Comparison: Canon 6D vs Nikon D600

Canon 6D vs Nikon D600

Canon 6D vs Nikon D600 Comparison

Here we have prepared a quick  comparison of the two recently announced full frame cameras: Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D600

Sensor Resolution

Nikon features the 24MP Sony full frame sensor whereas 6D sports a lower resolution 20.2MP full frame sensor. The difference may be negligible in real life scenarios.

Body Type

Both models are significantly smaller then their bigger brothers, 5D mark III and D800. Manufacturers clearly aims users that asks for a full frame sensor but doesn't need the bulk of a more professional body.

6D and D600 are both splash/dust resistant.

ISO Range

Canon 6D has an ISO range of 100-25600 and can be expanded to ISO 50-102400 whereas Nikon D600 has a native ISO range of 100-6400 that can be expandable to 50-25600 in boost mode.

AF System

This is where Nikon shines. Nikon D600 has a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type AF points while the Canon 6D has a 11-point AF system with only 1 cross-type sensor.

LCD Screen

Both cameras have 3.2" LCD screens, with Canon having slightly higher resolution (1,040,000 dots vs. 920,000 dots)

Viewfinders

6D covers only %97 of the scene on the other hand D600 covers %100.

Magnification ratios are very close: 0.71x for 6D and 0.70x for Nikon

Max Shutter Speed

D600's max shutter speed is 1/4000s which in my opinion is not enough for a full frame semi-professional DSLR, especially when using fast lenses in bright sunlight, which is common scenario for pros. Canon 6D  can go up to 1/8000s.

Built-in Flash

Do not underestimate the importance of a flash even though it is small and not very flexible. It comes handy from time to time, and can also be used to trigger wireless flashes. This is a big plus for Nikon, Canon doesn't have one.

Continuous Shooting Speed

Nikon D600 can shoot at a max speed of 5.5 fps and the 6D can go up to 4.5fps. Both models are not up to the standards of a sports shooter for sure but other than that, it will be enough for most cases.

Storage

Nikon D600 has 2 SD card slots whereas 6D has one.

Wi-Fi

Wi-Fi connectivity is built-in in Canon 6D which is a big advantage. For Nikon D600, you have to buy an optional accessory.

GPS

GPS is also built-in in Canon 6D, another advantage over Nikon D600. To have this functionality with Nikon, you have to buy an optional accessory.

Weight and Dimensions

The weight difference is negligible: Nikon D600 weighs 760g and 6D weighs 770g.

Comparing the physical dimensions, 6D is a bit taller at 145mm vs. 141mm but also clearly narrower at 71mm vs 82mm

Price

Both models are introduced with a price tag of $2.099 in US market. I believe these cameras will be priced under $2.000 at the end of this year.

Conclusion

It is very early to decide which camera is better, we have to wait for more sample images and real life experiences (Nikon D600 sample images here). But purely looking at the specs, I feel my self closer to 6D. Canon's built-in Wi-Fi and built-in GPS are two very important features for me.

On the other hand, D600 attracts with its built-in flash and advance 39 point AF system. Your decision will depend on your priorities of course.

But if you have already invested in one of the system (high quality lenses cost lot more than the bodies in general), none of the cameras will make you switch  for sure.

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