Nikon D610 vs Canon EOS 6D

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Nikon D610

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Canon EOS 6D

90

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
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
0.71x
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
102,400 ISO
GPS
Built-in GPS
Great for travel
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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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
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
Thickness
Much thinner
2.8" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
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
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D610

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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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
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
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
260 ms vs 290 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D2,340 ISO
              D6102,980 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D0.71x
              D6100.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              6D290 ms
              D610260 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              6D$1,319.99
              D610$1,199.95
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D1
              D6109
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              6D11
              D61039
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D4.5 fps
              D6106 fps

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              competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $2,960 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,095 body only

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,215 - $1,349 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              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
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,009 - $1,197 body only

              $1,274 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 6D.

              Nikon D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D610.

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              Showing 18 comments

              jeffersonmallaign (10:08 PM, November 29, 2014)
              I have both cameras. the 6D is slightly better in noise handling over the d610, but d610's pictures that come right out of the camera is marginally crispier and more lively. 6D is somewhat has softer image, but significantly better in macro, portrait and in controlled environment. my d3300 even shoots better pictures with 6D when doing normal street photography and events. if you only shoot raw and edit a lot, you can't go wrong with either cameras.
               
              Avatar for Kostis Kostis (2:26 PM, November 09, 2014)
              it is because you shoot with the pop up flash
               
              paukuk (7:09 PM, October 26, 2014)
              two slots and 100% do not forget the faster fps all that said the 6D seems to completely outclass the D610 in low light for detail and noise and produces clear and great colours
               
              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!