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Introducing the EOS 6D, Canon's smallest full-frame D-SLR camera to date

Earlier in the year, Canon entered the CSC market, announcing its EOS M digital camera.

Now, Canon's newest full-frame digital SLR is its smallest yet. The company just announced the EOS 6D, a digital SLR with a full-frame, 35mm sensor built into a 770g body that's several millimetres slimmer than the 816g 5D Mark II or 862g 5D Mark III.

The EOS 6D sitll isn't as portable as a smaller Canon digital SLR with an APS-C sensor or a micro four-thirds camera, but the much larger sensor and improved processing makes it more useful for professional shooting.

The 20-megapixel 6D uses the same DIGIC 5+ processor found in the 5D Mark III, and can shoot approximately 4.5 frames per second according to Canon (slightly slower than the 5D Mark III's 6 fps but faster than the 5D Mark II's 3.9 fps). It has 63 metering zones and can auto-focus as low as EV -3, and has a 3in LCD screen with 1.04 million dots. It has a UHS-1-compatible SD card slot, but no longer accepts CompactFlash cards. It also features built-in GPS and Wi-Fi, while the 5D Mark II and III both require accessories for those functions.

The Canon EOS 6D will be available this December for £1,799 for the body only and £2,519.99 for the camera and Canon's EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom lens.

For more casual shooters, Canon also announced three new PowerShot point-and-shoot models. The PowerShot G15, S110, and SX50 HS are smaller, much more affordable cameras.

The PowerShot G15 is a 12-megapixel follow-up to the 10-megapixel PowerShot G12. It sports an upgraded DIGIC 5 image processor, a larger 3in LCD with 922,000 dots, and a maximum sensitivity of ISO 12,800. It can also record 1080p video at 24 fps, while the G12 could only record 720p video at 30 fps. It weighs just over 65 grams less and is 0.3in thinner than the G12, while sporting a brighter 28-140mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.8-2.8 lens.

that feature, respectively, a 28mm f/1.8 wide-angle lens, built-in Wi-Fi, and a 50x optical zoom.

The 12-megapixel PowerShot S110 is almost identical to the PowerShot S100 in resolution, lens, and processor, but features built-in Wi-Fi (but requires a mobile tether for GPS, unlike the S100's built-in GPS. Its 3in screen also has double the resolution at 461,000 dots, and can reach up to ISO 12,800.

The PowerShot SX50 HS is the 50x optical zoom follow-up to the 35x zoom PowerShot SX40 HS. It has the same 12-megapixel sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor, but its 24-1,200mm (35mm equivalent) f/3.4-6.5 lens, while slightly darker, is much more powerful than the SX40 HS's 24-840mm (35mm equivalent) lens.

It is slightly larger 2.8in screen also has double the resolution at 461,000 dots, and the camera can reach a higher sensitivity at ISO 6,400.

The Canon PowerShot G15, SX50 HS, and S110 are currently available for pre-order via Wex Photographic, retailing at £549, £449, £429 respectively.