Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of D800 vs 6D

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

Nikon D800
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 D800
10.0
EOS 6D
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

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

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Nikon D800 vs EOS 6D

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

Nikon D800
2,979 ISO
EOS 6D
2,340 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

Nikon D800
3,100 LPH
EOS 6D
2,800 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D800
209 ms
EOS 6D
290 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

Nikon D800
43 ms
EOS 6D
59 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

Nikon D800
200 ms
EOS 6D
500 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

Nikon D800
4 fps
EOS 6D
4.5 fps

Features Key features of the Nikon D800  vs EOS 6D 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

Nikon D800
36.2 MP
EOS 6D
20.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

Nikon D800
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 D800
3.2"
EOS 6D
3"

Viewfinder size Large viewfinders are brighter and more comfortable to use

Nikon D800
0.7x
EOS 6D
0.71x

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

Nikon D800
23.8 microns
EOS 6D
41.0 microns

Reviews Word on the street

Nikon D800  vs EOS 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

10.0
9.0
For movies, you can also choose from two crop modes, 1.1x and 1.5x; referred to as “FX-based” and “DX-based” movie formats in the manual.
Nikon D800

10.0
8.0
ISO 6400 is where noise becomes more noticeable, although yet again it’s perfectly possible to make good images at this setting – especially if you are shooting in Raw and processing out the noise yourself.
Nikon D800

9.0
8.0
For example, in our shots taken a gym that was dimly lit by sodium lamps, chroma noise is clearly visible from around ISO 2500 when the images are viewed at 100% on the computer screen.
Nikon D800

Overall

9.0 Out of 10
8.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Nikon D800  vs
EOS 6D 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 36.2 MP 20.9 MP
Resolution 7360 x 4912 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 23.8 microns 41.0 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 6,400 ISO 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 6,400 ISO to 25,600 ISO 50 ISO to 102,400 ISO
Codecs
TIFF
RAW
JPEG
CR2
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 3,100 LPH 2,800 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 3,100 LPH 2,800 LPH

focus system

Type Phase detection Phase detection
Focus points 51 11
Cross type focus points 15 1
Supports continuous Yes Yes

shutter

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

form factor

Size 146 x 123 x 82 mm 145 x 111 x 71 mm
Thickness 82 mm 71 mm
Weight 1,000 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 D800  vs
EOS 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 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 4 fps 4.5 fps
Battery life 900 980
Continuous shooting
4 fps @ 7360 x 4912, NEF 14bit, 20 shots
5 fps @ 6144 x 4080, NEF 14bit, 25 shots
6 fps @ 4800 x 3200, NEF 14bit, 29 shots
4.5 fps
Focus lag 209 ms 290 ms
Shutter lag 43 ms 59 ms
Startup delay 200 ms 500 ms
Nikon D800
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