Canon launches EOS 6D entry-level full-frame DSLR

New 6D sits between old 5D Mark II, new 5D Mark III, 60D, and 7D

Canon has taken the wraps off its oft-rumoured EOS 6D -- a full-frame digital SLR aimed at budget buyers and first-time digital SLR owners.

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According to Canon, the 6D is the world's smallest, lightest DSLR with a full-frame CMOS sensor. It's intended to "bridge the gap" for amateur and enthusiast photographers that want a full-frame sensor, but don't want to spend several thousand dollars on an EOS 5D Mark III or 1D X professional-level camera.

It's got a 20.2-megapixel sensor — in the 'full-frame' 35mm film-equivalent size, measuring 35.8mm x 23.9mm. It's a 14-bit sensor, and can shoot from ISO 100-25600 — although this can be expanded down to ISO 50 and up to ISO 51200 and ISO 102400. The viewfinder covers 97 per cent of the shooting frame.

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The EOS 6D has an 11-point autofocus system, and a 63-zone metering sensor. It can shoot at a minimum shutter speed of 1/4000sec to a max of 30 seconds, with the shutter rated for a life of 100,000 actuations.

The 6D uses the same DiGIC 5+ image processor as the 5D Mark III and EOS 1D X. It's got a swathe of creative automatic and scene modes similar to the ones found on the more basic 650D and 60D crop-sensor DSLRs — this is intended to make the 6D easier to use for first-time users.

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The 6D has a built-in Wi-Fi and GPS receiver, a first for any Canon DSLR. The Wi-Fi transmitter enables direct sharing to smartphones and other Canon Wi-Fi-enabled cameras and printers, as well as directly to various social media services when connected to the Internet through Wi-Fi. The GPS saves elevation, latitude, longitude and a time-stamp on the EXIF data of every photo.

The 6D will be sold either as a kit with a 24-105mm F4L lens, or as a stand-alone body. Canon hasn't set an RRP for the new EOS 6D DSLR — pricing is "set at dealer discretion". However, a Canon representative told PC World that the new camera would likely be priced "similarly" to the outgoing 5D Mark II, which at the time of publication sells for approximately $2350 on average.

The 6D will be available in both kit configurations in Australian camera stores from December onwards.

The Full Canon EOS 6D specification sheet is reproduced below:

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