Nikon vs Canon Dynamic Range

After I have published my Canon 6D review, a number of our readers asked if there was a way to show a comparison between dynamic range performance of a Canon DSLR and and a Nikon DSLR side by side with image samples. Since the Canon 6D has the largest dynamic range in Canon’s line (higher than 5D Mark III), it was a good candidate for such a comparison. On the Nikon side, I used my Nikon D800E, since it has the same base ISO of 100. Since there was a brightness difference between the two cameras (as noted in the above-mentioned review), I compensated the shutter speed accordingly to make it a fair game. The results are quite interesting to look at, showing visible advantage on behalf of Nikon when compared to Canon. The intent of this article is not to spark another Nikon vs Canon debate, as I personally find such discussions useless. This is done as a case study to analyze recovery options between the two brands when shooting in the field.

Let’s take a look at our base exposure, with no adjustments on both cameras (Left: Nikon D800E, Right: Canon 6D):

Nikon D800E 0 EV Canon 6D 0 EV

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Canon 6D Review

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Although the Canon 6D has now been out for almost two years, I never had a chance to review it. Since the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens was initially available only for the Canon mount, I requested the Canon 6D with the lens from our trusted partner B&H Photo Video. My aim was to review both, as I had been planning to review the 6D for a long time now. Ever since I reviewed the Canon 5D Mark III, our readers have been asking us to test out other Canon DSLRs, including the 6D. So this was a good opportunity to catch up, although quite late. Well, better late than never, I guess! Instead of covering everything in much detail though, I will be mostly summing things up based on my three month experience with the camera and feedback from others – I don’t think there is a need to spend a lot of time on this, especially after the camera has been in the market for so long and reviewed by so many people.

Canon EOS 6D

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Recommended Canon 6D Settings

After we’ve published our series on recommended settings for Nikon D600 / D610 and D800 / D800E DSLRs, we received a lot of requests from our readers to provide similar information for Canon and Sony cameras. While using someone else’s camera settings is probably not the best way to achieve the best results in every situation, we understand that many different menu options can be rather overwhelming for those who are just starting out. Therefore, the below information is provided as a guide for those that struggle and just want to get started with a basic understanding of important menu settings.

Canon EOS 6D

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Reporting from London

Update: We are meeting on Wednesday, May 14 2014 for a Photo Walk. Please see this post for more details.

It has been a while since I had a chance to post on the website, so I wanted to provide a quick update and some news. First of all, I am currently in London with my family. We arrived here over a week ago and my first few days were quite rough, since I was pretty sick. When we landed in London, my splitting headache and the 8-hour long overnight flight, during which our little girl Jasmine had a hard time falling asleep, was just too much for me. As we were heading out, one of our readers approached me and said a few nice things about the site. I was so disoriented that I couldn’t talk and didn’t even get his name! So if you are that gentleman, please accept my apologies and do get in touch with me please!

London River Thames Overlook

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Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway

We are very excited to announce yet another great Facebook giveaway and this time we are partnering up with our friends at Fstoppers to do it. The winner will have a chance to choose between three different cameras: Nikon D610, Canon 6D or the new Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera! We are approaching the end of the year, so we decided to give this one away on the Christmas Day, similar to what we are doing with our Fuji X-E1 giveaway. So you have exactly one month to participate in this awesome contest! The contest is open for everyone, not just US residents.

Photography Life Fstoppers Giveaway

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Canon 6D Discount Beats That of Nikon D600

Nikon is not the only one who knows how to attract customers with low prices. It seems Canon is not about to watch its main rival sell out all D600 stock without a fight. The difference is, Canon 6D never had any defects with its shutter mechanism or autofocus system. It is a fully functional camera that has had no recalls or widely-known issues, and was not recently replaced with a new, mildly improved (or, perhaps, fixed) model. And yet, for a limited time, you can get it for $1575 (price shown after Checkout).

Canon EOS 6D

But, as with the rest of current Canon discounts, B&H will throw in some stuff for free:

  • Discount: $325
  • Price with discount: $1575
  • Regular price: $1899
  • Includes: SanDisk 16GB SDHC Memory Card Ultra Class 10 UHS-1, Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag, Oben ACM-2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod, Watson LP-E6 Lithium-Ion Battery Pack (7.4V, 1750mAh) + 4% B&H rewards program
  • Accessory value: $145
  • Click here to order from B&H

Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D

With Canon having recently announced its take on budget DSLRs, the Canon 6D, the most obvious rival just happens to be the brand new Nikon D600. We’ve already seen how the latter stacks up, at least on-paper, with such great cameras as D700 and D800, but neither of those cameras were direct rivals. Priced at the same relatively low price for a full-frame sensor camera, $2099 body only, Canon 6D is as direct a rival as it can get. Lets see how it measures up against its Nikon counterpart spec-wise. Please keep in mind that this Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D comparison is purely based on specifications. A detailed comparison with image samples and ISO comparisons will be provided in the upcoming Canon 6D Review.

UPDATE: there has been a misleading set of specifications spread throughout the internet, indicating that the top shutter speed of Canon 6D is 1/8000th of a second. It’s incorrect – according to official Canon specifications, the top shutter speed of their newly announced “budget” full-frame camera is 1/4000th of a second.

D600 vs 6D

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Canon 6D Pre-Order Links

Usually, it takes Canon a while to start delivering some of their cameras. Hopefully, 6D will not take long to reach owners. Our most trusted reseller, B&H, is already taking pre-orders.

Canon EOS 6D front

Canon EOS 6D Pre-Order Information

  • Canon 6D body only from B&H ($2099)
  • Canon 6D + 24-105mm f/4 USM L lens from B&H ($2899)
  • Canon 6D Full-Frame DSLR Announcement

    Canon EOS 6D

    Canon has just announced its latest DSLR and a direct competitor to the already highly popular D600. The Canon EOS 6D offers a new 20.2 megapixel full-frame sensor, 11-point autofocus system with one cross-type sensor, 3.2″ 1.04 million dot screen and 4.5 frames per second. According to Canon, 6D is similarly sized as it’s sister, APS-C sensor EOS 60D, and it sure look similar – add a taller prism and take pop-up flash compartment. Use of old autofocus system might not sound too good, but Canon promises it’s their most sensitive AF system to date (which should probably include 1DX and 5DIII), offering reliable AF in -3EV (moonlight). The 6D also boasts in-build GPS and WiFi capability.

    Canon EOS 6D top

    Nasim will prepare a thorough review as soon as he has enough experience with the camera, so stay tuned!

    Specifications

    1. Sensor: 20.2 MP CMOS
    2. Sensor Size: 36 x 24mm
    3. Resolution: 5472 x 3648
    4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-25,600
    5. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
    6. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 51200, 102400
    7. Processor: Digic 5+
    8. White Balance presets: 6
    9. Dust Reduction: Yes
    10. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
    11. Body Build: Magnesium Alloy with Plastic top plate
    12. Shutter: 30s-1/4000s
    13. Storage: 1 SD/SDHC/SDXC slot
    14. Viewfinder Coverage/Magnification: 97%/0.71x
    15. Speed: 4.5 fps
    16. Metering Modes: Multi, Center-weighted, Spot, Partial
    17. Metering Sensor: 63-Zone Dual Layer
    18. Built-in Flash: NO
    19. Flash sync speed: 1/180s
    20. Autofocus options: Contrast Detect (sensor), Phase Detect, Multi-area, Selective single-point, Single, Continuous, Face Detection, via Live View
    21. Autofocus System: 11-point with one cross-type (center point), sensitive down to -3EV
    22. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 1,040,000 dots
    23. Video capabilities: h.264 with mono mic and speakers, manual controls, 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
    24. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
    25. GPS/WiFi: built-in/built-in
    26. Connectivity: USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec), HDMI Mini, WiFi (built-in), remote control with N3 type contact, Wireless Controller LC-5, Remote Controller RC-6
    27. Battery Type: Lithium-Ion LP-E6 rechargeable battery & charger
    28. Weight: 770 g (1.70 lb / 27.16 oz) with battery
    29. Price: $2099 body only

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