WebMoniker: I've been waiting and salivating on the rumours about this camera for months and Canon have in my mind blown it. A FF prosumer camera should have an in built flash. End of story. Absolute deal breaker for me. What were you thinking of? I don't think I can be bothered waiting for the next 'improvement' to the range. I want an affordable FF DSLR with in built flash and I think I know where I can get it!
That's what wi-fi is for. Using built in flash as a trigger is a workaround and not optimal when your setup doesn't require direct light.
Amtext: I had my 7D stolen in March, have been using an old, beat-up Nikon since then and was anxiously awaiting what Canon would release so I could spend the insurance money that's dying to be spent. Would love to go FF and thought the 6D would be it but.... no. No fill flash is a deal breaker for me, slower frames per second a huge disappointment, and the layout - more like a 60D - not appealing since I'm used to the 7D, though this is not a deal breaker. As for fewer auto-focus points, it remains to be seen, but it sure seems underwhelming on first glance. (I never had any problems with the 7D's auto focus.) The 6D is a huge disappointment on paper. Nice though they are, I don't really care about GPS and WiFI. I'm leaning toward replacing the 7D and am even tempted by the 5D MK II (and welcome any advice) given the appealing prices for each,
I've always been disappointed with on camera flash. Either my L lenses are too big and block the light, or the ISO I'm shooting at (for NO flash photography) results in washed out pics. Plus - unless you're shooting outdoors, adding flash introduces a second (or third) color temp into my photos. AND... that flash depression in the camera introduces a place for water to collect when it rains. Nope. Don't need on camera flash.
Richard: Not sure why they keep mentioning the D600. The D600 resolution, feature set compete with the 5d3, not the 6d. The 6d is a 2007 digital rebel with a FF sensor. The D600 is a modern camera with higher resolution, FPS, and pro like features. This camera should have been called Rebel XTFF.
The Rebel XTFF is exactly what I'm looking for! Weather resistance, -3EV, Wi-Fi, and GPS are added bonuses!
Alec_c: Canon is, with clear determination, offering as less as possible.Was looking for years to replace my old 40D and felt cheated with every new apparition: 50D with low IQ, 60D with cheapened and crammed construction, not mentioning the crap IQ due to too many pixels and AA filters, 7D balancing a great construction and set of features with the incredible low IQ , similar to 60D. And now this ... poor IQ, cut to bone features, stupid GPS and WiFi and cheap and harder to operate controls.I'll be voting with my pocket - Canon will still not see any of my money. What makes me really angry is this bleeding of consumers trapped by lenses in their universe. And lack of hope ... these vampires got their strategy worked out and will, likely, stick to it.
Alec_c, are you actually a photographer? Or do you work for Consumer Reports? What kind of sports photographer uses all focus sensors at once, leaving the exact focus point up to chance? Who actually needs more than once cross type sensor if they're not using AUTO DOF settings? What kind of Pro or advanced amature uses AUTO-anything???
I'd be willing to bet that 99% of the whiners on this site are spec-nerds and crappy photographers. "Canon let me down"... gimme a break. No great photographer would claim that their success is a result of the great cameras they use. If that was the case, all it would take to be a great photographer is $6000.
jackpro: Untethered event photography in low light direct to facebook is the new market segment, Canon have produced the perfect camera for that. SD cards are cheap, The camera is similar priced to the MKII with better low light, Interchangeable focus screens is that an option? 97% coverage viewfinder is fine for run & gun work, lighter for hand held is always better. I am not sure that Canon have stumbled at all. GPS tagging has been wanted as well. People who make money out of event photography will be quietly pleased. Occasional sport shooters may still need the MkIII. I see a lot of wedding shooters who use the occasional prime as being very interested as well. Sure Nikon have some great cameras but the lens market for Canon is so much bigger with second hand lenses a plenty as amateurs switch brands .
"Occasional sport shooters may still need the MkIII."
Do you mean "people who occasionally shoot sports might need the 5D MKIII"? Or a few sports shooters might need the 5DMkIII? That's an awful amount of cash for the occasional sports shooter (which I consider myself as)... I've been shooting sports occasionally for years with a crappy XTi, and the 6D seems like a perfect upgrade for indoor sports. Full frame, extended ISO, cross type focus point in the center where it's needed.
Nigel Wilkins: Well, assuming IQ will be as good, & I can see no reason why it wouldn't be, I'll be trading my 5DII in for a 6D as soon as I can for 3 reasons. 1. I'll be able to use my iPhone to focus & compose (especially useful when using a TS-E lens at low level on a tripod). 2. SD cards instead of CF cards...they slot straight into my laptop...no wires necessary. 3. GPS to geotag photos...so I can remember where I've been! Other improvements for me are single use buttons for ISO, drive mode etc., so I don't have to remember which wheel to turn, & a better button layout on the back for ease of use in the dark.As far as IQ is concerned, I really don't need better than what I have now...in my experience, you get much better IQ improvements by using better lenses.
I'm with you here. I'd buy the 6D for the GPS and WI-Fi alone. I'm upgrading from an XTi with NO crosstype focusing sensors. My AF focus point has been glued to the center point for years, and I've had no problem shooting sports that way. The 6D will be a huge leap ahead if the center point is cross type and capable of -3EV. Add to that Full Frame, and extended ISO range (the XTi is ISO 100-1600 only!) and weather... resistance... and I'll be in camera heaven. My only sadness is that my ef-s 10-22 lens won't work on it, but that's a minor inconvenience.