We got some hands-on time with the new 20.2-megapixel Canon EOS 6D at a press event on the eve of the photokina show in Germany last night and came away impressed. Priced at $2,099, the slimmed-down 6D is Canon’s attempt to entice photo enthusiasts to buy a full-frame digital SLR.
It seems a compelling argument, at least based on our brief time shooting with the 6D at the press event.
Like the 24.3-megapixel Nikon D600, which was announced last Thursday and was slated to go on sale this week also for $2,099, the Canon 6D feels like a slightly smaller version of the step-up model. So, if you’re in the market for a full-frame DSLR and can’t afford the Canon 5D Mark III — or simply want something slimmer and lighter — Canon is offering the 6D as an alternative.
But, as one commenter pointed out in our original story about the 6D yesterday, the new camera is not designed for serious professionals working in a studio environment. The 6D has a maximum flash sync speed of just 1/180th of a second, which doesn’t make it ideal for freezing motion using ambient lighting in the studio and/or strobes.
And while the 6D is 20 percent lighter than the 5D Mark III and weighs just over 24 ounces (body only), it has a more plastic build and feels slightly less sturdy. (In an effort to make the camera smaller and lighter, Canon has also eliminated the pop-up flash on the new camera.) The 6D is built with an aluminum chassis inside but the outer body is made of polycarbonate.
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