Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 50D

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,340 ISO vs 696 ISO
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The 6D has excellent image quality 1.7 f-stops higher ISO than the 50D
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 82.0 vs 63.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 21.8 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.1 EV vs 11.4 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.59x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.8x23.9mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 2.5x larger sensor
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 20.9 MP vs 15.1 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life 980 shots vs 640 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 6D's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 97% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
Weight Slightly lighter 770 g vs 822 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 131 ms vs 290 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Lens availability More lenses available 197 lenses vs 156 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
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
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        6D:500 ms
        50D:300 ms
        Thickness Thin Help
        6D:2.8"
        50D:2.9"
        Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        6D:97%
        50D:95%
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        6D:11
        50D:9
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

        Compared to recent pro DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Size Fairly small Help
        6D:145x111x71 mm
        50D:146x108x74 mm
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        6D:1
        50D:9
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        6D:4.5 fps
        50D:6.3 fps
        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        6D:12.1 EV
        50D:11.4 EV
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        6D:82.0
        50D:63.0

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Focus points Has much more focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Thickness Is thicker
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,499 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $641 - $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $200 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

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        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,697 body only

        $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon EOS 7D Mark II

        Canon EOS 7D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $1,799 body only

        $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
        Sensor size Much smaller sensor
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder

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        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,138 body only

        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Color depth Better color depth
        Weather sealed No weather sealing
        Shutter lag More shutter lag

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