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D600 vs 6D Epic Shootout Comparison Video

By Anthony Thurston on April 12th 2013

Canon or Nikon, Nikon or Canon, the age old question is just as prevalent today as it was in the 70s, 90s, and the early days of digital photography in the 2000’s. Whenever one manufacturer comes out with a new model, it is almost expected that the other will soon come out with a competitor model. The case was no different after Nikon released the D600 to much fanfare, and it was only a matter of time before the 6D was announced as well.


So back to that age old question, which model is better, which camera manufacturer reigns supreme? The truth hurts, because the honest answer is that they are both superb cameras with excellent features. The key is to know what your needs from a camera are and to select the model that better fills that need.

Check out this awesome video that is probably one of the best camera comparison videos I have ever seen. Fan boys beware, this video is not for people wanting to crown a winning camera. The 34 minute video goes into detail comparing the cameras in a variety of ways, from focusing to low light, from portraits to video features. If you are looking at picking up one of these full frame cameras then I recommend you take half an hour and watch this video.

While your at it, Why not pick up a Nikon D600 or a 6D for your camera bag?


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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Aidyn Chen

    IMHO Nikon D600 is a better camera to work with. With dual slots. More cross types. More focus points.
    But it really comes down to personal preferences.

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  2. allears

    I like your method for testing these two cameras, very thorough. I think you may need to re-look at the high ISO softness. or sharpness loss conclusion, and verify it is not a difference in focus. At 22:59 the image on the left (ISO 25,600 the best focus is on the tree several fee behind her. One other difference is in the contrast between the two sets of images. The ISO 400 image has better contrast or lower brightness to the overall image.

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  3. Pixyst

    The video high ISO test has a wrong conclusion and this is not the first time I am seeing this mistake made. Canon and Nikon calibrate ISO (at least for video) differently – how do people not get this? Comparing like ISO’s therefore makes no sense when you can clearly see from the picture that the gain is different. Look at the brightness of the images from both cameras at a given ISO setting – the Nikon is consistently brighter (more gain). Surely, I can’t be the only one who notices this.

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