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

Canon EOS 6D

Winner
Canon EOS 6D

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Nikon D700

85

Nikon D700

Runner-up
     
 

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
 

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
51
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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
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
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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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
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
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 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 Very 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
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        6D:500 ms
        D700:400 ms
        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

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

        Screen size Very small screens Help
        3.0"
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        6D:82.0
        D700:80.0

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        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,999 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
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 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

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 with 24-105mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Low light performance Is slightly more noisy at high ISO
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $1,149 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 - $1,100 body only

        $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 much smaller sensor
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 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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        Disadvantages

        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D700.

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