Updated (October 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600 vs Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Winner
Nikon D600

92

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
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differences

Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
206 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
94.0 vs 79.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses vs 165 lenses
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$1,357.48 vs $2,038.18
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The best price we've seen is $681 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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recommendations

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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark II0.71x
              D6000.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II400 ms
              D600300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              850 g
              Size Large Help
              5D Mark II152×114×75 mm
              D600141×113×82 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II1
              D6009
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II3.9 fps
              D6005.5 fps
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              5D Mark II9
              D60039
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              5D Mark II920k dots
              D600921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,295 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Color depth Has significantly less color depth
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,715 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $849 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $725 - $897 body only

              $985 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,499 body only

              $1,679 - $1,849 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 5D

              Canon EOS 5D

              Pro DSLR

              $3,257 body only

              Movie format Does not take movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $960 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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              Avatar for Dhy Strike Dhy Strike (3:29 PM, December 09, 2013)
              wahahahaha! Your comment made me laugh!
               
              LarJ (2:28 PM, April 29, 2013)
              The D600 is full frame as well.
               
              Andre (4:27 AM, April 26, 2013)
              prefer 5d, full frame and Less shutter lag, lose d600
               
              D600 (2:14 AM, February 01, 2013)
              You can pick a D600 less than $2000 now. I upgraded from D90 and never knew what I was missing. Mark II is also great. You cannot go wrong with either, but if you'll mainly use it for movies I guess Mark II is still a better option. Good luck!
               
              Rilz (11:51 AM, September 24, 2012)
              Im gonna buy one of these. Im going to be shooting short films. 5dmii $1700 vs d600 $2100. What do I pick???
               
              Avatar for Jo Jo (4:54 PM, September 22, 2012)
              I will definitely invest in a Nikon d600.