Why the Canon 6D Could be the Best Travel Camera Ever Made
I’m excited about the just-announced Canon 6D camera, a (relatively) low cost full frame DSLR. It shares a lot of common traits with it’s 5D Mark III big brother, and it even improves in some areas near and dear to the travel photographer – notably wifi connectivity and GPS.
If you’ve read my Canon 5D Mark III review you already know the 5D is a great camera for two reasons: the image quality is phonemonal and it’s a highly usable camera – it’s portable enough to carry all day, and quick enough to let you take the picture you want without having to waste precious time navigating through multiple pages of menu screens.
For the travel photographer, the 6D appears to have the 5D Mark III beat. It’s image quality will be the same (presumably) and it’s usability will be improved – it’s a smaller, lighter package than the 5D for around $1400 less. Looks like we’ll have a real winner on our hands.
With one caveat.
Where’s the hell’s the flash?! Its a minor annoyance the 5D doesn’t come with a flash. The 5D III is marketed as a professional camera, and professional photographers want big pro level flashes (supposedly). I can kind of, sort of understand that, although I still think the 5D should have a built in flash. It’s a big problem the 6D wont have one. The 6D will be marketed as a “prosumer” camera with emphasis on the “sumer”, and consumers want built in flash! I mean, come on Canon, even my smartphone has a flash! Give us the tools we need to create excellent pictures on the road without having to lug big flashes around.When you’re traveling, a crappy on-camera flash is better than no flash at all.
So when you save 1400 bucks, what do you lose?
The autofocus system is set to be “worse”, although the 5D’s autofocus is so damn good that if the 6D’s is anything even close to as accurate it will be more than enough for the travel photographer. 6D owners will also lose out a bit on frames per second, hardly an issue for travel photography. Viewfinder coverage is also 97%, compared to the 100% offered by the 5D III. Not much of an issue there either, although it’s frustrating to see Canon needlessly cripple the viewfinder just so they can offer a difference between the 6D and 5D cameras.
It’s up to the photographer to decide whether these differences warrant spending $1400 more on the 5D as well as foregoing GPS and wifi. In my personal opinion, and judging from the spec sheet alone, the 6D appears to be one hell of a great camera that’s perfectly suited to travel photographers’ needs. It’s certainly a camera to keep an eye on as full fledged reviews come out after the launch.
Photo by Dirk-Jan Kraan