Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D Comparison, Full-Frame Shootout

Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D

Announced September 13, the new Nikon D600 made full-frame digital photography more accessible with a compact body and more affordable price. But that did not last long, because today on September 17, Canon announces the EOS 6D, their own entry-level full-frame DSLR that will go head-to-head with the Nikon D600.

The Canon EOS 6D brings a 20.6 megapixel full-frame sensor into a 26.7 oz body (755g with battery and media card, 680g without battery). The sensor has an ISO range of 100-25,600 and expanded range from 50-102,400 via internal processing. Maximum continuous shooting of 4.5 frames per second. A new 11-point auto focus system features a center cross type sensor capable of -3EV sensitivity. The built-in Wi-Fi transmittor provides wireless transfer of images as well as remote operation using wireless devices including iOS and Android with the EOS Remote app. The 6D also features built-in GPS to record location automatically on your images.

Retail price on the body-only version of the Canon 6D in the US is $2099, the same price as the equivalent Nikon full-frame. There are some significant differences between them, and determining which one to choose will probably be based more about the lenses you own, rather than material differences between the two cameras. But to be sure, let’s compare the two to see how they stack up.

Nikon D600 Canon EOS 6D
Max Resolution 24.3 MP
6,016 x 4,016 pixels
20.6 MP
5,472 x 3,648 pixels
Sensor 35.9mm x 24mm CMOS sensor (full-frame)
Self-cleaning via vibration of low pass filter
35.8mm x 23.9mm CMOS sensor (full-frame)
Self-cleaning via vibration of low pass filter
Continuous shooting 5.5 fps 4.5 fps
ISO Range 100 – 6,400
(50 – 25,600 expanded)
(50-102,400 expanded)
Media 2 x SD card slots (UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC) 1 SD card slot (UHS-1 SDHC/SDXC)
Interface USB 2.0
HDMI output
Stereo headphone
USB 2.0
HDMI output
AV stereo OUT (NTSC/PAL)
Autofocus 39-point AF system
Optional 11-point mode
9 cross type sensors functional at f8
Internal auto focus motor
Auto focus assist light
Center cross-type at f/5.6 and vertical line f/2.8
Top and bottom vertical line f/5.6
Remainder horizontal line AF at f/5.6
No AF assist light
LCD Display 3.2-inch 921,000-dot TFT
Automatic brightness adjustment
3.0-inch 1,040,000-dot TFT
Manually adjustable brightness, 7 levels
Optical Viewfinder 100% coverage
0.7x magnification
97% coverage
0.71x magnification
Flash On-board, pop-up flash
Hot shoe for external flash
CLS commander mode control
No built-in flash.
External flash via hot shoe
PC terminal
Shutter Speed 1/4,000 to 30 sec
1/200 sec flash sync
1/4000 to 30 sec
1/180 sec flash sync
Shutter Life 150,000 actuations 100,000 actuations
Metering 2,016-segment RGB meter 63-zone meter
Video HD 1920x1080p 24/25/30 fps
1280x720p 25/30/50/60 fps
FX or DX crop mode video recording
H.264 MPEG-4 AVC
Uncompressed HDMI output
Mono mic built-in
Stereo mic input
HD 1920x1080p 24/25/30 fps
1280x720p 50/60 fps
H.264 MPEG-4 AVC
HDMI output (compressed)
Stereo mic input
Exposure compensation +/- 5EV in 1, 1/2 or 1/3 increments +/- 5EV in 1/2 or 1/3 increments
Photo editing Built-in picture editing tools
In-camera RAW editing
19 scene modes
In-camera RAW editing
Picture Style
Scene modes
HDR mode 2 exposures, combined in camera 3 exposures, combined in camera
Image processing/storage 16-bit image processing
14-bit RAW storage
14-bit image processing
14-bit RAW storage
Timelapse Internal intervalometer with automatic movie creation
Lens compatibility Nikon F-mount lenses
Will meter with AI/AI-s
AF with AF/AF-S lenses
DX crop mode for DX (APS-C) lenses
Canon EF lenses
Not compatible with EF-S (APS-C) lenses
Weight 760g (850g with battery and media card) 680g (755g with battery and media card)
Dimensions 5.6 x 4.4 x 3.2 inches
141 x 113 x 82mm
5.7 x 4.4 x 2.8 inches
144.5 x 110.5 x 71.2mm
Construction Magnesium-alloy top and back, polycarbonate front panel. Weather sealing (D800-level) for dust and water resistance Aluminum alloy and polycarbonate chassis, magnesium front and back, polycarbonate top panel. Weather sealing
WiFi Optional accessory WU-1b Built-in
GPS Optional accessory GP-1a Built-in
Battery EN-EL15 LP-E6
Shots per charge
(CIPA standard)
(1800 with battery grip)
(1900-2130 with grip)
Price Nikon D600 body only $2099
Nikon D600 + 24-85mm VR lens $2699
Canon 6D body only $2099
Canon 6D with 24-105mm IS lens $2899
Availability Announced September 13, 2012
Release date September 18, 2012
Announced September 17, 2012
Available December, 2012

18 thoughts on “Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D Comparison, Full-Frame Shootout

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    • Buying electronics camera I don’t regard as investment instead it is an expense. New model keeps coming in line for every 12months. Old model will tends to phrase out and no value. In the other hands those mechanical camera will preserve its value as a collection.

  2. Built in WIFi is a good thing for Canon. I mean DR has much better the D600. I am anxious to know how will be the noise comparison between this direct rivals.

    • I experienced the Nikon D600 in their show room. I found the shutter noise in D600 is much quiter than the D800.

    • I don’t think Nikon announced a price. You may have been led astray by rumour sites which hoped the price would come in around $1500, but you can’t blame Nikon for those.

  3. Waiting for DXO test – but also wait for day when Nikon start shiping accessoris
    WU-1b & GP-1a

  4. I read about the announcement at lunch today, and thought coming back and giving the specs another read might change my opinion; but now for the second time, and up against the d600 especially, this is a pretty underwhelming release from Canon. The 6D is under-specced in every aspect compared to the D600, plus completely lacks features like pop-up flash and AF assist light despite being geared toward enthusiasts. And for the same price, no less. Unless this drops significantly in price, I won’t be buying this camera. Might just wait for 7D Mk II – I have higher hopes for that.

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  8. Anybody have any experience with the D600 yet, and timelapsing??.as there’s to many issues with the D800 and ramping..

  9. Function D600 like D7000 but more on full frame pixel and image processing worth to add more budget

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