Updated (July, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D800

Canon EOS 6D vs Nikon D700

Winner
Canon EOS 6D

90

Nikon D700

83

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
102,400 ISO
Built-in GPS
GPS
Great for travel
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
97% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
145×111×71 mm vs 147×123×77 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$1,269.00 vs $3,893.84
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The best price we've seen is $2,625 cheaper (3.1x less)
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
770 g vs 1,074 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 3"
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Around 10% thinner
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 D700

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Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
197 ms vs 290 ms
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More than 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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.71x
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Almost the same
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
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
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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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D2,340 ISO
              D7002,303 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D0.71x
              D7000.72x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
              1
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              6D97%
              D70095%
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D4.5 fps
              D7005 fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              6D20.9 MP
              D70012.1 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              6D1
              D70015

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              competitors

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              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

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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
              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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $900 body only

              $849 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,422 - $1,642 body only

              $2,112 - $2,656 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Nikon D700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

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