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

Nikon D800 vs Nikon D600

Nikon D800


Nikon D600



Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Great image quality
Overall image quality
High true resolution
True resolution
36.2 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
200 ms startup delay
Fast shutter speed
Fastest shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

Reasons to buy the Nikon D600

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Storage slots
More storage slots
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed


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Nikon D800 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,533 - $1,897 body only

$2,102 - $2,597 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


$2,419 - $2,797 body only

$3,497 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Battery life Longer battery life
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III


$2,249 - $2,499 body only

$2,800 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

Nikon D600 Competitors

Nikon D610

Nikon D610


$1,249 - $1,497 body only

$1,648 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
Weight Lighter
Nikon D750

Nikon D750


$1,533 - $1,897 body only

$2,102 - $2,597 with 24-120mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$935 - $1,097 body only

$1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO


Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4 fps
Around 40% faster continuous shooting
141×113×82 mm vs 146×123×82 mm
More than 10% smaller
850 g vs 1,000 g
Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
$1,349.00 vs $2,199.00
The best price we've seen is $850 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24.2 MP
Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
209 ms vs 260 ms
Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
96.0 vs 94.0
Almost the same
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth
Better color depth
25.6 bits vs 25.1 bits
Almost the same
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
Grab focus in difficult situations
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
200 ms vs 300 ms
More than 30% less delay when turning on
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent pro DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              D6002,980 ISO
              D8002,979 ISO
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D60025.1 bits
              D80025.6 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D60014.2 EV
              D80014.4 EV
              Screen size Larger than average screens Help
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              D600300 ms
              D800200 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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              Built-in focus motor Built-in focus motor Help
              Autofocuses with more lenses
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              Weight Heavy Help
              D600850 g
              D8001,000 g
              Size Large Help
              D600141×113×82 mm
              D800146×123×82 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D6005.5 fps
              D8004 fps
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
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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.