Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Canon EOS 6D

93

Canon EOS 6D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

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
 
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Advantages of the Canon 6D

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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 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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 Much thinner 2.8" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
Size Smaller 145x111x71 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 980 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
Weight Lighter 770 g vs 850 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 82.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 2,340 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 12.1 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 97%
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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 260 ms vs 290 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $1,354.00 vs $1,641.50
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The best price we've seen is $288 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D:2,340 ISO
              D600:2,980 ISO
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D:0.71x
              D600:0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              6D:290 ms
              D600:260 ms
              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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D:4.5 fps
              D600:5.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D:1
              D600:9

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

              $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,630 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,599 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 - $1,097 body only

              $1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $3,597 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D600.

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              gogol (3:01 AM, December 13, 2013)
              nicely said!
               
              Avatar for Tominh Dieu Tominh Dieu (10:24 PM, November 14, 2013)
              This is a great answer to the noisy folks..


              Thanks.
               
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (6:20 AM, October 24, 2013)
              I think i will just keep my Nikon D3200 and maybe someday trade my canon T3i in on a eos 6D? Question is can i use my current t3i lenses with the eos 6D?
               
              Avatar for Omesh Singh Omesh Singh (10:10 AM, September 29, 2013)
              I didn't understand it either until I did some further reading. Think of it this way, for the D600 you only start to see a noteworthy level of noise above ISO 2,980, and for the 6D you'll see the equivalent increase in noise at ISO 2,340. There are many comparisons online that show 6D produces cleaner images at high-to-extreme ISO.

              Also the other thing to note is that dxomark works with measured ISO numbers and Canon & Nikon cameras do not always line up directly with measurements. So just because a camera states ISO 6,400 does not mean it's shooting at ISO 6,400, it could for example be shooting at ISO 6,280.

              I agree with you that in this case the data is somewhat misleading, but remember that SnapSort is not a review site. It is simply a database of values set against different cameras at specified measurement points and these are applied to all cameras in the database. Data needs to be interpreted and presented by intelligent people before it becomes information.

              P.S. I am not a fanboy of either manufacturer's system. I currently use Canon EOS 1DsMk3, 5Dmk3, 6D and have a 60D for mucking about on Magic Lantern.
               
              erick (8:56 AM, September 27, 2013)
              People mindset always nikon vs canon...such a stupid human being..both only a brand..company that only produce this machine...a great picture can only be produced by your creativity, your eyes, your vision, your composition, your image post processing skills...camera only help you to take picture...if you not agree..just place both camera in a table...and see whether the camera can take picture by itself or not...just my 1cent opinion.
               
              Avatar for Edilson Ferreira Borges Edilson Ferreira Borges (1:33 AM, September 23, 2013)
              Is this a joke? D600: Lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO.
               
              Dbs (10:43 PM, September 19, 2013)
              ISO is better in the 6D than in the D600.
               
              SoulMate (3:20 PM, September 17, 2013)
              dust and oil
              It is enough to not buy D600
               
              Avatar for abavera abavera (3:29 PM, September 16, 2013)
              Went with Canon 6D.. is there a way to have 'continuous movie focus'.. some firmware upgrades?
              Which flash is better for Canon6D? 90Ex ?
               
              Guest (7:07 PM, September 01, 2013)
              ..... I don't know who you are.. But i will tell you politely you don't know me.. I see nowhere on here where it says i have to be a professional to speak my opinion.. so i could care less about what the hell you have to say who are you? dirty harry? wth type of name is that.. if your not famous who are you to comment. If you were such a professional where is your stuff huh? i'm not about to sit here and be belittled by a nobody.
               
              Space Ball (6:24 AM, September 01, 2013)
              You have no clue sir dummy pants on what you are talking about.
               
              Harry Miles (6:20 AM, September 01, 2013)
              Suck a fuckin punjabi dick!
               
              Dirty Harry (6:17 AM, September 01, 2013)
              Hey Jerry let the big boys talk. Obviously you're an amateur.
               
              John Jacques (8:22 PM, August 17, 2013)
              I was undecided on these two for so long and in the end went with the canon. I was sold with the Nikon after reading all the reviews as all the features are better on paper. If you read here and dxomark the Nikon is even better in low light. Well all I wanted was a camera that had good iso performance. I actually went to the store having made my mind up on the Nikon and decided to take some images with both cameras before making my final decision. I cant understand why both this site and dxomark are so far off the mark. The canon is far better than the Nikon for iso performance. Its actually ridicules how wrong they are
               
              Colin T (11:40 AM, August 15, 2013)
              I called my d600's Saudi because the bodies were full of dust and oil. I've been a Nikon user for over 30 years, and finally jumped to full frame in December.



              After 8 months and 4 x d600 replacement bodies (2 of which were sent back to Nikon to be "fixed"), replaced because of hundreds of particles of dust and oil splatter on the sensor I finally managed to get Nikon to give me my money back. Nikon wouldn't pay me for the 30 years of lenses I'd picked up, but the camera store gave me a great offer on them. I then purchased the 6D and some Canon L series lenses. And what a difference, the Canon outperforms the Nikon hands down for image quality which in my book is what it's all about.


              I believe Nikon knows there is a huge issue with all their new cameras and couldn't give a flying you know what. For that fact alone I'd advise everyone to not even put the shoddy Nikon brand on their shopping list.
               
              Eric (5:33 AM, August 11, 2013)
              Well 39 autofocus points do make a difference and there is no camera from nikon or canon with better low light performance than the d600 so don't know what you mean by photos are not up to the mark.
              Other than that, I would never buy either of these cameras. They are affordable full frame but other than that they are the bottom of the barrel.
               
              Guest (4:25 AM, August 02, 2013)
              No your comment is foolish by saying i never ran into this i wasn't implying that the problem doesn't exist simply that this isn't a problem with 100% of the cameras and that this shouldn't be used as a scare factor to turn people away from it.. As simple as that.. smh...
               
              Jon (8:36 PM, August 01, 2013)
              lol just because you haven't run into it doesn't mean squat. And for you to even mention that shows you have no clue what you are talking about. Those issues clearly exist and are widely known. I honestly don't give a crap about either camera, but your comment is foolish.
               
              Guest (6:22 PM, July 22, 2013)
              I don't even understand this dust and oil fear issue i have had mine for a long time and i have yet to run into this problem.. It's like people are trying to scare people away from buying the d600. It has a slight edge on the 6d for sure. I know so many people who have owned both and are canon fanatics and still say the d600 is worth the buy. The 6d video and low light performance is way better then the d600 and i will give it that. Other than that.. i would say go with the d600 (Ps. I shoot both canon and nikon) there is no need for a canon vs. nikon war.
               
              hunterz (8:30 AM, July 04, 2013)
              i used canon 50 1.2 L, sigma 85mm 1.4, canon 135mm f2... non of them need way over 1/4000... beside, you can use ur iso as low as 50...
               
              Avatar for Sopheak Long Sopheak Long (0:47 PM, May 25, 2013)
              I am thinking between 6d vs d600. I research many web already, some say it is a little reasone to get 6d over d600. But some people complaint about the dusty. Could you advise me? As your experience please?
               
              Avatar for Renato Schetter Campos Renato Schetter Campos (9:22 PM, May 17, 2013)
              Yeah, why? tks
               
              Gemo (6:22 PM, May 07, 2013)
              one card slot (billion dots) oh yeah thats most important thing to make PHOTO quality much better (3 billions dots). btw i ,ove childs comments (10 billions dots)
               
              Avatar for jiju atheena jiju atheena (5:50 PM, April 27, 2013)
              u r right....
               
              Avatar for abavera abavera (5:20 PM, April 14, 2013)
              Any info on the oil spill on sensor for D600? Is it fixed? http://www.flickr.com/groups/d600club/discuss/72157631688454226/