Canon’s new EOS 6D is world’s lightest 35 mm full-frame digital SLR camera, first EOS-series camera with built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, GPS functionality


Canon EOS 6D

September 17, 2012

TOKYO, September 17, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the launch in Japan of the new EOS 6D, the world’s lightest digital single-lens reflex (SLR) camera to incorporate a 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor. Furthermore, the 6D is the first EOS-series camera to feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and GPS functionality.

Developed for users wishing to effortlessly enjoy the high image quality afforded by a 35 mm full-frame camera, the new Canon EOS 6D features a lightweight, compact body design, making it ideally suited as the next-step model for entry-level SLR camera users or as a secondary camera for advanced-amateur enthusiasts.

Incorporating a newly developed approximately 20.2-megapixel 35 mm full-frame CMOS sensor, the Canon EOS 6D delivers the impressive background image blur unique to full-frame cameras while also realizing a maximum continuous shooting speed of approximately 4.5 images per second. By combining the newly developed CMOS image sensor with the high-performance DIGIC 5+ image processor, the camera realizes a wide dynamic range with exceptional color reproduction and rich gradation. Furthermore, the 6D offers a maximum ISO setting that has been expanded to 25600, which can be extended to 102400, making possible high-quality image results with reduced noise even in low-light environments.


Featuring a body that weighs approximately 680 g, making it the world’s lightest 35 mm full-frame digital SLR camera, the EOS 6D enables effortless handheld shooting and contributes to the expansion of imaging possibilities. By reducing the size of the shutter unit, mirror motor drive and CMOS sensor package, the model is the same approximate size and weight as the EOS 60D (released in September 2010), which employs an APS-C sensor.

The first EOS-series camera to support Wi-Fi connectivity, the Canon EOS 6D’s built-in wireless LAN function allows the capture, playback and sharing of still images and video to be performed wirelessly. Still image and video data can be sent to devices that support a Wi-Fi connection, such as smartphones, PCs and Canon-brand cameras and printers, as well as DLNA-compatible televisions and the online photo service Canon iMAGE GATEWAY. The EOS Remote application for smartphones supporting Wi-Fi enables the 6D to be operated remotely, allowing users to confirm the camera’s Live View display and capture still images from a smartphone. Furthermore, still images (JPEG) saved in the camera’s memory card can be transferred to a smartphone.

Marking another EOS first, the 6D includes a GPS (Global Positioning System) function that makes possible the recording of the latitude, longitude, elevation and UTC time (Coordinated Universal Time) at which an image was captured, while a logger function determines positioning at regular intervals. When used in conjunction with the Map Utility software, users can track their travel progress and the location at which images were shot, even in mountainous areas with no major landmarks.


Canon’s EOS 6D employs a mode dial that includes a Special Scene (SCN) setting, allowing users to select from seven shooting options, such as Creative Auto, which makes possible the easy adjustment of brightness and level of background blur. In addition to a Portrait and Landscape mode, SCN also offers HDR (High Dynamic Range) Backlit Correction, which enables the effortless capture of high-quality photos in backlit conditions; and a Night Scene Mode, which captures four images in rapid succession using a fast shutter speed and then combines them to produce exceptional results with minimal blur. Furthermore, the camera incorporates an HDR Mode, which captures three images in rapid succession—one underexposed, one correctly exposed and one overexposed—and overlays them to create a natural-looking image with minimal loss of detail in bright or dark areas.

The EOS 6D’s 11-point AF sensor includes a central cross-type sensor that is operational with lenses with an aperture of f/5.6 or faster and, in addition, delivers even greater focusing precision when using lenses with an aperture of f/2.8 or faster. With a minimum low-light sensitivity of EV -3, the camera offers the highest level of low-light AF performance within the EOS series.

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