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

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D5100

67

Nikon D5100

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
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $352.00 vs $1,359.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,007 cheaper (3.9x 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 1,183 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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 660 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 260 ms vs 273 ms
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100:273 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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $444 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,797 - $1,997 body only

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

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,197 body only

              $1,394 - $1,430 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $427 - $440 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

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $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 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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              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 .