No new features added, only some Date / Time configuration problems are addressed.
Firmware Version 1.1.3 incorporates the following fix. -
Fixes a phenomenon in which the Date/Time/Zone settings screen appears on the LCD display, after the user has already configured these settings. The values for the Date/Time settings may reset if the backup functions which retain those values do not perform properly. . . . read more
Epic indeed, the introductory scenes are shot with a Canon 5D Mark III. Michael Andrew, A.K.A Michal the Maven, A.K.A Michal the Mentor is very careful in his review not to offend fanbois of either camp:
"This is my long awaited review of the Nikon D600 vs the Canon 6D in an Epic, side to side shootout testing some of the most important aspects of the two cameras. As I mention on the video, these are 2 very different cameras. D600 is better as an "all round" camera, the 6D excels in low light (wedding photographers are going to love the 6D). You can check out the Crash Course DVDs I have for both cameras on my products page, they are available both as DVD & immediate download: http://www.michaelthemaven.com/products/ . . . read more
I've read the review twice, and mostly agree on its conclusion. There's a red line when it comes to cutting corners, and Canon has crossed it many times. Not that they care, the 6D will still sell like hot cakes, especially during the discount rushes. Review done by Amadou Diallo and Andy Westlake:
"The EOS 6D ticks off many of the things an APS-C DSLR owner could want in a full frame upgrade: great image quality, excellent handling, light weight and a sub-$2100 price tag. The challenge for Canon, of course is that the 6D does not exist in a vacuum. It faces very stiff competition from the Nikon D600, which for the same price boasts a slightly higher resolution sensor, a more robust AF system, dual card slots, built-in flash (which can act as a wireless flash commander) and weather-sealing comparable to the much more expensive Nikon D800. . . . read more
"Video picture quality trailed behind the D600, though, and it can't begin to compete with the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH3. Details in the 6D's videos appear pixel-sharp but direct comparisons reveal much finer details in the D600 and GH3's output. Video autofocus is as slow and clumsy as it has always been on Canon SLRs, and there's no headphone out to monitor the microphone while recording.
Most people who are contemplating spending £1,500 on a camera will be upgrading from a cheaper or older SLR. In many respects the 6D is very similar to the 5D Mark II but with significantly lower noise and built-in Wi-Fi and GPS. However, Mark II owners will be much better served by the 5D Mark III, which makes for a much more substantial upgrade. . . . read more
The 12 tutorials seemingly cover a lot of ground, from the very mundane to Time code operation. Canon promises more videos to follow soon.
"Canon On-Camera Tutorial Videos explore a specific feature or technology of the EOS 6D. These instructional videos are designed to be viewed at your convenience: Watch them online, on the go, or even on your camera's rear LCD* screen -- so you can follow along, every step of the way! Check back soon for additional tutorials on the EOS 6D's built-in WiFi and GPS features." . . . read more
The 6D was tested with a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM Lens.
"Quite surprisingly, Canon hasn't just recycled the sensor already used in the 5D Mark III, which isn't exactly outdated and which is available in a new version with slightly fewer pixels (20.2 Mpx compared with 22.3 Mpx). In any case, the EOS 6D controls noise in an impressive way, taking excellent-quality pictures up to 3200 ISO with both granularity and smoothing kept nicely in check. You can easily push up to 6400 ISO too, but from here on upwards smoothing does become more noticeable. The 12800 and 25600 ISO settings will be fine for making prints of up to A4 size, but any higher settings aren't really worth the trouble (the 6D can reach up to 104200 ISO).
The camera was tested with the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS and EF 50mm f 1.4 USM lenses.
"The Canon EOS 6D feels like it's an improvement over the Canon EOS 5D Mark II, and gives most of what you get with the 5D Mark III, but with the addition of GPS and Wi-Fi, as well as the excellent 20.2 megapixel sensor for improved noise performance, but with a fraction of the price of the 5D Mark III, making this an excellent camera for those wanting a full-frame Digital SLR. Image quality is impressive with excellent colour both in photos and on the rear screen of the camera, and noise performance is excellent. Focus performance is good with 11 point auto focus that works . . . read more
Mark Goldstein tested this lens on a Canon EOS 6D body and went 'to 11' with his rating of this lens, giving it the unique rating of 'Essential' I also wonder where he tested it, since the lens seems dirty :)
"If the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is anything to go by, Sigma are definitely raising their game with the recent introduction of their three new lens ranges (Art, Sports and Contemporary). The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is a fast and tack-sharp lens that exhibits low chromatic aberrations and very little barrel distortion. Vignetting at wide-open apertures is the only real optical issue of note, something that other fast lenses also suffer from, and stopping down to F/4 solves the problem altogether.
From DXO Optics:
Since the previous version, DxO Optics Pro v8.1.2 has added nearly 300 new camera/lens combinations to provide support for additional Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Sony, Tamron and Tokina lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras.
DxO Optics Pro achieved the goal it set in early 2012 to have 10,000 DxO Optics Modules available by the end of 2012. Developed in the laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This database, unique in the entire world, allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all the optical flaws in RAW and JPEG images – distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, lens softness – with an unrivaled level of quality. . . . read more
"The new 20 megapixel sensor in conjunction with the Digic 5+ processor results in seriously impressive low-light performance, with an almost noise-free range of ISO 50-6400 and perfectly usable 12800 and 25600 settings. The video side of things is also excellent, with an accessible interface, manual exposure, better control of sound and cutting-edge compression rates. We would have liked to have seen an articulated LCD screen for easier composition, and the auto-focus system for movies is still decidedly clunky when compared to mirrorless cameras, . . . read more
"None of these cameras are speed demons, and while the 5D Mark III is the fastest, the buffer on the Mark III is only a couple RAW files bigger than the 6D. As a result, I wouldn’t really classify either Canon body as a sports body, but both – especially in JPEG only mode – will be good enough to capture some basic action shots of kids running around. The AF system of the 5D Mark III blows away the 6D, so if you are going to shoot moving subjects it’s going to give you the best results over the 6D and D600. . . . read more
"Ever use a Canon DSLR? It's like that. You won't notice anything different here aside from the altered control layout. Versus the 5D MK3, the 6D has a simpler autofocus system, with 11 points instead of 61 points. But it's still fast and accurate. The 6D sports a single SDXC card slot, as opposed to the CF slots of its older siblings. The other differences are quite minor. . . . read more
"Canon sensors have lagged behind Sony’s (and therefore Nikon’s) sensors in recent years regarding dynamic range (the limits of luminance range between black and white in an image). This deficiency might be seen as a problem – especially when photographing a bride and groom in their customary colour scheme. However given a correctly metered shot there should be no problem. I rarely find dynamic range an issue but there are occasions when trying to retrieve highlights or shadows from a very ‘dynamic’ image is limited. . . . read more
We'll remind you that Magic Lantern is available in various versions for the following Canon EOS cameras:
5D Mark II, 5D Mark III, 6D, 650D/T41, 550D/T2i, 60D, 600D/T3i, 50D, 500D, and the veteran, 40D. . . . read more
"The camera doesn’t feel cheap. I like the button layout much better than on some older Canon models. Everything you need is accessible. The image quality is a close match to that of the 5D MK III and the price is right if you want affordable full-frame. If you match this camera with Canon’s high-end “L” glass you’re going to get amazing image quality.
This camera (in my opinion) makes the 7D obsolete. It lacks the high-speed, highly-adjustable AF of the 5D MK III so it’s . . . read more
"The EOS 6D features a date/time battery that keeps the internal clock running so you don’t have to reset the date and time regularly. However, unlike the battery found in other EOS models, the EOS 6D has a rechargeable backup battery that recharges from the LP-E6 main cell and will go several months between charges. To ensure it never runs flat, make sure you turn on the EOS 6D with a fully charged LP-E6 battery for a couple of hours every few months, to keep the date/time battery fully charged. Combined with the Auto Update time settings provided by the built-in GPS, the camera’s . . . read more
"DxoMark give the Canon EOS 6D a sensor rating of 82, while the Nikon D600 sensor gets a rating of 94. Sounds like a big difference. 12 points or about 14%. But what does that mean and why does the D600 get a higher score? It's worth noting that when discussing sensor performance we're really talking about the performance of the sensor and its associated electronics (readout circuitry, amplifiers etc.), since the two cannot be separated. Even wit a RAW file, the signal has to pass through multiple electronic stages after leaving the sensor before it is encoded into image data. . . . read more
"Ergonomics are great, especially compared to Nikon. The 6D is pretty easy to shoot with one hand, while Nikons, like the D600, demand we always use our second hand to hit PLAY, MENU and other buttons. Yes, the 6D's MENU button is on the left, but I program mine to duplicate the MENU button on the SET button in the middle of the big rear knob.
Oddly, the 8-way thumb controller isn't as good as the 8-way thumb nubbin of most other Canon DSLRs. This is . . . read more
PetaPixel has the story:
"As much as I would like to believe that my process was rigorous, I am having trouble believing that the 6D is significantly better than the Mk III. But I am very confident that it is a low noise camera. You can tell by the lack of noise when you zoom to 100% pixels. As someone who has worked to remove noise from astro images for the past 5-6 years, I am quite familiar with what noise looks like. . . . read more
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.52 Updater:
- Supports images taken with EOS 6D.
- Supports new lens (EF24-70mm F4L IS USM).
- Supports read-in of Picture Style files (.pf3) created in Picture Style Editor 1.12.2 and later.
- Corrects shooting date error in other manufacturer`s image files when sent to Easy-PhotoPrintEX from Digital Photo Professional via plug-in print.
Changes in Canon RAW Codec 1.11.0: . . . read more
"Canon now offers three full-frame CMOS sensor cameras within the EOS range. This could potentially confuse the buying decision; however the prices are very well stratified. So, how does the lowest priced model, the EOS 6D, fair against its more illustrious stable mates?
Interestingly, the overall DxOMark scores for the three models are very similar, with the EOS 6D actually matching the flagship EOS-1D X on a score of 82. Each of the three models has one area in the three testing metrics where it performs . . . read more
"All things considered, the Canon EOS 6D looks like a pretty decent DSLR, with the Wi-Fi and GPS technology being nice bonuses for the average photographer. At 20.2MP, the resolution is not a great deal more than that offered by Canon's APS-C format DSLRs, but there should be a significant image quality advantage.
Those upgrading from a Canon EOS 60D should find it pretty straightforward, without any major handling changes. You'll . . . read more
"For me, photography isn’t my full-time job, but it is a part of my daily duties that often has me snapping photos at events and in auditoriums, under less than ideal lighting conditions. I also often use a camera for close-up gadget shots, again, generally with less than optimal available light. For those purposes, the Canon 6D is a thrilling, welcome addition to Canon’s line-up, at a price that, while still expensive, won’t break the bank for a photographer looking for the expanded composition capabilities of a full-frame sensor. . . . read more
TDP may no longer be a Canon exclusive site, having opened its pages to the dark side some time ago, but it still one of the major authoritative sites when it comes to Canon gear reviews:
"Immediately noticeable is that the full frame sensors tested here deliver cleaner images than their smaller-sensored APS-C siblings. The Canon EOS 6D delivers noise levels similar to the smaller-sensor Canon EOS 7D and Canon EOS 60D at an ISO setting of over one stop higher. Compare the 6D's ISO 6400 to the 7D's ISO 3200 for example. . . . read more
"The 6D betters the 5D Mark III because the PLAY and ZOOM buttons are now where we can hit them with our shooting thumb. No longer are they on the wrong side, demanding a second hand, as they are on the 5D Mark III (I program my 5D Mark III to work around this).
All the Auto ISO options and pretty much everything are the same as the 5D Mark III. The LCD lacks auto brightness control, and it otherwise the same awesome screen: the best in any DSLR. . . . read more
Here's a cheat sheet on some basics:
Image quality: About the same
Auto focus points and speed: Nikon is superior om both counts
High iso: Canon wins
Low light focusing: Canon wins (-3 EV vs -1 EV)
Video quality: Canon wins
Size and weight: Canon is lighter and smaller
Other features: Nikon is less downscaled compared to the bigger model (D800), but the Canon 6D comes with Wi-fi (and a cool remote control app for Ios and Android devices) and GPS. . . . read more
It will become more interesting in the near future with cameras sporting full Android interfaces and whatnots. TDP has the story:
"From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.
We have identified a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using Canon EOS 6D Digital SLR Cameras from being . . . read more
"You've been asking for it. Repeatedly. And now we have finally got our hands on Canon's latest, "cheaper", full-frame DSLR. With the name "6D", it fits in slightly below the 5D Mark III. But is this Canon's answer to the D600?"
"One thing was noted right away. Where the other Canon cameras tend to come apart in modules (you can take off the back, or take off the front, etc.) the 6D was a bit more interconnected. To get the back off required removing the sides and a bit of the bottom for example. A bit of a pain for the exploring types, but I would imagine it also gives more structural support. The body is basically plastic, but like most modern plastics it’s thick and solid. Never a thought that a screw was going to strip out during disassembly. Anyway, after a bit the back was off, and looks, from the inside, pretty similar to all the other Canon backs." . . . read more