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Nikon D600 Vs. Canon 6D

Poised to compete, with eerily similar naming schemes to boot, the Nikon D600 and Canon 6D represent two powerful offerings in the DSLR range.  Comparable price, specs, size, and just about everything else means that there is not much room in the market for each to find a niche; one will have to win over the other.

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Canon vs Nikon

Canon 6D

The 6D could be said to succeed the 5D in function, but not necessarily form. Both cameras appear virtually identical on the first glance, with the newer model being a bit smaller and lighter. Owners of the 5D will already feel acquainted with the camera when first using it. The camera features one SD slot, compared to the D600’s two. Image quality on the device is superb, but JPEGs don’t just reach the same level of detail that can be achieved on the D600. On the plus side, noise interference due to light sensitivity doesn’t start to kick in until around ISO 6400. Turning the noise reduction off will allow for some more detail, without compromising the sharpness of the photo in most cases. The camera has no built in flash, but it is up to the buyer to determine whether this is a pro or a con; those who prefer to bring a hot-shoe device with them will not feel any ill effects from its absence.

Nikon D600

Bearing the market name of the first affordable full frame camera, the D600 does indeed have a strong presence in its price range. Image quality is unparalleled, even by the 6D that barely misses the mark. The D600 has a larger sensor, however, and this would of course contribute to its quality. Autofocus features are precise but sluggish, and this could immediately be a deal breaker for fast-paced action. Due to its 2 SD slots, running out of write speed is something that almost never occurs on the camera, allowing for continuous shooting in full resolution, up to 5.5 fps. Controls are always a matter of preference but the layout on the D600 does feel a bit inferior to what Canon has come up with. One important fact to note about the D600 however, is that some models are afflicted  with oil spots on the lens, a fault that interested buyers ought to research first.

At the end of the day, both cameras put up a good fight, but the Nikon D600, with its beefier sensor and  better storage capabilities, takes this crown. The Canon 6D is a solidly built camera, but overall, the only category in which there is a true advantage is its absence of faults such as the oil spots. Buyers that are overly apprehensive about that uncertainty will find more comfort in the offering by Canon. Otherwise, there is much more value to be found in choosing Nikon this time around.

About the author:

Bill Green is an engineering student and freelancer for where you’ll find hundreds of camera reviews by professional photographers.