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

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D5300

81

Nikon D5300

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 D5300

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5300

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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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,037k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
200 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Significantly smaller
124x99x76 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5300's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Significantly lighter
480 g vs 850 g
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More than 40% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$599.00 vs $1,373.30
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The best price we've seen is $774 cheaper (2.3x 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 1,338 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the D5300
Overall image quality
Better image quality
94.0 vs 83.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.70x vs 0.54x
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More than 70% larger viewfinder
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
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 24 bits
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Distinguishes 1.1 more bits of color
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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 600 shots
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50% 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
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
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
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D5300:13.9 EV
              D600:14.2 EV
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D5300:24 MP
              D600:24.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

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