Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 6D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

89

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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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 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The 6D has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.1 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Size
Smaller
145x111x71 mm vs 152x114x75 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
980 shots vs 850 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,519.00 vs $2,494.73
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The best price we've seen is $976 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
770 g vs 850 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
206 ms vs 290 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              5D Mark II:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D:4.5 fps
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              6D:11
              5D Mark II: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
              Thickness Thin Help
              6D:2.8"
              5D Mark II:3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              6D:97%
              5D Mark II:98%
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              6D:12.1 EV
              5D Mark II:11.9 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              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
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              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
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

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              Avatar for Declan Murphy Declan Murphy (0:12 AM, February 14, 2014)
              I was under the impression the 6d has less shutter lag than 5d2.
               
              Avatar for Bolu Bolu (7:33 PM, August 19, 2013)
              do you still got the Mark II for sale... please I am interested. email me to bifotos1@gmail.com. thanks
               
              Avatar for kevin kevin (4:32 PM, July 22, 2013)
              Hey can some tell me a good camera for nature photography. For like 2000-5000 $.please send me a message to my email.
               
              Mizdawi (4:27 PM, May 04, 2013)
              Have you sold this? What are you asking for it?
               
              Avatar for Arnold Angelo T Vismanos Arnold Angelo T Vismanos (10:27 AM, April 19, 2013)
              Sonu, from where are you? where can i see your 5d? Please... attache here your FB account.
               
              sonu (7:41 AM, April 15, 2013)
              I have Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR i want to sell this.....

              If any one want to buy Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR In just 80k call 8108642823

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II SLR (Black, with Mark II Kit EF 24-105mm) with 2 lens

              EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Body, EF 24-105mm L IS U Lens, Battery Pack
              LP-E6, Battery Charger LC-E6, Wide Neck Strap EW-EOS5DMKII, USB
              Interface Cable IFC-200U, Stereo Video Cable STV-250N, Camera Basic
              instruction Manual Booklet, With 8GB CF Card.

              And Free 32GB Card
               
              Larry (10:36 PM, September 18, 2012)
              Different sites have different data. According to original Canon release "ISO range from 100-25600 with a low
              setting, L: 50 and two high settings, H1: 51200 and H2: 102400.
              "
               
              Larry (10:25 PM, September 18, 2012)
              Please get your facts right - 6D has no build-in flash, 3" LCD. High ISO 25600? H1 51200 H2 102400

               
              Joe (6:14 AM, September 18, 2012)
              6D also doesnt have inbuilt flash...