Nikon D750 and Canon 6D are among the best semi-pro DSLR cameras that have been on the market for a fairly long period of time. The D750 was firstly introduced by Nikon in September 2014, whereas the Canon 6D was launched 7 months earlier, in February 2013.
Throughout their existence, they have gained a significantly high level of popularity and they became strong competitors that re-shaped the market back then.
But, even today, hundreds of users are considering them as a primary shooting arsenal.
However, the ultimate decision isn’t the easiest thing because both of them share unique capabilities that the other lacks, or vice-versa. Hence, we will have to dig deeper and find out the reasons that should hook you up in choosing the “right” option between D750 and Canon 6D!
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Head To Head Comparison
The Nikon D750 is a fairly lightweight, and compact device that measures 4.4 x 5.5 x 3.1″ (HWD), weighs approximately 1.7 pounds and when we add the fact that it packs a full-frame image sensor that is double the size of an APS-C camera, without thinking twice I can say that Nikon did an excellent job here. The manufacturer has also used a magnesium alloy and carbon fiber that adds a lot in terms of comfort since this camera feels comfortable and lightweight in hands, because you can have long shooting sessions without feeling fatigued.
Moreover, the control layout is indeed intuitively designed. On the rear, the control layout reminds me of the D610 ( if you ever had an opportunity to shoot with that camera you will know what I’m talking about) and there are dedicated buttons for Live View, Info and a couple more that sits to the left of the LCD screen. On the front, there are preview and function buttons that double as aperture adjusters and I find this as a very helpful thing because accessing menus and going through them will be very easy.
I’d also like to add that the 3.2″ 1,229,000-dot RGBW vari-angle display can be tipped up for 90-degrees and 75-degrees downwards, and aside from its adjustability, it offers numerous details that will drastically enhance your user experience, but let’s not forget the OLED viewfinder display as well, which provides the user up to 100% coverage and a clear sight throughout the shooting sessions.
Speaking of the connections, D750 has a built-in Wi-Fi which is extremely useful for transferring photos and videos, but if we take this aside, the interface consists of a 3.5mm stereo mini-pin jack, an HDMI Type C mini-pin HDMI connector, headphone connector, and Hi-Speed USB!
In terms of the performance, Nikon hit a jackpot here. The presence of the full-frame 24.3-megapixel CMOS image sensor paired with an EXPEED 4 Image processor and the built-in low-pass filter delivers simply uncompromising image quality that is filled with details and vibrant colors.
You can opt to shoot wedding, portrait, landscape and even sports photography thanks to its continuous shooting rate of up to 6.5 fps due to the fact that fast-moving objects will be captured pretty well with minimal or without occurrences of blur!
I would also like to mention that the native ISO range of this camera starts from 100-12800, but it is expandable to 50-51200 which is awesome.
For example, if you shoot raw files at ISO 6400, you will be surprised of the quality of the images because the noise is controlled really good, while if you go higher and reach its maximum, native ISO of 12,800, the chroma noise appears more pronounced which is normal. At ISO 51,200 I was surprised by the photos taken because details were preserves and the overall image quality remained stable.
Last but not least, Nikon D750 is a good performer when it comes to recording videos as well. Namely, it is capable enough to record Full HD videos at 60/50/30/25/24p and 720 HD videos at 60p/50p. Unfortunately, it lacks 4K, so it is how it is. Even with the lack of 4K, videos are bright and look sharp, so I think that you will be satisfied.
Finally, the battery can withstand up to 430 shots according to Nikon, however, you can achieve 1,230 shots if you turn off the flash which is excellent if you ask me.
Nikon D750 Sample Footage:
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The Canon 6D, as was the case with Nikon D750, can be considered as fairly compact if we take into consideration that we are talkinga bout a full-frame DSLR camera. This model measures 4.4 x 5.7 x 2.8″(HWD), weighs less than 1.7 pounds without a lens and in comparison with the D750, it is only a bit larger. The difference isn’t huge though.
Furthermore, its grip is a bit deeper than most of the cameras in this range, and this is one of the factors that provide advantages for the photographer mainly in terms of comfort when you keep this camera hand-hold.
The control layout is spread on the top, the top-left side, to the right of the viewfinder, and on the rear along with a physical lock switch that comes incredibly handy because it prevents the rear control from adjusting settings while you’re having the exposure compensation turned throughout various shooting modes.
If you take a closer look on the rear part of the camera, you can instantly notice the 3″ LCD screen with 1,040,000-dots that does not only look good, but also, features an anti-reflective coating which in practical terms, adds a lot especially if you review your images in an outdoor environment under bright light. Unfortunately, the screen is fixed and you won’t have an option to adjust its position like you would with Nikon D750.
Moreover, in contrary to Nikon D750, the Canon 6D packs a built-in Wi-Fi as well, but, Canon 6D utilizes a built-in GPS as well, hence, it receives more points by me when it comes to the connection options.
Now, let’s briefly explain what can a typical user expect from the Canon 6D in practice.
First and foremost, I’d like to inform you that this model merges a 20.2MP full-frame CMOS sensor, a DIGIC 5+ Image processor, standard ISO range that stretches from 100-25600, but it is furtherly expandable up to 50-102,800, and an 11-point AF system, which when combined, will guarantee you a fully immersive experience!
To be more precise, the 6D outputs exceptionally sharp photos that look lifelike when you shoot at low ISO (100-400) levels, but, if you can notice a pinch of noise at ISO 800 which will not disturb you at all.
Shooting through ISO 1600-25600 is good as well, although you can notice a presence of grain, the imagery won’t appear in a poor fashion, however, if you increase ISO to 6400 the amount of noise drastically increases, and if you go even higher, through ISO 12800, the details will be lost and colors will not be as vibrant as before.
Sadly, the continuous shooting rate of 4.5 fps is lower than Nikon’s D750 camera, but still, you can achieve good results in capturing moving objects.
In the end, Canon 6D records FHD 1080p videos same as Nikon D750, however, you will be limited to record at 24p or 30p, hence, video recording isn’t a part of the strong side of this camera.
Canon 6D Sample Footage:
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Nikon D750 vs Canon 6D Feature Comparison
|Nikon D750||Canon 6D|
|Camera Type||Full-Frame DSLR||Full-Frame DSLR|
|ISO Range||1-12,800, Expand. to 50-51200||100-25600, Expand. to 50-102800|
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After all the arguments I’ve delivered for you, you may still face some difficulties over choosing the best option. Well, let me simplify everything in a few sentences.
First of all, Nikon D750 offers an advantage with its articulating screen, something that D6 lacks, however, the screen of Canon 6D has an 18% higher resolution more than the Nikon D750 Here, everything is a matter of taste, do you prefer an articulating screen over higher resolution screen? It’s up to you.
Nikon D750 performs better through low light ISO, it is faster than Canon 6D by 2 fps ( 6.5 fps vs 4.5fps) has 2 storage slots whereas, Canon EOS 6D has only one and has a better AF system (51-point vs 11-point).
As hard as it looks, I think that Nikon D750 would be a better option for you, because this camera has more advantages over Canon 6D. Either way, 6D costs less than Nikon D750 and it is a better, cost-efficient option if you’re tight on budget.
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