Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 7D vs 6D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

EOS 7D
n.d.
EOS 6D
n.d.
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth, DxOMark Dynamic range and 1 more

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 7D
6.6
EOS 6D
5.9
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

EOS 7D
10.0
EOS 6D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 7D
9.5
EOS 6D
9.3
Reviews from canonwatch.com, imaging-resource.com, 1001noisycameras.com, dpreview.com and 5 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

EOS 7D
9.1
EOS 6D
8.9

Winner
Canon EOS 7D 

Camera Rocket recommends the Canon EOS 7D  based on its focusing and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of EOS 7D vs 6D

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

EOS 7D
854 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

EOS 7D
2,000 LPH
EOS 6D
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 7D
131 ms
EOS 6D
290 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

EOS 7D
61 ms
EOS 6D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

EOS 7D
400 ms
EOS 6D
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

EOS 7D
8 fps
EOS 6D
4.5 fps

Features Key features of the EOS 7D  vs 6D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

EOS 7D
17.9 MP
EOS 6D
20.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

EOS 7D
12,800 ISO
EOS 6D
102,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

EOS 7D
19
EOS 6D
11

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

EOS 7D
3"
EOS 6D
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

EOS 7D
0.62x
EOS 6D
0.71x

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

EOS 7D
18.5 microns
EOS 6D
41.0 microns

Reviews Word on the street

EOS 7D  vs 6D 

8.2
8.3
Set to its 'silent' drive mode the 6D is also wonderfully quiet and discreet - great if you don't want to draw attention to yourself while shooting.
EOS 6D

9.0
9.0
The M-Fn , or Multi-function, button is a new addition to the top of the camera, which toggles through the five different AF area choices after pressing the AF Point select button The AF areas are Manual AF, Spot AF, AF point expansion, Automatic AF point selection and Zone AF, and they can also be selected via the Quick Control Screen menu.
EOS 7D

10.0
8.0
With an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a price tag of £1,500 body-only the 7D hits the mark perfectly.
EOS 7D

9.0
8.0
It's also built incredibly well and the video mode, while not perfect, is better than any other HD-DSLR we've seen, thanks to its excellent quality, full manual control and 24p frame rate.
EOS 7D

Overall

8.9 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

EOS 7D  vs
6D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 17.9 MP 20.9 MP
Resolution 5184 x 3456 5720 x 3648
Size APS-C Full frame
Area 22.3 x 14.9 mm 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.6x 1.0x
Pixel size 18.5 microns 41.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO 50 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
CR2
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,000 LPH 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,100 LPH 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 19 11
Cross type focus points 19 1
Supports continuous No Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/8000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 148 x 111 x 74 mm 145 x 111 x 71 mm
Thickness 74 mm 71 mm
Weight 860 g 770 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

Includes a GPS No Yes
Supports HDR No Yes
WiFi None Yes
Automatic panorama No No
Create realistic 3D images No No
Image stabilization

video

EOS 7D  vs
6D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Manual Manual
Autofocus type N/A N/A
Autofocus supports continuous N/A N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen No No
Has a flip out screen No No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror Opaque Opaque
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Type Pentaprism Pentaprism
Coverage 100% 97%
Magnification 1x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.62x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 8 fps 4.5 fps
Battery life 800 980
Continuous shooting
8 fps, RAW
4.5 fps
Focus lag 131 ms 290 ms
Shutter lag 61 ms 59 ms
Startup delay 400 ms 500 ms
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