Canon unveils ‘smallest, lightest’ full-frame DSLR
EOS 6D imaging system optimised for maximum light range
Canon Middle East this week unveiled its latest EOS DSLR, the EOS 6D, which it says is the world's lightest DSLR to feature a full-frame CMOS sensor.
A similar size and weight to the EOS 60D, the EOS 6D creates a new entry point into Canon's full-frame line-up, and is aimed at photography enthusiasts 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 full-frame imaging system and high-end low-light performance with a compact, robust and lightweight design. For the first time in any EOS model, according to Canon, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity are included, allowing on-location tagging of captured images with map information and the wireless transfer them to a computer, the cloud, or smartphones.
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) is designed to make capturing crisp, natural shots in near darkness easier than with earlier models.
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 are said to remain in focus in even the most challenging lighting conditions, offering the ability to shoot landscapes or portraits at night and capture the true atmosphere of the scene with minimal noise.
The inclusion of a full-frame sensor is said to offer greater control over depth of field in portraits, allowing photographers to isolate subjects with customised 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 optimum flexibility to a wide range of users.
The EOS 6D is equipped with a range of advanced features to assist photographers. HDR mode enables the capture of both highlights and lowlights in awkward 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.
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.