D600 V/S 6D. Entery Level Full Frame war!


Nikon was the first to announce the D600 back in September, its entry level body in the full frame category at an affordable price. Cannon soon followed suit by announcing its entry into the category the 6D .

The Nikon D600 was the first to hit the market and came equipped with higher 24.3 MP resolution sensor compared to the 6D’s 20.2 Mp. The D600 offers a 39-point AF system with 9 cross-type sensors, compared to the slower 11-point AF with just one cross-type sensor on the 6D. D600 has a continuous shooting speed of 5.5 FPS compared to the 4.5 FPS of the canon making the D600 a marginally faster camera. Canon claims that the smaller pixel pitch and low ISO capabilities, will make the 6D a better low light performer than its peers. Looks like Canon has done a poor job with its entry level Full Frame DSLR, especially with its outdated features. The only things that Canon thought to add were in-built GPS capabilities and Wi-Fi functionality. Here is a detailed Spec by Spec comparison of both the models.

Nikon D600 Canon EOS 6D
Sensor Resolution 24.3 MP
6,016 x 4,016 pixels
20.6 MP
5,472 x 3,648 pixels
Sensor Size 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
11-point AF System
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
Time-lapse 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

Wi-Fi 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 Canon 6D body only $2099
Availability Announced September 13, 2012
Release date September 18, 2012
Announced September 17, 2012
Available December, 2012
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Looks like this time around, at least on paper, the D600 is a better option. With the D600 having better Colour Depth, Higher Resolution and wider dynamic range, the only thing that canon has to offer is better low light performance. We will have to wait till December to put both these beasts head to head and see if what’s on the paper still holds true.