• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 45.7 megapixels
  • ISO 64 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 6D advantages over Nikon D850

  • Less expensive
    $2299 vs $5497
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 6.54 vs 4.35 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 200 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D850 advantages over Canon 6D

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • 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
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Fast startup
    ~0.20 vs 0.5 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Better color depth
    26.4 vs 23.8 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,660 vs 2,340 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.8 vs 12.1 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1840 vs 1090 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More cross-type AF points
    99 vs 1
    Cross-type AF points improve autofocus performance
  • Newer
    13 months vs 6 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
    0.08 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    45.7 vs 20.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • 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
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    7.1 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    200 vs 17 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • 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

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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.

  • Class-leading resolution; Excellent dynamic range; Very good high ISO performance; Very fast AF and burst shooting; Durable weather-sealed body; Improved ergonomics; Touchscreen; Dual card slots; 4K video.

  • Live view/video mode still uses sluggish contrast-detect AF; Viewfinder only tests at ~98% coverage; No 4K at 60p; 30-minute video clip limit; Focus peaking not supported with 4K.

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2847
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Nikon D850
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $2847
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D610

Canon 6D
Nikon D610
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D850
Nikon D610
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1864
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1232
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon D850
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $1232
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 6D
Nikon D600
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Nikon D850
Nikon D600
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Nikon D750

Canon 6D
Nikon D750
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Built-in GPS
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Tiltable Screen
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D850
Nikon D750
  • $3297
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Shoot 4K video
  • $1797
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels
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