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

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

98

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Nikon D5300

78

Nikon D5300

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
Dynamic range
Wide 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"
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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 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 Slightly cheaper $649.98 vs $1,359.95
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The best price we've seen is $710 cheaper (2.1x 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
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
              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
              24.2 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D5300:500 ms
              D600:300 ms
              Focus points Many focus points Help
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              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
              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 D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Screen size Has a significantly smaller screen
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Creates panoramas in-camera
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Focus points Has significantly fewer focus points
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $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 D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $641 - $699 body only

              $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a faster max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,697 body only

              $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D5300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              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
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,999 - $3,160 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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