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

Canon EOS 6D vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Canon EOS 6D

90

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

80

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,340 ISO
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
102,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore 9 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 6D and 94 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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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
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
Better image quality
82.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
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
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
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,399.00 vs $2,175.00
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The best price we've seen is $776 cheaper (around 40% less)
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              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
              1
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              6D11
              5D Mark II9
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D4.5 fps
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Thickness Thin Help
              6D2.8"
              5D Mark II3"
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              6D97%
              5D Mark II98%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              6D20.9 MP
              5D Mark II21 MP
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              6D12.1 EV
              5D Mark II11.9 EV

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,249 with 24-70mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $815 - $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
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,699 body only

              $2,049 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 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $891 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,364 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 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

              $2,297 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $679 body only

              $800 - $900 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              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...