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

Canon EOS 6D

Winner
Canon EOS 6D

92

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Nikon D700

85

Nikon D700

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Focus points
Many focus points
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 20.9 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
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 922k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Size Smaller 145x111x71 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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Around 20% smaller
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,699.00 vs $3,395.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,696 cheaper (around 50% less)
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
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Focus points Significantly more focus points 51 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 197 ms vs 290 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              6D:2,340 ISO
              D700:2,303 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              6D:0.71x
              D700:0.72x
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              D700:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              6D:97%
              D700:95%
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D:4.5 fps
              D700:5 fps
              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
              Thickness Thin Help
              6D:2.8"
              D700:3"
              Screen size Very small screens Help
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              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              6D:82.0
              D700:80.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              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

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly 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

              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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,300 body only

              $3,409 with 24-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Low light performance Is slightly more noisy at high ISO
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $915 - $1,299 body only

              $1,284 - $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,150 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 significantly smaller sensor
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,549 - $1,600 body only

              $1,997 - $2,150 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 D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Dynamic range Has slightly wider dynamic range
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

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

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Nikon D3

              Nikon D3

              Pro DSLR

              $7,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Much larger

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