Updated (May 2012): Compare the Nikon D600 vs Nikon D300

Nikon D600 vs Nikon D300

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Nikon D600

89

Nikon D300

61

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
Great color depth
Color depth
25.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300

Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
230 lenses
Thickness
Thin
2.9"
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%

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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
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
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 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D600's boost ISO is 4 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
230 lenses vs 171 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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
227 ms vs 260 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
147×114×74 mm vs 141×113×82 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D600850 g
              D300925 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D6006,400 ISO
              D3003,200 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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D600$1,357.48
              D300$1,400.00
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D60025,600 ISO
              D3006,400 ISO
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D6009
              D30015
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D6005.5 fps
              D3006 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D600921k dots
              D300922k 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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,584 - $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
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 body only

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 - $747 body only

              $649 - $847 with 18-55mm 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
              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

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Focus points More focus points
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,285 body only

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO

              Nikon D300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300S

              Nikon D300S

              Pro DSLR

              $1,250 body only

              $2,550 with 18-200mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Color depth Better color depth

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