Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

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Sony SLT-A99

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Sony SLT-A99

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 6D

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

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Overall image quality
Great image quality
89.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,340 ISO vs 1,555 ISO
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The 6D has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life
Longer battery life
980 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
More lenses available
156 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Significantly thinner
2.8" vs 3.1"
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Around 10% thinner
Size
Smaller
145x111x71 mm vs 147x111x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,519.00 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $479 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
770 g vs 812 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 82.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 12.1 EV
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1.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
127 ms vs 290 ms
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2.3x less delay when taking photos
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 1,040k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
6 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 30% faster continuous shooting
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 20.9 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 97%
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Almost the same
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Focus points
More focus points
19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.71x
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              6D:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              SLT-A99:Full frame 35.8x24.0mm
              GPS Built-in GPS Help
              Great for travel
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              Common Weaknesses
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              6D:11
              SLT-A99:19
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              6D:4.5 fps
              SLT-A99:6 fps
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Canon EOS 6D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 body only

              $1,498 - $1,795 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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              ProGo (3:47 AM, August 12, 2014)
              First let me start off by saying, I will use ANY tool for the job! As long as that tool gets the work done, produces the BEST image, and is the easiest for me to work with (means I get 99% of my image by keeping focus at all times; don't miss shots due to camera features, etc).

              I mainly work in the video medium, so the focus peaking, higher DR on just all about all of Sony's A-mount (57 on up), phase detection AF in either video or photog, was some of the defining factors for me when choosing which systems to go with.

              I don't hate Canon, and well, Nikon uses Sony technology anyway. I am not a fanboy of ANY product; I just really love what these alpha cameras can do!

              Hell, strip the brand off and call it "Sewer Water Mark I", and I still would choose the a99, a77 / a77 II, a57 over just about any other camera in their respective ranges. The a77 II even has zebras now! And DON'T say, "you can get all that with ML." I have USED ML on Canons, and while it's better than nothing, it's still wonk.

              I am a professional videographer, and dynamic range is one of the most IMPORTANT features of any camera. The higher the DR, the better image quality you can grade in post. Also, phase detection AF in video mode is supremely important. It's a great feature that I use a LOT.

              Comparisons for video / photog:

              Canon 60P @ 1080 = no; A99 60P & 1080 = yes
              A99 has much higher DR
              A99 less shutter lag (BY A LOT); more cross type & focus points; faster max shutter; dual CARD SLOTs!
              A99 has better image quality


              I do mainly commercial work for businesses, but I also do a bit of wedding / event videography on the side – as well, I have a photography background to base the above and following observations on.


              Phase detection is hands down better for AF than contrast, and in a wedding or even scenario AF is freakin' essential.


              Also, don't you WANT better image quality? I mean, I do. I guess if you want to shoot in a closet where it's dark, perhaps the 6D would be preferred, but that is a ridiculous scenario. Higher MP pixel count means more options for larger print sizes.



              Plus, Snapsort always lists Canon as having more lenses...they need to take into account that all of the old Minolta Maxxum AF lenses work with ANY Sony A-mount, and some of those old lenses are amazing(beer-can lens; the old 50mm 1.7)!


              Lower noise at higher ISO is my first consideration when choosing any type of body, and I am sure it is for most SLR users (SLT in Sony's case). However, if you are shooting at a wedding, you are going to be using a FLASH. You are more than likely going to be using SEVERAL DIFFERENT BODIES, and what's more, SHOOTING RAW. If you are shooting JPG, and complaining about noise at any ISO level, shame on you. 25K ISO max with a FF sensor and higher DR is going to be a negligible comparison if shooting RAW or video, at best in this comparison.

              In video, I will gripe that AVCHD is more noisy than H.264; however, both are compressed formats. AND, if you are doing this for real (as your source of income), chances are you are using an external recorder...AND, if you are doing that, you are going to get a MUCH better image from the a99 – especially in post due to the above mentioned specs. It's really not even a contest...
               
              Jrcalcala (5:37 PM, November 25, 2013)
              How can the 6d beat the a99 other than Canon is a more popular brand of camera? Looking at the comparison, doesn't image quality and better dynamic range trump lower noise at higher iso?
              Battery life? here is no guesswork when using evf so you'll be taking less shots. Thus you'll be consuming a less battery.
              And the a99 has the 6d beaten to a pulp on the video department.
              Btw, you forgot to add that a99 can shoot at 1080p @ 60fps and is good for slow-mo.
               
              hams (11:48 AM, November 25, 2013)
              how does popularity affects camera performance and quality? and why do EVF viewfinder got zero points at all? like no viewfinder at all. fyi EVF nowadays is improved a lot and most camera cos. invest on it too... you should update your criteria.
               
              Avatar for iphoto27 iphoto27 (3:07 PM, September 23, 2013)
              The major drawbacks on the Sony SLT-A99 and SLT-A99v:


              1. Battery life sucks.
              2. Lousy tethered shooting software over free Canon's.
              3. Software won't allow to save on card /or card and computer like Canon's can.
              3. Software has NO True Tethered in live-view and video recording like Canon's.
              4. CAN NOT do wireless shooting unless you purchased the ATG AK1 Un-Tethered Systems.
              Dual live-views are very important for beginners to pros daily shooting stills & videos.
              5. You must buy the vertical grip (dead weight) to get long battery life without breaking door.
              6. No on camera's flash menu like Canon for shooting wireless flash.
              7. Instruction manual's written for nuclear scientists to understand.
              8. The Sony hotshoe is a NOT standard hotshoe.
              So many quacks are saying it is. Putting many flashes & wireless radios will not work.
              9. Sony HVL-F60M sucks.
              The world's first expensive speedlight that ever came out from China, cost more than C&N.
              It's overheat & shutdown very quickly. Canon 600EX-RT (Nikon SB-910) is a little better.
              Very long delayed when shooting outdated wireless line-site flash.
              CAN NOT use place flash head in softbox to get wireless flash like others can.
              A useless LED video light that is only good & fun for your children use as a flashlight.
              10. 1/250 Flash Sync is a FAULT ADVERTISEMENT!
              Try it out when shooting wireless flash, that if you can afford two or more flashes.
              Again, you will get a wireless flash delayed when you are shooting slight moving subject.


              FYI: Basic kit that beginners get will cost over


              Sony SLT-A99 is $2,799.00
              Sony 24-70/2.8 is $1,799.99
              Sony HVL-F60M is $548.99
              Don't forget about tax

              That's over $5,200.00 USD
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (3:13 PM, June 12, 2013)
              Thanks for pointing that out we will fix that up soon
               
              Derahn (2:50 PM, June 12, 2013)
              There is no built-in flash on the a99