Nikon’s D600 full-frame DSLR seemed poised to undercut its arch nemesis Canon in the prosumer market — until now. The Canon EOS 6D ($2,100) is Canon’s smallest, lightest (only 24 ounces) and cheapest full-frame DSLR ever. It’s slightly slimmer and weighs less than the D600 while boasting integrated wi-fi — a convenient feature we’ve been dying for — allowing instant uploads to social media, wireless printing and even the ability to control and access the camera remotely via an iPhone through Canon’s free app.
That’s just window treatment, though, compared to the 6D’s image capturing chops, which include a 20.2 MP CMOS sensor with ISO ranging from 100 to 125,600, a DIGIC 5+ image processor capable of snapping stills at speeds of 4.5 fps, an 11-point autofocus with EV-3 sensitivity for low-light shooting, a 3-inch ClearView LCD screen and full-HD 1080p video recording at up to 30 fps. Together, it’s an impressive rap sheet for such a compact rig — even if a smaller sensor, a lack of integrated flash, a single SD card slot and weaker autofocus are tradeoffs compared to Nikon’s offering. The fact the body alone is priced to match the D600 doesn’t make the choice any easier — though the 24-105mm f/4L USM zoom lens kit is a few Benjamins more at $2,900. Our advice? Wait until the 6D hits shelves in December for some official shootouts before pulling the trigger.