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Difference between the 5dmkIII and the 6D

I’ve always said that taking a great photo has little to do with the gear that you are using. However this week with Photokina in full swing it’s hard not to get swept up in to frenzy.

Most recently Canon’s answer to Nikons D600 was announced. I thought it might be useful to point out the differences (in specs) between the new Canon 6D and the 5DMkIII.

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Canon 5DMkIII

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Canon 6D

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Image Sensor

High-sensitivity, high-resolution, large single-plate CMOS sensor

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Image Sensor

CMOS Sensor

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Pixels

Effective pixels: Approx. 22.3 megapixels

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Pixels

Effective pixels: Approx. 20.3 megapixels

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ISO Range

100-25600 ( 50-102800 expanded )

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ISO Range

100-25600 ( 50-102800 expanded )

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Total Pixels

23.4 megapixels

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Total Pixels

20.2 megapixels

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File Size

(1) Large: Approx. 22.10 Megapixels (5760 x 3840)

(2) Medium: Approx. 9.80 Megapixels (3840 x 2560)

(3) S1 (Small 1): Approx. 5.50 Megapixels (2880 x 1920)

(4) S2 (Small 2): Approx. 2.50 Megapixels (1920 x 1280)

(5) S3 (Small 3): Approx. 350,000 Pixels (720 x 480)

(6) RAW: Approx. 22.10 Megapixels (5760 x 3840)

(7) M-RAW: Approx. 10.50 Megapixels (3960 x 2640)

(8) S-RAW: Approx. 5.50 Megapixels (2880 x 1920)
Exact file sizes depend on the subject, ISO speed, Picture Style, etc.

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File Size

(1) Large: Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5,472 x 3,648)
(2) Medium: Approx. 8.9 megapixels (3,648 x 2,432)
(3) Small 1: Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2,736 x 1,824)
(4) Small 2: Approx. 2.5 megapixels (1920 x 1280)
(5) Small 3: Approx. 350,000 pixels (720 x 480)
(6) RAW: Approx. 20.0 megapixels (5,472 x 3,648)
M RAW: Approx. 11.0 megapixels (4,104 x 2,736)
S RAW: Approx. 5.0 megapixels (2,736 x 1,824)

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Type

Eye-level pentaprism

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Type

Eye-level SLR (with fixed pentaprism)

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Coverage

Approx. 100% vertically and horizontally (At approx. 21mm eyepoint)

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Coverage

Vertical/Horizontal approx. 97%

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Shutter Speeds

1/8000 to 30 sec., bulb (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)
X-sync at 1/200 sec.

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Shutter Speeds

1/4000 to 30 sec., X-sync at 1/180 sec. (Total shutter speed range. Available range varies by shooting mode.)

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Continuous Shooting Speed

High-speed: Maximum approx. 6 shots/sec.
Low-speed: Maximum approx. 3 shots/sec.
Silent continuous shooting: Maximum approx. 3 shots/sec.

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Continuous Shooting Speed

Continuous shooting: Max. approx. 4.5 fps
Silent continuous shooting: Max. approx. 3.0 fps

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Compatible Lenses

Canon EF Lenses (excluding EF-S Lenses)

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Compatible Lenses

Canon EF lenses (except EF-S and EF-M lenses)

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Lens Mount

Canon EF mount

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Lens Mount

Canon EF mount

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Metering Modes

Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following
selectable modes:
(1) Evaluative metering (linked to all AF points)
(2) Partial metering (center, approx. 7.2% of viewfinder)
(3) Spot metering (center, approx. 1.5% of viewfinder)
·AF point-linked spot metering not provided.
(4) Center-weighted average metering
a. The selectable metering modes can be limited with a Custom Function.

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Metering Modes

Max. aperture TTL metering with 63-zone SPC with the following selectable modes:
1) Evaluative metering
2) Partial metering (center: approx. 8% of viewfinder)
3) Spot metering (center: approx. 3.5% of viewfinder)
4) Center-weighted average metering

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Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 73°F / 23°C with 50mm f/1.4 lens at ISO 100)

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Metering Range

EV 1-20 (at 73°F/23°C with EF50mm f/1.8 II lens, ISO 100)

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AF Points

61 point ( up to 41 cross-type points)

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11 points

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Storage

Compact Flash, SD

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Storage

SD

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Wi-Fi + GPS

Optional

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Wi-Fi + GPS

Built-in

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$3499.00

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RRP

$2099.00

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So there you have it. The basic specification break down between the two cameras. It definitely looks like the 6D will be a competent camera for anyone wanting a full frame. Depending on your needs if you have a 5dmkIII the 6D might be the perfect second body.

I myself haven’t pre-ordered a 6D just yet. It’s not due to hit the shelves until December 2012 so I’ll wait a little and decided when I get back from my next photo trip.

Author Tristan

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