• 35mm 855.6mm2
  • 20.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600

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Differences

Canon 6D advantages over Olympus E-PM2

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    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 3.75 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • 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 932 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Built-in GPS
    GPS vs None
    Geotag your photos
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1090 vs 360 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    105 mm vs 84 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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
  • Higher-res screen
    348k vs 154k pixels
    More detail on the screen lets you judge focus and composition
  • 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
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 28 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    1250 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    102400 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Olympus E-PM2 advantages over Canon 6D

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Thinner
    33 mm vs 71 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    384g vs 1448g
    Lighter weight
  • Less shutter lag
    0.20 vs 0.29 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    7.9 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    8.0 fps vs 4.4 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • 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
  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Neither provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • 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.

  • Super compact and lightweight; Excellent image and print quality that rivals much more expensive CSCs and DSLRs; Solid low-light (high ISO) performance; Touchscreen LCD responsive and useful once you get used to it; Speedy and accurate AF on still subjects; Tons of advanced shooting features and customizing options.

  • Maddening menu system; No physical Mode dial; Motion AF not quite up to par; Mediocre HD video quality; No built-in flash (but a small external flash is included).

The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Canon 6D
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $2499
  • 35mm
  • More cross-type AF points
  • Less shutter lag
Olympus E-PM2
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $2499
  • 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
Olympus E-PM2
Nikon D610
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Canon 7D Mark II

Canon 6D
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • More telephoto lens reach
Olympus E-PM2
Canon 7D Mark II
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $1216
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Nikon D600

Canon 6D
Nikon D600
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Built-in GPS
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
Olympus E-PM2
Nikon D600
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Touchscreen
  • $1497
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Olympus E-PL5

Canon 6D
Olympus E-PL5
  • $999
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Olympus E-PM2
Olympus E-PL5
  • $448
  • 4/3
  • $329
  • 4/3
  • Tiltable Screen
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