Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D300

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

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Nikon D300

66

Nikon D300

Runner-up
     
 

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
Color depth
Great color depth
25.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D600

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,980 ISO vs 679 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 2.1 f-stops higher ISO than the D300
Overall image quality Much better image quality 94.0 vs 67.0
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More than 40% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 3 more bits of color
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 12 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.70x vs 0.62x
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Around 30% larger viewfinder
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D600's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Weight Slightly lighter 850 g vs 925 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D300

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Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 152 lenses
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More than 30% more lenses available
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 227 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Thickness Significantly thinner 2.9" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1000 shots vs 900 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 147x114x74 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Focus points Many focus points Help
              D600:39
              D300:51
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D600:6,400 ISO
              D300:3,200 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              D600:141x113x82 mm
              D300:147x114x74 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D600:$1,599.95
              D300:$1,699.99
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D600:25,600 ISO
              D300:6,400 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D600:5.5 fps
              D300:6 fps
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D600:260 ms
              D300:227 ms

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 - $1,997 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $3,049 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 - $629 body only

              $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,569 - $1,699 body only

              $1,897 with 18-55mm lens

              Nikon D600 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 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
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

              Nikon D300 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D200

              Nikon D200

              Pro DSLR

              $654 with 18-200mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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