Which Camera for Christmas? Nikon D600 Versus Canon 6D by Jett

Posted Dec. 15th, 2012 by Daniel J. Cox

I recently ran across a great video that compares the Nikon D600 and Canon 6D. Jett H. has put a terrific comparison video together and goes over many of the features that will interest both still and video enthusiasts alike. He mentions that he is not a professional in either video or still photography but he certainly is proficient at the technical side of both based on this video.

I’ve been shooting the Nikon D600 for a couple of months now and really like it’s weight, full frame sensor and the fact it fits nicely into my Nikon system. I thought I would share this with everybody who might be thinking about a mid-priced camera for either for yourself or a loved one to put under the Christmas tree. Take a look to get up to speed with these two quality releases from the top dogs in the digital photography world. Oh, by the way. No rules about getting one for yourself as long as you wrap it.

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  1. Peter HOn Jan. 10th, 2013

    D600’s image quality is not worse than 5DMark III at ISO 12800
    when comparing the image shot in RAW. Canon applies high noise reduction and sharpening to its JPEGS by default Nikon doesn’t. If you’re comparing Jpegs at “Default camera settings” isn’t apples-apples you either need to turn Canons noise reduction & sharpening low to match Nikons default setting, or turn Nikons high to match Canons default setting. “Default Camera Settings” is not universal at all, but RAW is the naked truth.

  2. Ben ReeseOn Jan. 1st, 2013

    I love my new d600. Generally the information I’ve seen is consistent with this review. Nikon, if your priority is stills, although Canon probably has the advantage in low light with it’s higher usable ISO performance. If video is a primary objective the Canon is the best, although the Nikon is good enough for my needs.

  3. Mark RuckmanOn Dec. 25th, 2012

    Very timely video. I have been looking at both systems.

  4. Kevin RailsbackOn Dec. 20th, 2012

    Look forward to the low light stuff. I need to get some low light shots for a film I’m working on about the tallgrass prairie and my video camera is only about 640ISO or so at it’s best. If I start cranking the gain up then the image just falls apart.

  5. BobFOn Dec. 19th, 2012

    A nice overview of technical minutia, but ever since having run a camera store many years ago I learned that the best advice when someone asks “which camera should I buy” is ‘the one that feels better in YOUR hands and looks better through the viewfinder to YOUR eye’.

    That is, the relatively minor geeky technical differences between models at any given price point (e.g.: better ISO 12800 performance or 5.5 fps top end frame rate) are meaningless compared to ‘if model X balances better in your hands and the controls seem to fall naturally under your fingers’ or ‘if the viewfinder of model Y isn’t as sharp to your eye or the focusing and readout interpretation is harder to see’ then model X will be the better choice, in that you will enjoy the act of taking pictures more and will thus be taking more pictures.

    I have found that gearheads who like to debate the relative technical merits of their equipment based on spec sheet type details view their camera more as jewelry to impress their friends, whereas people who like to go expose some film (er, chip) have more ergonomic concerns in mind.

  6. John. FlipsenOn Dec. 18th, 2012

    I am very pleased with Nikon d 7000 and a few extra lenses. I have watched your video. very well done. I loved the explanation about where to place the sound sources this in order to make the video have a professional. And how to place your light sources. Thanks again. Johnn

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 19th, 2012

      John, glad you liked the video. However, please note that this video was not done by me personally but by a young man named Jett H. I explain that in the introduction but you may have missed my intro. He does a nice job discussing the pros and cons of each system. Make sure you visit his web site for additional information and thanks for adding your voice to the discussion. Stop by anytime.

  7. Kevin RailsbackOn Dec. 18th, 2012

    Any idea how the D600 stacks up agains the D800 for low light noise?
    I’m wanting to do some 30 second exposures at ISO3200 and originally was thinking the Canon 5D Mark III but since I have all my Nikon lenses, thought maybe I’d try to stick with Nikon.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 19th, 2012

      Kevin, have not had a chance to do any testing of the D800 and D600 noise comaprison yet. Overall, I’ve been very happy with the D600 for shooting in relatively poor light. Will be doing a test in the next couple of weeks. Stop by and take a look in 2-3 weeks for more info. Hope you are well and thanks for adding your voice.

  8. Scott AndrewsOn Dec. 17th, 2012

    Thanks for posting this Dan. I’m a Nikon user since ’72 but appreciate the objectivity of the video.

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      Daniel J. CoxOn Dec. 19th, 2012

      Scott, I think this young man, Jett H., does a great job comparing the two. I appreicate his professional prevention and thoughtful discussion. Thanks for adding your voice.

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