Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this review, we are going to make a detailed comparison of two cameras that fall into different categories. While the first model we are looking at, Nikon Coolpix P340 belongs to a Small Sensor Compact category, the other model, Nikon Coolpix P340 is a Semi-Pro DSLR camera. Both models feature different types of sensors. Thus, Nikon Coolpix P340 comes with BSI-CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 12.0 MP resolution, while our second compared model Canon EOS 6D features a 20.0 MP CMOS sensor.
Both cameras we are going to look at in our overview fall into two different categories - Compact and DSLR. Keeping in mind all the distinctive features of each category, it will be hard to make a detailed comparison of these two models. However, we will do our best to make this review as unbiased and detailed as possible.
To get started, let’s take a look at some of the key features of Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D and, after this, we can go on to our detailed comparison of these models.
Nikon Coolpix P340 Key Features:
Canon EOS 6D Key Features:
Nikon Coolpix P340 substituted Nikon P330.
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Continuous Shooting||10 fps vs 4.5 fps||5.5 fps faster|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Flash Range||6.5 vs No||6.5 better flash range|
|Weight||194 g vs 770 g||576 g lighter|
|Gps||Built-in vs No||Has GPS|
|Timelapse Recording||Yes vs No||Creative shooting|
|Sensor Resolution||20.0 MP vs 12.0 MP||40% more pixels|
|Sensor Area||864 mm2 vs 41.52 mm2||95.2% larger pixel area|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Number Of Cross Focus Points||1 vs 0||1 more cross focus points|
|Screen Resolution||1,040k dots vs 921k dots||11.4% higher resolution screen|
|Battery Life||1090 shots vs 220 shots||870 more frames with a single charge|
|Environmental Sealing||Yes vs No||Shoot at tough conditions|
|Microphone Port||Yes vs No||High quality audio recording option|
|Dxo Color Depth||23.8 vs 20.7||Better color depth|
|Dxo Dynamic Range||12.1 vs 11.9||Better dynamic range|
|Dxo Low Light Iso||2340 vs 273||Better High ISO performance|
|Viewfinder Magnification||0.71 vs No||0.71 better magnification|
|Screen Size||3″ | 3″||Large display|
|Raw Support||Yes | Yes||Better image quality|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Bracketing||Yes | Yes||Useful for tough lighting conditions and HDR|
|Touch Screen||No | No||No touch screen|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type | Fixed Type||No flexible viewing angles|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP | 20.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Nikon Coolpix P340 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 576g less than the Canon EOS 6D. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D any different in terms of sensor type?
In fact, that's exactly what makes these two models really different. Thus, it is a good point to consider if your are choosing between these two cameras. Nikon Coolpix P340 features a 12.0 MP 1/1.7" sized BSI-CMOS sensor . Canon EOS 6D, in its turn, comes with a 20.0 MP Full frame sized CMOS sensor , which makes it significantly different from the first model.
Take a look below to find the comparison of Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Canon EOS 6D is equipped with a sensor that is 0.0x larger than the one featured in Nikon Coolpix P340. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
In terms of sensor size, both Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Nikon Coolpix P340||Canon EOS 6D|
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Nikon Coolpix P340 or Canon EOS 6D, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Nikon Coolpix P340 and Canon EOS 6D here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Canon EOS 6D deserves a higher Total Score than the Nikon Coolpix P340. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Nikon Coolpix P340||Canon EOS 6D|
|Model||Coolpix P340||EOS 6D|
|Announced||Feb 07, 2014||Feb 12, 2013|
|Body Type||Compact||Mid-size SLR|
|Sensor Size||1/1.7"||Full frame|
|Sensor Dimensions||7.44 x 5.58 mm||36 x 24 mm|
|Sensor Area||41.52 mm2||864.00 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||12.0 MP||20.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4000 x 3000||5472 x 3648|
|Max Native ISO||6,400||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||12,800||102,400|
|Min Native ISO||80||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Canon EF|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||256|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1x|
|Macro Focus Range||2|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||11|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||1|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Fixed Type|
|Screen Resolution||921k dots||1,040k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||60 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||4.5 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||no built-in flash|
|DxO Sensor Scores|
|DxO Sensor Score||54||82|
|DxO Color Depth||20.7||23.8|
|DxO Dynamic Range||11.9||12.1|
|DxO Low Light ISO||273||2340|
|Video Resolutions||1920x1080 (30p, 25p, 60i, 50i), 1280x720 (30p, 25p), 1920x1080 (15p, 12.5p), 640x480 (120p, 100p), 1280x720 (60p, 50p), 320x240 (240p, 200p), iFrame 720 (30p, 25p), 640x480 (30p, 25p)||1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, H.264||H.264|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||194 g||770 g|
|Physical Dimensions||103 x 58 x 32 mm||145 x 111 x 71 mm|
|Battery Life||220 shots||1090 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|