• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony A99 advantages over Canon 6D

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs none
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 12.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • More cross-type AF points
    3 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Less shutter lag
    0.13 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • More AF points
    19 vs 11
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    5.9 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Canon 6D advantages over Sony A99

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $1269 vs $1998*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 0.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,340 vs 1,555 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1090 vs 500 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 17 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 51200 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
  • Built-in GPS
    Both provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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
  • 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

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Sony A99
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Nikon D610

Sony A99
Nikon D610
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Sony A99
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1403
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1403
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Nikon D800

Sony A99
Nikon D800
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • Focus peaking
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Fast startup
Canon 6D
Nikon D800
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1850
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Nikon D600

Sony A99
Nikon D600
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon 6D
Nikon D600
  • $1222
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
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