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In pictures: the Canon EOS 6D

We got our hands on Canon's new entry-level EOS 6D DSLR

  • Canon's brand new, entry-level, full-frame EOS 6D digital SLR is an impressive piece of kit. We played around with one for half an hour a few days ago -- read on for our first impressions and thoughts. Slide 3, 4 and 5 have all the technical specs, and from slide 6 onwards you can see the EOS 6D compared to its Canon peers.

  • First off, the market position: the EOS 6D sits in a new niche that's been carved in the middle of Canon's DSLR line-up. It's better than almost all the company's APS-C 'crop' digital SLRs (1100D/550D/600D/650D/60D) but is a more basic version of the 5D Mark III and 1D X professional full-frame cameras. It's better in several ways than the 7D, but worse in others. It's better than the 5D Mark III in some areas, but worse in others. It's better than the aging 5D Mark III in almost all areas, but not all of them.

  • Next, the tech specs: The Canon EOS 6D has a 20.2MP, 35.8x23.9mm 'full-frame' sensor. It uses a DIGIC5+ processor (like the 5D III and 1D X) and has a native ISO range of 100-25600 (expandable to L:50, H1:51200, H2:102400). The EOS 6D saves photos and video to a single UHS-I SD card slot in either JPEG (20.2MP, 8.9MP, 5MP, 2.5MP, 350K) or RAW (20.2MP, 11MP, 5MP) formats and resolutions.

  • The EOS 6D can record Full High Definition movies (1920x1080 pixels), at 30p, 25p, or 24p. 720p is recorded at 60p or 50p. 640x480 pixel movies can be recorded at 30p or 25p. The camera continues recording continuously thanks to an automatic 4GB file partitioning process. The viewfinder on the camera covers 97% of the sensor's field of view. The EOS 6D's autofocus is an 11-point system — better than the 5D Mark II's but worse than the 7D's. 6 amateur-friendly shooting modes make the 6D easy to use, and a 63-zone metering sensor also helps out with automatic scene recognition.

  • A max shutter speed of 1/4000sec is middling and inferior to similarly priced Canons. The EOS 6D can shoot at a maximum of 4.5fps, with the shutter rated for 100,000 cycles. The camera's LCD is a 3:2 ratio, 1.04million dot unit, obviously supporting Live View. It's not an articulating system like some rumours had suggested.

  • Here's the EOS 6D lined up against its Canon stablemates. From left to right: EOS 6D, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark III.

  • From left to right: EOS 6D, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark III.

  • From left to right: EOS 6D, EOS 60D, EOS 7D, EOS 5D Mark III.

  • The EOS 6D directly compared to the EOS 5D Mark III from the front.

  • The EOS 6D directly compared to the EOS 5D Mark III from the rear.

  • The EOS 6D directly compared to the EOS 7D from the front.

  • The EOS 6D directly compared to the EOS 7D from the rear.

  • Another look at the EOS 6D next to the EOS 5D Mark III - front.

  • Another look at the EOS 6D next to the EOS 5D Mark III - rear.

  • A close-up of the Canon EOS 6D next to the EOS 60D.

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