Why is the 6D named the 6D?

Started Feb 14, 2013 | Questions thread
Skip M Veteran Member • Posts: 7,174
Re: Why is the 6D named the 6D?

CAcreeks wrote:

Canon product numbering has been to use 1-digit numbers for the high end, 2-digit numbers for the middle, and 3-digit numbers for the consumer grade.

Within levels, higher numbers indicate more advanced products.

The 6D seems to represent a decline from the 5Dmk3, so why isn't it called the 4D?

If it were a 4D, it would slot in above the 5D, not below it.  The lower the number, the farther up in the hierarchy it stands, thus the 1D at the pinnacle, next the 5D, 6D, 7D, then the 60D, and the triple digit bodies at the bottom.  The 7D ranks below the 5D, and, I guess, since the 6D is full frame, the marketeers decided that it ranked above the 7D, too, even though it's not quite the overall camera the 7D is.  It is more expensive, though, so maybe that entered into the thought process.

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