Why the Canon 6D Could be the Best Travel Camera Ever Made

Why the Canon 6D Could be the Best Travel Camera Ever Made

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

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Comments ( 6 )

  • Nomadic Samuel

    This is a very interesting body. I’ve personally wanted to shoot full-frame for quite a while but I’ve avoided it given the costs; however, at price that is more suited to my comfort level I would certainly consider going this route.

  • Ed Graham

    It’s an interesting time for sure.

  • pointsandtravel

    great article Ed, I may be in the market soon!

    • CanonSchmanon

      After being the owner of a 350D and the 40D it was time to scale up to the 6D…
      What a mistake, what a bad, bad, bad camera. The camera refuses to focus.
      After a calibration by Canon, still one in 100 photo’s in focus. what a piece of @$#@#%%(3 different lenses)
      !800 euro of rubbish and no real service from Canon. I was told a zillion solutions to this problem,
      lower my ISO, take the focus function away from the shutter button (half way down to focus) Set AF to AI, set the AF to one shot, choose an aperture < F8 (and yes I understand s,alley aperture bigger number), use all AF points (let the camera pick), use only the centre AF point…ARGhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHH and my favorite reset to the default settings of the camera,,,,

      I think the only solution is to grab the shoulder-strap and slam the "camera" into a wall, resetting it into its original state…..garbage.

    • CanonSchmanon

      After being the owner of a 350D and the 40D it was time to scale up to the 6D…
      What a mistake, what a bad, bad, bad camera. The camera refuses to focus.
      After a calibration by Canon, still one in 100 photo’s in focus. what a piece of @$#@#%%(3 different lenses)
      !800 euro of rubbish and no real service from Canon. I was told a zillion solutions to this problem,
      lower my ISO, take the focus function away from the shutter button (half way down to focus) Set AF to AI, set the AF to one shot, choose an aperture < F8 (and yes I understand smaller aperture, bigger number), use all AF points (let the camera pick), use only the centre AF point…ARGhhhHHHHHHHHHHHHH and my favorite reset to the default settings of the camera,,,,

      I think the only solution is to grab the shoulder-strap and slam the "camera" into a wall, resetting it into its original state…..garbage.

      • Ed Graham

        Sorry to hear that. Perhaps you have a bad copy, it happens. Maybe you can return or sell it used? I ran into someone on the street the other day with a 6D; he seemed to like it quite a lot.

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