Canon 6D or Nikon D610 Locked

Started Dec 10, 2013 | Discussions
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
This thread is locked.
Canon 6D or Nikon D610 New Member • Posts: 8
Canon 6D or Nikon D610

Hello guys! I am new to photography. I am interesting in buying a new FF camera! I am between Canon 6D and Nikon D610. I don't want it for professional use yet. I want to take photos on landscapes, portraits & night (low light) photos most!!! I don't care very much the video mode, but I want fantastic pictures! Which camera do you believe is best for me?

I am open to any questions & suggestions!!! Thank you very much for your time!!!

 Canon 6D or Nikon D610's gear list:Canon 6D or Nikon D610's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
Canon EOS 6D Nikon D610
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
Spad16
Spad16 Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

The Canon, because Canon is a better system you'll be buying yourself in to. Apart from that it doesn't really matter.

/Neil

 Spad16's gear list:Spad16's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 700D Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM +2 more
panoviews
panoviews Regular Member • Posts: 310
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

6D: WiFi + GPS, autofocus also with -3EV

D610: Better autofocus system

I was one step before switching to Nikon, but I didn't like how Nikon managed the D600 desaster. Also with the latest firmware update they blocked third-party batteries.

If Canon won't innovate my next camera will be another brand with a mirrorless body. The current Sony A7r is not bad, but it still lacks important features.

 panoviews's gear list:panoviews's gear list
Canon EOS 5D Canon EOS 6D Sony a6000 Canon EF 100mm f/2.0 USM Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0L USM +5 more
Spad16
Spad16 Senior Member • Posts: 1,102
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

panoviews wrote:

6D: WiFi + GPS, autofocus also with -3EV

D610: Better autofocus system

Have you actually tested this?  What actually constitutes a "better autofocus system"  -3EV or more focus points? Personally I THINK the 6D has the better autofocus, but I doubt if many on the Nikon forum will agree with me, and I've never tried a D610.

But I still think they're both good enough.

/Neil

 Spad16's gear list:Spad16's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Canon EOS 700D Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Canon EF 17-40mm f/4.0L USM Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 Macro USM +2 more
bgbs Veteran Member • Posts: 3,195
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

any of these cameras will do. Both of them have minor advantages and disadvantages.  Honestly, I do not think those advantages or disadvantages are big enough.  I think it comes down to price and your lens selection.

damell Forum Member • Posts: 61
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

The Canon 6D is certainly your best bet. I've had mine for about 2weeks now. It's just amazing. The wifi capabilities are superb. Autofocus works brilliantly. I've shot weddings and a concert with it, and the results are stellar.

 damell's gear list:damell's gear list
Canon EOS 7D Canon EOS 60D Canon EOS 6D Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM +4 more
cpkuntz
cpkuntz Senior Member • Posts: 1,003
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

Both are great cameras. Both are sufficient for virtually anyone's needs except a sport or war photojournalist. I'll note that Canon's sensor image quality is a generation behind the rest of the pack, and there is no indication of Canon catching up in the foreseeable future. If I was buying into a system now, it would be Nikon due to their relationship with Sony for sensor technology. The sad thing is that Canon seems better in just about everything else, in my opinion, particularly quality control. Lenses are razor close between the brands, depending on what you shoot, but I'd give Canon the edge for their tilt shifts, f/2.8 zooms, and the 85L. However, as more and more cameras are released with better sensors than Canons, a lot of us are starting to feel a bit left behind.

Here is a list of the advantages each camera has. Rather than looking at the total score, check out which features that matter to you are best in which camera. Also, I'd highly recommend trying out both cameras before purchasing. Ergonomics matter. As I said above, both brands have great lenses, but there are a few standouts in each camp. Nikon has a great wide angle zoom and a newer design 50mm prime, while Canon has some fantastic specialty lenses.

http://snapsort.com/compare/Canon-EOS-6D-vs-Nikon-D610

Nikon always wins on Snapsort these days because of their better image quality. So, if dynamic range and resolution are your top criteria, Nikon wins. But if other aspects matter, such as high ISO shooting, you might check out the Canon.

Mako2011
Mako2011 MOD Forum Pro • Posts: 21,201
Both

Canon 6D or Nikon D610 wrote:

Hello guys! I am new to photography. I am interesting in buying a new FF camera! I am between Canon 6D and Nikon D610. I don't want it for professional use yet. I want to take photos on landscapes, portraits & night (low light) photos most!!! I don't care very much the video mode, but I want fantastic pictures! Which camera do you believe is best for me?

I am open to any questions & suggestions!!! Thank you very much for your time!!!

For the average FF DSLR user both cameras are excellent. The differences, in many cases, are pretty small and won't be noticed until you get into the hobby more and start taking photos that push the technology. Both systems will serve you very well and both companies will likely be around for some time. Best to read up on each and learn the differences then go to the store and feel/try them both to make the more informed choice. Really can't go wrong with either. Good luck

-- hide signature --

My opinions are my own and not those of DPR or its administration. They carry no 'special' value (except to me and Lacie of course)

mistermejia Senior Member • Posts: 3,340
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

Well, i held a 6D on my hands this pass weekend and i LOVED it.  All i can tell you is that canon's colors POP, yet the skin tones remain more in tact than nikon's.  I love it.  I can also guarantee you that the white balance on the 6D is way better than the D600 also.  From what i understand, the new D610 has "improved" white balance, but i doubt is better than the canon.

To me that's important.

 mistermejia's gear list:mistermejia's gear list
Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro Fujifilm X-E1 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm F1.8G Tamron SP AF 70-200mm F/2.8 Di LD (IF) MACRO Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R +6 more
Selene Forum Member • Posts: 71
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

I had the D600 but got frustrated cloning out spots (after about 2500-3000 shots and a couple of cleanings, it seems fine now). Needing a reliable camera right away, I acquired the 6D. Both are outstanding cameras; either one is more than I will ever need.  The D600 provides amazing detail--without the junk on the sensor, the sensor has to be one of the best, so  I would guess that you would find the d610 to be an amazing camera. That being said, it was sometimes a pain in the neck to get the settings right and I sometimes had a hard time focusing certain lenses in low light. When you are buying a camera these days, you are buying into a system. In general, the good Nikon lenses are way more expensive than the good Canon lenses, so most of the lenses I used were not that great on the Nikon (the 24-120--a great lens but one that requires a lot of post-prossessing and the 70-300 kit lens, not too bad, but not as sharp as the Canon lenses I have).

For me, the 6D is almost the perfect camera. i'm small, have small hands and the buttons and adjustments are all where I can modify them easily. Canon has a quick screen button that makes it easy to make quick adjustments on the fly. I have rarely missed a shot since I started using the camera. It focuses well even in low light. But what really makes the camera a gem is the availability of high quality Canon lenses. Right now is an especially good time to buy them as they are being heavily discounted.

I can imagine someone who is bigger might find the 6d a little small, but it is a fabulous camera in every way you want a camera to be fabulous.

I started out as a Nikon shooter as a carryover from film days, but I haven't regretted switching to Canon and doubt I will change back, though I have to say that I continue to be reluctant to sell the D600 and continue to use it from time to time.

I shoot a little bit of everything and find the lens generally makes more difference than the camera--I've gotten good bif with both cameras. I haven't done much other kind of action shooting, though have gotten good shots of surfers and skateboarders with both cameras.

In short, you can't go wrong with either camera, but  they have very different strengths and weaknesses that will make one more desirable than the other.

Hope this helps

Canon 6D or Nikon D610 OP New Member • Posts: 8
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

I want to thank all of you for your time and your suggestions! I have already read many reviews and tests of these cameras and most of them result the D610 as the best camera - at least in papers!

I need more the opinion of you that you have used or test these cameras! I need your experiences on these models!!! So, please don't reply me by website tests!!!
Please share with me your experiences!!!

Thank you again for your support and wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!!!

Kind regards!!!

 Canon 6D or Nikon D610's gear list:Canon 6D or Nikon D610's gear list
Canon EOS 6D Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM
qianp2k Forum Pro • Posts: 10,350
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

Canon 6D or Nikon D610 wrote:

This is your new acct name, seriously?

Hello guys! I am new to photography. I am interesting in buying a new FF camera! I am between Canon 6D and Nikon D610. I don't want it for professional use yet. I want to take photos on landscapes, portraits & night (low light) photos most!!! I don't care very much the video mode, but I want fantastic pictures! Which camera do you believe is best for me?

Both take fantastic photos. D610 is better on spec but costs $400-500 more in street prices.  And don't forget lens choice that is equally important.

I am open to any questions & suggestions!!! Thank you very much for your time!!!

 qianp2k's gear list:qianp2k's gear list
Sony RX100 Canon EOS-1D Mark III Canon EOS 5D Mark II Canon EOS 5D Mark III Sony Alpha 7R +20 more
Mako2011
Mako2011 MOD Forum Pro • Posts: 21,201
maybe

Canon 6D or Nikon D610 wrote:

I want to thank all of you for your time and your suggestions! I have already read many reviews and tests of these cameras and most of them result the D610 as the best camera - at least in papers!

I need more the opinion of you that you have used or test these cameras! I need your experiences on these models!!! So, please don't reply me by website tests!!!
Please share with me your experiences!!!

Thank you again for your support and wish you all a merry Christmas and a happy new year!!!

Kind regards!!!

Maybe hard to find folks that have actually shot both the D610 (which fixed issues with the D600) and the 6D. Good luck though.

Good info here but you have to read through it. Your question has come up before. Not much has changed.

http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/52588552

-- hide signature --

My opinions are my own and not those of DPR or its administration. They carry no 'special' value (except to me and Lacie of course)

Jimmy K.
Jimmy K. Contributing Member • Posts: 751
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

To OP: go with 6D, because this is Canon forum

You posted in Nikon forum too. I see that response there talks about DR and ISO. My personal hands-on testing with 6D and D600 (not D610). D600 has more DR; this is pretty much the consensus. 6D is better at high ISO (> 6400); people argue about this, and I prefer the noise in 6D over D600.  The differences are not significant and requires pixel peeping to see.

There are some feature difference between the 2. D610 does have more features, other than 6D having built-in GPS and wifi.  All these differences in image quality and features are really insignificant. If you have a feature that you must have, then you can decide base on that feature.

Spad16 wrote:

panoviews wrote:

6D: WiFi + GPS, autofocus also with -3EV

D610: Better autofocus system

Have you actually tested this? What actually constitutes a "better autofocus system" -3EV or more focus points? Personally I THINK the 6D has the better autofocus, but I doubt if many on the Nikon forum will agree with me, and I've never tried a D610.

This is my experience on AF. For single point AF and area AF (not tracking), 6D works better. For me, 99% of time I use single point AF. For my wife, she use Auto mode and Auto Area AF 100% of time. 6D's AF is better for our usage.

For tracking, D600 seems better. I don't use this often. I only had chance to test BIF with D600 once and 6D handful of times. I got more more focused photos with D600. My result with BIF is hit-or-miss and very variable. Result probably affected by AF tracking, D600 higher fps, and lens.

Beserk
Beserk Senior Member • Posts: 1,224
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

I just unboxed my 6d last night. So far I'm impressed but that's not saying much since I used to shoot an old Rebel XTi--almost a decade old now.

I looked at a review of the D600 and it has some great stuff that I wish the 6d had: namely a built in flash and more cross type auto focus points. It seems as though the 6d reigns supreme in low light though, which is what I really want.

Paul B Jones
Paul B Jones Senior Member • Posts: 2,066
Both Very Good - Go with the Mooch Test

End results are going to be the same for 99% of photographers with either of these cameras.

So ... a valid consideration is what your friends or colleagues shoot with.

If you know some one with a Canon, they can show you around the menus and you can mooch lenses off them.  Get the 6D.

Same goes if your buddies shot Nikon - get the D610.

If you know Canon people and Nikon people - flip a coin.

-- hide signature --
 Paul B Jones's gear list:Paul B Jones's gear list
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Canon EOS-1D X Canon EOS 7D Mark II Canon EF 400mm f/4.0 DO IS USM Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS USM +10 more
rhlpetrus Forum Pro • Posts: 24,495
Do you shoot more at low or high ISO?

D610's sensor is one of the best for low ISO shooting (DR), while 6D's is excellent at ISOs 3200 and up, and better compared to D610's. You should go toa stire and try them, maybe even rent them, test them side-by-side and see which feels better.

They are both excellent.

-- hide signature --

Renato.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/rhlpedrosa/
OnExposure member
http://www.onexposure.net/
Good shooting and good luck
(after Ed Murrow)

 rhlpetrus's gear list:rhlpetrus's gear list
Leica D-Lux (Typ 109) Nikon D7000 Nikon 1 V1 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D +4 more
roustabout66 Contributing Member • Posts: 607
Re: Canon 6D or Nikon D610

As others have said, the image quality is very similar between the cameras...especially in prints. If you are not going to print and print large, I do not know why you are even looking at these cameras. The Nikon has a few more features and the Canon can be purchased on sale for $400-$500 less than the 610.

What is NOT similar in my opinion is the way the companies treat their customers. I have gone from shooting both Nikon and Canon to the point where I would not consider a Nikon at any price unless they change their policies toward the consumer. They refuse to honor out of country warranties or even work on the cameras, enforce MAP, shut off parts to most third party repair shops, produced the D7000 with early versions having oil on the sensor (hello D600) and erratic focusing (hello D800). How did they follow up..the oil can D600 and the D800 with focusing issues. And now they have "fixed" the D600 by releasing the D610 and totally hosing the people who purchased the D600. Now every indication is that they have intentionally broken functionality with Sigma lenses and third party batteries. It seems that they will stoop to any length to squeeze more money from their faithful users. They seem to be in desperate measure times at Nikon.

I think their own behavior is why they were the poorest performer on the Nikkei, have tumbling sales and profits, and at least one publication predicted they would not be around in their current form in 5 years. Before anyone says it's the market or cellphones, Canon has held up much better and their sales were basically flat (down 1%) vs Nikon down 26%. Nikon has no one to blame but themselves.

Rick Knepper Forum Pro • Posts: 13,714
Good answer

Canon 6D or Nikon D610 wrote:

Hello guys! I am new to photography. I am interesting in buying a new FF camera! I am between Canon 6D and Nikon D610. I don't want it for professional use yet. I want to take photos on landscapes, portraits & night (low light) photos most!!! I don't care very much the video mode, but I want fantastic pictures! Which camera do you believe is best for me?

I am open to any questions & suggestions!!! Thank you very much for your time!!!

For the average FF DSLR user both cameras are excellent. The differences, in many cases, are pretty small and won't be noticed until you get into the hobby more and start taking photos that push the technology. Both systems will serve you very well and both companies will likely be around for some time. Best to read up on each and learn the differences then go to the store and feel/try them both to make the more informed choice. Really can't go wrong with either. Good luck

-- hide signature --

My opinions are my own and not those of DPR or its administration. They carry no 'special' value (except to me and Lacie of course)

Except I thought you meant "buy both".
--
Rick Knepper, photographer, non-professional, shooting for pleasure, check my profile for gear list and philosophy. Just say NO! to MAIL-IN REBATES.

 Rick Knepper's gear list:Rick Knepper's gear list
Pentax 645Z Canon EOS 5DS R +2 more
jayrandomer
jayrandomer Contributing Member • Posts: 774
I second the nod for Canon's customer service

roustabout66 wrote:

As others have said, the image quality is very similar between the cameras...especially in prints. If you are not going to print and print large, I do not know why you are even looking at these cameras. The Nikon has a few more features and the Canon can be purchased on sale for $400-$500 less than the 610.

On sensor alone I think the Nikon is the definite winner.  That assumes you'll be pushing the sensor to its extremes, though.  Many of the people here do push their cameras to those extremes so it makes sense that the Nikon would be the clear favorite.

What is NOT similar in my opinion is the way the companies treat their customers. I have gone from shooting both Nikon and Canon to the point where I would not consider a Nikon at any price unless they change their policies toward the consumer. They refuse to honor out of country warranties or even work on the cameras, enforce MAP, shut off parts to most third party repair shops, produced the D7000 with early versions having oil on the sensor (hello D600) and erratic focusing (hello D800). How did they follow up..the oil can D600 and the D800 with focusing issues. And now they have "fixed" the D600 by releasing the D610 and totally hosing the people who purchased the D600. Now every indication is that they have intentionally broken functionality with Sigma lenses and third party batteries. It seems that they will stoop to any length to squeeze more money from their faithful users. They seem to be in desperate measure times at Nikon.

Another good point is that while it's possible Canon may always lag behind Nikon and Sony on sensor technology, it's unlikely they will forever.  Some people switch systems easily, but most normal people get used to something, add a new lens here or there, and find themselves comfortable enough with the system they don't really consider switching.  I don't know what Nikon is like to deal with, but I can definitely confirm that Canon service and support is excellent.

I think their own behavior is why they were the poorest performer on the Nikkei, have tumbling sales and profits, and at least one publication predicted they would not be around in their current form in 5 years. Before anyone says it's the market or cellphones, Canon has held up much better and their sales were basically flat (down 1%) vs Nikon down 26%. Nikon has no one to blame but themselves.

I'm pretty sure you'll find far more satisfied Nikon users than dissatisfied, so don't be scared away.  Choosing between Canon and Nikon is a bit like choosing between two good colleges, their are distinct differences but you'll likely be fine either way you go.

Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum MMy threads