Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Nikon D610 vs Nikon D300S

Nikon D600

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D300S

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Nikon D300S

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D300S

Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
Focus points
Many focus points
51
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
 
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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 787 ISO
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The D600 has excellent image quality 1.9 f-stops higher ISO than the D300S
Overall image quality Much better image quality 94.0 vs 70.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth Better color depth 25.1 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 2.6 more bits of color
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
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
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
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 938 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Nikon D300S

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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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 225 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
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 950 shots vs 900 shots
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Around 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
              D300S: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
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              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Weight Heavy Help
              D600:850 g
              D300S:938 g
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D600:6,400 ISO
              D300S:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

              Compared to recent pro DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D600:$1,359.95
              D300S:$1,597.79
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              D600:25,600 ISO
              D300S:6,400 ISO
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D600:921k dots
              D300S:920k dots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $815 - $1,097 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $900 with 18-105mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,040 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 D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,447 - $2,891 body only

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $950 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 D600 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,499 - $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 D300S Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,700 body only

              $2,200 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Color depth Worse color depth

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              Karen (6:03 AM, October 19, 2012)
              The D600's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
              The D600's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better

              I find it kind of hard to take seriously a site that uses the term "f-stop" where they mean "stop." Shouldn't you know that f-stop is aperture?