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

Nikon D600

Winner
Nikon D600

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Nikon D300

64

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
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Cross type focus points
Many cross-type focus points
15
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
 
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differences

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
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 12 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 6 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 10% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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
        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
        D300:51
        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
        Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
        100%
        Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
        External flash not needed
        Weight Heavy Help
        D600:850 g
        D300:925 g
        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

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

        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
        Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
        D600:921k dots
        D300:922k dots

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        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
        Thickness Is thicker
        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
        Nikon D7000

        Nikon D7000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D800

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $3,160 body only

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Weight Is significantly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

        Nikon D600 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,608 - $1,899 body only

        $2,299 - $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
        Nikon D750

        Nikon D750

        Pro DSLR

        $2,297 body only

        $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $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

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D300S

        Nikon D300S

        Pro DSLR

        $1,695 - $1,908 body only

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Color depth Better color depth
        Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
        Nikon D200

        Nikon D200

        Pro DSLR

        $1,301 body only

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

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