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A Full frame Canon DSLR

After collecting Canon 6D rumours for the last seven years, it's finally been announced as Canon's most 'affordable' full frame DSLR.

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As you might expect...

...we'll keep an eye out for 6D Mk2 rumours ;-)

6D Key features

Avalable at B&H Body Only - Kit 24-105 | Adorama 6D body | kit | EOS 6D at Amazon: Body | Kit

 6D Information

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2014 March

  • 19th A firmware update to V1.1.4
  • 1. Fixes a phenomenon in which some images cannot be transferred to mobile devices running the EOS Remote app.
    2. Corrects an error in the German language Feature Guide.
    3. Corrects an error in the Korean language Feature Guide.

2013 August

  • 8th In the US, rebates on the 6D and 100D (SL1) have been extended though to the end of August.

rebate deals - us


  • 8th Nauticam underwater housing for the 6D announced


  • 9th New firmware: V1.1.3 fixes minor issues


  • 13th Full review at DPReview
  • 5D3/6d/D600 feature comaprison
  • Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 5D Mark III Nikon D600
    Effective Pixels 20.2 MP 22.3 MP 24.3 MP
    ISO Range 100-25600 standard
    50-102800 expanded
    100-25600 standard
    50-102800 expanded
    100-6400 standard
    50-25600 expanded
    AF points 11 61 39
    Screen 3"
    1,040,000 dots
    1,040,000 dots
    921,000 dots
    Viewfinder 97% coverage
    0.71x magnification
    100% coverage
    0.71x magnification
    100% coverage
    0.7x magnification
    Built-in flash No No Yes
    Continuous drive 4.5 fps 6 fps 5.5 fps
    Storage SD Compact flash and SD SD - 2 slots
    (inc batteries)
    770g (1.7 lb) 950g (2.1 lb) 850g (1.9 lb)
    Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm
    (5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8")
    152 x 116 x 76 mm
    (6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0")
    141 x 113 x 82 mm
    (5.6 x 4.5 x 3.2")
    Wi-Fi + GPS Built-in Optional Optional
  • 9th 6D/5D3 comparison at EPZ


  • 4th Reviews - LC | RM
  • 3rd 6D review from a working wedding photographer [MS]
  • 6D review at Gizm Good camera but doesn't like video.

2012 December

  • 23rd Review at [PF]
  • 22nd The CPN tips and tricks page has a number aimed at 6D users
  • 14th Firmware update to V1.1.2 (Win | Mac)
  • Firmware Version 1.1.2 incorporates the following fix.
  • Fixes a phenomenon which prevents movie files shot using EOS 6D Digital SLR cameras from being played back on YouTube.
  • Firmware version 1.1.2 may present some Video Snapshot limitations. Please review the two scenarios and the workaround provided below.
  • EOS 6D running Firmware Version 1.0.9:
    If a video snapshot captured when the camera was running firmware 1.0.9 is combined with a video snapshot created by a camera which was running firmware 1.1.2, the resulting video snapshot album will be corrupted.
    EOS 6D running Firmware Version 1.1.2:
    If you try to add a video snapshot from a camera running firmware 1.1.2 to the video snapshot album created when the camera was running firmware 1.0.9, a warning message “Cannot select this movie” will appear and the video snapshot cannot be added to the album.
    Please follow the following workaround to help addresses the two scenarios described above.
  • Shoot a video snapshot and create a video snapshot album.
    Import the captured video snapshot album to your computer.
    Start ImageBrowser EX, an application bundled with the EOS 6D.
    Select the video snapshot album, and select [Edit Movie] in the [Edit] tab.
    MovieEdit Task will start.
    Select [Add Image] and select video snapshot album to add the movie snapshot.
    Select [Save] and [Save image type], and then click [Save].
  • 12th DxOMark test scores for the 6D
    • "The EOS 6D offers a well-balanced performance across all three testing metrics, doing enough to put it into 10th place overall on the sensor rankings. Given the price, this does offer very good value for money, matched only by the Nikon D600. It suggests that this new market segment could be a real hotbed of key models for the major manufacturers and is therefore one to watch carefully."
  • 6th Canon service advisory - only for people who upload movies from card directly to youtube...
    • The temporary fix would be: not doing it
  • 1. Download the movie file(s) from the EOS 6D camera to your computer.
    2. Start ImageBrowser EX, an application bundled with the EOS 6D.
    3. After selecting the movie file(s) to be uploaded, select [Edit Movies] in the [Edit] tab from the menu bar of ImageBrowser EX.
    4. “MovieEdit Task” will start. Save the movie using the [Save] menu on the screen.
    5. Upload the saved movie to YouTube.


  • 29th Some pre-production video info [P5D]
  • 28th 6D Manuals available for download at Canon UK


  • 28th Amazon UK are listing availability for the 6D as the first of March 2013.
    • Six months from announcement?
  • 1st Somewhat meaningless specs comparison between 6D & D600 at TNC whilst there is a bit more nuanced discussion at BKB


  • 22nd Back from a pleasant holiday, and just updating the various "I picked one up and this is what we will call a 'preview'"
  • See also an interview with Canon at [IR] - some of Canon's thoughts about the 6D - don't be fooled by the 'what's next' bit in the article title though ;-)
  • 20th A quick note form someone at Photokina, after handling the camera [FM]
  • EOS remote software (Canon) use your phone as a remote control.
  • 18th Still updating the page - I'm on holiday at the moment, so updates are only once a day ;-)
  • 17th Camera announced - this page will be updated as we find more info.
  • Looks to be an interesting set of options. If you want a more whistles and bells approach then the D600 and 5D3 offer more, at a price. It will be interesting to see how well Canon have judged the 'entry' level FF DSLR market requirements.
  • UK Pricing and availability - Available in December.
    EOS 6D (body only) – £1,799,
    EOS 6D plus EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – £ 2,519.99
    BG-E13 battery grip – £249.99
  • If you're new to the Northlight site - welcome, and I hope you find it useful. If you get a chance, have a look at our many hundreds of photography articles and reviews - Keith

Pre release rumours and info is retained further down the page

rear view of the 6D

Compare the 600D/5D3/D600

  Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 5D Mark III Nikon D600
 Effective Pixels 20.2 MP 22.3 MP 24.3 MP
 ISO Range 100-25600 standard
50-102800 expanded
100-25600 standard
50-102800 expanded
100-6400 standard
50-25600 expanded
 No of AF points 11 61 39
 Screen 3.2"
1,040,000 dots
1,040,000 dots
921,000 dots
 Viewfinder 97% coverage
0.71x magnification
100% coverage
0.71x magnification
100% coverage
0.7x magnification
 Built-in flash  No No  Yes
 Continuous drive 4.5 fps 6 fps 5.5 fps
 Storage SD Compact flash SD
2 slots
 (inc batteries)
770g (1.7 lb) 950g (2.1 lb) 850g (1.9 lb)
 Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm
   (5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8")
152 x 116 x 76 mm
   (6.0 x 4.6 x 3.0")
141 x 113 x 82 mm
   (5.6 x 4.5 x 3.2")
 Wi-Fi + GPS  Built-in  Optional  Optional

6d comparisons

canon 6d front view

6D Release info

Canon Press Release [USA]

Canon Announces Its Smallest and Lightest Full-Frame Digital SLR Camera For Serious Photographers

The EOS 6D Digital SLR Camera Includes a New Full-Frame Sensor, Built-in Wireless and GPS

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.

6D side viewDesigned 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.

top view of 6D

UK Press info

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 17 September 2012 – Canon today unveils its latest EOS DSLR for serious photography enthusiasts – the EOS 6D. A similar size and weight to the EOS 60D, the EOS 6D is the world’s lightest[i] <#_edn1> DSLR to feature a full-frame CMOS sensor, making it ideal for travel, portrait and landscape photographers. The model creates a new entry point into Canon’s full-frame line-up, and is perfect for those who want greater control over depth of field, or to maximise the impact of shooting with the EOS system’s extensive range of wide-angle EF lenses.

The EOS 6D combines a powerful, full-frame imaging system and superior low-light performance with a compact, robust and lightweight design. For the first time in any EOS model, Wi-Fi[ii] <#_edn2> and GPS[iii] <#_edn3> connectivity are included, empowering photographers to capture stunning images on the move, tag them with location information and wirelessly transfer them to a computer, the cloud, or smartphones.

Incredible images in all conditions

Benefiting from 25 years of EOS innovation, the EOS 6D features a newly-designed 20.2 Megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor that allows photographers to produce poster-sized prints, or to crop into their shots with no compromise in quality. A native ISO range of ISO 100-25,600 (extendable to 50-102,400) also makes capturing crisp, natural shots in near darkness easier than ever before.

A new 11-point AF system also offers the strongest low light performance of any Canon AF system to date. With focusing down to EV-3, the equivalent of moonlight, subjects remain in-focus in even the most challenging lighting conditions – offering the freedom to shoot landscapes or portraits at night and capture the true atmosphere of the scene with minimal noise.

Explore your creativity to the full

The inclusion of a full-frame sensor offers greater control over depth of field in portraits, allowing photographers to easily isolate their subjects with attractive background blur. With the EOS 6D, photographers can now also explore the full potential of their wide-angle EF lenses to capture every detail of a sweeping landscape, with models ranging from 8mm to 800mm. Additionally powerful DIGIC 5+ image processing offers a host of automatic modes and creative shooting features, complementing full manual controls to offer total flexibility to a wide range of users.

The EOS 6D is full of advanced features to assist photographers in capturing outstanding quality landscapes and portraits. HDR mode enables the capture of both highlights and low lights in tricky lighting conditions, while Multiple Exposures allows photographers to combine up to nine separate exposures into a single image in-camera, creating a dramatic effect in the final picture. A silent drive mode offers a more subtle option for shooting candid portraits or weddings, and a single axis electronic level accessed through the viewfinder or via the LCD screen, ensures that horizons are level during image composition.

Built for sharing

The first ever EOS to feature integrated Wi-Fi connectivity, the EOS 6D enables photographers to share their work immediately after shooting. Images can be wirelessly transferred to external storage devices, uploaded to Facebook and YouTube, or printed wirelessly using a Canon Wi-Fi enabled printer. Alternatively, movies and images can be viewed on DLNA-enabled HDTVs – enabling high-quality, big-screen viewing. By wirelessly connecting to a smartphone, photographers can also remotely control the camera, adjusting shooting settings and focus before remotely triggering the shutter and viewing the captured image.

Using the EOS 6D’s integrated GPS, images can be tagged with location data as they are shot. Travellers can also build a more complete record of their trip by using the GPS logger function to track their route, which can be displayed using the supplied Map Utility software

Robust, intuitive design

Measuring just 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm and weighing 770g[iv] <#_edn4> , the EOS 6D is the most compact full-frame EOS DSLR ever manufactured. Its dust and drip-proof, part-magnesium body offers robust protection and an intuitive button layout for easy control. Photographers can also view their shots in stunning detail and with natural colours on the large, high-resolution 7.7cm (3.0”) Clear View LCD screen, which features an enhanced anti-glare design to permit viewing in bright sunlight and at extreme angles.

A new Battery Grip BG-E13 provides additional power for extended shooting, while also making it easy to shoot both vertically and horizontally. When used with two LP-E6 batteries, the battery grip offers double the number of shots, and it can also be used with AA batteries for added convenience and flexibility.

EOS 6D - key features

UK Pricing and availability

Available in December.
EOS 6D (body only) – £1,799,
EOS 6D plus EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM – £ 2,519.99
BG-E13 battery grip – £249.99

6D technical specifications

Note - not from official PR

Body type Mid-size SLR
Image ratio w:h 3:2
Effective pixels 20.2 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Digic 5+
ISO Auto, 100 – 25600 in 1/3 stops, plus 50, 51200, 102400 as option
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Normal
Optics & Focus
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, Live View.
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 11
Lens mount Canon EF mount
Focal length multiplier 1x
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Fixed
Screen size 3.2″
Screen dots 1024k
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Clear View II TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 97%
Viewfinder mag. 0.7x
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/8000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
External flash Yes (Hot shoe)
Continuous drive Yes (4.5 fps)
Self-timer Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Metering modes Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Partial
Exposure comp. ±5 EV (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
AE Bracketing ±3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes (3 frames in either blue/amber or magenta/green axis)
Videography features
Format H.264
Microphone Mono
Speaker Mono
Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
Videography notes 1080 and 720 intra or inter frame, 480 inter frame
Storage types SD/SDHC/SDXC
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (HDMI Mini)
Wireless BuiltIn
Remote control Yes (Remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6)
Environmentally sealed Yes (Splash and dust resistant)
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
Weight (inc. batteries) 770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz)
Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71 mm (5.71 x 4.37 x 2.8″)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording Yes (by cable and PC)
GPS BuiltIn
GPS notes Image tagging and tracking modes

All our previous EOS 6D info since we started collecting it...

Ever since the EOS 5D appeared in 2005 I've seen (and noted) rumours of a 'cheap' or 'affordable' full frame Canon DSLR.

Much like many EOS 3D rumours are inspired by those wanting 1 series performance at 5 series prices, I've long thought of 6D rumours as those wanting 5 series performance at XXXD/rebel prices.

Actual mentions of the 6D model name are thin on the ground until more recently when I've seen actual suggested specifications.

The 6D started appearing in rumour threads in earnest in 2008, while everyone was waiting for a replacement for the 5D.

2012 September

  • 16th Seems that Adorama accidentally set up a preorder link to the 6D. Price $2100 in the US.
  • Expect more info tomorrow...
  • 15th Whilst waiting for more 6D stuff, I finished off a review of the all new RAW converter Photo Ninja. Well worth a trying with some 'awkward' RAW files ;-)
  • 14th Some more detailed specs appear via [DC - Japan]
    • 20MP full size CMOS sensor
    • Image processing engine DIGIC 5 +
    • Body is part magnesium-alloy - Dust-proof
    • W-Fi internal. Built-in GPS
    • 11 Points, Mid cross-sensor F2.8 for AF
    • 4.5 fps
    • Shutter rated at 100k shots
    • Sync 1/180 sec.
    • 30 - 1 / 4000 sec shutter speed
    • LCD - 3104k dot
    • Full HD (1920 x 1080)
    • ISO 100-25600 (extension 50, 51200, 102,400)
    • Media SD/SDHC/SDXC (UHS-I compatible)
    • Weight 755 g (including battery and media)
    • Launch (on-sale date): Dec. 2012
    • Est. price in Japan ~ 195,000 yen ($2450), EF 24-105 ~ 295,000 yen ($3,600)
  • In the Japanese posting it suggests that the price will be 20,000 yen less than the D600
  • and pictures too...

eos 6D - fronteos 6d oblique, with 24-105

  • 11th We're sent several sets of specs for an upcoming (October) camera [thanks].
  • Significant features:
    • 22MP full frame
    • Flip out screen, Built in flash
    • 19 pt AF, 63 zone metering
    • Full HD with 30p, 25p, 24p - (120/60/50 options)
    • Single Digic 5+
    • 4.9 fps
    • 3 inch LCD
    • 12800 top ISO (+H1 and H2)
    • New battery and grip - new GPS and WiFi grip option.
    • Built in 'connectivity and sharing' software
  • I'm still taking this with a pinch of salt - As I said, I'm still waiting for the set of specs that have that 'actual camera' feel to them - that and a few blurry box shots!
  • 9th A rush of comments (thanks) about an upcoming full frame base level camera to replace the 5D Mk2. All the specs gravitate towards a camera smaller than the 5D2, heavily influenced by 7D features.
    • At the moment I'm still not seeing any signs of the sorts of detailed specs that tend to appear in the Far East just before 'real' camera launches. With a Nikon D600 looking a dead cert for an upcoming announcement, one source (thanks) said that we won't see any 6D announcement until October.


  • 9th One of our previous sources has said that the new FF camera will come in at 22MP and looks very much like a 7D at first glance.[thanks]
  • The emphasis was on making a smaller FF DSLR.
  • It's suggested that the new 'cheaper' FF camera will not appear until October and that Canon will not have a new DSLR for photokina. We're told that sales of the 5Dmk2 at its lowered price (UK ~£1500 [includes 20% tax]) and in particular, associated lens sales, are still going strong.
    • Trade shows such as photokina are not so important as they once were to the big manufacturers, so I suppose 2011 cameras (1DX, C300,) the 1D C, the 5D3, the 650D and the EOS-M will make for a decent stand, particularly if you add the expected new large format printers (iPFx400), a slew of point 'n' click updates, the finally announced EF200-400, and maybe a lens or two this month...


  • 25th Two different sensor specs received (thanks) for a 'cheaper' FF DSLR.
  • One suggests an 18MP sensor and the other 22MP
    • Looks like straightforward remodelling of either the 1DX or 5D3 sensors
  • Other features:
    • Design closer to 7D than 5D3 (smaller and with flash)
    • 7D style AF system (19 pt) and VF LCD
    • 7D metering
    • Single Digic 5+
    • 3.9 fps
    • 3 inch LCD
    • 51200 max ISO
    • sub - $2000 price point at introduction
  • This is the sort of detail that suggests an announcement fairly soon. If so then expect a bit more info in the run up to photokina in September (18-23).
  • I still have my doubts, wondering how much this is just a response to Nikon D600 rumours? Canon's announcements usually start getting some attention a few weeks before they happen, but I've seen nothing yet? The other camera(s?) we're hearing of is a higher end (think D800) 3D or even 1DXs
  • 16th In a scattering of reports, we're once again hearing of a 'cheaper' full frame DSLR from Canon. Several may be related to the $1999 22MP camera mentioned at CR


  • 8th It's 650D/T4i announcement day and whilst we're still getting comments about a Canon 'entry level FF' camera, there are no real details apart from it being an answer to the rumoured cheaper FF Nikon D600 [NR] that might well be along later this year.
  • The only more detailed Canon info I've seen over the last few weeks was much more aimed at a possible EOS 3D (i.e. D800/800E wishlist inspired ;-)


  • 26th Renewed suggestions for a lower MP 'introductory' FF camera at CR
    • Oh and yes, we've been following 8D and 9D rumours for years too ;-)

2011 September

  • 17th A possible lower MP 'Entry' FF DSLR? [CR]
    • Over the years, I've regularly heard that Canon wants people to buy more lenses, particulalry 'L' variants, this could be one way ;-)


  • 10th In what might just be a webmaster having a stir of the rumour mill, it was suggested that there was a mysterious 2nd 5D2 on an Australian Canon page [CR] When clicked, this gave a URL ending in 6D. Seems to have been fixed now...


  • 25th The 6D gets suggested as a possible number in the Indian edition of PCW where they pitche in with some 5D3 thoughts.

2010 August

  • 22nd No mention of a 6D in the last two years

2008 September

  • 3rd A big update on Canon technology on the 60D page (now updated with lots more info just received)


  • 30th A comment [fkr] about someone trying the 6D (with 6D in EXIF)

July 9th A somewhat tenuous POTN thread once again says there will be 2 cameras announced after the Olympics - the 3D and 6D

June 14th A tentative 6D spec. There is a report [CR] of a '3D' and '6D', although if previous numbering conventions are anything to go by I'd suspect the model number guestimates are the wrong way around.

EOS 7 camera from Canon"Canon EOS 6D (unknown model name)

Any general details are on the main 5D replacement page.

The EOS 7s ;-) -->

June 9th At POTN there is the suggestion that the 5D replacement camera name may not be the long expected 5D Mk2 "internally in the company is coded as 'Cobra', but it will be released to the public under the name of 6D"

EOS 3 film camera2008 January 21st The popular 'Tsiphoto' makes a usual late entry on DPR and announces that "pma will not bring a new 5d body..... " This poster, who has a 'better than most'* record with pre-launch info is usually regarded a a harbinger of product announcements on DPR.

  • *'Better than most' is a relative term - you can check his past posting history on DPR ;-)

(There has been swapping between 7D and 6D for some time)

The thread also includes several other people's predictions including the interesting...

2008 January 15th Meanwhile in the US a Canon rep allegedly says [DPR]: "Stay home if you are looking for anything like a 5D follow on at PMA. We just introduced 2 cameras last year - it will not be until the Fall until we do anything with the 5D line."

2007 December 30th

"The person said 2 DSLRs ($3500 and $2500) will be released next year. He added the later one is 5D successor. New model released in Jan. might be 3D. "

  • BTW If you're new to the page, see all the info we had back in September regarding the 5D/3D split, 5D2 functionality etc.

2007 December 29th According to 'Hisashi Owada' in an interview (translated from Japanese to Chinese to English, so it could really say almost anything ;-)

"We will launch a strong product. Intermediate camera 'EOS 5D' there will be increased durability and the subsequent pixel models listed. At the same price, we will launch better products. "

Make of that what you will, but improved weather sealing and 16MP look more likely, ...and coming in at the original 5D price?

2007 October 17th

The Mythical 3D - another xD FF camera>

Canon still believe that a greater proportion of the market will move to be full frame as the cost of the sensors come down. They have on-again / off-again plans to split the 5D and have a lower and higher end full frame model.

The higher end would be weather sealed, and have pro-level AF and exposure

The lower end would have a flash and be like a 40D but with full frame

This is being complicated by the emerging push to bring high end features into the mid range anyway (as per the Nikon D300.

However so far, Canon is still seriously considering the split.

2007 September 15th There are lot's more discussions about the 3D appearing now, while we are waiting for the '5Dmk2'. Unfortunately there's not one that I've found, that doesn't look like a "what I'd want/like/demand in a smaller CHEAPER 1 series camera" post :-)

For 5D price falls in Europe have a look at this DPR thread which has lots of spurious graphs charting the drift/crash downwards in 5D prices (POV depends on whether you like to put the origin on the graph ;-)

While we're collecting some older posts - there is this collection of info I missed (unfortunately with no sources or attribution) which has a fairly broad range of rumours, including a 4D (popular opinion has always been that Canon would avoid the number 4 for various reasons)

2007 January 29th The 3D rumour just keeps rolling on...

Just when I was wondering where it had got to, a 3D rumour surfaces on DPR - not much at all really, but it's nice to know that this particular rumour,which has been growing in performance and doing the rounds for the last 4-5 years, is not dead

"weatherproof and larger than the 5D but smaller than the 1D" :-)

2007 January 17th An interesting post at FM suggesting that there are quite a few cameras to be released this year. So as not to annoy the dealers too much (New everything folks - lots of hard to shift stock). There would be 2 at PMA and two later in the year -- but in what order?. Canon's 'dilemma' (quoted from the FM post) was:

The 5D replacements

2006 December 12th I'm told that as from today Canon Australia is offering a $750 rebate on the 1DsMk2 -- until Feb '07. Was seen on printed posters in dealers, not yet on the web - thanks Phil

There is also this Chinese rumour site which mentions several new cameras. If you run the page through Google Xlt you can get a translation (of sorts :-)

Some points?

No news of a 1DsMk2 ... Do bear in mind that this is from a translation that includes such gems as:

"lets us wait for, the hummingbird net also will continue to track the report, will ask respectfully the attention."

No doubt someone will summarise it a bit more accurately :-)

2006 August 30th From a DPR thread mentioning some new lenses there was also this snippet. Usual caveats apply -- as in most of this stuff! ;-)

  • "I did know that they were working on the 85 f/1.2L and 50 f/1.2L that I told you earlier. Canon R&D is working on new DSLRs. We'll see 3D, successor of 5D and DRebel. I have no information about the 40D. They're also working on a series of non L wide angle lenses such as 24, 28, and 35. There're no plan, or I don't know, to replace 24L and 35L. R&D has many different groups working on different project. I only know one. So my information is only 70% accurate. Don't buy anything now especially the 30D and 5D. Dell is offering 25% off for the 5D. You should now why. The 5D successor is better than you can imagine. All DSLRs will have a big jump in performance. The pushed out the 30D just to buy time and fill the gap." (sic)

There may not be an announcement of the '1Ds MkIII' at photokina. We were told that the current release plan for the 'Mk3' is end of November/ start of December. This will depend on KissX [XTi/400D] sales and may get postponed until next year. '1DsMk3' Development is completed and waits for production - which is not yet started.

2006 August 12th Tis the season for conspiracies -- it seems that a thread was removed from the Fred Miranda forum (a good forum - far fewer trolls and "here is a picture of my cat taken with my new XXX" type posts than some others ;-)

6fps FF camera with 5D sensor (5D+ or the fabled 3D)
1Ds III with 5fps 18MP and 8.5 fps 12 or 10MP (aka 1DsN or 1Ds3)
a 35mm 1.8, a 100-400 f/4L IS and a 400 5.6L IS

2005 December [old rumours were collected by month...]

For some nice pictures and diagrams, have a look at some of Canon's thoughts on the benefit of full frame sensors at

Given their stated long term aim of moving as many cameras as possible to FF sensors the convergence of 1D and 1Ds will be sooner than later...

"Reading between the lines of the specs and press release, you may discover that the EOS 5D is the first model in a new strategy frm Canon, in the direction of full frame image sensor in many cameras to come. They have now solved many of the obstacles and production cost barriers, first and foremost related to the lowpass filter in front of the CMOS.
Brian Worley, product manager of D-SLR cameras at Canon Europa, said that it's a long way before all EOS models will have a full size sensor, but Canon's aim is to equip all models, except the cheapest, with a 35mm sensor in the future. "
From 5D review at

Canon digital EOS timeline
  Sensor  2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
- - - - 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4 1 2 3 4
Flagship Full       1Ds 1Ds Mk II 1Ds Mk III 1D X 1DX II
APS-H     1D 1D Mk II 1D IIn 1D Mk III 1D Mk IV              
Video                             1D C            
High Full                               5Ds/5Ds R        
            5D 5D Mk II 5D Mk III 5D Mk4
APS-C                     7D 7D Mk II        
'Better'  Full                             6D          
APS-C D30 D60 10D 20D 30D 40D 50D 60D 70D 80D        
Mid APS-C         300D
Kiss Digital
Rebel XT
Kiss N
Kiss X
Micro APS-C                           100D SL1 X7          
Entry APS-C                   1000D Rbl XS Kiss F 1100D Rebel T3 X50 1200D T5 X70 1300D T6        
APS-C                                     M5
                            M M2 M3        

Note: dates start in announcement quarter, not shipping dates.

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