Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Canon EOS 70D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,340 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
82.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 70D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO vs 926 ISO
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The 6D has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the 70D
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
82.0 vs 68.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.1 EV vs 11.6 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm vs APS-C 22.5x15.0mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 6D's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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More than 10% thinner
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
20.9 MP vs 20 MP
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
145x111x71 mm vs 145x106x79 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
980 shots vs 920 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Canon 70D

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
75 ms vs 290 ms
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3.9x less delay when taking photos
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
19 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
7 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
Lens availability
More lenses available
197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
98% vs 97%
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Almost the same
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lowest price
Cheaper
$999.00 vs $1,519.00
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The best price we've seen is $520 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              6D:97%
              70D:98%
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              6D:11
              70D:19
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              6D:12.1 EV
              70D:11.6 EV

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              competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Users slower contrast detection autofocus
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 6D.

              Canon EOS 70D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 70D.

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              Avatar for Deguan Trivi Deguan Trivi (5:09 PM, December 11, 2014)
              Didn't they forget the superior servo (continuous) focus on the 70d
              using stm lenses? For people like me who use the dslr to record video,
              its the most important tool, and it works almost like the old simple
              video cameras. It works perfectly, fast and without lens noise. I don't
              think that the 6D has that functionality.
               
              Avatar for Andréanne Huot Andréanne Huot (1:01 AM, November 29, 2013)
              Because your not suppose to use that kind of flash with this camera!
               
              That Camera Guy (5:15 AM, November 14, 2013)
              Actually it's mainly because for weather sealing. Likewise with touch and/or articulating screens. Professional bodies are built like a rock.
               
              Avatar for JaF JaF (10:14 AM, November 04, 2013)
              Because professionals usually require higher quality than that of the build in flash and they will use either a pro-flash unit on the camera or an external flash. 5d+6d will have all the bells and whistles you need to control those flash units. Also, for a normal everyday scene setting, the cameras have excellent ISO performance and won't require flash all too often anyways.

              An additional reason - the xD range has much larger viewfinders and they also require quiet some space for the 'light tunnel' - you will see that its basically going through the space where usually the flash unit would be integrated.
               
              cooler (9:11 PM, October 29, 2013)
              ye? what about 5d mark 2&3?...
               
              Guest (7:19 PM, October 25, 2013)
              I really liked everything about the 70d and almost bought one until
               
              Avatar for Contrastly Contrastly (6:00 PM, October 16, 2013)
              Because the space where the flash would normally be was used to put the GPS and the wi-fi units.
               
              Malcolm jones (10:40 PM, September 27, 2013)
              Why no pop up flash,on the 6D.
               
              Avatar for Adrien Adrien Adrien Adrien (1:47 AM, July 06, 2013)
              Wow,i will buy both of them, 6D and 70D!