Updated (May 2012): Compare the Nikon D600 vs Nikon D4

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D3

Winner
Nikon D600

89

Nikon D3

79

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
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
9 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
88 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
4300 shots
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
94.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 2,290 ISO
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The D600 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Size
Much smaller
141×113×82 mm vs 160×157×88 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$1,357.48 vs $4,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $3,642 cheaper (3.7x less)
Weight
Much lighter
850 g vs 1,300 g
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More than 30% lighter
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness
Thinner
3.2" vs 3.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Nikon D3

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
4300 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 5x more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
88 ms vs 260 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
9 fps vs 5.5 fps
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More than 60% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D6002,980 ISO
              D32,290 ISO
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              0.70x
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
              300 ms startup delay
              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%
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D6003.2"
              D33.5"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D600850 g
              D31,300 g
              Size Large Help
              D600141×113×82 mm
              D3160×157×88 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              6,400 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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

              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              25,600 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D6009
              D315
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D600921k dots
              D3922k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D600 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Nikon D3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3S

              Nikon D3S

              Pro DSLR

              $4,995 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $3,788 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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