Canon recently announced the release of the new EOS 6D, the world’s lightest full-frame DSLR equipped with a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with precision 11-point AF (auto-focus) system. The full-frame CMOS sensor maximizes the full potential of visual data captured by lenses designed for 35mm cameras. It also captures more light per pixel than smaller sensors for a wider dynamic range, reduced noise, and high ISO speeds.
Canon paired this full-frame sensor with DIGIC 5+, an upgraded imaging processor that performs up to three times faster than DIGIC 5. With this combination, the EOS 6D can shoot extremely sharp photos at a continuous shooting speed of 4.5 frames per second.
The DIGIC 5+ processor lends photos a greater creative edge with tools such as Handheld Night Scene, which helps users take a perfect night shot by rapidly snapping four shots and automatically compositing them into one. In HDR Backlight Control mode, high-contrast shots such as extreme dark shadows against a brightly-lit backdrop are similarly overcome by integrating three shots taken in quick succession at low, normal, and high exposures. And Multiple Exposure Shots takes up to nine photos and then merges them into a single image. This fun and creative mode is similar to that of a film camera, taking several exposures on the same frame, which is excellent for illustrating action sequences such as a golf swing. For videos, the DIGIC 5+ image processor can help achieve Full HD quality, with sharp resolutions up to 1920 x 1080 at a smooth 24 fps (frames per second).
With its new 11-point AF system, the EOS 6D is capable of fast and accurate AF performance to produce photos with well-defined details even in low light. Exposure control is also made precise with an iFCL 63-zone dual layer metering sensor. After the AF system promptly determines the location of the main subject, this system then takes over to determine the optimal exposure setting for that subject. With the increased speed and accuracy of the AF and AE (auto-exposure), users can happily snap photos at will, guaranteeing that the images will be properly focused and exposed.
The EOS 6D is outfitted with WiFi capabilities that quickly connect to wireless networks and allow the transfer of data to PCs and smartphones as well as the printing of photos with PictBridge-enabled wireless printers. EOS Remote, a new function, allows iOS and Android devices to control the EOS 6D. With this, the smartphone’s screen can double as the camera’s live view screen—for more mobility, photographers can mount the EOS 6D on a tripod and then adjust and arrange their subjects without needing to check the camera’s LCD monitor. EOS Remote also helps the user to change shooting modes, adjust the focus, snap a photo, and record a video. Accompanying wireless connectivity is a built-in GPS function, which logs location data into the image file, helping users recall shooting locations during a photography trip.
Generally, the advantages of a full-frame camera are also met with an increased form factor and production cost, but Canon was able to design the EOS 6D within a compact body reduced in size and weight from other DSLRs. Adding to its convenience is its durability, having a magnesium alloy body that is dust- and drip-proof.
The EOS 6D will be available in the Philippines in December 2012.
To learn more about the EOS 6D, visit www.canon.com.ph.