DSLR Video Shooter has posted an interesting comparison video at their youtube channel. Two cameras compared are Canon’s DSLRs: 5D Mk III and 6D. 5D Mk III currently costs $3,399.00 at B&H, while 6D costs $1,899.00, so almost half the 5D price. What’s the point of comparing two cameras that differ so much in price? It goes without looking into specs and feature lists that 5D Mk III is far superior in almost every aspect, and yet, there’s a point in that! And the conclusions drawn at the end of the video are more than reasonable.
Here’s a highlight of mentioned differences:
- Aliasing and moiré - 5D has a built-in filter that eliminates these artifacts, while 6D does not
- The price difference is about $1500 in favour of 6D
- Much better focusing for 5D
- 5D surpasses 6D in materials quality
- Clean HDMI – 6D doesn’t have one, so you can’t use external recorders like in 5D
- RAW recording – you can do RAW with ML hack, which is not possible with the 6D (yet)
- 5D has a headphone jack, while 6D does not
- 5D has dual card slot – SD + CF, 6D offers only a single SD slot
- Both are full frame sensor cameras
- Image quality is very similar
- very similar light sensitivity
And the full video itself:
So why 6D over 5D? Reason one is the price. Saved money can be invested in gear, and there’s never enough for that. The video also explains that in this particular camera choice wasn’t permanent – if you too are thinking about moving to a cinema camera, or, for any other reason, you aren’t planning on sticking with your cam for a long time, it may not be worth investing in 5D Mk III. And be honest with yourself: are you going to use external recorders and shoot RAW? If not, why pay for these options.