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Nikon D600

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

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
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 2,853 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 850 g vs 1,000 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $1,559.09 vs $2,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,238 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 209 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 95.0 vs 94.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 200 ms vs 300 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D600:2,980 ISO
              D800:2,853 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D600:94.0
              D800:95.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D600:25.1 bits
              D800:25.3 bits
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              3.2"
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D600:14.2 EV
              D800:14.4 EV
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D600:300 ms
              D800:200 ms
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D600:24.2 MP
              D800:36.2 MP
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Built-in focus motor Both have a built-in lens focus motor, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D600:850 g
              D800:1,000 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D600:5.5 fps
              D800:4 fps
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              900 shots

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

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

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $3,297 body only

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 - $1,147 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,395 body only

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,949 - $5,997 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D600.

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D800.

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              Avatar for Brent Nora Brent Nora (0:06 AM, February 14, 2014)
              I don't have dust and oil problem, at first I thought was critics claiming this but it seems genuine with all the hype. Only a small group affected
               
              Tix (3:26 PM, November 29, 2013)
              My D600 don't have the dust problem :)
               
              Avatar for Ricco Ricco (7:09 PM, October 02, 2013)
              Sorry but unless you blow up prints bigger the 40 by 30
              You will not see less quality in the d600
               
              Avatar for Ricco Ricco (6:59 PM, October 02, 2013)
              I just bought my d600 after debating the d800 I went with the d600 a great camera and have not had any oil or dust problims
               
              Annomous (8:41 AM, September 26, 2013)
              Dynamic Range is a bit weak (look at the whites/ sky)
              Image Stabilization might have helped (zoom in and look at how blurry the subject is) - a print larger than 5x7 would look bad
               
              Nik (10:59 PM, September 25, 2013)
              Simple - Canon 5D MK III
               
              Avatar for AllorNone AllorNone (7:22 PM, September 24, 2013)
              At the risk of being completely unprofessional and disrespectful...you're a douche d131979. Stephen's comment was completely appropriate. Go play with your point and shoot clown.
               
              redi (0:47 AM, September 20, 2013)
              u should grow up , im also an owner without any problem
               
              Wizard (11:47 PM, September 09, 2013)
              The D600 is a great camera and takes spectacular photos. The internet has allowed the issue of sensor spots on a very small number of units to be blown way out of proportion!
               
              A.Ruiz (7:35 PM, August 20, 2013)
              Here is one...a D600 user who did not have dust issues.
               
              d131979 (4:42 PM, August 03, 2013)
              grow up stephen show me one Nikon D600 owner who dint have dust and oil pot problem including me.
               
              Avatar for Eslam Shiref Eslam Shiref (8:27 PM, July 26, 2013)
              what is the dif between D800 and D800e ??? also is the best camera is D4 ?? or D800 or D600
               
              thatNikonGuy (0:51 PM, June 19, 2013)
              Although the picture quality is good.. Whites are too white, the sky and the person white is too much exposed. I am afraid abt the dynamic range of this camera. Was this JPEG shot or a RAW shot ?
               
              Avatar for stormchild stormchild (10:44 PM, June 16, 2013)
              Not sure what you mean by "image quality", but if you're referring to the resolution, one of the main reasons I bought the D600 is that I specifically did *not* want a 36 Mpx camera. At that size, it would very rapidly eat up all my hard drive space, and there would be basically no benefit. On the contrary — because increasing the pixel count on a sensor of the same size results in less light being received by the sensor (each cell is smaller, and by the laws of physics therefore captures less light), the D600 actually has *better* low light performance.


              But if you take a step back and look at the bigger picture, they are almost exactly the same camera, except one of them is $800 more.
               
              Avatar for stormchild stormchild (10:39 PM, June 16, 2013)
              I was concerned about that problem too, but the store I bought it from assured me I could bring it back if I ran into that issue…and it never happened. I've taken thousands of photos with it over 6 months and it has been awesome. I love the low light / high ISO performance (and my previous camera was a D60, so the difference is huge).
               
              Avatar for stormchild stormchild (10:36 PM, June 16, 2013)
              Maybe the first batch did, but I've had mine for 6 months now and it has never been an issue.
               
              Avatar for Byron B. Byron B. (9:27 AM, June 01, 2013)
              cleaned my own successfully. good as new.
               
              Avatar for Nathan Ferry Nathan Ferry (4:33 PM, May 29, 2013)
              Resolution: number of pixels in the image; image quality: perceived detail in the output. Relationship between the two: depends on output size. For anything less than 16" x 20" prints, there is no perceptible difference between 24 and 36 Megapixels. Since most people will print nothing larger than 8" x 10", higher resolution will not translate to better image quality.
               
              Avatar for Amanda Milligan Amanda Milligan (6:01 PM, May 22, 2013)
              I returned 2 D600s over the dust/oil issue (and purchased a D800
              instead). So it's only a non-issue with those who don't have the issue.
              And when Nikon refuses to acknowledge the issue (to owners of defective
              D600s) one should know that before making a purchase. Were the D600
              better supported I would say you have a point in ignoring the dust/oil
              issue.

              Also it's not pointed out that the D800 is
              heavier, in part, because the D600, unlike the D800, uses plastic
              (instead of magnesium alloy) for a portion of the camera body. This
              leaves the D600 feeling somewhat "flimsy" (when compared with the D800 or Nikon's film cameras).
               
              D4ve (4:18 PM, May 17, 2013)
              Another ridiculous comparison. Giving the nod to the D600 because it's smaller and lighter, which obviously is more important than image quality...
               
              Tomas (3:21 PM, March 15, 2013)
              As I have seen on another pages the resolution of LCD screen is not higher and viewfinder is not larger than D600. So two advantages are not advantages.
              Tomas
               
              Avatar for Abhishek Udayashankar Abhishek Udayashankar (0:53 AM, March 10, 2013)
              I researched and bought the D600, in spite of the sensor dust discussions. Mine has NO sensor dust/oil issues. Images are sharp and clean. I am very happy with its quality and the excellent image quality in all kinds of light and iso.
               
              Stephen (0:22 AM, March 05, 2013)
              Thats an issue that affected a small portion of the cameras manufactured, its unfair to judge the performance of this camera off of an issue like this. I agree, its an issue, but this is based on the performance of MOST of the D600's out there, and not the minority of cameras with this defect.
               
              Janey Appleseed (7:07 PM, November 24, 2012)
              Re: "No image stabilitzation. Risk of blur"
              For high end Nikon cameras, image stabilization resides in the lens e.g. VR lenses. Note that you may use most Nikon lenses, starting with those that were made during the 1950s, with today's digital SLRs from Nikon (both DX and FX series), but only VR lenses, a recent development, will nullify a wobbly grip to improve photos.
               
              Faizan (1:08 PM, November 08, 2012)
              Nikon D600 has huge Dust & oil on sensor problem (Go figure) & You are making it perfect camera with your scores . Come on snapsort.