Rumors: Canon EOS 6D and Panasonic GH3 still to come

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Rumor roundup – the Canon EOS 6D and Panasonic GH3 are on the horizon… We have had a boat load of new cameras announced in the last week but yet, there are still two biggies on the horizon. The Canon EOS 6D and the Panasonic GH3 are still to come. Heck, I haven't even had time to post all of the new cameras announced, but I felt it was important that you know about these two new potentially hot cameras.

Canon EOS 6D

Canonrumors and others are reporting this spec list:

  • A new 20mp sensor
  • Full Frame
  • 4.5fps
  • ISO Range 100-25600
  • DIGIC5+
  • APS-C Sized body
  • Weathersealed
  • SD Card
  • Built-in Wifi & GPS
  • 11 AF Points, f/2.8 Cross-type in the center.
  • 3″ LCD
  • Full HD (1920×1080)
  • Available December 2012
  • Price: $1999 USD Body Only (Speculated price)

Did you see that?

  • Built-in Wifi & GPS
That is a huge turn around for Canon if true. Up until now, none of their DSLRs have had built in GPS or WiFi! The Nikon D600 announced this week only includes WiFi as an extra purchase dongle which obviously isn't built in.

The other question not addressed in this list is whether the LCD is articulated and touch screen like the Canon Rebel T4i. This post does suggest it is articulated, but doesn't mention multi-touch. Tho some of my sources say it will be touch screen – which is good news to me.

So where does that put this camera?

It seems to fit between the 7D and the 5D3 and speculated that the Canon EOS 5D Mark II would be discontinued – especially since this could be full frame.

If the 20mp sensor is true, then that might also indicate there will still be moire involved – the 5D3 sensor was sized perfectly for video to almost eliminate moire and so we're left to wonder if they'd make this sensor smaller – sacrificing a bit of potential moire to keep the 5D3 as the king of the hill (and protect its price point).

Adding Wi-Fi and GPS makes you actually hopeful that Canon is going to do some incredible new things with cameras coming in the near future

Missing information on potential features like 60 frames per second or some kind of new slow motion (see the Panasonic GH3 announcement below) or our focus peaking or other magic lantern like enhancements

Panasonic GH3

Screen grab of the Panasonic GH3

  • 16 Megapixel “Wide dynamic range” CMOS Sensor.
  • New Venus 7 engine
  • electronic shutter
  • ISO 100-12.800
  • 6fps
  • Fastest AF of any interchangeable lens system camera.
  • Video Bitrate 50Mbps (72Mbps ALL-I)
  • 30p/25p in MP4, MOV and AVCHD
  • 3.5 Mic in
  • built-in stereo mic
  • Audio out
  • Pc control
  • Time Code
  • 1740k OLED LVF, Touch Monitor OLED 610k.
  • external battery grip
  • Wifi with remote control through iOS and Android Applications
  • external XLR accessory
  • Focus Peaking
  • Interval shooting and slow motion. Slow Movie extension (40%, 50%, 80%) Fast 160/ 200 / 300%
  • Magnesium alloy body. Body is bigger than the Panasonic GH2.

 Interesting things from this list include the Wi-Fi with external remote control, focus peaking, and external XLR input, and enhanced slow-motion options.

The price point is also potentially much lower than the 6D but this isn't a full frame camera. But then again the GH2 has gotten tons of accolades and they seem to be on the bleading edge of HDSLR technology.

I've been seriously considering purchasing Panasonic GH3 when I sell my Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

What do you think?

There certainly have been a lot of cameras announced him last week plus adding these two new into the pile, I'm very curious to know what you guys think about where we stand in the HDSLR market. Sound off in the comments!


(cover photo credit: snap from the 43rumors site)


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  1. I’ve been seriously thinking of selling both my GH2 and 5DMKII and all my canon lenses and go for the GH3 for video work… and then just save up for a used mamiya/leaf system for stills.

  2. I have been a long time Canon fan boy but I am starting to think they have lost the plot. If I was coming up from a point and shoot and looking at getting into a better camera system I would seriously be looking at alternatives like Panasonic and Sony.

  3. @Kim, that’s interesting, you’d sell all that for a GH3 as your primary rig. Mind you, I have a GH1 and love it, but I’d love to have my 5D MarkII back for my video work. Full frame sensors just have a different look that can’t be gotten with a m43 sensor. Granted, the GH2 with lens @ $699 on Amazon is the best deal out there on a great piece of camera gear. Not to mention, as a freelance videographer, most jobs posted either want the 5DM2 or a 7D, these cameras just have a perception.
    I’d think twice about letting that 5DM2 go.

  4. I’m invested in 60D and ef/s lenses. Looking to see where the BMC is at by the end of the year. The GH3 looks interesting wished I’d looked into the GH2 before the 60D. Mirrorless technology over the next 6 months will be interesting to watch.

    Bring on the Xmas sales!

  5. As much as I love the GH2, I really am tempted by this new Sony camcorder ( VG900?)

    Still, a new GH3 will be interesting if it’s even better than the “2”.

    It will need to be good given Sony A99 out

  6. I think the GH3 looks killer. Really really amazing. I’m just not that fond of switching from Nikon to Panasonic and Micro 4/3. But Nikon doesn’t offer good bitrates out of the box, and the hacked GH2 video material I’ve seen, looks amazing. So the GH3 will almost certainly be killer.

    Not as good as Nikon for stills though…

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