Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Canon EOS 50D

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,340 ISO
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
Large sensor
Sensor size
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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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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Advantages of the Canon 50D

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6.3 fps vs 4.5 fps
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40% faster continuous shooting
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$750.00 vs $1,519.00
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The best price we've seen is $769 cheaper (2x 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
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              6D:145x111x71 mm
              50D:146x108x74 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              6D:2.8"
              50D:2.9"
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D:1
              50D:9
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              6D:12.1 EV
              50D:11.4 EV

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              Disadvantages

              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 much more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $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

              $2,495 body only

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

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

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 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

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Overall image quality 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
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 50D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,138 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

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