Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 6D

Nikon D600


Canon EOS 6D



Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
Built-in GPS
Great for travel


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 6D.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D600.


Nikon D600 Competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610


$1,268 - $1,497 body only

$1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Weight Lighter
Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,545 - $1,897 body only

$2,128 - $2,597 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$949 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Canon EOS 6D Competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,282 - $2,499 body only

$2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,545 - $1,897 body only

$2,128 - $2,597 with 24-120mm lens

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

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,340 - $1,499 body only

$1,649 - $1,849 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


Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Has a GPS
Yes vs No
Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
More than 10% higher resolution screen
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.2"
More than 10% thinner
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
The 6D's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
145×111×71 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.70x
Almost the same
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
980 shots vs 900 shots
Around 10% more shots per battery charge
770 g vs 850 g
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
More than 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 2,340 ISO
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"
Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 12.1 EV
0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.8 bits
Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 97%
Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4.5 fps
More than 20% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
260 ms vs 290 ms
More than 10% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 20.9 MP
Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses vs 165 lenses
Almost the same
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the Nikon D600


Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D2,340 ISO
              D6002,980 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              6D290 ms
              D600260 ms
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D4.5 fps
              D6005.5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help




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              Nikon D600 Canon EOS 6D
              Nikon D600 Canon EOS 6D


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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..

              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 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 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.
              Guest (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 schetter schetter (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?