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
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


$1,266 - $1,497 body only

$1,646 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Weight Lighter
Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,560 - $1,897 body only

$2,099 - $2,397 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Canon EOS 6D Competitors

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $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


$1,560 - $1,897 body only

$2,099 - $2,397 with 24-120mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range
GPS No built-in GPS
Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II


$1,199 - $1,299 body only

$1,549 - $1,649 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


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Showing 25 comments

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?