Canon EOS 6D

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Canon EOS 6D

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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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 Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Canon 6D

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,340 ISO vs 1,121 ISO
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The 6D has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the DSLR-A580
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.52x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.8x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
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
True resolution Higher true resolution 20.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The 6D's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lens availability More lenses available 156 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 30% more lenses available
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 82.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Thickness Much thinner 2.8" vs 3.3"
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Around 20% thinner
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
Size Slightly smaller 145x111x71 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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Almost the same
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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 12.1 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 4.5 fps
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Around 60% faster continuous shooting
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
Cross type focus points Slightly more cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points Slightly more focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 599 g vs 770 g
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More than 20% lighter
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1050 shots vs 980 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
        Won't autofocus with all lenses
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        6D:97%
        DSLR-A580:95%
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        6D:290 ms
        DSLR-A580:295 ms
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        6D:1
        DSLR-A580:3
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        6D:11
        DSLR-A580:15

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

        Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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
        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $700 - $740 body only

        $913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

        Movie continuous focus Can focus continuously while recording movies
        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

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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

        Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,897 body only

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

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        GPS No built-in GPS
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,280 body only

        $2,500 with 24-105mm lens

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,521 - $1,600 body only

        $2,025 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
        GPS No built-in GPS

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $500 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 - $449 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $579 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,098 - $1,399 with 18-135mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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