Updated (May 2012): Compare the Nikon D600 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D800

Nikon D600


Nikon D800



Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
Color depth
Great color depth
25.6 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D600.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D800.


Nikon D600 Competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610


$1,180 - $1,497 body only

$1,645 - $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Weight Lighter
Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,560 - $1,897 body only

$2,099 - $2,397 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$890 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,560 - $1,897 body only

$2,099 - $2,397 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Nikon D810

Nikon D810


$2,299 - $2,797 body only

$3,297 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Continuous shooting Shoots faster
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,700 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
Dynamic range Less dynamic range


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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

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.
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.