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

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D600

98

Nikon D3200

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV

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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
Significantly 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
$279.00 vs $1,357.48
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The best price we've seen is $1,078 cheaper (4.9x 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 0.52x
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More than 80% larger viewfinder
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 13.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 70% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D3200400 ms
              D600300 ms
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              D3200276 ms
              D600260 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $657 - $697 body only

              $580 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $718 body only

              $939 with 55-300mm 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $630 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $227 body only

              $355 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,329 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Weight Lighter
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,997 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,616 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,799 body only

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

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