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Nikon released the D6 - how does it compare?

Nikon released the D6, so we decided to put a detailed side by side comparison together for the two flagship cameras.

First of all, let's say that either camera is the pinnacle of achievement for DSLR technology.  Nikon and Canon both have raised the bar and delivered their best ever cameras.

  Nikon D6 Canon 1DX Mark III
MSRP 6499 6499
Body type Large SLR Large SLR
Body material Magnesium alloy Magnesium alloy
Max resolution 5568 x 3712 5472 x 3648
Other resolutions 3648 x 2432 (DX format) 4368 x 2912, 3648 x 2432, 2736 x 1824
Image ratio w:h 1:1, 5:4, 3:2, 16:9 0.126388889
Effective pixels 21 megapixels 20 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 21 megapixels 21 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (35.9 x 23.9 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Processor Expeed 6 Digic X
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter Primary color filter
ISO Auto, 100-102400 (expands to 50-3280000) Auto, 100-102400 (expands to 50-819200)
Boosted ISO (minimum) 50 50
Boosted ISO (maximum) 3280000 819200
White balance presets 12 7
Custom white balance Yes Yes
Image stabilization No No
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, normal, basic Large, Medium, Small
File format JPEG JPEG, HEIF
  Raw (NEF, 12 or 14 bit) RAW (CR2)
Optics & Focus    
Autofocus Contrast Detect (sensor)  
  Phase Detect Phase Detect
  Multi-area Multi-area
  Center Center
  Selective single-point Selective single-point
  Tracking Tracking
  Single Single
  Continuous Continuous
  Touch Touch
  Face Detection Face Detection
  Live View Live View (DPAF)
Autofocus assist lamp No No
Manual focus Yes Yes
Number of focus points 105 191
Number of cross-type focus points 105 155
Lens mount Nikon F Canon EF
Focal length multiplier
Screen / viewfinder    
Articulated LCD Fixed Fixed
Screen size 3.2″ 3.2″
Screen dots 2359000 2100000
Touch screen Yes Yes
Screen type TFT LCD TFT LCD
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder coverage 1 1
Viewfinder magnification 0.72× 0.76×
Photography features    
Maximum shutter speed 900 sec 30 sec
Minimum shutter speed 1/8000 sec 1/8000 sec
Exposure modes Program Program
  Aperture priority Aperture priority
  Shutter priority Shutter priority
  Manual Manual
Built-in flash No No
External flash Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync socket) Yes (via hot shoe or flash sync socket)
Flash modes Normal, redeye reduction, slow sync, slow sync w/redeye reduction, rear-curtain sync, off Depends on external flash
Flash X sync speed 1/250 sec 1/250 sec
Drive modes Single frame Single frame
  Self-timer Self-timer
  Quiet shutter Quiet shutter
  Mirror-up Mirror-up
  Continuous high Continuous high
  Continuous low Continuous low
Continuous drive 14.0 fps
10.5 fps liveview
16.0 fps
20.0 fps liveview
Self-timer Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi Multi
  Center-weighted Center-weighted
  Highlight-weighted Spot
  Spot Spot AF-area Partial
Exposure compensation ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 1 EV steps) ±5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
WB Bracketing Yes Yes
RAW 200 1000+
JPEG 200 unlimited
Videography features    
Format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, H.264, H.265, RAW
Modes   RAW 5.5K (5472 x 2886)
    4096 x 2160 @ 24, 30, 60 H.265 10 bit
    3840 x 2160 @ 24, 30,50,60 h.265 10 bit
    1920 x 1080 @ 24,30,50,60,100,120 h.265 10 bit
    4096 x 2160 @ 24, 30, 60 H.264 8 bit
  3840x2160 @ 24,25,30p H.264 3840 x 2160 @ 24, 30,50,60 h.264 8 bit
  1920x1080 @ 24,25,30,50,60p H.264 1920 x 1080 @ 24,30,50,60,100,120 h.264 8 bit
Microphone Stereo Stereo
Speaker Mono Mono
Storage types Dual XQD/CFexpress slots Dual CFExpress
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 3.1 Gen 1
USB charging Yes No
HDMI Yes (mini HDMI) Yes (mini HDMI)
Microphone port Yes Yes
Headphone port Yes Yes
Wireless Built-In Built-In
Wireless notes 802.11ac + Bluetooth 802.11ac + Bluetooth
Remote control Yes (Wired or smartphone) Yes (Wired or smartphone)
Environmentally sealed Yes Yes
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery description EN-EL18c lithium-ion battery & charager LP-E19 Rechargable Lithium & Charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 3580 2850
Weight (inc. batteries) 1270 g (2.80 lb / 44.80 oz) 1250g
Dimensions 160 x 163 x 92 mm (6.3 x 6.42 x 3.62″) 158x167.6x82.6mm (6.22 x 6.6 x 3.25")
Other features    
Orientation sensor Yes Yes
Timelapse recording Yes Yes
GPS Built-in Built-in
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