Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Canon EOS 6D - Part 1 | Initial View

After a long wait, its finally here! The all new entry level Canon EOS 6D released just in time for Christmas by Canon. I didn't get the Canon EOS 5D Mk3, as during that time, rumours were already flying around of this entry level full frame DSLR being developed.

Initial look and feel is very similar to the Canon EOS 60D without the swivel LCD and pop up flash. Layout of the buttons are typical Canon so most users will have no issues navigating through them. However the WB button was not included in the rows of buttons on the top LCD for quick access, so a little navigating through the menus was needed to change the WB. Canon have included a quick switch to video mode similar to the Canon EOS 7D which was good as I do switch between these 2 modes during assignments. If you've used the Canon EOS 60D, 7D and 5D MkII, this camera would have an incorporation of many of the features found in those bodies.
Next I browse through the menu and holy cow, there were a long list of menu pages spanning right across the whole LCD. You could really really customize this camera which is great.

There were a few things that I was looking for in this camera notably high ISO performance, AF speed and  image quality. After shooting with this camera for the first couple of hours, I was grinning from ear to ear. For one, the AF speed was super fast bearing in mind I was comparing against the 60D, 7D and 5D Mk II. Even under extreme low light conditions, focusing locks on without any hesitation and this is a feature that comes in real handy when shooting in dimly lit dining halls and so on. Not a single shot missed the target even with the aperture wide open. Full marks for the AF from me for the 6D.

Next up was the ISO performance. What can I say other than WOW! Look at the 3 images below all shot at seriously high ISO under low light conditions - handheld! The ability of the EOS 6D to retain image details at such high ISO without noise is simply amazing. Look at the image of the lamp and the same image cropped. You will notice that the wordings on the light bulb did not break. Color rendition and overall image quality is maintained and there is no noise.

Do note as well that I've already resized these images for web posting and the original image is much better.

The 6D has built in HDR, multiple exposure and silent shooting mode where the latter becomes real handy in street or otherwise non intrusive shooting situations. The built in HDR works very well with the ability to set up to +-3.

Sample image below is shot with the built in HDR with ISO set to 100.

I've done some minor editing on the photo below but overall image quality is superb, holding details well throughout the range.

The initial impression of the Canon EOS 6D is very promising. Weight wise this is perfect as I sometimes shoot up to 16 hours straight and anything heavy will kill my back This camera is THE camera to get for those thinking to upgrade from the EOS 60D, 7D and the 5D MkII. I will be writing up on the wifi capabilities next which will cover remote shooting and how it can be applied during assignments.

Below are the screenshots from my Samsung Galaxy Note to remote control my EOS 6D using the downloaded EOS Remote app.

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