Canon EOS 6D, PowerShot G15, S110, SX50 HS officially announced

The Canon EOS 6D is now officially announced (prices and pre-order links: body only | kit | G15 | S110 | SX50). Sample images and videos can be found here.

Canon 6D promo videos:

Canon also announced three new PoweShot cameras:

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot G15

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Canon PowerShot SX50 HS

Press release:

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today introduced the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera, a versatile mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave. Canon has coupled the incredible image quality of a newly designed 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5+ Image Processor with the creative potential of built-in Wireless and GPS features. The camera also includes an 11-point AF array and 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor together with 1080p Full HD video capabilities, in an affordable camera body. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D Mark II camera so successful, the EOS 6D bridges the gap for budget-minded photographers, videographers and cinematographers who are eager to step up into the world of full-frame imaging.

"The introduction of this camera completes a well-rounded ecosystem from input through output for Canon, allowing us to provide the right combination of features for every level of photographer. We believe the EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera along with our new PIXMA Pro printers will help unlock the creative vision of so many who aspire to capture and display their artistic abilities," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.

Designed for advanced amateurs and videographers making the move to a full-frame Digital SLR, the EOS 6D fits neatly into Canon's professional imaging system with an advanced feature set including full manual options for creative control in addition to new and intuitive automatic settings to help even novice photographers capture great images. The camera's construction helps meet the needs of professionals with a 100,000-cycle shutter durability and EOS Integrated Cleaning System for high-quality vibration-based dust removal. Among the many advancements in Canon's new EOS 6D is the Company's proprietary DIGIC 5+ Image Processor that powers the camera's fast 14-bit analog-to-digital conversion for exceptionally smooth color tones and gradation. The camera offers a full-frame, 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor and continuous shooting up to 4.5 frames per second (fps).

Thanks to the combination of its new CMOS image sensor and the powerful DIGIC 5+ image processor, the EOS 6D provides a wide ISO range from 100-25600 with a low setting, L: 50 and two high settings, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400. These outstanding low-light capabilities allow the EOS 6D to easily capture dimly lit scenes such as wedding ceremonies, indoor corporate events, or landscapes at dusk. To support the ample sensitivity of the new camera's sensor, the EOS 6D camera's Auto Focus (AF) system includes a newly-developed 11-point AF sensor featuring a high-precision center cross-type point with an exceptional EV -3 sensitivity rating for accurate focusing even in extremely low-light conditions.

The EOS 6D has a large 3.0-inch Clear View LCD monitor with 1,040,000 dot VGA resolution and 170 degree viewing angle, with high-transparency multicoating for maximum protection and clarity when viewing images or navigating menu screens. When used for Live View shooting, the camera's bright high-performance LCD screen provides 100 percent coverage, for easy focusing and framing.

Full-Frame 1080p Full HD Video

Videographers, student filmmakers, and creative independent spirits will appreciate the full-frame video capabilities of the EOS 6D in an affordable and compact body. Borrowing from the best of the EOS 5D-series, the EOS 6D provides full manual control over exposure and audio levels while recording video. The camera features NTSC and PAL video modes at multiple frame rates, recording 1080p at 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps, 720p at 60 (59.94) and 50 fps and standard video at 30 (29.97) and 25 fps. The camera provides up to 29 minutes and 59 seconds of continuous recording (with 4GB automatic file partitioning) in selectable All i-framei or IPB compressions with embedded timecode. Especially when used with large aperture lenses, the EOS 6D camera's full-frame sensor offers a tremendous degree of creative control over depth-of-field, helping users to achieve pro-quality cinematic effects in Full HD video recordings.

Built-in Wireless and GPS

For the ultimate in DSLR connectivity and control, the EOS 6D features a built-in wireless transmitter which allows the camera to share images and video with the user's choice of wireless devices such as select PowerShot cameras, smartphones, or tablets, as well as cloud-based destinations including social networking sites through the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYii iii. A very intuitive and useful wireless feature is the new, free Canon EOS Remote app available for iOS and Android systems which will allow a smartphone or wireless device such as a tablet to remotely connect, control and operate the connected EOS 6Div. This seamless connection and control will open new opportunities for professional photographers shooting weddings or remote wildlife, without the need for tethered operation or accessories.

For on-location shooters, landscape photographers or enthusiast photo travelers, the EOS 6D features a built-in GPS receiver to record longitude, latitude, elevation and Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) as EXIF data for seamless geo-tagging while shooting. The GPS coordinates are appended to each image and easily syncs with Canon software or mapping apps on social network sites to show image locations. Use of UTC data allows images to be chronologically mapped and trails plotted and recorded.v

Boundless Creativity

To help photographers unlock their full creative potential and explore all the different avenues of digital photography, the EOS 6D includes several creative modes for image capture. First is the HDR (High Dynamic Range) mode allowing the camera to capture three separate exposures and combine them in-camera for a stunning image capturing both enhanced shadow detail and bright highlights. Next is the camera's Multiple Exposure mode where users can combine up to nine individual images into a single composite image, with no need for later computer post-processing. Four different compositing methods are provided for maximum creative control, including Additive, Average, Bright and Dark. Compositing results can be viewed in real time on the camera's LCD monitor, and there is a one-step Undo command that allows photographers to delete an image and try again if desired. The EOS 6D will even allow photographers to specify a previously captured RAW image as the starting point for a new Multiple Exposure composite image. In addition to HDR and Multiple Exposure modes are Canon's standard Scene Intelligent Auto and special scene modes to capture great images with ease. The camera is compatible with SD, SDHC, and SDXC memory cards including the new Ultra High Speed (UHS-I) cards.

Pricing and Availability

The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $2,099.00 and it will additionally be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $2,899.00. Both configurations are expected to be available in December 2012.

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  • hmmmm, that 6D video is somehow underwhelming

  • mythbuster

    Another deception. I was wrong and G15 is far worse than I was expecting. Not only it still has the 1/1.7″ sensor and 28 mm wide angle, but also the same horrible viewfinder of G12 and G1X. Yes, the lens is brighter, but that is all.

  • Ke

    I was hoping/expecting the G15 to have a 1 inch sensor. At least then the extra size makes sense compared to the S110.

  • Thank you, but I’ll stick with Nikon.

  • 6D seems more than just a 5D II in a new body. Not bad…

  • Vlad

    What is the point of this? It’s worse than D600 in many ways yet still at the same price.

    Donald Trump would fire EVERYONE

    • AM

      And I still think the Nikon D600 is overpriced….

    • ProtoWhalePig

      Well, it’s *much* better at compatibility with my EOS lenses.

  • Bernard

    The AF system in the D600 is not that fast if like some other Nikon’s. I have seen some real life Nikon Fanboys complain, so I would not get too upset at that difference. The low light sensitivity of the new central point on the 6D is a help too for some photographers. So that is a real improvement.

    Reading user experiences of the 5D3 also suggest not all the bells and whistles work on the top end stuff anyway. If your a sports pro. The 1DX is probably the best option in Canon range. If your a sport am, then the 7D is more practical and will save you a bunch on lenses.. I guess the 5D3 sits nicely between for those that also need full frame but can’t afford or don’t want a big 1Dx…

    The 6D diamond layout of the AF points is a slight optical distraction, but understanding the light flux of a DSLR/SLR does suggest they have placed them for maximum effect for function, albeit not for photographic esthetics… Having said that many users will be like me and just using the central point followed by FTM, so in some ways a snappier AF in the center is better than a hesitant low end multi point…

    Seems they have micro adjustment on lenses. Again another nice feature to keep…

    Ditto some other changes, I suspect Canon are aiming at practical use for real photogs rather than spec sheet braggers… If the larger pixels help toward less banding for those that push the shadows, that will be helpful… Just have to wait to see how this new 6D performs… I not after high ISO stuff but the Chroma Noise of the D600 is a bit of a let down. Not that bad but on Canon’s 1Dx and 5D3 its been almost too clean, great to loose chroma noise but not at the expense of LOOK. If this sensor looks good on skin etc they may have a better option for photogs who need that more than all the other whizz bang features… I liked the samples I saw so far seemed to have the nice look Nikon get at ISO 100…

  • MB

    As far as I remember Nikon and Canon never had such a direct competitive (same format, same target, same price …) products announced almost at the same time.
    We will finally be able to find out which one is better, or will we?

    • MB

      Oh, and I just wander if Canon will follow Nikon insane Europe pricing …

  • ELK

    Dear admin. Just for fun – I understand that there maybe some specifict subconcious attitude towards Canon, but calling them PoweShrot may be a bit too mean towards these rather good S and G series, at least for people with knowledge of German (see German – Schrott) :))

    • too funny, this was actually a typo

  • I can’t believe I am reading this:
    D600 is overpriced. (YES)
    6D is worst than D600 in many way. (Yes, two less zeros).
    Same price as NIKON D600 – Yes, about that.

    5D MKIII priced at $3499 when announced, and last week, I saw a deal @ $2799 which is 20% OFF. Because Nikon just price controlled all the retailers since last year. 6D at $1680 in a few months, then we will see a lot brand switch.

    • Pablo Ricasso

      By the time that thing is available for the 2100, Nikon might already be in a position to have a lower price or rebates. Just sayin’…

  • Guru

    The Price Point is ridiculous, for the 6d As well As for the Nikon D600. We’re broken in Europe, and we will simply not shell out 2000€ for a entry level FF. Greed is good, but it is killing economy right now. Where is the camera manufacturer that would offer a 1500$/€ FF camera? Sony could have done it, but they didn’t have the cojones for it, or Pentax, but they don’t have the will either. I won’t by anything of this, and even not the RX1 with its ridiculous price. vale!

    • EuroPoor

      saying a FF camera should cost X doesn’t make it happen.

      The price is high but understandable – Canon is selling to people who have money to spend. if you don’t have money to spend on cameras, buy food.

      when the economy and competition prevail, Canon will price adjust accordingly.

      • Guru

        No, you’re wrong, the price is not understandable. Nothing in this cameras justifies their price. As for your credit-card-ego (but probably you are simply a Canikon troll), go on, by this crap! I will get a D700 or a 5dmkii, better cameras for less money, and I’m not the only one.

  • Renato S.

    The only real advantage for the Canon’s camera videowise is the ability to shoot pretty well in high ISO and…

    that’s it…

    So if that’s what matter, you should go for it…

  • Marsu42

    The bad catch of the 6d is that it has a “anti-5d3” af system – with lenses of f2.8 and faster the one central cross point degenerates to non-cross, a major regression from the 5d2. Canon made sure the 6d is a hq tourist camera (wifi, gps) and not a “poor man’s 5d3” by trading in af precision for low light capability. In comparison to the 5d2/5d3 and d600/d800 the 6d is ridiculously overpriced, even more as the 5d3 on release.

    • Mike Drew

      How do you or anybody posting here – including me – know anything about the 6D? Have you seen it, held it, shot with it? The autofocus might be an issue if you are shooting sports but really, if you can’t focus on a tree in a field or a subject’s eyes in a portrait without 947 cross-type focus points, then you really should take up another hobby. Unless your hobby is uninformed speculation. You’ve really got that one nailed so stick with it.
      As far as the 6D being an hq tourist camera, sign me up. The specs for the video are superb – same as the 5D 3 which I already own – and low-light capability means being able to capture all kinds of interesting things as you see them. You know, the kind of stuff actual photographers do.
      And $2100 bucks for this is a steal. If you have Canon or Canon-mount glass and you want to bump up to full-frame, you don’t have to be a rocket surgeon to see this as a great deal.
      The Nikon D600 is equally good but it’s not a Canon-beater. It’s simply the Nikon equivalent of the 6D. And vice-versa. You got Nikon glass, buy the Nikon.
      But for God’s sake don’t knock any of these things until you can get your hands on them. Really, this spec-sheet fuelled foolishness has to stop. You are really doing first-time buyers a great disservice with all your ranting. Both cameras are great in their own ways and it’s unlikely anybody who buys either one will be disappointed.
      The G15, though, is a waste of time and money.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        “The Nikon D600 is equally good but it’s not a Canon-beater.”

        “But for God’s sake don’t knock any of these things until you can get your hands on them. Really, this spec-sheet fuelled foolishness has to stop. You are really doing first-time buyers a great disservice with all your ranting.”

        So then I’m assuming you said the first statement because you have got your hands on them?

        • NerdBuster

          More junk from Pablo Fracasso.

          • Pablo Ricasso

            How it must SUCK to work in Canon sales, Buster. I had been doing fairly good at respecting your company’s annoyingly SUB PAR products, because I agree with much of what Mike has been saying – that it is really the photographer that makes almost all the difference, and because I actually like a handful of the more expensive Canon lenses.
            But then I see people working in the food chain of that company come on here and start smearing the most groundbreaking cameras I’ve seen in a long time, nitpicking one little point here and there, including things that aren’t really issues, all the while ignoring the vast inferiority of that which they advocate, offending my sensibilities by inferring that their product should even be compared. And then you get personal, when I’ve been trying to be open minded, unbiased, and polite, which really shows that you’ve not got anything to argue with and the level to which you will stoop.
            It must be “nerdy” to know the difference between a Ferrari and a Mustang LX.
            YOUR COMPANY LOST>It SUCKS to be you.

  • dave

    this optical superzoom war is getting beyond a joke. really 50x optical. how about these camera companies concentrate on image quality rather than optical zoom. hey look at me ive got 30x, hey look at me ive 50x. … woopee!!!!.

    • Mike

      It was actually a rhetorical statement but you have a point. I should have phrased it better. Caught by my own spec-sheet foolishness.

      • Pablo Ricasso

        We all do that. I’m really excited about the Nikon because I’ve looked at some of the pictures. I’ll look at the Canon pictures in a few months. I’m glad there’s a Canon too, and hope for a Pentax, because it will guarantee a battle for the lowest price. By late next year both cameras should be cheaper than the D200 was when it came out. Everybody wins.
        Maybe someday I’ll buy an old D3x and an A850 or something, to take the place of my Kodak.

  • Jem .C

    Nikons are know to have slower auto focus system than Canons, so it doesn’t how many AF point they claim in the specs, end of day, the performance will still be about the same. I’d still stick to the high iso capabilities of the canon anyday.

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