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Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D3

84

Nikon D3

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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
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
Screen size
Large screen
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
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 94.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture more than 2x more detail in your photos
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 12.2 EV
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2 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
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Size Much smaller 141x113x82 mm vs 160x157x88 mm
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More than 40% smaller
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
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
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
        D3:2,290 ISO
        Sensor size Very large sensors Help
        D600:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
        D3:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
        Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
        0.70x
        Startup delay Minimal startup delay Help
        300 ms startup delay
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Focus points Many focus points Help
        D600:39
        D3:51
        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
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        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        D600:3.2"
        D3:3.5"
        Weight Heavy Help
        D600:850 g
        D3:1,300 g
        Size Large Help
        D600:141x113x82 mm
        D3:160x157x88 mm
        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
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D600:921k dots
        D3:922k dots

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 body only

        $2,297 - $2,300 with 24-85mm lens

        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 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 much more shutter lag
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,598 - $1,899 body only

        $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
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Thickness Is thinner
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 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 D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,699 with 18-200mm lens

        Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Sensor size Has a significantly smaller sensor
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

        Nikon D600 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

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

        Nikon D3 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3S

        Nikon D3S

        Pro DSLR

        $4,995 body only

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

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