Nikon D6 versus Canon 1Dx Mark III

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The endless competition between Canon and Nikon continues with the Nikon D "with one digit" and Canon EOS 1DS and 1D.
This race started the sixty's with film cameras between Canon F and Nikon F and continues now with digital cameras.

With the announcement in August 2007 of Canon EOS 1DS Mark III, Canon exceeds 20 million of pixels on 24x36 type camera. Two days later, Nikon announces Nikon the D3, the first digital Nikon camera full format 24x36 (format FX) less ambitious with its "only" 12 million pixels but general-purpose which replaces D2x and D2h. In December 2008, Nikon adds to the D3 the D3x with a 25 megapixel sensor manufactured by SONY.
In October 2009; Nikon updates its D3 through D3s with video capabilities and new high speed sensibility up to 100 000 iso.
Somme days after, Canon announces the Canon EOS 1D Mark IV that reachs the same sensibility.
In October 2011 two years afterwards, Canon replaces 1Ds and 1D by new Canon 1DX with 18 million pixels CMOS sensor and 14 frames/second.
In January 2012, Nikon launches the D4, challenger with video capabilities and 16.2 million pixels CMOS sensor and 11 frames/second. It replaces D3s.
In 2016 Nikon updates its flagship which becomes D5. Some weeks after, Canon presents the 1Dx Mark II.
In 2020 for Tokyo Olympics Games, Canon launches the 1Dx Mark III following by the Nikon D6.

... to follow

Nikon D6

Canon 1Dx Mark III

Usable lenses

Lenses Nikkor AIP, Nikon AF D, DX, G, I et S

Lenses Canon EF

Pixel CCD

20,8 megapixel
5568 x 3712 pixels

20.1 megapixels effectifs Dual Pixel AF
~6.579 microns 5472 x 3648 pixels

Image size

36 x 23,9 mm

35,6 x 23,6 mm

Lens focal length conversion factor

1 in FX :
the focal remains the same

1.5 in DX :
24 mm lens becomes a 36 mm in 135 format

1 in Full Format :
the focal remains the same

1.6 in APS-C format

Video Mode

4K/30 5568 x 3840 in 1.45 format
with focus peaking and MP4 recording

5.5K/60p 12-bit Raw video recording, 4K/60p 4:2:2 10-bit H.265/HEVC recording

Speeds and synch flash

from 30 seconds to 1/8000 s - synch flash 1/250

from 30 seconds to 1/8000 s - synch flash 1/250

Sensibility range

ISO equivalent 100-102 400 Iso H: 3 280 000 iso

ISO equivalent 100-102 400 Iso H: 50 iso to 81 9200 iso




Continuous shooting mode and consecutive shoots

14 frames per second with 'E-type' lenses or silently in Live-View mode at 10.5 frames per second

16 frames per second (viewfinder), 20 frames per second (Live View) with autofocus


AF System with 105 points all selectable with the focus on the subject's eyes
2 CFexpress or XQD card slot
WiFi and Bluetooth Transmission, GPS, Integrated Cleaning System
Real Continuous View with AF on a touch screen of 2 359 000 pixels 3.2-inch screen ...

191-pt viewfinder AF system with new 'square pixel' design, 155 cross-type points, Face + head detection, sensitivity to -4 EV, all points support F8 shooting
Dual CFExpress card slots
Wifi Transmission
GPS, Integrated Cleaning System
Real Continuous View on 3.2-inch screen of 2 100 000 pixels ...


April 2020

February 2020


$ 6500 (April 2020)

$ 6500 (February 2020)

 pierre j.

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Created in October 9th , 2001, Updated February 12th, 2020

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