Nikon D600: is an affordable full-frame EOS camera next for Canon?

Nikon D600: is an affordable full-frame EOS camera next for Canon?

Following the announcement of the Nikon D600, can we expect Canon to follow suit with an affordable full-frame EOS DSLR? Our friends at PhotoPlus posed the question and laid out what they’d like to see on a potential ‘Canon EOS 6D’ affordable full-frame EOS camera. PhotoPlus editor Pete Travers shares his thoughts below…

Nikon D600: is an affordable full-frame EOS camera next for Canon?

Our mock-up of what a 'Canon 6D' affordable full-frame EOS camera might look like.

So Nikon has just released a new compact full-frame DSLR. The Nikon D600 has a new full-frame 24.3-megapixel CMOS sensor, and is the smallest and lightest full-frame camera on the market; it weighs approx 760g and is 141 x 113 x 82mm in size.

The Nikon D600 will be on sale from the 18 September and has an RRP of £1,955 body only.

This is good news for Nikon users. And bad news for Canon users? Not necessarily so, hopefully this will prompt Canon to launch their own, compact and affordable full-frame EOS DSLR…

With the advent of Nikon’s D600, it got us thinking (and longing for) that it’s about time Canon released its own affordable, smaller full-frame camera than the EOS 5D Mark III – which is an excellent camera and our current favourite EOS DSLR – but at a current price of around £2,864.

Although down from the original RRP of £2,999, this is a hell of lot of money for a ‘semi-pro’ full-frame digital camera – the EOS 5D Mark III is a hell of a lot of camera too, which is why we’re hoping Canon will release a smaller and cheaper full-frame EOS DSLR soon!

Whether it’s Canon ‘EOS 6D’ – which has long been rumoured, and there’s talk that we might get to see one launched at the Photokina show in Germany next week (18-23 September 2012) – or a new number EOS, ideally this new EOS would sit nicely above the EOS 7D and below EOS 5D Mk III.

Physical size-wise, around the build and weight of the 7D would be great in our book.

The full-frame advantage
A full-frame camera means it has a bigger sensor (35mm film equivalent, and bigger than popular EOS APS-C sensor cameras like the 7D, 60D and 600D, which have 1.6x crop sensors), and has bigger pixels to APS-C cameras.

This means bigger and better quality images, and true wide-angle focal lengths: a 24mm lens is a true 24mm (not 1.6x 24mm = 38mm), but you loose out on telephoto focal lengths.

Full-frame 22Mp images also means bigger file sizes, with Raw files averaging at around 27Mb each – so expect to upgrade your memory cards and PC hard drive to allow for increased image sizes.

The current Canon EOS 5D Mark III has a 22-megapixel full-frame sensor. Nikon has cleverly specced the D600 with a 24-megpixel sensor – two megapixels more than the Canon EOS 5D Mk III’s CMOS sensor.

It will be interesting to see, when (not if, hopefully) Canon bring out a new full-frame camera, what resolution sensor it comes armed with. Would it match the EOS 5D Mk III’s 22-megapixel sensor, would it go bigger?

This would be odd, as it will hopefully be smaller physically and smaller in specs, but this is what Nikon did with its monster D800 36-megapixel full-frame semi-pro camera. Or more likely, will it be around 18-megapixels but with a full-frame, non-crop factor sensor?

Canon EOS 6D specs we’re hoping for


  • 22Mp full-frame CMOS sensor
  • ISO102,400 (with working range of 100-51200)
  • 6fps Continuous Shooting rate
  • Vari-angle 3in touch-screen
  • Built-in flash
  • 19pt AF, 63 zone metering, with more sensitivity on central AF points
  • More in-camera processing and shooting modes like HDR

What specs would you like to see in a new full-frame Canon EOS DSLR?

And, biggest question and request of all, what price point would you like the new Canon full-frame camera to be? We think an RRP of around £1,800 would be great, with street/online prices eventually levelling out at around £1,500 even better.

We can but dream.

If you’re that way inclined, and what to read more on the Nikon D600, check out the hands-on Nikon D600 review at our sister site TechRadar.


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