Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D5100

68

Nikon D5100

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 D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
560 g vs 850 g
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More than 30% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$378.00 vs $1,344.95
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The best price we've seen is $967 cheaper (3.6x less)
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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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 1,183 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the D5100
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
94.0 vs 80.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.51x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
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
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 13 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
900 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
260 ms vs 273 ms
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100:273 ms
              D600:260 ms
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $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 Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 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
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $4,210 with 28-300mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

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              Showing 2 comments

              Katie (2:20 PM, March 23, 2013)
              I am looking to upgrade from the d5100 to the d600 so this review was really helpful.


              Thanks :)


              Katie
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              Avatar for Muhammad Yehia Muhammad Yehia (1:58 PM, February 12, 2013)
              i have the D5100 and it's awesome .