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Canon EOS 6D – New Release!

Canon have just announced a very exciting new DSLR to join the EOS family – The Canon EOS 6D. A Full Frame DSLR with some mighty features that will get you all excited. Canon lovers have been expecting the launch of this camera via rumors at this years Photokina event and Canon have just officially announced.

On first feel of the camera the one thing that really stands out is how lightweight the magnesium body is. At around 700grams it definitely is one of the lightest full frame DSLR bodies on the market, surprisingly it actually weighs in less than the 60D. It’s also been noted by Canon as the “World’s smallest and most lightweight model equipped with a full frame CMOS sensor”.

Stepping into full frame photography just got a whole lot more accessible, when looking at Canon’s other full frame DSLR the EOS 5D MarkIII you’re looking at having to spend well in excess of $3K for the body but rumor has it that the 6D will hit the market at around the $2.5K mark, admittedly you won’t be getting all of the bells and whistles of the 5D MkIII however it’s still a very impressive camera and for the price tag this really opens up many for the opportunity of full fame photography.

Balancing of features is why Canon have been as popular as they have been over the years, every detail of the 6D has been weighed against each other and they have really created a beautiful photography history with this camera. “The new EOS 6D completes a well-rounded ecosystem of Canon imaging devices from input through to output, allowing us to provide the right combination of features and performance to a broader group of enthusiast photographers,” says Chris Macleod, Brand Manager  – Canon EOS, Canon Australia. “The EOS 6D opens up the advantages of Full-Frame photography to a less involved audience by offering an easier-to-use Full Frame camera in a more compact and lightweight body, meaning they can upgrade with ease and enjoy the benefits of Canon Full-Frame photography.”

Building on the qualities that made the EOS 5D Mark II camera so successful, the new EOS 6D  bridges the gap for budget-minded photographers who are eager to step up into the world of Full Frame imaging. Canon has coupled the incredible image quality of a newly designed 20.2 Megapixel Full Frame CMOS Sensor and DiG!C 5+ Image Processor, with the creative potential of built-in Wi-Fi 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.  The true enthusiast will enjoy features such as HDR Mode and Multiple Exposures and with the addition of GPS your photos will always be Geo Logged so that you know where that shot was taken in the future.

Positioned between the EOS 7D and the EOS 5D Mark III, the EOS 6D offers an advanced feature set including full manual options for creative control in addition to new and intuitive automatic settings to help budding photographers capture great images. Among the many advancements in Canon’s new EOS 6D is the proprietary DiG!C 5+ Image Processor, which powers the camera’s fast 14-bit analogue-to-digital conversion for exceptionally smooth colour tones and gradation. The 20.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting up to 4.5 frames per second (fps) for up to 1250 IX full-resolution JPEGs or up to 17IX RAW images in a single burst.

Photographers 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-frame or IPB compressions with embedded time code. Especially when used with large aperture lenses, the EOS 6D’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.

For the ultimate in DSLR connectivity and control, the EOS 6D features a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter which allows the camera to share images and video with the user’s choice of Wi-Fi-enabled devices such as PowerShot cameras, smartphones, as well as cloud-based destinations including social networking .  The EOS 6D is also capable of direct wireless printing to Wi-Fi enabled printers such as the new PIXMA PRO-100 or PRO-10 Professional Inkjet Printers. A very intuitive and useful Wi-Fi enabled 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 6D. This seamless connection and control will open new opportunities for photographers to without the need for tethered operation or accessories.

For on-location shooters, landscape photographers or enthusiast photo travellers, the EOS 6D features a built-in GPS receiver to record longitude, latitude, elevation and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) as EXIF data for seamless geo-tagging while shooting. The GPS attributes 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.

The EOS 6D Digital SLR camera will be sold in a body-only configuration and in a kit version with Canon’s EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens. Both configurations are expected to be available from the beginning of December, 2012.

To check out the Canon Remote app that controls the EOS 6D click here.

Specification List;

  • 20.2 Megapixels
  • ISO 100-25600
  • Full HD Movie Recording
  • DiG!C 5+ Image Processor
  • 4.5 Frames Per Second Shooting
  • 11 AF Points
  • 63-Zone Dual-Layer Metering Sensor
  • EOS Scene Detection System
  • Handheld Night Scene Mode
  • HDR Mode
  • Multiple Exposures
  • Creative Auto and Special Scene Modes
  • Low-intensity Limit EV-3
  • Built-in WiFi
  • Built-in GPS
  • EOS Remote Smartphone App
  • SD Card Compatible

Accessories to suit;

  • Over 60 EF Lenses
  • Battery Grip BG-E13
  • AC Adaptor Kit ACK-E6
  • Hand Strap E2
  • Angle Finder C
  • E Series Dioptric Adjustment Lenses
  • Car Battery Charger CBC-E6
  • HDMI Cable HTC-100
  • Canon EX-series Speedlites
  • Remote Controller RC-6
  • Timer Remote TC-80N3
  • Remote Switch RS-80N3
  • Wireless Controller LC-5

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