Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D600 vs 6D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D600
10.0
EOS 6D
10.0
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

EOS 6D
5.9
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

Nikon D600
10.0
EOS 6D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

EOS 6D
9.3
Reviews from nikonrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com, sonyalpharumors.com and 5 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D600 vs EOS 6D

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

Nikon D600
2,980 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D600
2,900 LPH
EOS 6D
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
260 ms
EOS 6D
290 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D600
54 ms
EOS 6D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D600
300 ms
EOS 6D
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D600
5.5 fps
EOS 6D
4.5 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D600  vs EOS 6D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D600
24.2 MP
EOS 6D
20.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D600
25,600 ISO
EOS 6D
102,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

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

Nikon D600
3.2"
EOS 6D
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D600
0.7x
EOS 6D
0.71x

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

Nikon D600
35.7 microns
EOS 6D
41.0 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D600  vs EOS 6D 

8.7
8.3
As we've come to expect from high-end Nikon DSLRs, the D600's core photographic features are found on or close to the surface of the UI in the form of dedicated control points.
Nikon D600

9.0
9.0
On the Nikon D600, Live View auto focus is actually quite fast for a traditional dSLR camera and certainly faster than any other Nikon - apparently the new sensor has better read-out speeds which always helps with contrast-detect auto focus.
Nikon D600

9.0
8.0
These images are stored as movies that be played back at speeds of between 24 and 36,000 times faster, making the feature especially useful for the creation of time-lapse movies.
Nikon D600

9.0
8.0
Images shot up to ISO 1600 are largely noise-free, with even ISO 3200 producing minimal artefacts.
Nikon D600

Overall

8.6 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D600  vs
EOS 6D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 24.2 MP 20.9 MP
Resolution 6016 x 4016 5720 x 3648
Size Full frame Full frame
Area 35.9 x 24 mm 35.8 x 23.9 mm
Crop factor 1.0x 1.0x
Pixel size 35.7 microns 41.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 50 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
NEF 14bit
CR2
NEF 12bit
TIFF
RAW
NEF
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,900 LPH 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,900 LPH 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 39 11
Cross type focus points 9 1
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 141 x 113 x 82 mm 145 x 111 x 71 mm
Thickness 82 mm 71 mm
Weight 850 g 770 g
Is weather sealed Yes Yes

features

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

video

Nikon D600  vs
EOS 6D 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (MPEG-4) 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 Contrast detection Manual
Autofocus type Contrast detection N/A
Autofocus supports continuous Yes N/A

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3.2" 3"
Resolution 921 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 0.7x 0.71x
Viewfinder size 0.7x 0.71x

performance

Max continuous shooting 5.5 fps 4.5 fps
Battery life 900 980
Continuous shooting
5.5 fps
4.5 fps
Focus lag 260 ms 290 ms
Shutter lag 54 ms 59 ms
Startup delay 300 ms 500 ms
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