to another AF point is possible.- Face Detection Live mode* Face detection, contrast AF. Face is selectable.- Quick Mode AF* Phase-difference AF with 11 AF points.- Manual Focus

1. Magnified view is not possible during video shooting.

Range Full Range (0?255)
Exposure Control (1) Program AE for movie shooting* For shooting modes other than manual exposure and bulb.* Shutter speed 1/30 – 1/4000 sec. (Signal accumulation time), aperture, and ISO speed automatically set.(2) Manual exposure* For manual exposure.* Shutter speed (signal accumulation time), aperture, and ISO speed (auto/manual) manually set. The shutter speed (signal accumulation time) is limited to 1/4000 sec. at the maximum and to 1/30 sec. at the minimum for 24/25/30 fps or 1/60 sec. or higher for 50/60 fps depending on the frame rate.
Exposure Compensation Provided (±3 stops in 1/3-stop increments)* For movies, even if exposure compensation has been set beyond ±3 stops, exposure compensation up to only ±3 stops will be applied.
LCD Monitor
Type TFT color, liquid-crystal monitor
Monitor Size 3.0-inches (Screen aspect ratio of 3:2)7.7cm diagonal (6.37cm wide, 4.25cm high)
Pixels Approx: 1,040,000 dots
Coverage Approx. 100%
Brightness Control Manually adjustable to one of 7 levels
Coating Resin cover and anti-reflection AR coating
Interface Languages 25 (English, German, French, Dutch, Danish, Portuguese, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian, Swedish, Spanish, Greek, Russian, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Romanian, Ukraine, Turkish, Arabic, Thai, Simplified/Traditional Chinese, Korean, Japanese)
Display Format Single image display- Two types of single-image full display, two types of shooting information- Index display4-image index and 9-image index- Jump displayJump 1/10/100 images, Shooting Date, Folder, Movies, Stills, or Rating* Two-image comparative display is not provided.
Highlight Alert With single-image display (Info.) and single-image display, overexposed highlight areas will blink.
Histogram Brightness and RGB can be displayed.
Quick Control Function
Items When you press the Quick Control function button under the following conditions, you can set the functions below:*The settable functions depend on the shooting mode(1) With viewfinder shooting:Shutter speed, aperture, ISO speed, exposure compensation, AEB, flash exposure compensation, Wi-Fi®, Picture Style, white balance, white balance correction, Auto Lighting Optimizer, Custom Controls, AF operation, AF point selection, Drive mode, metering mode, and image recording quality.(2) During playback:Image protect, image rotate, rating, RAW image processing, resize, highlight alert, AF point, and image jump with mode dial.
Image Protection and Erase
Protection Erase protection can be applied/canceled for a single image, all images in a folder, or all images in the card.
Erase Erase single image, erase selected images, erase all images on folder, erase all images in a card, or erase only unprotected images.
Direct Printing
Compatible Printers PictBridge-compatible printers
Printable Images RAW and JPEG images complying to Design rule for Camera File System* Movies cannot be printed.
DPOF: Digital Print Order Format
DPOF Complies to DPOF Version 1.1
Direct Image Transfer
Compatible Images Not Provided
Custom Functions 20 Custom Functions
Custom Controls The following camera controls can be customized by assigning the desired function: Shutter button halfway pressing, AF-ON button, AE lock button, Depth-of-field preview button, Lens AF Stop button, SET button, Main Dial, Quick Control Dial, and Multi-controller
My Menu Registration Up to six top-tier menu options and Custom Function settings can be registered
USB Terminal For personal computer communication and direct printing (USB 2.0 Hi-Speed)
Video Out Terminal (1) AV stereo OUT terminal: NTSC/PAL selectable(2) mini-HDMI OUT terminal (Type C)
Power Source
Battery One Battery Pack LP-E6- With the AC Adapter Kit ACK-E6, AC power is possible.- With Battery Grip BG-E13, two battery packs (LP-E6) can be used. Or six AA-sized/LR6 batteries can be used
Battery Life 1) Camera Body Only:

Shooting Method Temperature Possible Shots
Viewfinder Shooting At 73°F / 23°C Approx. 1090 shots
At 32°F / 0°C Approx. 980 shots
Live View Shooting At 73°F / 23°C Approx. 220 shots
At 32°F / 0°C Approx. 190 shots

*With a fully charged battery pack LP-E6. Based on CIPA testing standards.

2) With Battery Grip BG-E13:

Shooting Method Battery Temperature Possible Shots
Viewfinder Shooting LP-E6 x 1 Same as (1)
LP-E6 x 2 At 73°F / 23°C Approx. 2130 shots
At 32°F / 0°C Approx. 1900 shots
Size AA/LR6 Alkaline Batteries At 73°F / 23°C Approx. 480 shots
At 32°F / 0°C Approx. 140 shots
Live View Shooting LP-E6 x 1 Same as (1)
LP-E6 x 2 At 73°F / 23°C Approx. 420 shots
At 32°F / 0°C Approx. 360 shots
Size AA/LR6 Alkaline Batteries At 73°F / 23°C Approx. 110 shots
At 32°F / 0°C Approx. 24 shots

*With a fully charged battery. Based on CIPA testing standards.

Battery Check Automatic battery level check when power is turned ONBattery level indicated in six levels.*1,2,3*1 Battery level displayed on LCD panel and in viewfinder.*2 Battery information can be checked with the [Battery info.] menu.*3 If Battery Grip BG-E13 is used with size-AA/LR6 batteries, the battery level is displayed in four levels instead.
Power Saving Power turns off after the set time of non-operation elapses* [Auto power off] settable to 1 min., 2 min., 4 min., 8 min., 15 min., 30 min., or disable
Date/Time Battery Built-in secondary batteryWhen battery is fully charged, the date/time can be maintained for 3 months. Requires about 8 hours to fully recharge the backup battery.
Start-up Time Approx. 0.1 sec. (Based on CIPA testing standards)
Dimensions and Weight
Dimensions (W x H x D) Approx. 5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 in./ 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm
Weight Approx. 26.7 oz. / 755g (CIPA standard)Approx. 24.0 oz. / 680g (Body only)
Operating Environment
Working Temperature Range 32-104°F/0-40°C
Working Humidity Range 85% or less

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

Canon EOS 6D elevated view

Canon EOS 6D elevated view

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 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 wide-angle 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 in-camera, 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
  • GPS[3] records your location
  • Wi-Fi[2] 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 electronics
[4]In accordance with CIPA guidelines (690g body only)

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