When you are serious about photography, it is only but recommended that you keep on upgrading your gears and skills, too. You ideally want nothing but the best and this should mostly relate to the camera model or brand that you have. Sure, for an entry-level photographer there isn’t anything wrong with going for those budget-friendly units but once you know that this thing is your gig, you ought to invest and shell out more than the usual. A very common battle that you have to go through is to decide whether it is about time or not to buy a more expensive and high-end camera.
As you know already, there can be several camera manufacturers to choose from, each boasting of particular features and new innovations that you as an enthusiast would definitely love to try upon release. Canon and Nikon are just two of the leading names when it comes to the camera arena. Their product varieties range from affordable ones to the most expensive cameras that most of us can only dream of. Two of the most coveted models would probably be the Canon EOS 6D and the Nikon D7200. If you are torn between these two cameras and still haven’t picked one yet, this detailed comparison guide should be able to help you out.
First introduced in February of 2013, the Canon 6D claims to be a mid-range yet full frame DSLR that is a cheaper version of Canon’s expensive EOS 60D. Before getting to a more detailed review, let us first take a quick glance of this model’s specs and features:
* 20.2MP full frame CMOS Sensor
* DIGIC 5+ image processor
* 4.5 fps continuous shooting
* Silent shutter mode
* ISO 100-25600 standard, expandable up to 102800
* 1080p30 video recording with stereo sound thru the external mic
* Single SD card slot
* Built-in GPS and Wi-Fi
* 11 point AF system
* Single-axis electronic level
* 63 zone iFCL metering system
* 1040k dot 3:2 3” ClearView LCD
* 97% viewfinder coverage
* Interchangeable screens including Eg-S fine focus and Eg-D grid
Eos 6D’s strongest feature would probably be its CMOS sensor, offering a good pixel count of 20.2MP. Adding to its ability to produce excellent quality of images is its image processor, the latest DIGIC 5+. With these two hard-to-beat features, you can definitely expect functionality that you would only often get from more expensive Canon models.
When it comes to design and build, the EOS 6D can surely cope up with heavy use, whether indoor or outdoor purposes. Although it may not be as weatherproof or as sturdy as other Canon models which are far more expensive, still, you will find familiarity with how it has been designed, especially if you are an avid Canon user. The control layout in general is both convenient and logical, with its on/off switch and the mode dial sitting on the left shoulder. The menus are also easy to navigate but if you are a newcomer with this type of model, it would greatly help to first read through the manual before starting a shoot.
The photo quality of the EOS 6D is also quite impressive, as it can deliver JPEG processing in an excellent manner, not to mention the great dynamic range, noise reduction, accurate colors and tonal quality. All these and more can happen once you have learned to play with the menus and the different shooting modes. Even at ISO 800 to 1600, the shots are still clean enough even in large prints. Colors are rich and saturated but not too much.
With the camera’s WI-FI capability, you get to control your camera via your smartphone, which is a pretty good thing actually. You will also have a free Canon EOS Remote app where you can remotely use the AF of the camera, and also adjust certain settings such as ISO, shutter speed and aperture. The GPS feature is also a notable addition and can work fairly well outside of major cities. As for the video quality, although the 6D cannot boast of perfect videos and movies, its quality should be more than acceptable for general use. Just remember to have an external stereo microphone on standby so you will have something to use if you are planning to shoot videos.
Nikon has once again won the hearts of camera enthusiasts when it released the D7200 last February 2013. With its notable upgrades and conventional design, there is no question as to why you can also consider this model if you wish to take your shooting stint into a whole new level. Here’s a quick recap of its key features and specifications:
- 24.2MP CMOS sensor without optical low-pass filter
- ISO 100-25,600, with ISO 51,200 and 102,400 for black and white modes
- 3.2” LCD display
- Dual SD card slots
- 1/8000 sec maximum shutter speed
- 6 fps continuous shooting
- Multi-CAM 3500DX II 51-point AF system
- Wi-Fi with NFC
- 1080/60p video with clean output over Flat Picture Control and HDMI
- Magnesium alloy weather-sealed body
If you are already familiar with the different series from Nikon, you will notice how they all have the usual body layout. With the D7200, key buttons are mostly located in the same places so you should not have that much of a hard time getting acquainted with this model’s layout.
There are obviously several features that are worth-noting with the Nikon D7200, but the most important one would probably be the improved AF system. With the Multi-CAM 3500DX II system, you still get 51 AF points, the only difference is that all those points are now sensitive to -3EV.
Performance-wise, the D7200 is also sure to impress most mid-scale and even some professional photographers in the field. When it comes to the ability to gain reach when cropping photos, it might be real hard to find another camera that will match its resolution. The ISO performance is also pretty high and good enough for a DX sensor like the D7200. Even when compared to other 7000 series with larger pixel sites, the D7200 still manages to stand out. Looks like Nikon has made a really good job with controlling noise with this camera’s sensor.
Another striking feature of the D7200 is its AF performance. The array is so wide and nice that it can reach closer to the edges than with other models. Then there is also its Wi-Fi feature that makes it possible for you to control your camera even without having to touch it actually. If you have a smartphone that is NFC-compatible, it should be relatively breezy for you to transfer and share photos. The battery life has also upgraded as you can now add 160 shots per charge out of the Nikon D7200.
Canon EOS 6D vs. Nikon D7200
Both cameras obviously have their own strengths and key features that can make you somewhat confused when it comes to picking one over the other. In a nutshell, if you are going to look over the advantages of the Canon 6D over the D7200, the first thing to top your list would be its sensor which is significantly larger, and having a bigger sensor is generally better. Then there are also the bigger pixels that it can offer, not to mention the better dynamic range and low light. The built-in GPS is also an advantage as it makes it possible for you to geotag your photos whenever you want to. Capturing more of the scene is also made possible with the angle kit lens that is way wider than the Nikon D7200. JPEG buffer is also unlimited compared to only 56 shots.
On the other hand, The Nikon D7200 will not be giving up without a fair fight either. The first and probably a major advantage of this model would be the price – you get to save more money which you can instead use to buy additional lenses and accessories. You are also able to pair your camera with supported phones because of its NFC feature, something that the Canon 6D does not have. It also comes with a headphone jack that you can use in monitoring audio recording as you shoot videos. A better color depth is also expected, although it is not totally of a big difference – with 24.5 bits compared to the 6D’s 23.8 bits.
Another thing to consider are the dual card slots that you cannot find with the 6D. This means you can be more flexible in terms of photos and videos storage. Of course, the D7200 is a newer model, too, and newer camera would normally support features that are more advanced. Other advantages of this Nikon model over the Canon one would be the internal flash, higher AF points, faster shutter and more kit lens zoom.
You are also able to grab more focus in difficult situations due to its more cross-type focus points of 15 versus only 1 focus point of the 6D. As far as the continuous shooting feature is concerned, the D7200 once again won with 6fps compared to 6D’s only 4.5 fps. You can also find and use more lenses as it has 230 lenses available while 6D only has 165. Also, when you turn on both units, you will feel that the D7200 has less startup delay of about 20% compared to that of 6D.
As for the battery life, the Nikon D7200 also offers more than 10% shots in every battery charge, giving you up to 1110 shots while 6D can only produce a maximum of 980 shots. If you are particular about your camera’s weight, you will be glad to find out that the D7200 is also significantly lighter with its weight of only 675g compared to the 6D that weighs 770g. It is also slightly smaller, although the size is almost the same.
Common Strengths and Weaknesses
After going through both cameras’ advantages, let us now go to their common strengths and weaknesses. Both have built-in Wi-Fi so you can wirelessly share photos anytime and anywhere as long as there is a connection. They also both have the eye-level viewfinder that helps you frame your photos even in bright day light. The top deck display is also present, where you can check the camera’s setting on top of it. They also come with an external mic jack that you can use when shooting videos. The HDMI out also lets you use an external screen so you can easily review or monitor your videos. Other common strengths of these cameras also include the pentaprism viewfinder, hot shoe for off-camera flashes, the bulb shutter that holds the shutter open so you can achieve long exposures.
Now, let’s talk about their common weaknesses. There are several features that you cannot find on any of these cameras, such as the tilt-swivel screen that should be used to maximize shooting flexibility. You will also notice how they are both missing a tiltable screen with a touchscreen feature. There are also no focus peaking, in-camera panoramas, on-sensor phase detect, slow-motion videos and in-camera image stabilization.
Which One to Choose?
The bottom line of all these would be just one simple question – which one should you buy? Well, after listing out all their advantages, strengths and weaknesses, it is very obvious how you will benefit more from the Nikon D7200 compared to the Canon EOS 6D. If you want photos of higher resolution, the Nikon one should suffice. You also cannot ignore the fact that it is more affordable than the 6D, considering it is in fact a newer camera.
But then if you are more particular with features such as the GPS and higher effective ISO and you do not mind paying a little higher, then you might as well go for the Canon EOS 6D. The features and strengths that it offers are obviously hard to resist, and some of them are not present with the Nikon D7200.
Both cameras in general do have their own personalities and capabilities. Your decision will only boil down to several factors such as your budget and the intended purpose. If you are just wishing to upgrade from your entry-level camera, any of these two models should be highly recommendable. Given the key features and benefits that you can get, rest assured that you are never on the losing end after your purchase. You are sure to end your day with better photos, not to mention with a camera that is not only of good quality, but also with a sleek and stylish design, too.