New entry-level Canon EOS Kiss X6i digital SLR camera offers vastly improved still and video AF performance

EOS kiss X6i with 18-135

Canon EOS kiss X6i digital SLR camera with 18-135

June 8, 2012

TOKYO, June 8, 2012—Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. announced today the introduction in Japan of the new entry-level EOS Kiss X6i digital SLR camera, featuring not only greatly improved AF performance for both still images and video, but also major advances in continuous shooting speed performance and image quality.

The Canon EOS Kiss X6i, successor to the EOS Kiss X5 (released in March of 2011), employs a nine-point, all cross type, AF sensor—a first for the EOS Kiss series—that, during viewfinder shooting, achieves excellent focusing results regardless of the image composition or subject pattern. Furthermore, the f/2.8 cross-type central point delivers even higher focus precision when shooting with a lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.8 or faster. During Live View shooting and movie recording, the camera delivers faster focusing performance compared with the previous model thanks to the newly developed Hybrid CMOS AF which, in addition to contrast-detection AF, includes phase-detection AF made possible through the CMOS sensor. When shooting with Live View, newly incorporated Continuous AF continually focuses on a subject for high-speed results, and when recording video, new Movie Servo AF tracks subjects for smooth focusing performance, even when shooting moving subjects. Furthermore, the X6i achieves especially quiet, smooth AF operation when coupled with the new EF-S18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM interchangeable lens (to be released in late June 2012), enabling users to effortlessly enjoy capturing EOS Movies.

EOS kiss X6i with 18-135

Equipped with a newly developed approximately 18.0-megapixel APS-C size CMOS sensor and the new DIGIC 5 image processor, which delivers approximately six times the processing power of the DIGIC 4, the Canon EOS Kiss X6i offers not only high image quality, but also high-speed continuous shooting of up to approximately 5 frames per second. Thanks to the incorporation of the newly developed CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5, the camera’s maximum standard ISO sensitivity has been expanded to ISO12800,* which can be extended to ISO25600, making possible high-quality images with reduced noise and image blur, even in dimly lit settings. Because high-sensitivity settings allow faster shutter speeds, users can curb hand-shake and subject blur during handheld shooting or when capturing moving subjects.

EOS kiss X6i with 18-135

The EOS Kiss X6i’s 3.2-inch Vari-Angle Clear View LCD monitor, in addition to offering a wide range of movement to support shooting from a variety of angles, employs an electrostatic touch panel to allow users to select shooting settings and AF point with a simple touch of a finger, as well as magnify or reduce images during playback. The Night Scene Mode, newly included on the camera’s mode dial, enables the shooting of night scenes without a tripod by capturing four images in rapid succession using a fast shutter speed, which are then combined to produce beautiful results with minimal blur. The mode dial also newly incorporates an HDR (High Dynamic Range) Backlight Control Mode setting, which captures three images in rapid succession—one underexposed, one with normal exposure and one overexposed—and overlays them to create a natural-looking image with minimal loss of detail in bright or dark areas of a picture, even in backlit shooting conditions.

*Maximum standard ISO sensitivity during video recording is ISO6400

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