Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5300 vs Nikon D610

Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D5200

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Nikon D5200

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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
Color depth
Great color depth
25.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5200

Color depth
Great color depth
24.2 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5200

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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 129x98x78 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Significantly lighter 555 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 $596.95 vs $1,599.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,003 cheaper (2.7x less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 1,284 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D5200
Overall image quality Better image quality 94.0 vs 84.0
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More than 10% 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 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Battery life Longer battery life 900 shots vs 500 shots
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80% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 260 ms vs 302 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 500 ms
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40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 5.5 fps vs 5 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5200:13.9 EV
              D600:14.2 EV
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5200:24 MP
              D600:24.2 MP
              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
              D5200:302 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
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5200:5 fps
              D600:5.5 fps

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly fewer cross-type focus points
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

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

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $833 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5200 Competitors

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              $4,197 with 28-300mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,300 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Movie format Does not take movies

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              Avatar for Kevin Lozar Kevin Lozar (1:36 PM, June 09, 2013)
              hi

              Please watch my nikon d5200 video test http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjzIJ1Hxgxs