Estimated Street Price: $2,099 (body only)
Canon’s newest full-frame DSLR is the EOS 6D, which features a 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor that delivers 14-bit images measuring 5472×3648 pixels. DIGIC 5+ processing provides shooting at up to 4.5 fps and a normal ISO range of 100-25,600, expandable to 50-102,400. A new 11-point AF system features a center cross-type point that works in light down to EV -3.
The big pentaprism viewfinder shows 97% of the actual image area, and the 3-inch LCD monitor provides easy live viewing. The compact (for a full-frame DSLR) body measures 5.7×4.4×2.8 inches and weighs 24 ounces. There’s no built-in flash, but there’s a hot-shoe for dedicated E-TTL II Speedlites.
A built-in GPS receiver records latitude, longitude, elevation and Coordinated Universal Time as EXIF data for easy geotagging. The built-in Wi-Fi transmitter makes it easy to share photos and videos with wireless devices, and even operate the camera remotely via smartphone.
Video capabilities include 1080p at 30 and 24 fps and 720p at 60 fps in H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High Profile (.MOV) form. You can choose between All-I (better for editing) or IPB compression (more minutes per MB), and Rec Run (during shooting only) or Free Run (full-time) embedded timecoding. Sound is mono via a built-in microphone or stereo via an optional external mic.
Like all full-frame EOS cameras, the 6D can use all Canon EF lenses, which currently range from an 8-15mm fish-eye zoom and a 14mm wide-angle to an 800mm supertelephoto. (It can’t use EF-S lenses, which were designed specifically for the smaller APS-C sensors and vignette if used on a full-frame camera.)
STANDOUT FEATURE: Canon’s most affordable full-frame DSLR boasts built-in Wi-Fi and GPS.
1. There’s a single memory card slot, and it takes SD/SDHC/SDXC media (including UHS-I).
2. The Start/Stop button makes it easy to access Live View and Video modes.