Updated (June, 2014): Compare the Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D810

Nikon D800 vs Canon EOS 6D

Winner
Nikon D800

93

Canon EOS 6D

90

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,853 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
95.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.4 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Size
Smaller
145×111×71 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
4.5 fps vs 4 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Weight
Lighter
770 g vs 1,000 g
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More than 20% lighter
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,269.00 vs $1,799.00
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The best price we've seen is $530 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
95.0 vs 82.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,853 ISO vs 2,340 ISO
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The D800 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.4 EV vs 12.1 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
209 ms vs 290 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Less startup delay
200 ms vs 500 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
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
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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D2,340 ISO
              D8002,853 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D0.71x
              D8000.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D4.5 fps
              D8004 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D1
              D80015

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $929 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,175 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,699 body only

              $1,699 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

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