Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III

91

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
94.0
Color depth
Great color depth
25.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
120 ms shutter lag
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points 41 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 120 ms vs 260 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 102,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The 5D Mark III's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Lens availability Slightly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 152 lenses
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 950 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $249.95 vs $1,359.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,110 cheaper (5.4x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 11.7 EV
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2.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 2,293 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
True resolution Higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 22.3 MP
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Capture around 10% more detail in your photos
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 950 g
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More than 10% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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Almost the same
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              5D Mark III:2,293 ISO
              D600:2,980 ISO
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark III:0.71x
              D600:0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Weight Heavy Help
              5D Mark III:950 g
              D600:850 g
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              5D Mark III:$249.95
              D600:$1,359.95
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark III:6 fps
              D600:5.5 fps

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              competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

              $2,297 - $2,397 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,350 with 28-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,650 with 24-105mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              GPS Has a GPS
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,150 - $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Size Smaller
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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              Avatar for Richard Servello Richard Servello (4:19 AM, December 16, 2013)
              D600 video is amazingly vivid with excellent colors and fantastic range. Not sure what you're talking about here. I've worked with mark iii footage too and they are nearly identical with good prime glass.
               
              utpal (11:40 AM, January 09, 2013)
              I surely acknowledge with jim.He is more or less 95% correct.
              Thanks Jim.
               
              Avatar for Prevedovich Prevedovich (1:41 PM, November 25, 2012)
              When you are 20 you need "sexy" camera for chicks and do not need safety.
              When you are 30 you need camera that does the job and locks settings to be confident that they are not changed.
              For you are enthusiast I do not see any reason to buy a full frame camera... except to pick up girls.
               
              Jim (8:14 AM, October 23, 2012)
              well, i believe, whatever system you invest, you should try their performances in real world situations rather than specs comparison. just from the camera store, played with both cameras for 2 days and here are few things i noticed :

              1. the nikon d600 is noticeably small and light, which is a very good thing. BUT, the grip is too small to fit fingers(well, im 20 and i believe i've got standard hands) which can be very awful for a long shoot-out. I personally like the mark iii for its grip. its lot, i mean a LOT better than d600. it feels fantastic, fits very well in hands that you can just ignore the extra weight easily.
              another thing is LOOK. yeah, it does matter. the SEXY look is important because you are investing a lot of money that you saved for years. so, you know, for satisfaction, at least.
              the nikon d600 looks so much like a machine rather than a camera. the shooting lay-out on LCD screen is too complicated and messy. on the other hand mark iii has neat-colorful LCD layout, which is gorgeous. i like the mark iii for its look and sexy shutter sound. one thing you might notice using d600 for the first time, the shutter sound is loud and brutal. and for the first time i pressed the shutter, it actually jumped from my hands, but it was okay :O
              one thing i absolutely hate is d600's plastic front plate. i really dont want to spend my savings on plastic. so should you. buy a tank

              2. image quality wise nikon d600 is a killer. for 1k less price, you will get the same image quality like mark iii. nikon d600 produces fantastic color, very good high iso performance and dynamic range(its got great dynamic range but ask yourself, if you really shoot at shallow DoF, do you really need that? what would you do with that extra dynamic range? dynamic range is an great option that works for landscapes shooters. for others, 11EV is huge, its more than enough for everyone) someway d600 is really, really better than the 5d mark iii, specially for the price point.
              BUT, 5d mark iii produces slightly better skin tones, which is very pleasing to look at, to be honest.

              3. 5d mark iii focus is the best i've ever used. nikon d600's focus is slower than canon but its fast enough and fantastic for me.
              frame rates are quiet equal, but canon's better. just because canon can keep up the focus and i can take more photos in a row.
              Resolution is also quiet close. but nikon's better.

              3. nikon d600 video is not up to canon. cold skin tones, abnormal color cast at high iso, weird audio and exposure settings and the unchangeable aperture control option for video just kill the d600. if you zoom to check you focus in live view/video, the refresh rates drops badly, which is very frustrating.
              5d mark iii video looks flat in dark situations but its lot better. manual audio option and high iso video quality is absolutely fan"freaking"tastic

              4. I like nikon's eight way menu button. its really better than canons nipple thing. also the front and rear jog dials are very handy. the auto focus assist lamp is an usable option too. the pop us flash is "okay" but who use it?
              on the other hand, the mark iii has lovely, very handy touch pad.
              i dont understand why both of them put mode dial locks, the nikon lock is an absolutely pain. you'll need four hands to change it. canon's easier but but why you guys put the locks?




              NOTE : i dont know how dxomark rates sensors but i just can't believe them.
              just because they are not "TRANSPARENT" to us. and the results dont
              match in real world. nikon d600 files are
              more detailed and canon 5d mark iii files are smudged when you zoom in
              100 percent. Nikon d600 may have lower noise at high ISO but at high iso
              you'll see nikon produces washed out colors. they are hard
              to fix in post edit because you'll start loosing details and the 24mps won't work then. yeah, canon starts producing grains at
              6400 but the colors are "accurate" and you can use them all the way up to 25600
              i personally print my photos a lot. most of them are wallet
              size. grains don't matter but good resolution doesn't matter either.
              color does matter.
              ASK YOURSELF. if you are not a pro and don't print for billboards, go for good colors rather than resolution


              Finally, im an enthusiast, want to buy an over all good full frame dslr
              for both photography and shooting video. I will consider 5d mark iii for over all goodness. because, i don't have
              to worry how the lighting situation is. i can soot in all possible
              situations. but i can't justify the mark iii
              for the high price tag and d600 for not being an overall good camera,
              basically for not so good video.
              Right now 5d mark iii sells
              around 3200 for body only. if the price drops near 2400-2700, it'd be
              one of the best selling cameras in history, i can tell you.
              nikon d600, you are over priced baby. get down to 1200-1500, only then i might consider you.

              if you are not an enthusiast/hobbyist. for only photography purpose you can use nikon d600 very nicely. but i'd say wait to drop its price. Nikon D600 doesn't deserve 2000 dollars
               
              Chris (8:37 PM, September 22, 2012)
              Uh, no. The low light is much better than the 5D MK III. The build quality is much better. The movie mode is better. The viewfinder is better. It isn't just a 5D MK II with a few upgrades. It's more like a 1DS MK IV and cheaper!
               
              treepop (1:40 AM, September 20, 2012)
              I agree. I am keeping my mark 2 for a while it seems.
               
              treepop (1:39 AM, September 20, 2012)
              D600:

              Better low light (better color sensitivity at higher ISO's and NO BANDING!!!!!)

              Higher Dynamic range from 50-1600(After 1600 both dynamic range and
              Signal to Noise are Same. Color sensitivity is better throughout)

              $1500 CHEAPER!





              5D Mark 3:

              Faster (by a lil bit)

              Superior auto focus (not even close)

              Lenses are better and cheaper and offer 1.2, which Nikon doesn't





              If you're new to Full Frame and don't have a ton of lenses GO NIKON.
              If you are crop guy./gal you can't use your lenses with Canon anyway so
              go Nikon if you're a Canon crop shooter and Nikon if you're a Nikon crop
              shooter. The only difference is the Nikon crop shooter gets to keep
              his/her lenses.
               
              bob S. T. (11:00 PM, September 16, 2012)
              The Canon 5DmkIII is really just the old 5DmkII, with a new auto focus. The sensor quality of the 5DmkIII is NOT better than the sensor of the 5DmkII, But the sensor of Nikon D600 is a Sony sensor, a new sensor, a very good sensor. The D600 is BETTER than the 5dMKIII and better than the D700.