Canon EOS M6 vs Nikon D80

This is a full comparison between the cameras Canon EOS M6 and Nikon D80. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.


Canon EOS M6 is manufacturered by Canon but Nikon D80 is from Nikon. Both Canon and Nikon are well known brands though.

Canon EOS M6 were released 2017 and Nikon D80 was released 2006. That is a 11 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Canon EOS M6 2017
Nikon D80 2006

Type of camera

Canon EOS M6 is a Mirrorless camera while Nikon D80 is a DSLR camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Canon EOS M6 has a "Canon APS-C"-sensor while Nikon D80 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Canon EOS M6 80 mm
Canon APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.6
Nikon D80 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Canon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)


Canon EOS M6 has a 24 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Nikon D80 has 10 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Canon EOS M6 24 MP
24000000 pixels
6000 x 4000
Nikon D80 10 MP
10036224 pixels
3872 x 2592

Canon EOS M6 has a 139 % larger resolution than Nikon D80. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Canon EOS M6 has a larger ISO-range than Nikon D80. Canon EOS M6 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Nikon D80 has 100 to 3200.

Camera ISO Range
Canon EOS M6 100-25600
Nikon D80 100-3200

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Worth mentioning is that Canon EOS M6 belongs to the Canon EOS M-system and needs an adapter to work with Canons EF, EF-S, MP-E, and TS-E lenses. You can read more about this adapter here:
Canon Lens Mount Adapter EF-EOS M

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Canon EOS M6
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D80

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Canon EOS M6 can shoot up to 9 pictures per seconds and Nikon D80 can shoot up to 3 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Canon EOS M6 9
Nikon D80 3

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

When comparing these two cameras there is only one of them that can shoot movies and that is Canon EOS M6. Unfortunately Nikon D80 does not support recording movies and movie clips.


The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D80 weighs 668 gr (equal to 1.47 lb) which is 71% heavier than Canon EOS M6 and its 390 gr (or 0.86 lb).

Camera Weight
Canon EOS M6 390 gr
0.86 lb
Nikon D80 668 gr
1.47 lb

Canon EOS M6 vs Nikon D80 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Canon EOS M6 and Nikon D80, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Name Canon EOS M6 Nikon D80
Manufacturer Canon Nikon
Release Date and Price
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Release Year 2017 2006
Release Date 2017-02-15 2006-08-09
MSRP 779 USD 999 USD
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Camera Type
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Camera Type Mirrorless DSLR
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 22.3 x 14.9 mm) APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
Sensor Type CMOS CCD
Resolution 6000 x 4000 pixels 3872 x 2592 pixels
Megapixels 24 MP 10 MP
Image Processor DIGIC 7 Nikon LSI (Large Scale Integration)
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 3200
White Balance Presets 6 6
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
(5-axis for video only)
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Face Detection
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Selective Single Point
Focus Points 49 11
Lens Mount Canon EF-M

See Compatible Lenses
Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier APS-C Sensor
1.6x multiplier
24 mm becomes 38 mm
50 mm becomes 80 mm
100 mm becomes 160 mm
200 mm becomes 320 mm
DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Articulated LCD Tilting Fixed
Screen size 3 2,5
Screen dots 1040000 230000
Touch screen Yes No
Screen type TFT LCD N/A
Live view Yes No
Viewfinder Type Electronic (Optional via Canon EVF-DC2) Optical (pentaprism)
Viewfinder Coverage 95%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution 0 N/A
Photography features
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Frames per second 9 fps 3 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 5 meters 13 meters
External Flash Yes Yes
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse No No
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Center Weighted
Exposure Compensation +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
Videography features
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Video recording Yes No
Video format MPEG4
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes No
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
HDMI Output Yes No
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Built-in (802.11/b/g/n with Bluetooth and NFC)
Remote Control Yes (Wired, wireless, or smartphone) Yes (Optional (ML-L3 or MC-DC1))
Body & Dimensions
Canon EOS M6
Nikon D80
Enviromentally sealed No No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details LP-E17 lithium-ion battery & charger
Nikon EN-EL3e Lithium-Ion battery
Battery Life (CIPA) 295 shots 600 shots
Width 112 mm 132 mm
Height 68 mm 103 mm
Depth 45 mm 77 mm
Weight 390 gram 668 gram