Canon Unveils World's Smallest, Lightest '35mm Full-size' SLR Camera

Canon Inc announced what it claims is the world’s smallest, lightest single-lens reflex (SLR) camera equipped with a “35mm full-size” CMOS image sensor.

The camera, “EOS 6D,” was unveiled at an event that the company had on the day before the opening of photokina 2012, one of the world’s largest trade shows on cameras, which runs from Sept 18 to 23, 2012, in Koln, Germany.

Canon will sell the 6D as a low-priced model of the “EOS 5D Mark III,” a full-size camera released in March 2012. The dimensions of the 6D are approximately 144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm, and the weight of its main body is about 680g.

Therefore, it is lighter than Nikon Corp’s “D600,” which is also equipped with a 35mm full-size CMOS image sensor. The D600 approximately measures 141 x 113 x 82mm, and the weight of its main body is about 760g.

The pixel count of the 6D’s CMOS image sensor is about 20.2 million. The “Digig 5+” was employed as an image processor as in the case of the 5D Mark III. The number of range measurement points for its autofocus system is 11, which is smaller than that for the D600’s autofocus system (39).

Wireless LAN capability

The EOS 6D is the first SLR camera that was developed by Canon and has wireless LAN capability and GPS function. At the photokina, the company used a phrase, “Power to connect,” aiming to offer added values by enabling to connect to a network and connect several devices.

With the wireless LAN capability, it became possible to store data by using a cloud service, post pictures on SNSes, use the camera with smartphones and smartphone applications, exchange data between cameras, support the standards of the DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), etc.

Canon will release an application called “EOS Remote” at the same time with the release of the 6D. When the application is installed in a smartphone, it enables to display an image being taken by the camera on the screen of the smartphone as well as to use the smartphone as a remote to operate the camera.

Furthermore, the smartphone can be used for checking and deleting the images stored in the camera and uploading the images to SNSes.