One Guy’s First Thoughts: Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
The all new Canon EOS 6D.

The Canon EOS 6D is the other big DSLR to appear in the second half of this year, after Nikon’s D600. Like the Nikon, the EOS 6D’s main claim to fame a is packing a 35mm sized sensor at an affordable price? I managed to spend some time shooting with it, so here are some thoughts from me. (Unfortunately CK and David did not get to see much of the camera, so this is mostly my impressions)

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Canon Continues Custom of Castrating Camera AF Systems with the EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EOS 6D

Well, that didn’t take long. Now that Nikon did the D600, Canon couldn’t be far behind, and they weren’t! The Canon EOS 6D is best described as an EOS 5D and an EOS 60D bumping uglies and… well, this is the result.

The 20 megapixel sensor is nice, but in fine Canon tradition stretching back to the EOS D30, the EOS 6D has a less-featured AF system, which has 11 AF points, and just ONE cross AF point among those. Now, I have used cameras with less AF points, but at this price, you expect something better. Or maybe you need to wait for the EOS 6D Mk II to get 5 cross focus points. Or maybe the Mk XCVIII. I hope Canon has tuned the heck out of it, because even with the claim that it goes down to -3EV, it is not going to appease people who are upgrading from cameras like the 60D and wondering what happened to the rest of the AF points.

The rest of the camera is pretty much like the combination I mentioned, with most of the UI looking like a 60D’s, and a few touches of the 5D in there, like the live view switch. Wifi and GPS are built-in, in a surprising touch, and with the Canon app a smartphone can be used as a remote viewfinder to view and active the shutter. Pretty neat. We need more cameras like these, instead of relying on kludgey external dongles.

DPReview mentioned that they were hardly enthused by the camera, and I feel the same way too. Perhaps the main issue was always in Canon’s approach: By starting with a much lower baseline (60D vs D7000), the camera was never going to be exciting. Capable, yes, but not exciting. Look for a December ship date, with a price on par with the Nikon D600.

(Image credit: Canon Press Images)

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