Canon launch the EOS 6D & 3 new compacts!

The new Canon EOS 6D


Continuing the flurry of pre-Photokina activity, Canon have announced the launch of the EOS 6D! Sitting below the much lauded Canon 5D Mark III in the EOS line-up, this little gem is a more affordable step into full frame photography, launching with an RRP of £1,799 . Here's a quick look at the headline specifications...

Key Specs of the 6D

  • 20.2 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor
  • A standard ISO range of 100-25600, extendable up to 102,400 and to as low as ISO 50
  • Up to 4.5 fps
  • 11-point AF system
  • Built-in GPS & Wi-Fi capability
  • Next-generation DIGIC5 image processing engine (same as the 5D Mark III)
  • Full HD 1080p movie capability (at 30p/25p/24p)
  • 3.0? 1,040k dot resolution LCD screen
  • Single  SD card slot
  • Dimensions: 144 x 110 x 71mm
  • Weight: 770g (with battery)

Top view of the Canon 6D


Lighter and smaller than the 5D MK III, the 6D is more similar in physical size to the Canon 60D and is perfect for serious enthusiasts looking to make the upgrade to full-frame or travel and outdoor photographers who will appreciate the lightweight body. It's packed with a 20.2 megapixel full frame CMOS sensor and along with the DIGIC 5+ processor (as found on the 5D MK III) it also boasts the same impressive ISO capabilities of its older sibling, with a standard sensitivity range of 100 to 25600 (expandable out to 50-102,400) - combining full-frame shooting with excellent low-light performance.

In a first for EOS cameras, the 6D has the bonus of built in Wi-Fi transmitter and GPS connectivity, giving on-the-go photographers the ability to tag images with location information and wirelessly transfer them back to a computer or smart device via the EOS Remote App (available soon) for iOS and Android.

There's a range of creative shooting options too, including a high dynamic range (HDR) mode and the ability to create composite images in camera with the multi-exposure feature (see the sample images below for a nice example!). The 6D is also equipped with +/- 5 stop exposure compensation and +/- 3-stop auto exposure bracketing, giving you more flexibility and the ability to fine tune exposure.

In Comparison: 7D vs 6D vs 5D MK III

Let's take a quick look how the new EOS 6D stacks up against it's older sibling and the next camera down the EOS range, the top of the APS-C line 7D.

  7D 6D 5D MK III
Megapixels 18 20.2 22.3
ISO range 100-6400 100-25,600 100-25600
Max extendable ISO 100-12,800 50-102,400 100-102,400
Image Processor Dual DIGIC 4 DIGIC 5+ DIGIC 5+
HD Video 1080p 1080p 1080p
Autofocus 19-point 11-point 61-point
FPS 8 4.5 6
Screen (dot resolution) 3.0" LCD (921k) 3.0" LCD (1,040k) 3.2" LCD(1,040K)
Weight 1180g 900g 995g
Price* £1,084 £1,799 £2,684

Sample Images

These sample images come are sourced directly from Canon (original sources here and here) and used with their permission, for a first look at what the 6D is capable of producing…

6D - 1/80 sec at f/8, ISO 100. Taken with an EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens. Courtesy of Canon


6D - 1.6 sec sec at f/5.6, ISO 100. Taken with an EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM Lens. Courtesy of Canon


6D - 1/250 sec sec at f/3.5, ISO 400. Taken with an EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens. Courtesy of Canon


6D - 1/800 sec at f/8, ISO 100 in Multiple Exposure mode. Taken with an EF 70-300mm F4-5.6L IS USM Lens. Courtesy of Canon


3 New Compacts

Canon have also upgraded 3 cameras in their more advanced range of higher-end compacts: the G15, which replaces the very popular G12 model; the S110, which replaces the S100; and the SX50, replacing the SX40 super-zoom model.

Canon PowerShot G15

Replacing the G12, the new PowerShot G15 sees some great new features and improvements in this incredibly popular line of high-end compacts. First up on the spec sheet, Canon have boosted the megapixel balance up to 12.1 and upped the video recording to full HD 1080p.

The G15 will be better in low light shooting situations than its predecessor too, with a much brighter f/1.8 – 2.8 maximum aperture on the same focal length lens as before (28-140mm equivalent) as well as an improved sensitivity range: now with the ability to capture images up to ISO 12800 (up from the 3200 of the G12).

The G15 is faster too, with improvements to auto-focus speeds meaning it now offers just 0.17 seconds AF at the widest angle, representing a 53% improvement on the G12 and making it the fastest Canon compact camera ever produced.

In Comparison: G15 vs G12

  G15 G12
Megapixels 12.1 10
ISO range 80-12800 80-3200
Focal length 28-140mm 28-140mm
Max aperture f1.8 – 2.8 f2.8 – 4.5
HD Video 1080p 720p
Screen (dot resolution) 3.0" LCD (922k) 2.8" LCD (461k)
Weight* 352g 355g

Canon PowerShot S110

The S110 replaces the small but powerful S100 model and continues with the pocket-able high performance theme that has made this line of cameras such a popular choice. The S110 packs 12.1 megapixels, improved an ISO range up to 12,800 and a sleeker look with no front panel thumb grip as found on its predecessor (which many were not too fond of, aesthetically).

The key addition to this model is the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity – keeping an accurate record of locations where images are taken and giving photographers the ability to connect and share images with a range of smart devices.

The S110 is also equipped with a larger 3.0” PureColour II G screen with touchscreen capability, allowing you to use touch AF to select the area of focus and pinch and zoom for reviewing images quickly. The new S-series PowerShot camera still maintains quick access to controls via the ring function around the lens that users have grown accustomed to.

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

The SX50 HS builds on the success of the SX40 HS by offering a whopping 50x optical zoom (24 - 1200mm equivalent) alongside advanced manual control and RAW shooting - the most powerful optical zoom in a compact camera to date! The class-leading optical construction features 13 lens elements in a 10 group arrangement to provide exceptional image quality throughout the huge 50x optical zoom range. If 50x optical zoom isn't enough for you, ZoomPlus extends the range digitally to 100x.

There's also a newly designed Ultrasonic Motor (USM) and Voice Coil Motor (VCM) on board the SX50, for very fast and very quiet zooming right through to 1200mm. Enhanced Zoom Framing Assist now includes a new Seek and Lock function to help you locate and lock on to subjects when taking photos at the telephoto end of the lens.

Coming Soon

The Canon EOS 6D is now available to pre-order at Wex Photographic from £1,799* (body only) and  in a kit with the 24-105mm lens for £2,519*, along with a chance to Win Your Dream Canon Lens up to £2,000.

Stock of the 6D is expected to be available in early December.

The Canon PowerShot G15 is available to pre-order at Wex Photographic for £549*.

The Canon PowerShot S110 is available to pre-order at Wex Photographic for £429*.

The Canon PowerShot SX50 HS is also available to pre-order at Wex Photographic for £449*.

Stock of the G15 and S110 compact cameras is expected to be available in October.

*Prices as at 17 September 2012, subject to change