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Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS

Portability
59
Imaging
69
Features
70
Overall
69
Canon EOS 6D front
 
Canon PowerShot SX120 IS front
Portability
87
Imaging
34
Features
28
Overall
31

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Key Specs

Canon 6D
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600 (Increase to 102400)
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Canon EF Mount
  • 770g - 145 x 111 x 71mm
  • Introduced February 2013
  • Later Model is Canon 6D MII
Canon SX120 IS
(Full Review)
  • 10MP - 1/2.5" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 1600
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 640 x 480 video
  • 36-360mm (F2.8-4.3) lens
  • 285g - 111 x 71 x 45mm
  • Announced August 2009
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Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Overview

Below, we are comparing the Canon 6D versus Canon SX120 IS, former being a Advanced DSLR while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are produced by Canon. There is a considerable difference between the image resolutions of the 6D (20MP) and SX120 IS (10MP) and the 6D (Full frame) and SX120 IS (1/2.5") feature totally different sensor dimensions.

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The 6D was revealed 3 years later than the SX120 IS and that is quite a large difference as far as tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Canon 6D being a Mid-size SLR camera and the Canon SX120 IS being a Compact camera.

Before going through a complete comparison, below is a simple highlight of how the 6D matches up against the SX120 IS in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Canon 6D over the Canon SX120 IS

 6D SX120 IS 
AnnouncedFebruary 2013August 2009Fresher by 43 months
Display resolution1040k230kClearer display (+810k dot)

Reasons to pick Canon SX120 IS over the Canon 6D

 SX120 IS 6D 

Common features in the Canon 6D and Canon SX120 IS

 6D SX120 IS 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Display typeFixed Fixed Fixed display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display sizing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither offers Touch friendly display

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Physical Comparison

In case you're intending to carry your camera frequently, you will have to factor in its weight and volume. The Canon 6D offers outside dimensions of 145mm x 111mm x 71mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 2.8") having a weight of 770 grams (1.70 lbs) while the Canon SX120 IS has sizing of 111mm x 71mm x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8") along with a weight of 285 grams (0.63 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you have attached during that time. The following is the front view measurements comparison of the 6D compared to the SX120 IS.

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the 6D and SX120 IS is 59 and 87 respectively.

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS top view buttons comparison

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Sensor Comparison

Often, it is very hard to visualise the gap between sensor sizing only by reading through a spec sheet. The photograph underneath will help offer you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the 6D and SX120 IS.

Clearly, both of these cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The 6D having a larger sensor will make getting shallow DOF simpler and the Canon 6D will give extra detail because of its extra 10MP. Greater resolution will enable you to crop pics much more aggressively. The newer 6D is going to have an advantage when it comes to sensor tech.

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS sensor size comparison

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Screen and ViewFinder

Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Canon 6D Portrait photography details
Canon SX120 IS Portrait photography details
81
focusing manually
good resolution (20 megapixels)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
provides face detect focusing
saves RAW files
33
focusing manually
high flash sync speed (1/500s)
cannot use external flash
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lacks RAW support
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Street Comparison

Canon 6D as a Street photography camera
Canon SX120 IS as a Street photography camera
63
sensor size is large (Full frame)
saves RAW files
weather proof
good high ISO (25,600)
screen does not articulate
no image stabilization
51
built in image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lacks RAW support
heavier than competition in class (285 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Canon 6D Sports photography factors
Canon SX120 IS Sports photography factors
70
good resolution (20MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
weather proof
good battery (1,090 per charge)
comes with phase detect AF
max fps very slow (4.5 fps)
no image stabilization
27
built in image stabilization (Optical)
low fps (1.0 frames per second)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lacks phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Canon 6D as a Travel photography camera
Canon SX120 IS as a Travel photography camera
61
good battery (1,090 CIPA)
weather proof
good resolution (20MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
51
flash built-in
long reach (360mm)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
heavier than competition in class (285g)
megapixel count low (10 megapixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Canon 6D as a Landscape photography camera
Canon SX120 IS as a Landscape photography camera
74
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Canon EF mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good resolution (20MP)
sensor size is large (Full frame)
good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW files
weather proof
good battery (1,090 per charge)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
37
focusing manually
screen size is good (3 inch)
built in image stabilization (Optical)
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
megapixel count low (10MP)
sensor size is small (1/2.5")
lacks RAW support
doesn't have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Canon 6D as a Vlogging camera
Canon SX120 IS as a Vlogging camera
30
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does have mic jack
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
23
built in image stabilization (Optical)
wide angle not the best (36mm)
slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
video res low (640 x 480 pxls)
doesn't have external mic port
heavier than competition in class (285 grams)
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Canon 6D vs Canon SX120 IS Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Canon 6D and Canon SX120 IS
 Canon EOS 6DCanon PowerShot SX120 IS
General Information
Brand Canon Canon
Model type Canon EOS 6D Canon PowerShot SX120 IS
Type Advanced DSLR Small Sensor Compact
Introduced 2013-02-12 2009-08-19
Body design Mid-size SLR Compact
Sensor Information
Chip Digic 5+ Digic 4
Sensor type CMOS CCD
Sensor size Full frame 1/2.5"
Sensor dimensions 36 x 24mm 5.744 x 4.308mm
Sensor area 864.0mm² 24.7mm²
Sensor resolution 20 megapixel 10 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 4:3 and 3:2
Maximum resolution 5472 x 3648 3648 x 2736
Maximum native ISO 25600 1600
Maximum boosted ISO 102400 -
Lowest native ISO 100 80
RAW images
Lowest boosted ISO 50 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 11 -
Cross type focus points 1 -
Lens
Lens support Canon EF fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 36-360mm (10.0x)
Largest aperture - f/2.8-4.3
Macro focusing range - 1cm
Amount of lenses 250 -
Crop factor 1 6.3
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Fixed Type
Screen diagonal 3" 3"
Screen resolution 1,040 thousand dot 230 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology Clear View II TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) None
Viewfinder coverage 97% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.71x -
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 15 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/2500 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 4.5 frames per second 1.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 3.00 m
Flash settings no built-in flash Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/180 seconds 1/500 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps) 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps), 160 x 120 (15 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 640x480
Video file format H.264 Motion JPEG
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 770g (1.70 pounds) 285g (0.63 pounds)
Dimensions 145 x 111 x 71mm (5.7" x 4.4" x 2.8") 111 x 71 x 45mm (4.4" x 2.8" x 1.8")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 82 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 23.8 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.1 not tested
DXO Low light rating 2340 not tested
Other
Battery life 1090 pictures -
Battery form Battery Pack -
Battery ID LP-E6 2 x AA
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Custom)
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC/SDXC SD, SDHC, MMC, MMCplus, HC MMCplus
Storage slots One One
Launch price $1,699 $249