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Canon 6D vs Canon 7D


It’s not really fair to try to compare these two DSLR cameras, since one of them comes at a way more expensive price than the other, however, the guideline of the topic is two provide two cameras, one for entry-level photographers, and the other for professionals who want to upgrade their photography to a whole new level.

Thus, in this article, I will try to provide you guys with the most accurate and precise information that I can, therefore, I’m going to be making a head-to-head comparison about the Canon 6D and the Canon 7D.

Take in mind that both of them are great cameras, depending on what type of photography are you in more, however, make sure you check for the features that you’re after, the features that you need the most for your type of photography.

For instance, if you’re someone who is just starting out, then maybe the Canon 7D is the best choice for you, while if you’re more into portrait photography let’s say, then make sure you check the autofocus system, since that’s going to help you a lot with tracking and maintaining focus while you take your shots with moving subjects. Okay, let’s now start with the reviews, while at the end of the article, I will also be providing you with a comparison table where you will be able to see the most key features and specs of both cameras.

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Head To Head Comparison

Canon 6D

I’ve previously made a review about this camera, to be more precise, I have compared it with another DSLR, however, I thought it’d be fun to provide you guys with a comparison review about a high-end camera and an entry-level camera, just to see the differences and how do they stand out from one another depending on features. The 6D is an incredible full-frame DSLR which has a relatively high-price, but I think that it definitely pays out in performance and features.

What’s really unique about this camera is the design and construction, it has a sturdy, durable body that can last you for many years to come. It has a very decent layout which basically is the origin of all the other 6D successors, and it doesn’t change much even in higher-models, everything is well-thought-out, reachable and well-spaced controls. Also, it has a deeply sculpted handgrip that delivers exceptional comfort for various hand sizes, and I also like the texture that this camera’s body employs which not only adds extra points to the comfort zone, but it also gives a great look to the overall aesthetics of the camera.

Next, we have the LCD which is 3-inches and it holds 1,040,000-dots, but what I don’t really like is that it has a fixed-design, which means that for videographers this might be a problem since it is an essential feature to have for shooting from different angles and viewing positions. Also, it lacks on of the most in-vogue features for most photographers, touchscreen capabilities, while this has become a very common feature even with entry-level cameras, and it’s very useful to have for navigating through the menu, changing controls, scrolling through images, or using features.

Although, when it comes to performance, I don’t really have any complaints, so let’s start by pointing out that the 6D has a 20.2-megapixel full-frame CMOS sensor which combines with the DIGIC 5 image processor that enhances the camera’s performance and speed by maximum, while with an ISO sensitivity of 100-25,600, the 6D is also great in low-light and even at extreme ISOs, you will get stunning results with noise-free images, sharp details, vibrant colors without no blur.

Now, it’s also important to note that the 6D has a continuous shooting speed of 4.5-frames per second which isn’t really that impressive, but take in mind that this camera is more oriented towards still photographers, and since it has a full-frame sensor, be sure that you will get a perfect image quality.

Even so, I do like the autofocus system, which is great for a DSLR camera that has an 11-point AF with only the central one cross-type.

Furthermore, when it comes to video recording, you can record at Full HD 1080p, but yet again, another point that basically tells that this camera is not ideal for videography is that it lacks one 4K recording. It’s pretty common with DSLR camera to lack 4K, but hopefully, camera brands start improving that in the next generation DSLRs.

What also got my attention is that the 6D is Wi-Fi and GPS enabled, which means that you can instantly share or transfer your work with a compatible smartphone device or tablet, while you won’t have to use any additional Wireless adapter for connecting like most cameras that lack built-in Wi-Fi. Also, there’s a Canon EOS Remote App which lets you connect your smartphone for remote camera control, while it also lets you choose and select shooting modes, lets you adjust settings on the screen of your phone and much more. I think this feature pretty much makes up for the lack of a touchscreen LCD.

In other words, the Canon 6D is a reliable camera for enthusiast photographers, and people who want to upgrade their work to a whole new level. It does come at a high-price, however, it would be the perfect option for still photographers, landscape shooter, and portrait photographer at some point.

Canon 6D Sample Images:

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Canon 7D

We all know that nowadays you get plenty of camera options to choose from in the mass market, along with dozens of camera types. It can be frustrating searching for the right camera for you, however, for those novice users, this particular camera would be a great option to go with, and I am going to tell you why in just a bit.

The 7D has been around for quite some years now, while it’s one of the most highly-rated entry-level budget-friendly DSLR cameras in the market, I know that’s a lot of badges in one camera. Okay, let’s just start with the design first, later on, we’ll see how this camera performs and what specs does it have.

Design-wise, the Canon 7D looks very classic and traditional, and it is so, while for most users it may seem bulky and heavy, for some it’s actually how a DSLR feels like. I personally like the design, but I haven’t really used this camera much. It has a very deeply sculpted handgrip, but when it comes to the button layout, it’s a bit messy and you can accidentally click on the button on the top right corner since they don’t really have much space in between, and they’re easily clicked almost as effortless.

When it comes to the LCD screen, the 7D also has a fixed screen design while it lacks touchscreen capabilities the same as the Canon 6D, however, this one makes up for a great videography camera, and you’ll see why later in this review. Just to point it out, the LCD screen is 3.0-inches Clear View II with 920,000 dots.

Now, let’s get more into the specifics and see how this camera truly performs.

This may not be the perfect camera for photography, considering it has an 18-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, however, the optical viewfinder has a field coverage of 100%, while in comparison with the Canon 6D, this one uses a DIGIC 4 processor.

But that’s a good part to this, the 7D is perfect for wildlife, action, sports, and events due to its ability to shoot continuously at a speed of 8-frames per second, which is a lot compared to the 4.5fps frame rate of the Canon 6D, but that’s not all.

As a plus, the Canon 7D has an incredible autofocus system which sets an advantage when compared to the Canon 6D, having a 19-point AF system with all of them being cross-type. Therefore, you will get stunning results with incredible tracking abilities while the camera locks and maintains focus even with fast-moving subjects. Also, let’s note that the 7D consists of a 63-zone metering system, so there’s that.

Regarding the ISO range, the Canon 7D has an ISO sensitivity that ranges from 100 to 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, to up to a boosted ISO of 12800. Although, you won’t get the same results that you would get with the Canon 6D, but their quite efficient for a camera of this price range.

When it comes to video recording, same as the Canon 6D, with the 7D you can also shoot at full HD 1080p with manual controls, while this one also lacks 4K but I’m not really disappointed since it has a fair and reasonable price for everything else that it offers.

Before we end, let’s also mention that the 7D doesn’t have a built-in Wi-Fi which can be a problem for some users, however, there is an optional wireless communicating technology using an additional wireless adapter, but I don’t really prefer doing it this way, I’d rather look for a camera with a built-in Wi-Fi. Even so, this is just my personal opinion which doesn’t really have to affect your decision and thoughts about this camera.

In the end, the Canon 7D remains a reliable budget-friendly entry-level DSLR camera which is perfect for people who are more into portrait photography, sports, action, and events.

Canon 7D Sample Images:

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Canon 6D vs Canon 7D Feature Comparison

  Canon 6D Canon 7D
Camera Type Full-Frame DSLR DSLR
Megapixels 20.2 18.0
ISO Range 100-25600(102,400) 100-12,800
Flip-Out Screen No No
AF Points 11 AF Points 19 AF Points
Viewfinder Yes Yes
Touchscreen No No
Video Recording Yes Yes
Sensor Size CMOS APS-C

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In the end, there are some advantages that the Canon 6D has over the 7D, but there are also some advantages that the 7D has over the 6D.

They are both great at what they do, and as I said, I would highly suggest the 6D to still photographers, landscape shooters due to its full-frame sensor and its ability to shoot superb images in low light.

On the other hand, I would recommend the Canon 7D to portrait photographers, action, wildlife and sports photographers due to its incredible autofocus system and the features that it offers.

As we got the comparison table and the reviews out of the way, by now I believe you have enough facts and arguments to support your decision, and it should be pretty easy now for you to decide which camera meets your requirements the most. I hope this article was helpful to you, and if you have any questions regarding this topic, make sure you contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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