updated 05:35 am EDT, Mon September 17, 2012
Camera ships with Wi-Fi, GPS
Canon has quickly introduced a direct competitor to Nikon's new D600 and Sony's Alpha 99, unveiling the EOS 6D full-frame prosumer DSLR. The 6D appears to merge features from the 5D series, pairing the Digic 5+ image processor of the Mark III with a new 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that falls closer to the specs of the Mark II, though the new offering is priced below either of the older models.
The 6D provides a standard ISO range of 100-25600, expandable to 102,400, with full control over exposure when shooting video. Users can also choose between several video formats, including 1080p at 30fps or 720p at up to 60fps.
Canon suggests its new 11-point autofocus sensor is capable of performing in low-light conditions down to EV -3, though it only provides a single cross-type sensor. In contrast, the D600 offers a 39-point autofocus system with nine cross-type sensors, while the Alpha 99 steps up to 11 cross-type sensors.
Users will be able to take advantage of integrated Wi-Fi connectivity for wireless image and video sharing. Free apps for Android and iOS will enable mobile devices to be used as remote controls for live shooting or changing settings.
The 6D, D600 and Alpha 99 represent the latest push for full-frame equipment in the prosumer segment, which has been dominated by cameras with smaller APS-C sensors. Full-frame sensors typically provide superior low-light performance for a given resolution, among other benefits.
Canon has matched Nikon's D600 price, selling the 6D body for $2099, while the Alpha 99 body fetches a premium at $2800. The 6D will also be available with a 24-105mm f/4 kit lens, bringing the price up to $2899, with both configurations expected to ship sometime in December.