First off sorry everyone for the lack of posts, I have a bunch of backlog that I'll get to, but for now here is my review of the new Canon 6D.
The Canon 6D was announced back in September, and is officially announced as of Dec 9th (according to Canon's official release) but I got my grubby little milts on one. I won't go into much of the specs of the actual camera, you can easily Google that, but I will touch on how it performs, on a professional use level. First off I'm coming off using a 5D MKii as my primary camera, and believe me, it was wonderful, so no real complaints with it, I was just in the market for something new, as my MKii was getting a bit work out. (shutter was starting to stick) So why did I go with the 6D over the MKiii?? The sensor is nearly the same, (20mp vs 22mp), and the LCD is the same (3" vs 3.2") Few reasons…
1) Price: Let's be honest, price does matter. The MKIII is listed at $3,899 body only, while the 6D is listed at $2,800 WITH a 24-105L lens, and $2,100 body only. Thats a thousand dollars saving buying the kit and $1,700 saving with the body only. Thats pretty substantial savings, if the price were $500-$700 apart I'd say go with the MKiii, but at nearly $2,000 cheaper its hard to argue with it. Like anything you get what you pay for, and I'll touch on what that means in a bit.
2) Weight: Id say the size of this is a tiny bit smaller than a MKiii and a bit bigger than a 7D. It's a good size for sure and also weighs much less, and for doing video that means alot, to me atleast. I use a glidecam alot and being able to use a lighter camera will give me smoother and better shots. Its mostly plastic, but I'm not a photographer who throws there stuff around so I don't see it breaking or anything like that, plus it is weather sealed.
3)Button Layout: (see pic)
I do like the fact they moved all the buttons from the left to right. From what I've heard the back of the camera is similar to a 60D, but I've never used that camera, so I can't comment on that, but having everything on one side is nice. What I've always liked about Canon over Nikon is how simple they make their cameras, there's normally ALOT of buttons on a Nikon, but Canon figures out a way to make it simple. The "Q" button I've circled here, is kind of a "do-it-all". Depending on if you're in live view, or movie mode, it brings up all your camera settings, while the info button can bring up things like a digital level, and audio levels for video.
4) Movie: It can record in all the same resolutions as the MKiii, so no difference there, I've heard of reports of Moire with the video, but I haven't seen it really. The video is a big upgrade from the MKii. Also the LCD is MUCH better than the MKii, and damn near the same as the MKiii.
Now the reason its cheaper…
Small things have be stripped from this over the MKiii, but you can decide if its that important to you. I can tell you this, I shoot nearly everyday professionally, and the features "missing" really don't matter to much to me.
1) No dedicated WB button: eh, really not the big of a deal with this camera. You have to go into the menu, or live view-"Q" button then thumb over to WB to select. Actually, this is the first time I've trusted using an Auto white balance setting with a camera as opposed to using "sunlight or flash" so like I said def not a deal breaker for me. You can change it in movie mode though on the LCD which is all that matters to me really.
2)Missing Headphone Jack: Kind of a big deal, but my wireless system as its own headphone attached to it, so I can hear the levels just fine. Like I said before, you can monitor audio on the LCD, so again not a big deal to me. It also has a built in Wind screen and Attenuator setting in the camera.
3)Shutter sound: Personal preference really. I liked the sound of the mirror on the MKii, over this, it just sounded "beefier" for lack of a better term. The 6D and MKiii both share the same shutter and sound as well as silent shutter setting, for those moments where being discreet is necessary. Still not a deal breaker.
Other than those above things, I really don't see a difference from the MKiii, I've used it, and to be completely honest, its damn near the same. Well except for one thing….
BUILT IN WI-FI!!!!
Seriously, I never thought this would ever matter to me, but since using it today on an ad shoot with the art director, I can't believe I've never had it before. You can use this anywhere, as the camera has its own dedicated Wi-fi, and by downloading the "EOS Remote" app for the iPhone, Android, or iPad. To do this with the MKiii you'd have to buy a $600 accessory, which is just ridiculous. From the app you can control all normal camera functions like shooting mode, WB, shutter/aperture, etc. as it operates like a wired cable release. You can also view all pics and EXIF data from the camera, download images and email them directly, it can also link up to other Wi-fi enabled cameras. For an art director this is huge. You set it up so they can view every photo from the shoot instantly on their smart phone or tablet. So long are the days of running a wired setup to a monitor, now tethering can be done anywhere. You can also save the pics directly to your device, and have it act like an external hard drive.
In conclusion I have to say I'm very pleased with the 6D over my MKii, its a pretty big upgrade from it. It retains all the ability of any professional level camera, and honestly any professional with a high skill level, can produce amazing images with damn near any camera. The addition of the wi-fi being built into the camera is a big selling point for me and my career. If I had to compare it to an iphone it would be like this: MKii=iPhone 4 6D=iPhone4S MKiii=iPhone5 I really hope that makes sense. The 6D is incredibly similiar to the MKiii, so if you wanna save nearly $2,000 and upgrade from a MKii or 7D buy yourself a 6D, if you have a MKiii, keep it.
More posts coming soon, about all the shoots I've been doing, thanks guys!!!