• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • 23.00mm - 900.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Canon 6D advantages over Nikon B500

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.54 vs 1.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Thinner
    71 mm vs 96 mm
    Thinner
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • More pixels
    20.2 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 7 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/1500 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon B500 advantages over Canon 6D

  • Less expensive
    $257* vs $999
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    2 years vs 6 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.4 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video

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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video

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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
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon B500
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2850
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon B500
Nikon D610
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Larger sensor
  • $1276
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
Nikon B500
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1276
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 6D
Nikon D600
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon B500
Nikon D600
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon L830

Canon 6D
Nikon L830
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Nikon B500
Nikon L830
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $224
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Slower slow-motion
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