The Canon EOS 6D is the latest camera entering the world of affordable full frame DSLR. At one glance, you find its appearance retains much of the Canon family body design. However, in the heart of this camera, the full frame CMOS sensor is a trimmed full frame, at a dimension of 35.8mm x 23.9mm (rough the same size of the sensor in the 5D Mark II), instead of the normal size 36mm x 24mm. After the Canon EOS 6D joins the big party, needless to say, the era of full frame DSLR has arrived, although not every model is affordable.
From the specifications of the Canon EOS 6D, it is indeed quite disappointing. You simply cannot find any “wow” factor on this body except the built-in WIFI and GPS as this is nothing new on a point-and-shoot. But for a DSLR, this is the first time the camera equipped with both features. You may not be greatly tempted but these two additional features may attract some potential full frame upgrade photographers. These integrated features are made possible on the body of 6D due to the polycarbonate top plate.
The price of the Canon EOS 6D is affordable, if you do not want to spare another US$700 to purchase the bigger brother Canon EOS 5D Mark III. The other major difference between them is that the Canon EOS 6D is having less AF focus points (only 11). This may be insignificant in the real world. To be frank, it all depends on what subject you are taking. It is sufficient for landscape photography. I always find the single focus point in the centre more helpful than using too many. Multiple AF points do not guarantee the sharpness of the subject although operationally they may work faster. If you are after faster moving subjects or taking sports, the 5D Mark III may sound better. That said, the number of focus points it is not a major issue on the Canon EOS 6D.
Another disappointing feature is the 97% viewer coverage. You may argue it is not necessary in an enthusiast-grade camera and the 3% is minor. No one cares it much about these days as we can crop or adjust the image on the computer screen. Viewfinder is the eye of the camera, wouldn’t it be more important to have a viewer covering exactly the frame of subject you capture?
Some comments also criticise the use of SD storage card instead of CF storage card. I cannot see why it is a problem. I am sure the SD card is also as durable as the CF card. But some would expect two SD card slots instead of a single one because that may provide more storage space when you are in action. It is also uncommon for a photographer to carry no extra storage cards.
From every aspect, the Canon EOS 6D is apparently a stripped down version of the 5D Mark III. Its release is probably to take on the Nikon D600. Not surprising, you find that the Nikon D600 is having some nice features (more effective pixels, built-in Flash and 100% viewfinder)on paper. Others may want to see the Canon 6D’s video capability whether it is on par with the 5D Mark III. From a user point of view, the capability of the Canon EOS 6D is smartly adequate for many occasions and the price is truly attractive.
The rules of game is forever changing. Today you may not think GPS and WIFI essential on a DSLR body, tomorrow you may think it is indispensable. I appreciate the integration of these two features which mark some uniqueness in this latest full frame camera body.