Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

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Nikon D3200

69

Nikon D3200

Runner-up
     
 

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 Nikon D3200

Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 505 g vs 850 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $329.00 vs $1,354.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,025 cheaper (4.1x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 1,131 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the D3200
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.50x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 13.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 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
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 300 ms vs 400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 260 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The D600's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200:400 ms
              D600:300 ms
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              D600:260 ms
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $556 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 - $1,097 body only

              $1,347 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,300 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $834 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $480 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,897 body only

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

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,642 - $1,899 body only

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

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,199 - $3,399 body only

              $3,799 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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