• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25600

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Advantages

Nikon D800 over Canon 6D

  • Fast startup
    0.30 vs 0.50 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • More cross-type AF points
    15 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    36.3 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    51 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Lighter weight
    1008g vs 1448g
    Lighter weight
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 6D over Nikon D800

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.54 vs 4.88 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    Unlimited vs 23 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (single-shot mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Review Excerpt

  • Rugged build; Excellent controls; Extremely high resolution; Dual cards; Surprising high ISO performance.

  • Very large files; Slower frame rate; Custom white balance gives a greenish tint; Battery life lower than D700.

  • 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

Nikon D800
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2502
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More pixels
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • More cross-type AF points
Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $3399
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Headphone jack

Compared to Nikon D610

Nikon D800
Nikon D610
  • $2502
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • More pixels
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $1597
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Pentax 645D

Nikon D800
Pentax 645D
  • $2502
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4997
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Canon 6D
Pentax 645D
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $4997
  • 2.17 inch
  • Larger sensor
  • More cross-type AF points

Compared to Sony A99

Nikon D800
Sony A99
  • $2502
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen
Canon 6D
Sony A99
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tiltable Screen

Compared to Nikon Df

Nikon D800
Nikon Df
  • $2502
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • 60p
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Newer
Canon 6D
Nikon Df
  • $1899
  • 35mm
  • Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • $2747
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Newer
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