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

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

98

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Canon EOS 6D

92

Canon EOS 6D

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

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

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
Size Smaller 145x111x71 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.8" vs 3.2"
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More than 10% thinner
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 $1,699.00 vs $2,996.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,298 cheaper (more than 40% 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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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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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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 290 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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 Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D:2,340 ISO
              D800:2,853 ISO
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D:0.71x
              D800:0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D:4.5 fps
              D800:4 fps
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              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

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

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

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,997 with 35mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,399 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,199 - $2,731 body only

              $2,889 - $3,695 with 24-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,650 body only

              $2,098 - $2,100 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 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 D800 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

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

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