Nikon D600: Are the "benefits" of this camera really worth it over the Canon 6D?

Started Dec 29, 2012 | Discussions thread
ZAnton Contributing Member • Posts: 592
Re: Nikon D600: Are the "benefits" of this camera really worth it over the Canon 6D?

Scorehound wrote:

I have been reading many comparisons of these two cameras for some time now, with many Nikon "fanboys" comparing these two cameras by using the D600's strengths as reasons to buy it over the Canon 6D, and Canonites saying that the 6D's Low Light performance and 5D mk III image quality as reasons to buy the Canon.

6D's low light performance is same as D600's. (DXO says d600 is better, but let's take it as "same")

Now I see the obvious pluses of the Nikon, the 39 point AF being a big one, as well as some body features that I really like. But does the other stuff really matter?

it depends on what you shoot and what you want.

- Is 5.5 FPS a major advantage over 4.5 FPS considering the Canon 5D mkII had 3.9 FPS and was quite possibly Canon's best "affordable" camera?

For me - no. I shoot landscapes and portraits. For you - depends on you.

- Is the 39 AF points just a gimmick or do more focus points really matter? Some Canon users say they only use the center point. Does it make a difference from Landscape shooters to Portrait photographers?

Don't swap cause and effect. 6D/5D2 users use only central point because they have only one center point.

- As far as low light / High ISO quality is concerned, does the 50-102,000 range really matter over the limited range of the Nikon D600? Is there a real quality difference in higher ISO usage?

You can always make ISO50-100000 on any camera. Just underexpose the image by 1-2-3 stops and then "pull" it in Lightroom. Anyway for my eye ISO50000-100000 shots look horrible and make no sense.

The main reason I am asking is because I stand at a crossroads with my Canon 7D and my lenses, and although I am ready to make the jump to the 6D, I cannot get the Nikon D600 specs out of my head. IS there a real quality boost in the Nikon enough to warrant doing a complete system changeover?

Last and this week I sold 5D2, 3 lenses and flash. I am thinking between D800 and D600. I really want to have that 2 (or 3?) stops of DR, and more AF cross-points. I also hate recent Canon product separation politics, where they shift really important things to more expensive cameras, whereas cheaper cameras get bells and whistles. Nikon is making a camera, maybe not the best one, but they do their best in each case, they put the best what they have at the moment. Canon makes a camera and then circumcise it, chop off as much as they can.

Take note that I have been a Canon shooter since I started and have no idea what Nikon is like.

So am I. I went 3 times in the local store to play with D600 for 5-10 minutes. First time it was like "what a stupid camera", third time I just used it. I still like front wheel position of Canon more. But I think I can live with it.

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