Canon EOS 6D or Nikon D600, Which is Right For You?

Technology is a funny thing, it waits for no one. The same is true in digital cameras, it seems new models proliferate at a faster pace every product cycle. The latest DSLR offerings from Canon and Nikon are a pair of mid-sized full-frame DSLR’s. Both Canon and Nikon took very successful cameras, the EOS 5D Mark II and the D700, and made significant improvements in their replacements, the EOS 5D Mark III and Nikon D800. And both of these models are also very successful. Both of these successes left a hole in their line-ups since both companies positioned their new models somewhat upscale from the previous models. That left room in both of their line ups for new “entry” full frame DSLR’s. Thus, the introduction of the Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D600.

Canon EOS 6D & Nikon D600

Canon EOS 6D Nikon D600
Megapixels 20.2 24.3
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Processor Digic 5+ Expeed 3
ISO Range
Expanded ISO Range
100-25,600
50-102,400
100-6400
50-25,600
AF Points 11 39
Finder Coverage
Finder Magnification
97%
0.71x
100%
0.7x
Built-in Flash No Yes
WiFi Built-in Optional WU-1b
GPS Built-in Optional GP-1
Screen Size
Screen Pixels
3″ Fixed
1,040,000
3.2″ Fixed
921,000
Max. Frame Rate 4.5 fps 5.5 fps
Card Type
# of Slots
SD/SDHC/SDXC
1 slot
SD/SDHC/SDXC
2 slots
Weight w/battery 770g 850g
Body Only Price (USD) $2099.95 $2099.95

Both of these models are highly capable, full featured models. Which should you get? Your decision would be easy if you are already an established Nikon or Canon user. However, if you are considering a brand change, or making the jump to a DSLR, your choice can be more difficult. As you can see, most of the major specs are similar, I would make my decision by prioritizing important features to my particular usage. For example, the 6D offers a higher ISO, built-in WiFi and GPS. While the D600 sports a built-in flash (that can also control other external flashes), higher frame rate, 100% viewing and 2 card slots.

No matter which model you choose, you are sure to enjoy the latest technology has to offer.