Nikon D610

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Nikon D610

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Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

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

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
 
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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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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 D610 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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
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
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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
              D610:2,980 ISO
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              D610:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D:0.71x
              D610:0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              6D:500 ms
              D610:300 ms
              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
              D610:260 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
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D:1
              D610:9
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D:4.5 fps
              D610:6 fps

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 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
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,595 body only

              $3,495 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 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,441 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

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              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Lens availability More lenses available
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D610 Competitors

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              Avatar for ma thien ma thien (8:55 AM, October 13, 2014)
              last 9 we had class reunion 2014 ... we had some portrait pictures of friends ....the skin face look not good with nikon d610 .... so i will choose canon
               
              wEKa (1:58 PM, August 31, 2014)
              Hi,
              not only for focus points ,, two memory cards .. this is great feature also the view finder 100% :))
               
              wEKa (1:55 PM, August 31, 2014)
              agree :(
               
              Avatar for Maya Dziriya Maya Dziriya (0:54 AM, August 25, 2014)
              i have used canon for 2 years now i am satisfied by the results Just because the D610 has more focus points doesn't make it better than the 6D
               
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (7:56 PM, July 18, 2014)
              But I must say I have heard the canon can take flattering very low noise photos up to ISOs of 12,000 or more which would be totally awesome as I don't like to go over ISO 800 with my current camera's
               
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (7:52 PM, July 18, 2014)
              Probably the stronger colors and sharpness is why I don't like the Nikon as well for portraits?
               
              Avatar for Shawn Earle Shawn Earle (7:51 PM, July 18, 2014)
              It is a tough choice! I now own the D3200 and the rebel T3i and I feel Canon is the go to for portraits, and Nikon is the go to for wildlife and landscape shots!
               
              Mr. G (2:06 PM, May 18, 2014)
              6d as well
               
              Avatar for PanzerfaustNL PanzerfaustNL (9:36 PM, March 30, 2014)
              True, but that accuracy fails in nearly dark, and with the 6D you can still focus, because of the single middle focus point reaches -3 EV.

              So, the 610 is the better alrounder and the 6D is better in difficult situations where speed is of non relevance.
               
              andrei (2:00 PM, February 26, 2014)
              D7000 has 39 points, but did you look to see how many cross-points it has (9(, compared to 7D (19)? That's where the accuracy comes from ;)
               
              Avatar for Alwyn Alwyn (7:11 AM, February 25, 2014)
              Just because the D610 has more focus points doesn't make it better than the 6D. Ever shot with a D7000 and a 7D? The D7000 has 39 points and the 7D 19, yet the 7D system locks on faster and is way more accurate...I know, I unfortunately own the D7000 and tested a 7D. So, don't be fooled by paper stats.
               
              Mr Wally (3:15 AM, February 11, 2014)
              Nikon D610 does have HDR mode built in!
               
              Avatar for Clover Paws Cattery Clover Paws Cattery (1:14 AM, January 30, 2014)
              Wow, I was actually trying to decided between the canon D6 and Canon 5D Mark iii. I loved the more accurate focusing system and speed of the mark iii, but the price of the D6(wifi was a plus but not a must). Then I found this, the Nikon D610. It has a better focusing system and the speed. Not quite as many focusing points as the Mark iii but very close and way more than the canon D6! The price is higher than a D6, but still significantly lower priced than Mark iii. I think this Nikon D610 is the best camera choice for my budget!
               
              naqash (6:09 AM, December 04, 2013)
              canon is too slow....
               
              Avatar for Wang Han Wang Han (0:40 AM, October 14, 2013)
              We definitely need 6D Mark-II now Canon!