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

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D4

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Great image quality
Overall image quality
94.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.2 EV
Really small
Size
Professional size 141x113x82 mm
Light-weight
Weight
850 g
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D4

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
11 fps
Battery life
Great battery life
2600 shots
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
204,800 ISO
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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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
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Size
Much smaller
141x113x82 mm vs 160x157x91 mm
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More than 40% smaller
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,357.48 vs $4,096.04
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The best price we've seen is $2,739 cheaper (3x less)
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
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
              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
              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%
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D4:3.6"
              D600:3.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D4:1,340 g
              D600:850 g
              Size Large Help
              D4:160x157x91 mm
              D600:141x113x82 mm
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D4:920k dots
              D600:921k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              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
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,935 body only

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,328 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 - $1,999 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,426 - $2,623 body only

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D4 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Canon EOS 1D X

              Pro DSLR

              $5,999 - $6,799 body only

              $8,182 with 70-200mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              $8,431 with 24-70mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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?