Camera lust

This post isn’t about anything except the fact that Canon just announced a new full-frame 6D camera for roughly $2100. Reading through the features it sounds pretty cool:

It packs a 20.2MP full-frame sensor, and an 11-point autofocus system with a single cross-type sensor. The native ISO range is 100 to 25,600 (expandable to 50 to 102,400), and Canon claims it’ll focus in lower light situations than any of its previous shooters. It has a Digic 5+ processor, the same as its more expensive brethren, shoots at a maximum of 4.5fps in burst mode, and boasts environmental sealing against dust and splashes. For video folks, it shoots 1080p video at up to 30fps, and 720p at up to 60fps. There’s an SDXC slot for memory, and it uses the existing LP-E6 battery type (which works with 5D Mark II and III, 60D and 7D), and on top of everything else it’s Canon’s first DSLR that incorporates GPS and Wi-Fi radios into the body, rather than requiring the purchase of costly add-on equipment. – Darrell Etherington, Tech Crunch

There are some down sides. It doesn’t have the same focusing ability of the 7D, the burst shooting is only 4.5fps, and the viewfinder doesn’t actually show you the full-frame of what you’ll be photographing. Still for the price tag it seems like it would be a pretty good deal.

That being said if I had the money I’d still go for the 5D Mark iii simply because it has more to offer. Am I a photographer that needs such a high performing camera? No, but like any consumer I’m willing to purchase outside my skill level with the (probably delusional) hope that it’ll help me improve. Of course it doesn’t really matter what camera you’re using if you’re not good at capturing interesting subjects but it sure as hell makes it a lot more fun to have the best you can afford.


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