Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D4 vs Nikon D610

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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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,965 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Battery life
Great battery life
2600 shots
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D4

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Battery life Much longer battery life 2600 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 11 fps vs 5.5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The D4's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 208 ms vs 260 ms
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20% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D4's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Overall image quality Better image quality 94.0 vs 89.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Size Much smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 13.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Weight Much lighter 850 g vs 1,340 g
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Around 40% lighter
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 24.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.2" vs 3.6"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $1,529.09 vs $5,949.00
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The best price we've seen is $4,420 cheaper (3.9x less)
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D4:2,965 ISO
              D600:2,980 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D4:89.0
              D600:94.0
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D4:24.7 bits
              D600:25.1 bits
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D4:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D4:3.6"
              D600:3.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D4:1,340 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

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

              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,430 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 - $3,297 body only

              $3,997 - $4,597 with 24-120mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $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 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,209 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Dynamic range Has significantly narrower dynamic range
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $6,799 body only

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $6,497 body only

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $6,200 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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

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              Tix (11:20 AM, November 29, 2013)
              that is life. I guess, the D4 is more versatile (more focus point, larger focus area, more continuous shoot ...), even the D600 image quality is better.
               
              stovus (10:07 PM, September 22, 2013)
              how can d600 be better than d4?