• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 50.6 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Canon 6D advantages over Canon 5DS

  • Less expensive
    $1269 vs $3499*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.54 vs 4.14 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1090 vs 700 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 28 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Canon 5DS advantages over Canon 6D

  • More cross-type AF points
    41 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    2 years vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More pixels
    50.6 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    61 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Top deck display
    Both provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality on par to more expensive full-frame DSLRs (including the 5D Mark III); Responsive all-around performer; Superior HD video-shooting chops; Built-in Wi-Fi with remote control and sharing features, Built-in GPS and geotagging.

  • Lacks a built-in, pop-up flash; No external headphone jack; Rather basic 11-point autofocus system; Mediocre burst speed.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Canon 5DS
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Newer
  • More pixels
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5DS
Nikon D610
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Newer
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
Canon 5DS
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Better color depth
  • $1549
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 6D
Nikon D600
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5DS
Nikon D600
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Newer
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon 6D
Nikon D750
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Canon 5DS
Nikon D750
  • $3499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
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