eos_6dThe Canon EOS 6D, along with the Nikon D600, represent a new market segment in professional cameras, the mid range full frame DSLRs. While the Canon EOS 6D has some great features, one of the most impactful of these may be its price, coming in at nearly £1000 cheaper than the Canon EOS 5D mark III.

Comparing it to it’s bigger, more expensive, brother gives an interesting picture. The Canon EOS 6D has 20.2m megapixels, while the Canon EOS 5D mark III has 22.3m megapixels, both of them with a full frame CMOS sensor. They have the same ISO range (100-25600 standard, 50-102800 expanded) but the Canon EOS 6D has 11 autofocus points, while the Canon EOS 5D mark III has a massive 61!

The viewfinder on the Canon EOS 6D is slightly substandard, giving only 97% visibility while the Canon EOS 5D mark III has full 100% visibility, and the Canon EOS 6D has only a single SD card slot for recording while the Canon EOS 5D mark III can accept compact flash as well.

Where the Canon EOS 6D really shines however is the weight, it’s a full 180 grams lighter than the Canon EOS 5D mark III, and also its ability to capture images in low light conditions – The Canon EOS 6D can capture images down to -3 EV, a full stop dimmer than the Canon EOS 5D mark III and equivalent to a night lit by a full moon.

Wifi and GPS have been integrated as standard into the Canon EOS 6D, while they are available as an additional extra on the Canon EOS 5D mark III, making the substantively lower price tag of the Canon EOS 6D even more attractive to the budget conscious photographer looking for a first professional camera. This gives the option of controlling the camera remotely via a smartphone, a feature which many photographers will find a useful additional to their arsenal of tools.

The silent shutter mode implemented in the Canon EOS 5D mark III has been replicated in the Canon EOS 6D for quieter, more discreet shooting, but there are other features of the Canon EOS 5D mark III which have been left off such as the ability to record data files in RAW format, including jpeg only. There’s no touchscreen which is more unusual as the Canon EOS 650D included this, and the Canon EOS 6D is essentially a full frame version of the Canon EOS 650D. It also misses out on on-chip phase detection to aid in autofocus while in live view or movie mode.

The Canon EOS 6D is a great professional camera, and a good addition to the Canon EOS range. It’s price makes it an attractive entry point into the full frame camera market, while retaining the familiarity of handling and use with the other professional cameras in the Canon EOS range.