FIRST LOOK: Canon EOS 6D

    Rumours began as long ago as September last year that Canon was developing an affordable EOS body with a 'full frame' sensor. Its name was even specified back then. That buzz has now become reality with the announcement of the EOS 6D today. At just 15 grams heavier than the EOS 60D, the 6D is positioned between the EOS 7D and the EOS 5D Mark III and comes with a new 35.8 x 23.9 mm, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor.
     
     

    Angled front view of the EOS 6D with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens that will be offered with the new camera in the Premium kit. (Source: Canon.)
     

    The new camera has been designed to offer enthusiast photographers a comfortable and affordable upgrade path to full frame photography. It combines many of the advanced features of the 5D III with automatic settings to ease the transition from snapshooter to enthusiast photographer.

    The 6D is smaller and lighter than the three-year-old EOS 7D (which has an APS-C sized sensor) and the recently-released 'full frame' EOS 5D Mark III. The table below compares key features of the EOS 6D with the other cameras.
     

     

    EOS 7D

    EOS 6D

    EOS 5D Mark III

    Sensor

    22.3 x 14.9 mm CMOS sensor
     19 million total pixels
     18 million effective pixels
     
     

    35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor
     22 million total pixels
     20.2 million effective pixels

    36 x 24 mm CMOS sensor
     23.4 million total pixels
     22.3 million effective pixels

    Processor

    Dual DIGIC 4

    DIGIC 5+

    ISO range

    Auto ISO 100-6400 plus
     H (12800) expansion

    Auto ISO 100 - 25600 plus L (50), H1 (51200), H2 (102400) expansion

    Max. still image size

    5184 x 3456 pixels

    5472 x 3648 pixels

    5760 x 3840 pixels

    Movie resolution

    1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps); 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps); 640 x 480 (60, 50 fps)

    1920 x 1080 (30, 25, 24 fps), 1280 x 720 (60, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)

    Selectable All i-frame or IPB compressions with embedded time code

    AF sensor

    TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor with 19 cross-type AF points (f/2.8 at centre); EV-0.5 - 18 EV (with centre f/2.8 point

    TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor with 11 points with centre cross-type point sensitive to EV -3

    AF configuration tool (Case 1-6)

    TTL-CT-SIR CMOS sensor with 61 points (up to 41 cross-type points); EV -2 to18 (with centre f/2.8 AF point; AF configuration tool (Case 1-6)

    Metering sensor

    TTL full aperture metering with 63 zone Dual Layer SPC
     Metering range: EV 1 - 20

    Metering modes

    Evaluative (linked to all AF points), Partial (9.4%), Spot (2.3%) linked to active AF point, Centre-weighted average

    Evaluative (linked to all AF points), Partial (8%), Spot (3.5%) linked to active AF point, Centre-weighted average

    Evaluative (linked to all AF points), Partial (6.2%), Spot (1.5%) linked to active AF point, Centre-weighted average

    Viewfinder

    Eye-level pentaprism,
     100% frame coverage
     Approx. 1.0x magnification
     Eyepoint: 22 mm

    -3.0 to +1.0 dpt

    Fixed focusing screen

    Eye-level pentaprism, 97% frame coverage, Approx.0.71x magnification,

    Eyepoint: 21 mm, 3.0 to +1.0 dpt; interchangeable focusing screen

    Eye-level pentaprism
     100% frame coverage

    Approx. 0.71x magnification,

    Eyepoint: 21 mm, 3.0 to +1.0 dpt;
     Fixed focusing screen

    LCD monitor

    3-inch TFT LCD
     920,000 dots

    3.2-inch TFT LCD 1.04 million dots

    3.2-inch TFT LCD 1.04 million dots 

    Continuous shooting / buffer memory

    Approx. 8 fps / up to 126 JPEGs, 15 RAW

    4.5 fps / up to 1250 full-resolution JPEGs, 17 RAW with a UHS-I SDHC or SDXC card

    Max. 6 fps / Approx. 65 JPEGs, 13 RAW, 7 RAW+JPEG

    Memory format

    Compact Flash (I, II and UDMA)

    SD, SDHC, SDXC (UHS-1 compatible)

    Dual slots for CF card (Type I, UDMA mode 7), SD/SDHC/SDXC

    Battery

    LP-E6

    Battery capacity (CIPA)

    Approx. 800 shots/charge

    Approx. 1090 shots/charge

    Approx. 950 shots/charge

    Dimensions

    148 x 111 x 74 mm 

    144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2 mm

    152.0 x 116.4 x 76.4 mm

    Weight (body only)

    Approx. 820 grams

    Approx. 680 grams

    Approx. 860 g

     

    Front, back and top views of the EOS 6D with no lens fitted. (Source: Canon.)

    Build and Ergonomics
     With its magnesium alloy front and rear chassis and polycarbonate resin top cover and cladding, the EOS 6D is built to the same high standard as the EOS 7D. Although it's not classed as 'weatherproof', it has dust- and drip-proof sealing in critical positions, as shown in the diagrams below.
     
     

    The diagram above shows the location of the dust- and drip-proof seals in the front of the EOS 6D body. (Source: Canon.)
     
     

    The diagram above shows the location of the rear dust- and drip-proof seals in the EOS 6D body. (Source: Canon.)
     The body design is typical of the EOS 'family' and photographers considering the 6D as an extra body will find most controls in familiar locations. The 6D is similar in size and weight (only 15g more) to the 60D and has a generous (though marginally shallower) grip that we found slightly more comfortable than the 60D's.
     

    Front views of the EOS 6D (top) and the EOS 60D (below) with no lens fitted and the reflex mirror raised to reveal their sensors. (Source: Canon.)

    Like the EOS 5D  and its successors, the EOS 6D lacks a built-in flash and its mode dial contains fewer settings than the EOS 60D (10 vs 15). But otherwise the top panel control layouts on both cameras are identical, as shown in the illustrations below.

    Front views of the top panels of the EOS 6D (top) and the EOS 60D (below) with no lens fitted, showing the similarities in their control layouts. (Source: Canon.)

    The mode dial turns through 360 degrees and is divided into three sections to cater for users of differing proficiency. There's a single Auto+ (Scene Intelligent Auto)mode for point-and-press usage, Creative Auto and Scene modes (see below) for users who require some assistance and P, Tv, Av, M and B (bulb) plus two Custom modes for storing collections of user-set camera parameters for expert photographers.

     The data LCD on the 6D, illuminated to show camera settings. (Source: Canon.)
     In line with Canon's high-end cameras, the EOS 6D has a top panel data LCD. It's monochrome-only but includes built-in illumination that can be switched on in dim lighting, as shown in the illustration above.

    There has been some button shuffling on the rear panel of the 6D that results in a layout that combines features of the 7D and 60D and is simpler than the 5D cameras. The monitor screen has a 3:2 aspect ratio that reflects the camera's frame format better than the 4:3 aspect ratio of the 5D II's screen.
     
     

    Back views of the EOS 6D (top) and the EOS 60D (below). (Source: Canon.)
     Like the 5D models, the 6D's monitor  is non-adjustable. It also supports the same Live View modes as the EOS 5D III. Interestingly, the 6D's rear panel lacks the other cameras' line-up of buttons along the left hand side of the monitor, resulting in a clean, uncluttered look.

    The Movie/Stills lever on the rear panel, which has a central Start/Stop button, is borrowed from the EOS 7D, albeit with a slightly different orientation. The Multi-Controller with central SET button is the same as other EOS enthusiast and professional cameras.

    The Quick Control Button is in roughly the same place as on the 60D but the Menu and Info buttons are above the monitor in the top left hand corner of the rear panel. The Magnify and Playback buttons are more conveniently located just above the Multi-Controller, while the Erase button  is positioned just below it. On the whole, these re-locations improve the handling of the camera.

    The Pentaprism viewfinder is similar to the finder in the EOS 5D II and has an eyepoint of 21 mm. It covers approximately 97% of the sensor's  field of view (0.01% less than the 5D II's finder) at a magnification of 0.71x, the same as in the  5D II. The new Eg-A II focusing screen supplied has been developed specifically for the 6D and is interchangeable with the Eg-D and Eg-S screens developed for the 5D II.

     The SD card slot on the 6D. (Source: Canon.)
     A single SD card slot is provided on the right hand side panel, just below the strap lug. The camera is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards including the new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards.
     

    The interface terminals on the left hand side of the 6D body. (Source: Canon.)

    Interface terminals include the standard Hi-Speed USB 2.0 and HDMI/VIDEO ports as we;; as an N3 terminal for the optional remote controller and a stereo jack for an external microphone. A wireless remote controller is available and the 6D can accept any of Canon's EX Speedlites.

    The LP-E6 battery pack is shared with a number of other EOS cameras, including the EOS 60D, 7D, 5D II and 5D III. A new battery grip (BGE13) has been developed for the 6D. It accepts two LP-E6 batteries or six AA batteries. 

    Other Features
    In the Creative Auto (CA) mode, users can obtain some control over image brightness, depth-of-field, Picture Style setting and Drive mode but not the degree of control provided by the P, Tv, Av, M and B modes. In most cases, sliders are displayed on the Quick control screen, along with an explanation of the parameter being adjusted. For example,  moving the Background slider to the left (Blurred) reduces depth of field, while moving it to the right (Sharp) brings everything into sharp focus by stopping down the lens aperture. 

    The Scene sub-menu contains the following pre-sets:  Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene and HDR Backlight Control. The last two are multi-exposure modes that combine frames into a single image. In the  Handheld Night Scene mode, four shots are taken with a range of shutter speeds and combined to minimise blurring. The HDR Backlight Control mode combines three images at different exposure levels to produce an image in which under-exposed area are brightened.

    This mode is similar to (but simpler than the in-camera HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode, which sets the camera to record three shots with different exposures. These images are combined using processing that suppresses over-exposure and boosts under-exposure, resulting in a single composite image with a wide dynamic range. Four settings are available for controlling exposure levels: Auto, +/-1EV, +/-2EV and +/-3EV. (The three images can't be saved separately.)

    Highlight tone Priority is also available as an in-camera setting. In this mode the exposure is set to increase the dynamic range in highlight areas, reducing the incidence of blown-out highlights.

    Multiple-exposure shooting is also supported, enabling between two and nine frames to be merged into a single composite image. Two methods for combining the images are available: Additive and Average.

    An Auto Lighting Optimiser setting sets the camera to analyse the brightness and contrast of subjects and compensate exposure to optimise brightness levels in the image. It's handy for subjects that are backlit, those with a wide brightness range and when the flash output is inadequate.

    Picture Style settings are the standard ones for Canon cameras and include  Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful and Monochrome.   

    Like its siblings, the 6D supports in-camera raw file processing, although only to JPEGs. Adjustments are available for brightness, white balance, Picture Style and the Auto Lighting Optimiser settings. Changes can also be made to the settings for High ISO speed noise reduction, JPEG image-recording quality and colour space. Corrections can also be applied for peripheral illumination, distortion and chromatic aberration.  

    Other noteworthy features in the 6D include the provision of a silent shooting mode the suppresses the noise made by the mirror bouncing up and down when shooting with the viewfinder and reduces the level of the shutter noise in Live View mode. Grid overlays and an electronic level can be overlaid on the monitor to assist shot composition in Live View mode.
     

    The illustration above shows the location of the built-in GPS receiver. (Source: Canon.)

    The 6D comes with a built-in GPS receiver that can record location data and display a GPS log with images. Information recorded as EXIF data for seamless geo-tagging while shooting includes longitude, latitude, elevation and Universal Coordinated Time (UTC) In situations where GPS reception is weak, the optional GPS Receiver GP-E2  can be used to augment the camera's receiver. It also includes an electronic compass.

    Autofocusing and Metering
     The AF system in the 6D is different from the systems in the 60D  or 7D and has an 11-point AF sensor array with a similar arrangement to the sensor in the EOS 5D Mk II. Two additional sensor points are located on either side of the central point. The AF points are displayed in the viewfinder using a transparent LCD overlay.

    The overall sensitivity of the 6D's AF system reaches down to -3EV, which is a first for an EOS camera. The central point is a 'high-precision' cross type sensor that is fully functional with lenses whose maximum aperture is f/2.8 or slower. When a brighter lens is used, this sensor is assisted by the two additional points.

    The  iFCL ('intelligent' Focus, Colour and Luminance) metering system has the same 63-zone pattern (an improvement on the 35-zone system in the 5D II) and a dual layer structure that suppresses the effects of backlighting and specular reflections. The double layers provide colour information that is combined with data about the main subject size and location from the AF system to provide colour-tracking information to the AF system plus stable exposure control.
     Video
     The  6D provides most of the same video functions as the 5D III and uses the same MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 recording format with a choice between the high-quality, high-compression IPB format and the ALL-I compression format. Note: a UHS-I Card is required for All i-frame compression. The table below shows the options available.

    Recording size

    File size

    Frame rates

    Compression method

    Recording speed

    Full HD

    1920x1080

    30p/25p/24p

    ALL-I

    Approx. 685 MB/min.

    IPB

    Approx. 235 MB/min.

    HD

    1280x720

    60p/50p

    ALL-I

    Approx. 610 MB/min.

    IPB

    Approx. 205 MB/min.

    SD

    640x480

    30p/25p

    IPB

    Approx. 78 MB/min.

    The IPB format uses Bi-directional compression, which is carried out by predicting the content of future frames on the basis of frames that have already been recorded and subsequent frames. The ALL-I format treats all frames as Intra-frames or key frames, although each frame is still compressed.  Each frame is seen as a discrete image, enabling easy frame grabbing from movie clips.

    Photographers can take full manual control over exposure and audio levels while recording video and the 6D includes an audio level display. In-camera time-coding is available following the industry standard format of Hour:Minute:Second:Frame as defined by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). The frame count runs from 00 to 29 frames and the time code can be set in four ways:  Count Up (the default), Start time setting,  Movie Rec. Count Movie play count.

    Time codes are displayed on the monitor while recording when the Movie Rec. Count is selected and the time code will flash for around 30 seconds before the file size reaches 4GB. Each 4GB file has to be played back individually and, if Movie play count is selected, the  associated time code for the recording is displayed during playback.

    AF support in movie mode is the same as in the EOS 5D III. Servo AF isn't supported, although the other AF modes are available. You can re-focus quickly by half-pressing the shutter button and capture a still image by pressing it all the way down (although this pauses movie recording for roughly one second).

    The 6D also allows users to attach an external stereo microphone and monitor sound levels on the monitor screen while recording movies. Many in-camera effects are alaso available in movie mode.

    Wi-Fi
     The EOS 6D is the first Canon DSLR with a built-in Wi-Fi transmitter that allows JPEG images and video clips to be sent to the user’s choice of Wi-Fi-enabled devices. Options include PowerShot cameras, smart-phones, Wi-Fi enabled printers and cloud-based destinations including social networks (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube etc) and storage systems like the Canon Image Gateway (https://www.canon.com.au/CiG).

    Some of these options require an internet access point and data charges may apply to some storage networks. Images can also be transmitted wirelessly to a DLNA-compatible media player, such as the Sony PlayStation 3 or Microsoft Xbox360 for displaying on large- screen TV sets. This is an easy way to present slideshows to family members and friends.

    A free Canon EOS Remote app is available for iOS and Android systems – another first for EOS – to enable a smart-phone or wireless device like a tablet PC to remotely connect, control and operate the connected EOS 6D. This app also lets photographers use their smart-phone to trigger the camera's shutter, change aperture, shutter speed, ISO and exposure settings and adjust the focus on the Live View screen.

    They can also preview still images on the camera's monitor, either as thumbnails or single images, and shots can be selected,  rated, transferred to the smart-phone or deleted. JPEG and RAW images will be transferred and saved as JPEG images and reduced to the appropriate size for the receiving device. JPEG shots can also be transferred between Wi-Fi-enabled devices wirelessly with automatic re-sizing.

    The camera's shutter can also be triggered remotely using a computer with wireless LAN capability. This features is handy for photographing sports and wildlife in situations where close-up shooting isn't possible.

    Sensor and Image Processing
    The 35.8 x 23.9 mm, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor is a brand new chip. It's coupled to the same DIGIC 5+ image processor as is used in the EOS 5D III. Consequently, the 6D can offer the same sensitivity range as the 5D III, covering ISO 100 to ISO 25600 in the auto and manual adjustment modes and offering expansion to L (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 51200) and H2 (ISO 102400).

    Like other EOS cameras. the 6D supports both CR2.RAW and JPEG capture and can record raw files in three sizes and also RAW+JPEG pairs. The table below provides a guide to typical file sizes for 3:2 aspect ratio images.

    Quality

    Pixels

    File size

    JPEG

    Large

    5472 x 3648

    Approx. 20.2 megapixels

    Medium

    3648 x 2432

    Approx. 8.90 megapixels

    Small 1

    2736 x 1824

    Approx. 5.00 megapixels

    Small 2

    1920 x 1280

    Approx. 2.50 megapixels

    Small 3

    720 x 480

    Approx. 350,000 pixels

    RAW

    RAW

    5472 x 3648

    Approx. 20.2 megapixels

    M-RAW

    4104 x 2736

    Approx. 11 megapixels

    S-RAW

    2736 x 1824

    Approx. 5 megapixels

    RAW+JPEG

    5472 x 3648

    Approx. 20.2 megapixels

    Continuous shooting is available at up to 4.5 frames per second (fps) for up to 1250 full-resolution JPEGs or up to 17 RAW images in a single burst with a UHS-I certified SDHC or SDXC card.

    In Summary
     The rush to produce an 'affordable' full-frame DSLR will be welcomed by keen photographers everywhere. Sony took the lead with its SLT-A99 which sits more comfortably in the 'pro' category and is likely to be too highly priced for most enthusiasts.

    Enthusiasts' eyes are more likely to fall upon the Nikon D600, which was unveiled late last week, and now Canon's EOS 6D.

    Nikon appears able to have its cameras in stores before either Sony or Canon. The SLT-A99 is scheduled for release in early November, which Canon buyers will have to wait until the beginning of December to get their hands on an EOS 6D. 

    The camera choice  for individual buyers will be influenced considerably by pre-existing alliances. If you already have a suite of lenses you'll need a powerful incentive to swap systems and it's difficult to see any powerful reasons to make such a swap on the basis of the information currently available.

    We've prepared the following table comparing key features of the new 'full frame' DSLRs to help uncommitted photographers (and those contemplating a system change) decide.

     

    Canon EOS 6D

    Nikon D600

    Sony SLT-A99

    Sensor size

    35.8 x 23.9 mm

    35.9 x 24.0 mm

    36 x 24 mm

    Effective resolution

    20.2 megapixels

    24.3 megapixels

    24.3 megapixels

    A/D processing

    14-bit

    12- or 14-bit

    14-bit

    Stabilisation

    Lens based

    Body integrated

    Max. image size

    5472 x 3648 pixels

    6016 x 4016 pixels

    6048 x 4032 pixels

    Movie settings

    1920 x 1080 at 30p/25p/24p, 1280 x 720 at 60p/50p, 640 x 480 at 30p/25p

    1920 x 1080; 30 at 25 p, 24 p 1280 x 720 at 60 p, 50 p, 30 p, 25 p

    1920 x 1080 at 50p, 50i, 24p; 1280 x 720 at 30 fps, 1440 x 1080 and 640 x 480 at 30/25 fps

    Shutter speeds

    30 to 1/4000 seconds

    30 to 1/4000 seconds

    30 to 1/8000 seconds

    Shutter rating

    100,000 cycles

    150,000 cycles

    200,000 cycles

    Max. burst speed

    4.5 fps

    5.5 fps

    6 fps full frame

    Storage media

    Single SD/SDHC/SDXC slot; UHS-1 compatible

    Dual slots; for SD, SDHC and SDXC cards; UHS compatible and fully configurable 

    Viewfinder

    Eye-level pentaprism with approx 97% FOV

    Eye-level pentaprism; 100% FOV for FX, 97% for DX 

    1.3 cm XGA (1024 x 768-pixel) OLED Tru-Finder with 2,359,296 dots; 100% FOV

    Monitor

    3.2-inch TFT LCD, approx. 1.04 million dots

    3.2-inch TFT LCD, 921k dots

    Tilting 3.0-inch, 1,228,800-dot, Xtra Fine LCD

    Focusing system

    TTL SIR, phase detection with 11 AF points; centre cross-type point

     Multi-CAM 4800 with TTL phase detection;  39 focus points (incl. 9 cross-type sensors)

    Hybrid AF system with on-sensor phase detection array; 102 points (all cross type)

    ISO range

    50-102,400 (expanded)

    50-25,600(expanded)

    50-102,400 (expanded)

    Bracketing

    Exposure, white balance

    Exposure, flash, white balance, ADL

    Exposure

    Built-in flash

    No

    Yes / GN 12 (m/ISO 100)

    No

    Built-in Wi-Fi

    Yes

    No (accessory available)

    No - but Eye-Fi ready

    Built-in GPS

    Yes

    No (accessory available)

    Yes

    Movie format/ options

    MPEG-4 AVC/H.264/ intraframe / interframe

    MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

    AVCHD / MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

    Time coding

    Yes

    No (index marking available)

    No

    Battery/capacity

    LP-E6 / 600-700 shots/charge

    EN-EL15 / not specified

    NP-FM500H /up to 500 shots/charge

    Dimensions (wxhxd)

    144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2 mm

    141 x 113 x 82 mm

    147 x 111.2 x 78.4 mm

    Weight (body only)

    Approx. 690 grams

    Approx. 760 grams

    Approx. 733 grams

    Due for release

    December, 2012

    September, 2012

    November, 2012

    Expected selling price ($AU approx.)

    $2240

    $2497

    $3499

    To some degree, the prices of these three cameras reflect their overall build quality; the Canon and Nikon models aren't in the same class as the Sony A99, which is more solidly built, right down to its shutter mechanism. That doesn't say there's anything wrong with the  build quality of the Canon and Nikon cameras; it just not quite up to professional standards. If you're not tough on gear, these bodies will be just fine.

    Any of these cameras should allow a competent photographer to produce excellent A2-sized prints. And, for photographers who like such features, they all come pre-loaded with 'creative' functions that include dynamic range controls, picture styles and filter effects. They are also compatible with a wide selection of lenses and other accessories.

    SPECS
    Image sensor: Approx. 35.8 x 23.9 mm CMOS sensor with 20.2 megapixels effective
    Image processor: DIGIC 5+
    A/D processing: 14-bit
    Lens mount: Canon EF
    Focal length crop factor: 1x
    Image formats: Stills – CR2.RAW with M-RAW and S-RAW options, JPEG (Exif 2.3), RAW+JPEG; Movies – MPEG-4 AVC / H.264 with Linear PCM audio; IPB  and ALL-I (I-only) compression modes
    Image Sizes: Stills – 5472 x 3648, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824, 1920 x 1280, 720 x 480; Movies: 1920x1080 (Full HD): 30p/25p/24p, 1280x720 (HD) : 60p/50p, 640x480 (SD) : 30p/25p; Time code supported
    Image Stabilisation: Lens based
    Dust removal: Vibrations of low-pass filter; Auto, Manual, Dust Delete Data appending modes
    Shutter speed range: 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus bulb, X-sync at 1/180 sec.
    Exposure Compensation: +/-5 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-EV increments for stills; +/-3 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-EV increments for movies
    Exposure bracketing: +/-3 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-EV increments (can be combined with manual exposure compensation)
    Self-timer:  2 or 10 seconds delay
    Focus system: TTL secondary image-registration, phase detection system with 11 AF points; centre cross-type AF at f/5.6, vertical line sensitive AF at f/2.8
    Focus modes: One-Shot AF, AI Servo AF (with Tracking sensitivity,  acceleration & deceleration tracking adjustments), AI Focus AF, Manual focusing (MF); AF Microadjustment; AF-assist beam (from EOS-dedicated external Speedlite)
    Exposure metering: 63-zone TTL full-aperture metering with Evaluative (linked to all AF points), Centre-weighted average, Partial (approx. 8.0% of viewfinder at centre) and Spot (approx. 3.5% of viewfinder at centre) metering
    Shooting modes: Program AE, Scene Intelligent Auto, Creative Auto, Special scene (Portrait, Landscape, Close-up, Sports, Night Portrait, Handheld Night Scene, HDR Backlight Control), Program, Shutter-priority AE, Aperture-priority AE, Manual exposure, Bulb exposure
    Picture Style/Control settings: Auto, Standard, Portrait, Landscape, Neutral, Faithful, Monochrome, User Def. 1 - 3
    Colour space options: sRGB, Adobe RGB
    Custom functions: 20 plus My Menu registration and copyright data embedding
    ISO range: Basic Zone modes: ISO 100 - 12800 set automatically; P, Tv, Av, M, B: Auto ISO, ISO 100 - 25600 (in 1/3- or whole-stop increments), or ISO expansion to L (ISO 50), H1 (ISO 51200), H2 (equivalent to ISO 102400)
    White balance: Auto, Preset (Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Tungsten, White fluorescent, Flash), Custom, Color temperature setting (Approx. 2500-10000K), White balance correction, and White balance bracketing possible; Flash color temperature information transmission enabled
    Flash: External flashgun only
    Flash exposure adjustment: +/-3 EV in 1/3- or 1/2-EV increments
    Sequence shooting: Max. approx. 4.5 shots/sec. for up to 1250 full-resolution JPEGs or 17 CR2.RAW files with a UHS-I certified SDHC or SDXC card
    Other features: HDR shooting with Auto, +/-1 EV, +/-2 EV, +/-3 EV DR adjustment & auto image align; Multiple-exposures (2 to 9 shots with Additive or Average blending control)
    Storage Media: Single slot for SD/SDHC/SDXC memory cards; UHS-1  compatible
    Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism with approx 97% FOV coverage, eyepoint approx. 21 mm, 0.71x magnification, dioptric adjustment of -3.0 to +1.0 dpt; interchangeable focusing screen (Eg-A II provided), electronic level and depth-of-field preview available
    LCD monitor: 3.2-inch TFT colour LCD with approx. 1.04 million dots; 7 levels of brightness adjustment, electronic level
    Live View shooting: FlexiZone AF - Single, Face detection Live mode (contrast detection), Quick mode (phase-difference detection), Manual focusing (Approx. 5x / 10x magnification possible); 3:2, 4:3, 16:9, 1:1 aspect ratio settings, silent shooting (Mode 1 and 2), grid overlay (3 types)
    Data LCD: Yes
    Playback functions: Single image display, Single image + Info display (Basic info, shooting info, histogram), 4-image index, 9-image index; highlight alert, Approx. 1.5x - 10x magnification, jump by 10 or 100 images, by shooting date, by folder, by movies, by stills, by rating, movie playback, slideshow (all images, by date, by folder, by movies, by stills, or by rating), background ,music selectable for slideshows and movie playback; in-camera raw image processing, direct printing of JPEG and raw images supported 
    Interface terminals: A/V out/digital terminal USO 2.0, HDMI (Type C Mini), external microphone IN (3.5 mm stereo jack), terminal for N3-type remote controller, wireless remote controller RC-6 and Eye-Fi card compatible
    Power supply: LP-E6  rechargeable lithium-ion battery; CIPA rated for approx. 1090 shots/charge with viewfinder shooting; approx. 220 shots/charge with live view
    Dimensions (wxhxd): Approx. 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2 mm
    Weight: Approx. 690 grams (body only)

    RRP: t.b.d.

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