Nikon D600 or Canon 6D That is the Question…Newly Updated…Finally Went with the Nikon D800

Canon EOS 6D and Nikon D600


Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Update: August 30, 2013:

Finally went with the Nikon D800

Well, after testing both the D600 and the D800. I decided to opt for the D800. I was able to return the D600 for my new D800 which I just got today. Because I am shooting primarily models in studio and interior location, I couldn’t ask for a better format than that offered by the D800. Although the D600 is amazing, the D800 allows me to crop after the fact with greater confidence as well as allowing me to choose several crop formats from the onset.

The output is absolutely astounding and the AF is ultra rapid to say the least. I have no problem either with the 4 fps High Speed shooting rate, which is more than enough for how I shoot. Will be using for my up and coming projects very shortly.

Oh and finally. The 5×4 crop format is amazing as it is so close to all of the magazine formats that I work with. I might need to shave off 1 to 2% but it is almost spot on for most of the magazines. Thus the camera become a very powerful 30+ megapixel powerhouse. It is like it is made for fashion magazines. Of course for horizontal landscape format, will change back to the Full Frame 24×36 mm format and get the full 36.3 megapixels.



UPDATE July 28, 2013 from an earlier post in September 2012. And the winner is…I finally decided to go with the Nikon D600 Full Frame camera System. I just purchased the Nikon D600 camera and three lenses the 24-120 f4.0, 50 f1.8 G and 85 f1.8 G.

I used it for the first time for a  professional shoot for ELLE Magazine, coming out this November.

The images on the D600 were absolutely mind boggling. The 85mm f1.8 lens has to be the sharpest lens I have ever used in my 25+ years as a Fashion Photographer.

I am in Love…Will discuss more in depth when time allows. I will no longer be using the Pentax system for my professional applications and only for travel and leisure purposes.

Below from the September 2012 original post:

I am seriously considering going to one of the above brands and as I consider digital a disposable medium, I will not spend a fortune on a camera that will become obsolete in a couple of years or so.

Nikon D600

I won’t go in to a major diatribe, as I haven’t tried them out as yet. I do want a Full Frame camera and as Pentax has yet to come out with one, I think it is time to look at another system.

Canon EOS 6D

So what are the differences?  Which camera do I think I will embrace in the Full Frame 24x36mm format? Well, both are economy versions of their upscale brands, the Nikon D800 and Canon 5D MkIII.

Canon EOS 6D

They are both Full Frame highly capable cameras that would work famously for my applications, i.e. slow shooting studio or location productions.

Nikon D600

Nikon does have more focussing points and does have 4 megapixels more than the Canon. Canon is better in low lighting conditions and has mega support in the video arena.

Canon ESO 6D

Nikon D600

You may see the other parts by clicking in the screen frame for Part 2, Part 3, etc.

Let’s have a closer look at the specifications and discuss them a bit later…

Nikon D600 vs Canon 6D Specification Comparison

Camera Feature Nikon D600 Canon 6D
Sensor Resolution 24.3 Million 20.2 Million
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size 35.9×24.0mm 35.8×23.9mm
Sensor Pixel Size 5.96µ 6.55µm
Dust Reduction / Sensor Cleaning Yes Yes
Image Size 6,016 x 4,016 5,472 x 3,648
Image Processor EXPEED 3 DIGIC 5+
Viewfinder Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Viewfinder Coverage 100% 97%
Built-in Flash Yes, with flash commander mode No
Storage Media 2x SD 1x SD
Continuous Shooting Speed 5.5 FPS 4.5 FPS
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 sec 1/4000 to 30 sec
Shutter Durability 150,000 cycles 100,000 cycles
Exposure Metering Sensor 2,016-pixel RGB sensor 3D Color Matrix Metering II 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor
Base ISO ISO 100 ISO 100
Native ISO Sensitivity ISO 100-6,400 ISO 100-25,600
Boosted ISO Sensitivity ISO 50, ISO 12,800-25,600 ISO 50, ISO 51,200, ISO 102,400
Autofocus System Multi-CAM 4800FX 11-point AF with 1 cross-type sensor (center, sensitive down to -3EV)
AF Detection Up to f/8 (center 7 AF points only) Up to f/5.6
Video Capability Yes Yes
Video Output MOV, Compressed and Uncompressed AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
Video Maximum Resolution 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 24p, 25p, 30p 1920×1080 (1080p) @ 29.97p, 25p, 23.976p
Audio Recording Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
Built-in microphone
External stereo microphone (optional)
LCD Size 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD 3.2″ diagonal TFT-LCD
LCD Resolution 921,000 dots 1,040,000 dots
HDR Support Yes Yes
Built-in GPS No Yes
Wi-Fi Functionality Eye-Fi Compatible, WU-1B, UT-1 Built-in Wi-Fi
Battery EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery LP-E6 Lithium-ion Battery
Battery Life 900 shots (CIPA) 980 shots
Weather Sealed Body Yes Yes
USB Version 2.0 2.0
Weight (Body Only) 26.8 oz. (760g) 24 oz. (680g)
Dimensions 141 x 113 x 82mm 145 x 111 x 71mm
MSRP Price $2,099 (as introduced) $2,099 (as introduced)

On paper the Nikon does seem to outshine the Canon on several fronts and I would be remiss if I didn’t give them both a serious workout before making my decision.

But for now it is looking that the Nikon may be the way to go.  However, I really like the Canon 24-105 lens that it comes with in their package.

But then again I have heard that the Nikkor 24-85mm lens is a real keeper as well as the 24-120 VR G lens. I used the older version of the 24-85 on my brother’s D70 and it is an amazing kit lens. But then again, I also heard great things about the 24-120 Nikkor lens as well.

I really love the ergonomics of the Canon and find the look of the Nikon a bit plastic.  I know it isn’t but it sure looks like it in my opinion. I do like the fact that the Canon sensor is only packing 20 megapixels thus more real estate per pixel which translates in to better noise performance, generally speaking.

The output samples I have seen from the Nikon look pretty amazing.  It looks like the score right now is Nikon 55 vs Canon 45…Once I decide what I will do, I will post an update.

Tagged with 
About Benjamin Kanarek
Fashion and Beauty Photographer. Some of the magazines I have shot for include: VOGUE (China, Portugal, Brazil, Italia, Paris and South America & Mexico editions), RG VOGUE Brazil, Harper’s BAZAAR (China, en Español & Latin America, Hong Kong, Italy editions), L’Officiel Paris, ELLE (Spain, Portugal and Greece editions), Madame Figaro (France), Cosmopolitan (France and Italy editions), Glamour (France), Votre Beauté, Jardin des Modes, Dépêche Mode, New York Daily News, Fashion District News, New York Times Magazine, W (British edition), WWD, Fashion Magazine (Canada), Flare (Canada), Oyster, Tank, WestEast…