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Just Posted: Hands-on Canon EOS 6D preview

By dpreview staff on Sep 17, 2012 at 08:00 GMT
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Just Posted: Our hands-on preview of Canon's enthusiast-grade full frame DSLR, the EOS 6D. The 6D features a newly-developed 20.2MP CMOS sensor and a magnesium alloy body. To distinguish it from the more expensive 5D Mark III, the 6D features a simpler, 11-point AF system with a single cross-type focus sensor. It also features a smaller, 97% coverage viewfinder. What do these, and a handful of other, omissions mean for the 6D and how to it match up to Nikon's D600? Read our hands-on preview to find out.

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Total comments: 590
By lost_in_utah (Sep 17, 2012)

Yawnnnnn. This boring camera is putting me to sleep. Goodnight!

By technic (Sep 17, 2012)

a mild refresh of the nearly five year old 5D2, with magnesium alloy shell and higher framerate. Very disappointing, Canon again proves they have very little innovation and are good at milking the market with yes another flavor of old technology 20MP or so FF DSLR. Even at $2000 this can't be competitive (a used 5D2 is less than $1000).
They could at least have tried to offer a really compact/light DSLR with tilt screen, and why cripple the AF on such an expensive camera? Nikon must be having a field day, again.

By sodacan (Sep 17, 2012)

Well uhum, going to a next gen lower tier camera rarely brings you many new things. The follower to 5D2 is 5D3. Also there's more to panels than just the megapixel count and this 20MP seems like a new unit, or is it used somewhere?

I probably take over 99% of my shots using the center AF-point so there are users out there that are less interested in the AF-point count and more interested in how that center point works. It's advertised to work better in low light conditions than the "competition". Speaking of focusing, interchangeable focusing screen is a must for fast lenses.

What's disappointing is that it doesn't have USB 3.0 but only USB 2.0; I would had seen that as a advantage over a huge amount of AF-points. Though I suppose Wifi partly covers this.

The screen is also semi-disappointing. I mean it's a bit sharper than the one in D600 but I would had loved to see Canon's touch system in it, and kind of expected it to tilt.

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By PerL (Sep 17, 2012)

Great news for photographers. Now we have a new market segment and competitive pressure will bring down prices and maybe get Pentax and others in the "FF for the people" race.

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By Prestidigitator (Sep 17, 2012)

What do you care, you're a Nikon shooter.

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By rhlpetrus (Sep 17, 2012)

PerL is right, both Canon and Nikon will need to adjusty prices, they are a bit too high at launch. I'm happy, going for the D600 (likely) hope prices drop quickly.

By Lea5 (Sep 17, 2012)

When the price is not too high, it is a nice camera for someone who want's to upgrade from APS-C to FF.

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By Marcin 3M (Sep 17, 2012)

Available Nov 2013.

By brendon1000 (Sep 17, 2012)

There is practically no difference between this and the MK II. Quite surprising a bit disappointing for Canon. Hopefully the price is < $2000.

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By Light Pilgrim (Sep 17, 2012)

It is a joke, right? I have 5D MKIII, so I am not interested and not concerned. But I am surprised and I actually think that Nikon took an upper hand now over Canon.
D800/D800E - very strong
D4 - very strong
D600 - much more attractive than D6

Granted, 1Dx and 5D MKIII are superb Cameras, but there is no innovation, no leap frog from Canon.

And....they for some reason price premium over competitive products from Nikon.

By Superka (Sep 17, 2012)

What is D6?

Canon 6D is more attractive. GPS, 1/8000 and great quit mode it gots.

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By Absolutic (Sep 17, 2012)

What Canon has on competition is a superior collection of amazing lenses. It is just amazing. If you want innovation, go to Sony and/or m43 these days, these guys are innovating and moving the industry in the right direction

By Tape5 (Sep 17, 2012)

''Conservative'' and '' unimaginative'' and still ''very good''.

Maybe this was possible ten years ago.

By Stollen1234 (Sep 17, 2012)

wow what a surprise

Total comments: 590