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Nikon D850 vs Canon 6D Mark II

Nikon D850 vs Canon 6D Mark II. Both are DSLR cameras. One side D850 is Pixels king on the other side 6D Mark II can change the game with its remarkable Dual Pixel CMOS AF system. However, if you look at the table you can clearly and loudly say that Nikon D850 is the absolute winner. But we should go with the detail comparison of both these two cameras.

Feature/Models Nikon D850
Canon 6D Mark II
Megapixel 45.75 megapixels
26.2 megapixels
Sensor size Full frame (36 x 24 mm) Full frame (36 x 24 mm)
Image processor Expeed 5 Digic 7
Low pass Filter No Yes
AF system Contrast detect+ Phase detect Contrast Detect+ Phase detect
AF points 153 45 points
ISO 64 – 102400 50-102400
Shutter speed 1/8000 to 30 sec 1/8000 to 30 sec
Image Stabilization No 5-axis (Video section)
Continuous shooting speed  9fps 7fps
Video 4K @ 30fps Full HD @60fps
Display 3.2″ 2.36m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor 3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
Hot shoe  Yes  Yes
Wireless Built-in Optional
Environmentally sealed yes yes
Battery life  1840 shots 1200 shots
Weight  915 g 765 g
Size  146.0 x 124.0 x 78.5 mm 144 x 110.5 x 74.8 mm

Have a look at the detail comparison!

Image quality

You can see both have Full-Frame sensors of equivalent size at the heart so we would expect almost similar quality of images. Though Nikon D850 would give the advantage of producing large prints of the subjects since it has higher resolution of a full-frame 45.7MP BSI CMOS sensor with no low pass filter, whereas Canon 6D Mark II has 26 millions effective pixels. But somewhere Canon 6D Mark II gets the advantage of having large pixels area that allows maximum light to enter onto the sensor as a result sharp and clear images compared to D850 could be possible. But in terms of capturing heavy details, the orange cap is on Nikon D850’s head since it doesn’t have lowpass or anti-aliasing filter.

AF system

Dual Pixel CMOS AF system inside 6D Mark II is Canon’s trademark AF technology that heavily boasts the subjects tracking performance. Dual Pixel CMOS AF that significantly improves the AF performance of the camera helps users get blazing fast AF response and also makes 4K video recording more easy and comfortable. On the other hand, Nikon D850 doesn’t have dedicated AF system, but it utilizes Multi-CAM 20K AF sensor module. It uses 153 focus points with 99 cross-type sensors and a fully dedicated AF processor, and it works in near darkness (EV -4). So that even the small subjects could be captured with enormous precision. On the other hand, Canon 6D Mark II has only 45 AF points inside, which is lesser than Nikon D850.

Image stabilization

Image stabilization mechanism is extremely needed in the cameras to get crisp and Blur-Free images. However, Canon 6D Mark II doesn’t have formal Vibration reduction mechanism, but implements 5-axis electronic Image Stabilization mechanism inside for video section to minimize the movement in the horizontal and vertical, yaw and pitch (tilting) and roll directions that are the ultimate cause of the blurs, ensuring the videos you record are as sharp as possible. On the other hand, Nikon D850 doesn’t have Image Stabilization mechanism so you need a lens that has optical image stabilization mechanism at the core.

Continuous drive

with 9fps Nikon D850 can capture each activity and action of the subject even if it is in motion. On the other hand, Canon 6D Mark II avails the faster shutter of 6.5fps.

Video

As the price increases, the Nikon D850 offers you record 4K UHD@30fps. Meanwhile, Canon 6D Mark II lets you record Full HD only (1080p@60fps). The huge difference between these two cameras. Moreover, Nikon D850 can create 4K UHD time-lapse videos easily in-camera, or with the help of built in intervalometer users can capture images for an ultra-high resolution 8K time lapse.

Verdict

Nikon D850 is high-end professional camera that boasts remarkable 45.7 MP resolution for staggering image quality. On the other hand, Canon 6D Mark II is an entry-level DSLR camera with marvelous specs inside. However competing with D850, Canon 6D Mark II is falling aside, but still Dual pixel CMOS AF system brings excitement to shooting. Ultimately, both are the cameras for different users. Professional shooters go with Nikon D850, whereas Entry-level shooters would pick 6D Mark II.

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