Canon today introduced the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera, a mid-range full-frame camera packed with professional features.
Canon has coupled the image quality of a newly designed 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor with the creative potential of built-in wireless transmitter 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.
Designed for advanced amateurs and videographers making the move to a full-frame Digital SLR, the EOS 6D fits into Canon's professional imaging system with an advanced feature set including full manual options in addition to new automatic settings. The camera's construction helps meet the needs of professionals with a 100,000-cycle shutter durability and EOS Integrated Cleaning System for high-quality vibration-based dust removal. Canon?s proprietary DIGIC 5+ Image Processor powers the camera's 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion. The camera offers a full-frame, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting up to 4.5 frames per second (fps).
Thanks to the combination of its new CMOS image sensor and the powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor, the EOS 6D provides a wide ISO range from 100-25600 with a low setting, L: 50 and two high settings, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400. To support the ample sensitivity of the new camera's sensor, the EOS 6D camera?s Auto Focus (AF) system includes a newly-developed 11-point AF sensor featuring a center cross-type point with a EV -3 sensitivity rating for accurate focusing in low-light conditions.
The EOS 6D has a 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with 1,040,000 dot VGA resolution and 170 degree viewing angle. When used for Live View shooting, the camera's LCD screen provides 100 percent coverage, for easy focusing and framing.
The EOS 6D also 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-framei or IPB compressions with embedded timecode.
The EOS 6D features a built-in wireless transmitter which allows the camera to share images and video with the user?s choice of wireless devices such as select PowerShot cameras, smartphones, or tablets, as well as cloud-based destinations including social networking sites through the Canon iMAGE GATEWAY. A new wireless feature is the 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 6.
For on-location shooters, landscape photographers or enthusiast photo travelers, the EOS 6D features a built-in GPS receiver to record longitude, latitude, elevation and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as EXIF data. The GPS coordinates are appended to each image and syncs with Canon software or mapping apps on social network sites to show image locations.
The EOS 6D also includes several creative modes for image capture. First is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode allowing the camera to capture three separate exposures and combine them in-camera. Next is the camera's Multiple Exposure mode where users can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for later computer post-processing. Four different compositing methods are provided including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera?s LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 6D will even allow photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image. In addition to HDR and Multiple Exposure modes are Canon's standard Scene Intelligent Auto and special scene modes to capture images with ease. The camera is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards including the new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards.
The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,099.00 and it will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $2,899.00. Both configurations are expected to be available in December 2012.
Canon also today released the the PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110,
and PowerShot SX50 HS digital cameras. More information is available here