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Canon has announced their newest professional line DSLR, the EOS 6D, a full-frame 22Mp, DIGIC 5+ equipped answer to the recently released Nikon D600. It comes with a MSPR of $2,099, which is within just a few dollars of the street price of the D600. It also a less expensive full-frame option to the new Canon EOS 5D MkIII, with its street price of $3,459.

As one would expect with the lower price vs the 5D MkIII, the new 6D has some features that is not as robust as its higher priced sibling, with the most noticeable being the autofocus system. While it is a step up from the 5D MkII with 11 sensors instead of 9, only the center focus point is a high precision cross type. The 5D MkIII comes in with a whopping 61 focus points, with 41 being cross type and 5 being of dual diagonal design.

While it lacks the more sophisticated focusing system of the 5D MkIII, it does have two new features that are built-in, that have until now required the purchase of external accessories. Canon has added both GPS and Wi-Fi to the 6D, which can save the owner more than $1,000 if you had to purchase the Canon Wireless File Transfer and GPS modules seperately. With the built-in Wi-Fi capability, you can upload to social media sites directly from the camera through the Canon Image Gateway. You can also upload through your smartphone, as well as use your smartphone (with the required Canon app) to remotely control your 6D…you can also print your images on a Wi-Fi compatible printer.

The shutter is rated to 100,000 cycles and has a top speed of 1/4000 of a second. When shooting stills, the available ISO is 100 to 25,600 in the manual mode, with optional settings from 50 to 102,400 (in 1/3 or whole stop settings). If you are shooting video, the top ISO is still a very respectible 12,800. The new 6D can fire at 4.5 frames per second and the buffer doesn’t slow things down until either 14 RAW images have been taken, or 73 large/fine jpegs have been shot. Video can be shot in either NTSC or PAL, with frame rates as follows – 1920×1080 (Full HD) 30p (29.97), 24p (23.976), 25p – 1280×720 (HD) 60p (59.94) – 640×480 (SD) 25p.

As is standard with Canon’s top-tiered cameras, there is no built-in flash with the new 6D. And, as we are seeing more and more, Canon has shunned the CF card in favor of the SD type cards and the 6D can use the new Ultra High-Speed (USH-I) card.

The 6D has in-camera HDR which takes three images, of up to +/- 3 stops, and merges them into a single image that gives you detail in the shadows and highlight details that you would not normally have straight out of the camera. The HDR is just one of several new modes for this offering in Canon’s EOS line of DSLR’s.

The anticipated delivery date is December 10th, 2012 it will arrive just in time for Christmas gift giving. It will be sold as camera body only ($2,099), or bundled with the 24-105mm f/4.0L IS USM lens ($2,899). Once they are available, I will be posting a review of what is bound to be one of Canon’s most popular DSLR’s.

For additional information, be sure to visit the Canon USA website.

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