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Canon EOS 6D on Photokina

A few hours from today, Photokina the world's largest trade fair for the photographic and imaging industries will again be open. This happens every two years where the biggest brands on the market will exhibits their newest products and will give the consumers an idea what the future holds for industry. Everyone in Germany right now is anticipating lots of product release coming from the likes of Leica, Canon, Nikon and Sony.

Speaking of Canon, I previously read a leaked rumor (now is confirmed) that Adorama mistakenly made a pre-order price for the upcoming EOS 6D later on pulled out. So the September band wagon doesn’t stop last week when Nikon released their D600 worldwide. I just wonder if these two titans are talking to each other secretly and decides who comes first for their release dates, it’s just a week difference. Then again I think Nikons strategy is to jump ahead of the pack by releasing the news earlier before the Photokina event. Look guys September really does have a lot of surprises for photographers and hobbyist this year.

So let’s talk about the anticipated Canon EOS 6D, as far as the leaked specifications I have been reading, it will be the rival of the recently launch D600. The model number itself does resembles the two cameras, if you reverse the model number of Nikon it will look like this 006D. So what are we expecting with Canon this time? Is it better than the from its rival D600? Tell me what you think of the specs sheet that I read:

Body type
Body type
Mid-size SLR

Image ratio w:h

Effective pixels
20.2 megapixels

Sensor size
Full frame (36 x 24 mm)

Sensor type

Digic 5+

Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option

White balance presets

Custom white balance

Image stabilization

Uncompressed format

JPEG quality levels
 Fine, Normal

Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Selective single-point
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Face Detection
  • Live View

Manual focus

Number of focus points

Lens mount
Canon EF mount

Focal length multiplier

Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD

Screen size

Screen dots

Touch screen

Screen type
Clear View II TFT LCD

Live view

Viewfinder type
Optical (pentaprism)

Viewfinder coverage
97 %

Viewfinder magnification

Photography features
Minimum shutter speed
30 sec

Maximum shutter speed
1/8000 sec

Aperture priority

Shutter priority

Manual exposure mode

Subject / scene modes

Built-in flash

External flash
Yes (Hot shoe)

Continuous drive
Yes (4.5 fps)

Yes (2 or 10 sec)

Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
  • Partial

Exposure compensation
±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

AE Bracketing
±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)

WB Bracketing
Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)

Videography features
  • H.264



1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)

Videography notes
1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame

Storage types

USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)

Yes (HDMI Mini)


Remote control
Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)

Environmentally sealed
Yes (Splash and dust resistant)

Battery Pack

Battery description
Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger

Weight (inc. batteries)
770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)

145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8″)

Other features
Orientation sensor

Timelapse recording
Yes (by cable and PC)


GPS notes
Image tagging and tracking modes

(info courtesy of canonrumors)

If this is the official specifications of the soon to be release EOS 6D, personally I think that it didn’t have that knockout punch to lure the consumer on their side. It clearly states that there is a down grade of megapixel count from their previous 5D MKII. The auto focus system looks terrible on writing because they will cater just 11 AF points. Comparing it to previous EOS models, it is 2 AF upgrade on the 5D MKII, 8 AF short from the EOS 7D and far less than the 61 AF of the 5D Mark III. 

Hey Canon please do the math, your nemesis is giving away 39 AF and you’re not even getting the half of it.

I had my EOS 7D before crossing over and it was really a game changer. User believe that it is the future blue print of the upcoming advancement for EOS models. It’s early for me to judge this upcoming camera but I guess that their 7D line will stay longer in the market even it doesn't have a 35mm sensor in its body but it has kick ass performance.

I was expecting Canon to do something better, they made ground breaking moves when they raise the bar of the pixel race and adding the HD video features on the 5D MKII. They strengthen up their line by adding the fastest Semi-pro camera, improved AF system and with a whooping 18mp with their EOS 7D.

What’s happening Canon? Get your act done before it’s too late.

I hope they have a few tricks on their sleeves to entice us after the release. (price)

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