• 35mm 864.0mm2
  • 30.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 32,000
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 20.8 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 102,400

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Differences

Canon 5D Mark IV advantages over Nikon D6

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Lighter weight
    890g vs 1270g
    Lighter weight
  • More pixels
    30.4 vs 20.8 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Nikon D6 advantages over Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.45 vs 5.36 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • More cross-type AF points
    99 vs 41
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    5 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More AF points
    153 vs 61
    More AF points improve autofocus
  • Longer exposure
    900 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Higher extended ISO
    327680 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
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Pentaprism viewfinder
    Both provide
    Much better viewfinder picture fidelity
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Dual card slots
    Both provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Both provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

User reviews

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  • Superb image quality from RAW files; Improved dynamic range; Excellent high ISO performance; Fast 7fps burst rate with unlimited JPEG buffer; High-quality cinema 4K video; Built-in Wi-Fi; Dual Pixel CMOS AF is very good.

  • JPEG files look soft at default settings; 1/200s flash sync; 4K video codec is cumbersome; 29:59 continuous video recording limit.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon D6
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2299
  • 35mm
  • Lighter weight

Compared to Nikon D810

Canon 5D Mark IV
Nikon D810
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
Nikon D6
Nikon D810
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $2997
  • 35mm
  • Internal flash
  • More pixels

Compared to Canon 1DX Mark II

Canon 5D Mark IV
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $4499
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon D6
Canon 1DX Mark II
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Bluetooth
  • More cross-type AF points
  • $4499
  • 35mm
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Slow-motion videos

Compared to Sony A99 II

Canon 5D Mark IV
Sony A99 II
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen
Nikon D6
Sony A99 II
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Bigger pixels
  • $3198
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Pentax K-1 II

Canon 5D Mark IV
Pentax K-1 II
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • Shoot 4K video
  • Touchscreen
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D6
Pentax K-1 II
  • $6500
  • 35mm
  • Bigger pixels
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
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