Toshiba Satellitte C640 Review

on Thursday, October 30, 2014

Toshiba Satellite C640-1001U


Toshiba Satellite C640-1001UNotebook: Toshiba Satellite C640-1001U
Processor: Intel Pentium P6000
Graphics Adapter: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M
Display: 14.0 inch, 16:9, 1366x768 pixels, glossy: yes
Weight: 2.2kg
Price: 700 euro


Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 4500M: The graphics core of the Intel GL40 and GS40 chipset features a slower clocked GMA 4500MHD (400 versus 533 MHz). Because of the slower core speed, full Blu-Ray Logo support is not given and the gaming performance is a bit worse.
Only some 3D games with very low demands are playable with these cards.
» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.

P6000: The Pentium P6000 is an entry level CPU based on the Arrandale core. Compared to the Celeron P4500, the P6000 offers a bit better performance due to the faster System Bus and an increased Level 3 cache. However, VT-x is not available for the P6000.» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.

Asus A45 Series Laptop Review

Asus - A45 Series 14" Laptop - 4GB Memory - 750GB HDD

  • IceCool Technology places heat-generating components away from the palm rest, ensuring a comfortable typing experience even after prolonged periods of use
  • Features an aluminum body with a textured finish
  • ASUS SuperBatt Technology provides an extended battery charge-cycle lifespan that is up to 3x that of normal notebooks
  • 3rd Generation Intel® Core™ processors together with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce™ 600 Series graphics processors

Refined beauty by design

The ASUS A45 features an aluminum construction and comes in luxurious smoky brown and dark indigo colors. It features a sleek, wedge-shaped design with a textured finish

Powerful performance

The ASUS A45 features the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processor and the NVIDIA® GeForce® GT 630M graphics card with Microsoft DirectX® 11 to provide all the computing power users will ever need. 

Nintendo 3DS XL Review

The $200 3DS XL is a very good gaming machine, possibly the best portable gaming device ever, which, yeah, maybe we said about February's PlayStation Vita, but back then we'd have only been talking about a piece of hardware and its gaming potential. The 3DS XL isn't just full of potential. It's a well-designed machine that plays an absurdly rich array of excellent video games.

The 3DS XL, set for release on August 19 in North America, is Nintendo's latest incremental upgrade. The company has been doing this kind of thing since before the iPod upgraded from the model with with the select wheel that moved to the one that didn't. Nintendo put out a Game Boy and then squeezed it down as a Game Boy Pocket (Game Boy Color, too, of course). They released a Game Boy Advance that was so ridiculously dim that, at gaming conventions, they'd put these silly miniature desk lamps over each one so you actually see the games on their screen. Then, a couple of years later, there were like, "oh, yeah, now we'll sell you a GBA that doesn't suck. It's called the GBA SP." They'd put out a hunk of plastic and call it a Nintendo DS and then, a couple of years later, kind of say, "whoops, here's a DS Lite that isn't hideous" and then, a couple of years after that put out a DSi (now with cameras and some storage so you can download games to it!) and then make a DSi XL because, hey, maybe someone wants their portable gaming system super-sized.
There is a 3DS in my left pocket; a 3DS XL in my right pocket. This really is the best way to show you this comparison, I think. Bonus fact: I sat down with a 3DS XL in my back pocket on a New York City subway and the console didn't break. In fact, I forgot it was there, much as I might forget that I have a wallet in my back pocket. But this is not ideal and I tend to carry the 3DS XL in a pouch in my bag.

Acer Liquid Z4 Review

on Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Compared with the smaller Liquid Z3 Duo, Acer has barely modified the Liquid Z4 Duo. The screen's size has grown by half an inch to four inches. The resolution has been more than doubled, and is now 800x480 pixels. Both the processor and graphics unit are identical. MediaTek's MT6572 now clocks faster, and achieves up to 1.3 GHz. The working memory capacity is only 512 MB. Anyone hoping that Acer at least uses Google's hardware-friendly 4.4 KitKat will be disappointed. Like in the precursor, Google's Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is installed on the 4 GB flash storage.
The review sample is positioned between the older Z3 (3.5 inches) and the new Z5 (5.0 inches) so that all common screen sizes should be covered in the Taiwanese manufacturer's entry-level sector. But those are the biggest differences of the smartphones. Its contenders are Huawei's Ascend Y300, Y330 and Y530Sony's Xperia E DualZTE's Blade IIISamsung's Galaxy Fame, andNokia's Lumia 520.

Sony Xperia L review

The Sony Xperia L originally launched as a mid-range handset, but heavy discounts since mean it's now more of a rival for the popular Motorola Moto G.
And it may suprise you to discover that the Xperia L runs the Moto G surprisingly close. The build quality is similar, with a solidity and sense of style that belies its low price. The design is more attractive, with a concave, rubbery rear that sits comfortably in the hand, and the power, volume and camera buttons all feel solid and positive in use.
The L is reasonably well specified, too, comparing well with other phones at this price. You get a large 4.3in display that looks crisp and clean and lacks the grainy quality of some cheap phones.
It runs Android 4.2 beneath Sony's customary skin, and it has 8GB of storage and a microSD slot for expanding it. There's also a user-replaceable 1,700mAh battery and an 8-megapixel camera capable of capturing 720p video.

Sony Xperia SP Review

The market for mid-level handsets is exploding, and manufacturers are hurrying to offer even more choice for those on a stricter budget, so the Xperia SP brings a mid-range price with a lot of technology borrowed from its bigger, Xperia Z, brother.
Sony has been busy since the split from Ericsson and has put out an ever-increasing number of Xperia models to try and capture customers at every conceivable price point and specs sheet. The latest is the Sony Xperia SP, a mid-level Android smartphone that sits below the flagship Xperia Z and above the budget Xperia E.

 Sony is taking on lesser-known Android handsets such as the Acer Liquid E2, ZTE Blade 3 or LG Optimus G Prowith the Sony Xperia SP's £350/US$490 price point. But one look at the box is enough to tell you that the Japanese company still means business - even though this isn't the flag bearer for the Xperia line.
All of Sony's considerable tech expertise is being brought to bear on the Xperia SP. The packaging proudly bears the logos for Bravia Engine (screen), Exmor RS (camera) and PlayStation (gaming), all of which have found their way into the Sony Xperia SP's 131 x 67 x 10mm (5.14 x 2.64 x 0.39 inch) frame.

Samsung Grand II Review


The Samsung Galaxy Grand was the big-screened Samsung phone for the masses last season - and one that conveniently offered an extra SIM slot. It didn't go as far as the Galaxy Mega pair, stopping instead at 5-inches sharp of screen diagonal. This year, the Galaxy Grand 2 needs to be better in every way to get the attention of those who like their phones with big screens and decent price tags.
And, by the looks of it, it does - only topped by the latest flagships in our popularity chart. The Grand 2 improves on every bit that counts. It comes with a bigger 5.25" display without adding too much body fat - this year's model is just slightly taller. The bezels have been slimmed down and the resolution has gone up from WVGA (480 x 800) to 720p, resulting in a pixel density of the much more pleasing 280ppi (over 187ppi in the original).
The design has been greatly improved as well: in comes the faux stitched leather at the back, out with the gloss of the older generation. The camera remains the same but processing is more robust, ditching the Broadcom dual-core Cortex-A9 CPU for a quad-core Cortex-A7 made by Qualcomm.

Bolt Power D28 Review

The Good The Bolt Power D28 includes a cable for charging portable electronics including iOS devices, a cable for charging laptops, and the ability to jump-start a car. Its large battery can fully recharge an iPad.
The Bad Only one USB port limits the number of devices that can be charged at once.
The Bottom Line With its large lithium ion battery and variety of charging cable adapters, the Bolt Power D28 makes an excellent charging solution for a variety of devices, including laptops, and a must-have for cars with finicky batteries.

Alienware 13 Review

Alienware is back at it, launching its newest gaming laptop. However, you wouldn’t think that this notebook is fit for fragging foes just by picking it up.
The Alienware 13 weighs just 4.5 pounds, which is impressively light for a gaming laptop. It’s also roughly an inch thick, so you shouldn’t have any problems wrapping a single hand around the body if you lug it around with it packed underneath your arm.

However, there’s a price to be paid for better-than-average portability, and that shows up in the Alienware 13’s specs. While the Intel Core i5-4210U 1.7GHz dual-core CPU that comes standard with the Alienware 13 may be sufficient, Alienware’s decision to include an Nvidia GeForce GTX 860M GPU in its newest offering is a bit disappointing. You can’t upgrade either of these components, so you’re locked into them.
The 860M is no longer a part of Nvidia’s newest series of GPUs. Recently, Nvidia launched the GeForce GTX 980M, and 970M. The former GPU offers impressive performance, equating to roughly 75 percent of the power offered by the GTX 980, which is a desktop-based card.
The Alienware 13 will be available with one of three displays, all measuring 13-inches. The standard model includes 1,366 x 768 resolution panel. From there, you can upgrade to a 1080p model, or a 2,560 x 1,440 screen. Keep in mind that, the higher you go up on the resolution scale, the lower your battery life will drop. Plus, the GPU here, which isn’t a top of the line unit, will have to push even more pixels, which will bring down frame rates.
The Alienware 13 can be configured with a 500GB hybrid hard drive, a 1TB mechanical hard drive, or a 256GB or 512GB SSD. There’s also an option to pair a 256GB SSD with a 128GB SSD. The base model Alienware 13 includes 8GB of RAM, but you can double that to 16GB if you wish.

Port selection consists of three USB 3.0, Ethernet, mini DisplayPort, and HDMI 1.4. There’s also a special addition here, dubbed the Alienware Graphics Amplifier Port. This connection allows you to plug in an accessory made only by Alienware that lets you upgrade the Alienware 13’s GPU with a desktop graphics card.
Windows 8.1 is included by default, but you can go for Windows 7 if you want. Power is provided via a four-cell battery.
On the plus side, the Alienware 13 isn’t exorbitantly expensive. The company’s latest mobile PC gaming rig starts at $999, but the amount you pay will depend on how you configure it. You can order it starting October 28.

Sony Alpha 7 Review

on Tuesday, October 28, 2014
The Alpha 7 ($1,699.99 direct, body only)$1,698.00 at Amazon is one of a pair of new full-frame mirrorless cameras from Sony. Aside from the model badge, it looks the same as its twin, the Alpha 7R£1,258.79 at SlrHut, but the two cameras are quite different internally. The Alpha 7 is built for speed thanks to a 24-megapixel image sensor with on-chip phase detect autofocus sensors and a 5fps burst shooting rate. The camera is impressive and a joy to use, but we give the edge to the 36-megapixel Alpha 7R, which earns our Editors' Choice award for full-frame mirrorless cameras. For an extra $600 you sacrifice just a little bit of speed, but gain a 50 percent increase in image resolution and a images that are critically sharp thanks to a sensor design that omits the low pass filter.


Quite compact when you consider its full-frame image sensor, the Alpha 7 measures just 3.75 by 5 by 1.9 inches (HWD) and weighs about a pound without a lens. The Leica M (Typ 240)$7,250.00 at Amazon, the first full-frame mirrorless camera with Live View, measures 3.1 by 5.5 by 1.7 inches, but is heavier at 1.5 pounds. The Leica gets some of its extra weight from its brass construction and optical viewfinder; the Alpha 7's extra height is due to its built-in OLED EVF. The body itself is sealed against dust and moisture; I had no issues shooting in lighter rain. Lenses don't have an o-ring gasket around the mount, so I'd be a little wary of using the camera in very heavy rain.
The Alpha 7 uses the same E-mount to attach lenses as previous Sony NEX cameras, including the NEX-6$649.99 at, which uses an APS-C image sensor. An APS-C sensor is physically smaller than the 35mm full-frame image sensor housed in the Alpha 7's svelte body. It's possible to use older lenses for NEX cameras that only cover an APS-C image circle; the Alpha 7 will automatically crop images to match the APS-C sensor size when these lenses are attached. Lenses designed for the full-frame Alpha 7 and 7R bear an FE designation.

Nikon D3s Review

Like the Nikon D3X, the Nikon D3S strongly resembles Nikon's first full-frame DSLR, the original D3, which first launched in 2007. While the D3X was built for photographers in the market for a 24 megapixel camera, the D3S is equipped with a more reasonable 12 megapixel sensor. Of course that may disappoint some photographers, but for me, 12 megapixels is more than adequate for most jobs.

Additionally, the benefits of the newly designed sensor outweigh any perceived drawbacks from a lower pixel count. Continuous shooting up to 9 frames per second and extraordinary low-light performance (with an expandable ISO up to 102,400) along with the addition of 720p HD video are only a few highlights of the D3S and its re-engineered sensor.
Outside of specs, maybe the biggest problem with the D3S is supply and demand. At least at the time of this review, if you didn't pre-order the camera when it was first announced, you may have to wait a while to get your hands on it.

Physically, the D3S is almost a clone of the D3. Its rugged magnesium alloy body is hefty, measuring 6.3 x 6.2 x 3.4 inches and weighing 43.7 ounces. But the camera is well-designed, and offers a comfortable and solid handhold.

Canon 5D Mark III Review

This is an in-depth review of the new Canon 5D Mark III, a highly anticipated DSLR update to the Canon 5D Mark II that was released back in 2008. Built on the success of the 5D Mark II and featuring the most advanced autofocus system Canon has released to date from its EOS-1D X line, the Canon 5D Mark III is a rather promising upgrade to the 5D line. With an enhanced image sensor with ISO 100 to 25,600 native ISO range, fully weather-sealed camera body, 6 fps burst shooting speed and dual card support, the 5D Mark III seems to target all kinds of photography – from landscapes and fashion to sports and wildlife photography. In this review, I will not only provide detailed information about the camera, but will also compare it to the older Canon 5D Mark II, the Nikon D3s and the new Nikon D800.

I have been shooting with the Canon 5D Mark III for close to three months by now. I received it around the same time when I got a hold of the Nikon D800 and it has been a very interesting journey, shooting with both of these cameras side by side. As you may already know, I have been a Nikonian for a while now and most of the camera and lens reviews I have published to date cover Nikon products. Starting from earlier this year, I decided to expand my reach to Sony, Fujifilm and Canon cameras and lenses. While I personally prefer to stay focused on my brand of choice, some of the tests I perform compare performance across brands, so I decided that it would be best for me to get familiar with other camera systems as well. So far I have been enjoying this process and my overall impression at the moment is that all camera systems out there have their own advantages and disadvantages, just like I stated in my Nikon vs Canon vs Sony article, and no one camera system is superior than another. In short, no camera is perfect. I own a lot of Nikon gear and prefer shooting with it, because I started my journey into the world of digital photography with a Nikon DSLR. Had I started with a Canon or a Sony DSLR, my site would have been either Canon or Sony-centric instead.

Olympus OMD E-M10 Review

on Sunday, October 26, 2014


The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is the third model in Olympus’s OM-D series of compact system cameras. The mid-range, all-metal E-M10 has a 16-megapixel Micro Four Thirds sensor with on-sensor phase-detection auto focus (81-point), Supersonic Wave Filter anti-dust technology, a 3-axis sensor-shift image stabiliser and the TruePic VII processing unit. The E-M10 also features a built-in pop-up flash and an external flash hotshoe, a high-resolution electronic viewfinder, a tilting 3-inch LCD screen, focus peaking function, an innovative Colour Creator, new Live Composite Mode for previewing long exposures, a customisable self-timer, 8fps continuous shooting, Wi-Fi connectivity and in-camera HDR exposure blending. The Olympus OM-D E-M10 is currently available for £529 / $699.99 body-only in the UK and US, respectively, or £699.99 / $799/99 with the new, super-slim M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm 1:3.5-5.6 EZ electronic zoom lens.

Ease of Use

The Olympus O-MD E-M10 tested in this review was kindly provided by CameraWorld, a real camera shop helping you to make the most of your hobby. Our expert team has many years experience within the photographic trade with knowledge gained over 40 years. Many are photographers themselves and enjoy passing their knowledge on. You'll also find our online service fast, efficient and courteous and you can always call us if you want to talk to a human being! We are dedicated to bringing you the very best in service, choice and price. We're very easy to find, our London store is just off Oxford Street between Oxford Circus station and Tottenham Court Road station. The Essex shop is located in High Chelmer Shopping Centre, just off the High Street in Chelmsford. Visit us and you'll always find a friendly welcome. Our policy is to serve our customers as we would like to be served ourselves, a simple ideal that we try hard to live up to.

Dell XPS 13 Review


The Dell XPS 13 Touch ($1,349.99, as tested) is a lightweightultrabook made for the road warriors who need a full-size keyboard and a 10-point touch screen in a compact form factor. Premium materials like carbon fiber and Gorilla Glass add luxury details to a great travel companion. It will fit right in when you open it on a first-class flight.

Design and Features
The bottom panel of the XPS 13 Touch$1,199.99 at Dell is fashioned out of carbon fiber, while the top lid is made out of aluminum. The palm rest is magnesium alloy, and the screen is Corning Gorilla Glass NBT. These are expensive materials, which somewhat explains the system's higher price, but they also help keep the weight down to 2.95 pounds.

The XPS 13 Touch measures 0.71 by 12.5 by 8 inches (HWD), similar in dimensions to theApple MacBook Air 11-inch (2013)$899.00 at B&H Photo-Video, and certainly smaller than the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch (2014)$989.00 at Amazon. It's a smidge smaller and lighter than our premium ultrabook Editors' Choice, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus$1,149.00 at ABT.
The backlit keyboard has comfortable convex keys and feels solid during extended typing sessions. The multi-gesture touchpad responds well to taps and swipes, but the touch screen is the big improvement, given that the older Dell XPS 13-MLK didn't have one. The display measures 13.3 inches (diagonal), and has a 1,920-by-1,080 resolution. This is much lower than the 3,200-by-1,800 resolution of the Samsung Book 9 Plus, but the XPS 13 Touch's screen is clear and bright, and the 1080p resolution is the sweet spot for most consumers.
There are two USB 3.0 ports and a mini-DisplayPort, but that's about it. There's no SD card slot (like on the MacBook Air 13-inch and ATIV Book 9 Plus), and you'll need to plug in a USB-to-Ethernet adapter (available separately) if you don't have a Wi-Fi hotspot handy. The XPS 13 Touch has dual-band 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connectivity.
The 128GB solid-state drive (SSD) has 76GB left for your programs and data. There are a few pre-loaded apps, including McAfee Central, Amazon, Kindle, Intel Experience Center, Dell Shop, My Dell, PocketCloud, Photo Gallery, and Office Trial. PocketCloud lets you connect the ultrabook to 2GB of lifetime cloud storage, and the PocketCloud app lets you control your XPS 13 Touch remotely from an Android, iOS, or Windows RT device. The XPS 13 Touch comes with a one-year warranty.
Our review unit has an Intel Core i5-4200U processor with integrated Intel HD Graphic 4400, and 8GB of system memory. This combination means that the system booted in about 10 seconds and woke from sleep before we even situated the system on our lap. It also translated into a very good score on the PCMark 7 test (4,847 points), which measure's the system's day-to-day performance. This is within the same range as rivals like the Samsung Book 9 Plus (4,907) and Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga 2 Pro$849.99 at Lenovo (4,685). The XPS 13 Touch was a bit quicker on the Handbrake (1 minute 23 seconds) and Photoshop CS6 (4:50) tests.

Battery performance was an impressive 9 hours, 31 minutes on our battery rundown test, which means the system will last you longer than a typical work day. This is more than an hour longer than the Samsung Book 9 Plus (8:15) and Acer Aspire S7-392-6411$1,100.99 at mobtech Ltd (8:27). That's also several hours longer than the 13-inch Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro (5:42). Since the XPS 13 Touch fits perfectly on an airline tray table, it's one of the systems we'd recommend for a transcontinental flight. That said, the Apple MacBook Air 13-inch has many more hours of battery life, at 12:31.
The Dell XPS 13 Touch is a great laptop for users who find themselves constantly having to get work done on the go. Its compact chassis means you'll be able to prop it on your airplane seat tray without worrying that the screen will get crushed if the person seated in front of you decides to recline their seat, and its 9.5-hour battery life should be able to take you from takeoff to landing. However, the Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus holds on to its Editors' Choice award for premium ultrabooks; it has better connectivity options (e.g. an Ethernet port, an HDMI port, and an SD card slot), not to mention a higher-resolution screen.

Lenovo Yoga 3 Review

LENOVO REVEALED host of Yoga devices at an event in London, the most notable being the Yoga 3 Pro, which is the firm's slimmest convertible laptop yet, featuring Intel's latest 14nm fanless Core M processor.
Unveiled via a live satellite link-up with corny Hollywood actor Ashton Kutcher, whom Lenovo apparently employed as a "product engineer" last year, the "ultra slim" Yoga 3 Pro is the successor to the IdeaPad Yoga 13 line, with a new name format and boasting a 13in QHD+ screen in a thin and light frame.

Design and build
What has always made the Lenovo's Yoga devices stand out from many other laptops on the market is its 360-degree hinge. This flexibility makes it superior to many other notebook devices out there, as the Yoga's simple design enables it to be used in a number of ways.

Olympus SZ-16 Review

The Good Lovely images. High speed photography. Relatively compact. High-res screen.
The Bad Multi-recording is mostly a gimmick. Soft details at 10x-plus.
The Bottom Line With its blend of pleasing photos, quality build, compact body and high-res screen this Olympus is an excellent camera.

Design and features

You could never accuse Olympus' designers of changing for the sake of change. The SZ-31MR features the same compact-ish size and large, almost oversized, hand grip as other SZ-branded models. On the SZ-31MR, the hand grip features a lovely machined-metal finish on the front, while there's a rubber thumb grip at the rear. Southpaws will no doubt look on aghast and wonder when, if ever, a camera company will pander to their dominant hand.

At the front is a large barrel housing the 24x zoom lens that, at its widest, is the equivalent of a 25mm lens in the 35mm world. This feeds into a 16-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Along the top, there's a zoom toggle, mode dial, shutter and power buttons, as well as a switch to reveal the pop-up flash. A door on the bottom of the camera hides the SD/SDHC/SDXC card and battery slots, while a tripod mount, which is out of line with the centre of the lens barrel, can also be found on the underside. A flap on the right of the camera hides a USB port and a micro-HDMI port.

Canon 6D Review

Although the Canon 6D has now been out for almost two years, I never had a chance to review it. Since the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art series lens was initially available only for the Canon mount, I requested the Canon 6D with the lens from our trusted partner B&H Photo Video. My aim was to review both, as I had been planning to review the 6D for a long time now. Ever since I reviewed the Canon 5D Mark III, our readers have been asking us to test out other Canon DSLRs, including the 6D. So this was a good opportunity to catch up, although quite late. Well, better late than never, I guess! Instead of covering everything in much detail though, I will be mostly summing things up based on my three month experience with the camera and feedback from others – I don’t think there is a need to spend a lot of time on this, especially after the camera has been in the market for so long and reviewed by so many people.
As you may already know, the Canon 6D came out at the same time Nikon released its budget full-frame Nikon D600 DSLR. So in many ways, both cameras were introduced to compete with one another. Because of this, I will be often referring to the D600 / D610 for comparisons, including image quality results. Keep in mind that a lot of what I say about the Canon 6D is obviously from the standpoint of a long time Nikon shooter.

1) Canon 6D Specifications
Main Features and Specifications:
  1. Sensor: 20.2 MP full frame CMOS sensor, 6.55µ pixel size
  2. Sensor Size: 35.8 x 23.9mm
  3. Resolution: 5472 x 3648
  4. Native ISO Sensitivity: 100-25,600
  5. Boost Low ISO Sensitivity: 50
  6. Boost High ISO Sensitivity: 51,200-102,400
  7. Sensor Cleaning System: Yes
  8. Image Processor: DIGIC 5+
  9. Autofocus System: 11-point AF with 1 cross-type sensor
  10. Lens mount: Canon EF
  11. Weather Sealing/Protection: Yes
  12. Body Build: Polycarbonate
  13. Shutter: Up to 1/4000 and 30 sec exposure
  14. Storage: 1x SD (SD/SDHC/SDXC compatible)
  15. Viewfinder Type: Pentaprism with 97% coverage
  16. Speed: 4.5 FPS
  17. Exposure Meter: 63-zone dual-layer iFCL metering sensor
  18. Built-in Flash: No
  19. LCD Screen: 3.2 inch diagonal with 1,040,000 dots
  20. Movie Modes: 1920 x 1080 (29.97, 25, 23.976 fps), 1280 x 720 (59.94, 50 fps), 640 x 480 (25, 30 fps)
  21. Movie Output: AVI, H.264/MPEG-4 in MOV Format
  22. Built-in Microphone: Mono
  23. In-Camera HDR Capability: Yes
  24. GPS: Built-in
  25. Battery Type: LP-E6
  26. Battery Life: 980 (CIPA)
  27. USB Standard: 2.0
  28. Weight: 680g (excluding battery)
  29. Price: $2,099 MSRP on introduction, $1,899 MSRP current (as of 07/10/2014)
However, the Canon 6D has a few strengths worth pointing out that do matter to me personally, which I wish the Nikon D600 / D610 had. First, the Canon 6D has a built-in GPS. For a portrait photographer, this might be a useless feature, but for a landscape photographer, being able to get GPS information from each location where I shoot is very valuable. Unfortunately, GPS is Nikon’s weakness and I do not like the idea of mounting a GPS unit on the hot shoe, which has to be connected to the side of the camera! I have tried it once and will never do it again, hoping that we will someday see an integrated GPS module… Nikon finally introduced GPS in the Nikon D5300, but they again missed it out on the newly announced Nikon D810, so I am still waiting!
Another feature that can be quite useful when traveling is WiFi. Although it is cool to be able to control the camera remotely via WiFi, my primary interest is in being able to wirelessly transmit images from my camera to my phone to instantly share photos with my friends and family. The Nikon D600 / D610 do not have this feature and also require an external unit.
Lastly, the Canon 6D is pretty solid in terms of build and quality, while the Nikon D600 was a disaster, thanks to its sensor dust issue. After many months of failing to acknowledge the problem, Nikon silently released the Nikon D610 as an update, stating that the camera was introduced “in response to demand from a great number of users for a faster continuous shooting rate and the addition of a quiet continuous shutter-release mode” (see this article), which was a total lie. After many complaints and a number of lawsuits, Nikon was finally pressured to admit the fault and issued a D600 service advisory to take care of the problem. From this point, Canon 6D only had a single issue related to uploading of videos to YouTube, which Canon later fixed with a firmware update. This situation proved that we should look beyond pure specifications when evaluating our needs. What’s better, a camera with some limitations that works well, or a better featured camera that has ongoing dust problems? I pick the former and I am sure you would too, if you were one of those affected D600 users…

source: photographylife