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 II

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Canon EOS 5D Mark II

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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 II

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark II

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Shutter lag Less shutter lag 206 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.70x
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Almost the same
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
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 1,815 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 79.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 23.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 21 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.5 fps vs 3.9 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,559.09 vs $2,759.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,201 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark II:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              5D Mark II:0.71x
              D600:0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              5D Mark II:400 ms
              D600:300 ms
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Weight Heavy Help
              850 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              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

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              5D Mark II:3.9 fps
              D600:5.5 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              5D Mark II:1
              D600:9
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              5D Mark II:850 shots
              D600:900 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Has slightly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

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

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

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $930 - $1,299 body only

              $1,099 - $1,399 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $3,497 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D600.

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              Avatar for Dhy Strike Dhy Strike (3:29 PM, December 09, 2013)
              wahahahaha! Your comment made me laugh!
               
              LarJ (2:28 PM, April 29, 2013)
              The D600 is full frame as well.
               
              Andre (4:27 AM, April 26, 2013)
              prefer 5d, full frame and Less shutter lag, lose d600
               
              D600 (2:14 AM, February 01, 2013)
              You can pick a D600 less than $2000 now. I upgraded from D90 and never knew what I was missing. Mark II is also great. You cannot go wrong with either, but if you'll mainly use it for movies I guess Mark II is still a better option. Good luck!
               
              Rilz (11:51 AM, September 24, 2012)
              Im gonna buy one of these. Im going to be shooting short films. 5dmii $1700 vs d600 $2100. What do I pick???
               
              Avatar for Jo Jo (4:54 PM, September 22, 2012)
              I will definitely invest in a Nikon d600.