• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Canon 6D advantages over Nikon D5

  • Less expensive
    $1269 vs $6497*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 200 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D5 advantages over Canon 6D

  • Shoot 4K video
    4K (UHD) vs 1080p
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 3780 vs 1090 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    99 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    19 months vs 5 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Higher-res screen
    590k vs 348k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    153 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.1 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.1 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    183 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    3276800 vs 102400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

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
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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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.

  • Excellent image quality; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 153-point autofocus system; Fast continuous shooting speeds; 4K video recording; Pro-quality camera body; Outstanding battery life.

  • Large and heavy body might not be right for all; Loud shutter; Underutilized touchscreen; Low ISO dynamic range not as good as predecessor; Extended high ISOs not very useful; Sluggish Live View AF.

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
Nikon D5
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2817
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5
Nikon D610
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

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
Nikon D5
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $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
Nikon D5
Nikon D600
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Nikon D4S

Canon 6D
Nikon D4S
  • $1356
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D5
Nikon D4S
  • $6498
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $5999
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
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